Air Serbia's seventh aircraft of the ATR 72-600 type landed at Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport today, and after mandatory procedures, it is expected to join the Air Serbia fleet in the coming days and commence services to destinations in the region. The new Air Serbia aircraft is nine years old. The average age of the ATR fleet of Air Serbia at this moment is eight years.
The aircraft was painted in the colors and adorned with the markings of Serbia's national airline in Derby, United Kingdom, and since 10 August, it has been undergoing handover procedures and technical inspections in Germany.
"Our company's regional fleet continues to expand. We welcomed our seventh ATR type 72-600 with joy today, and we hope that YU-ASD will soon carry its first passengers. We continue with the fleet revitalization and further improvement of our services. Our goal is for the ATR fleet to consist of ten aircraft at some point," said Jiri Marek, CEO of Air Serbia.
The first Air Serbia aircraft of the ATR 72-600 type, with the registration code YU-ALY, landed at Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport on 27 January 2022, the second, YU-ALW, arrived on 14 May, and the third, YU-ALX, on 14 July. All three aircraft flew to Serbia from France, departing from Montpellier, while the fourth, fifth, and sixth arrived from Germany. The fourth ATR 72-600, YU-ALZ, joined the Air Serbia fleet on 1 December of last year, while the fifth, YU-ASA, and the sixth aircraft of the same type, YU-ASB, entered the fleet on 12 January and 23 June 2023, respectively.
All seven ATR aircraft that have joined the Air Serbia fleet so far have a seating configuration of 70 to 72 seats. Three of them have “Geven Prestige” seats, while the fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh have “Acro” seats, which provide passengers with greater comfort. The aircraft is equipped with two PW127M turboprop engines, have a length of 27.17 meters, and a wingspan of 27.05 meters. The maximum cruising speed they can reach is about 500 km/h, with a maximum range at full capacity of around 1,500 km.
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