Two new turboprop ATR 72-600 aircraft, with the codes YU-ALW and YU-ALX, which Air Serbia will be using for regional flights, are planned to arrive to Belgrade during May and June. By renting the new planes of this type, Air Serbia continues the renewal of its regional fleet, which began in January and will be finalized by the end of the year.
The YU-ALW plane has been given the visual identity of the Serbian national airline in Montpellier, France, and it is expected to arrive to Belgrade in early May.
“We are glad to continue renewing our regional fleet, and that we will enter the peak of the summer season with another two planes, because an exciting period awaits us, with the expansion of our network of destinations and a large number of flights. The ATR 72-600 type aircraft, YU-ALY, which is currently the youngest member of our fleet, proved to be an excellent choice for our flights in the region. We are convinced that the arrival of two more aircraft will further contribute to our operational efficiency and an even better travel experience for our passengers. Continuous improvement of our services and the user experience are our most important priorities and we will continue to develop in this direction in the future,” stated Jiří Marek, CEO of Air Serbia.
New aircraft of the Serbian national airline, YU-ALW and YU-ALX, were made in 2017 and are newer than the other planes in the ATR fleet. Both aircraft have a configuration with 70 seats, of the Geven “Prestige” brand, which offer greater comfort to passengers. The planes are equipped with two turboprop PW127M engines, are 27.17 m long with a wingspan of 27.05 m. The maximum velocity they can reach during cruising is about 500 km/h, while the maximum range at full capacity is about 1,500 km.
The national airline will use ATR 72-600 planes to operate regional flights on scheduled routes from Belgrade to Banja Luka, Bari, Vienna, Bucharest, Bologna, Ljubljana, Podgorica, Prague, Salzburg, Sarajevo, Skopje, Sofia, Thessaloniki, Tivat, Tirana, Trieste and Zagreb, as well as on seasonal routes to Dubrovnik, Pula, Split, Rijeka and Zadar. Flights with new planes will be carried out on the scheduled route from Kraljevo to Istanbul and seasonally to Tivat and Thessaloniki, as well as on the scheduled route from Niš to Ljubljana, and seasonally to Athens.