SerbianSkies From Serbia, joined Jan 2006, 16 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2476 times:
Folks, this is my first post in this distinguished forum ... and I'm glad to join fellow enthusiasts from our region and around the world.
Serbian media has reported tonight that the Board of Directors of Belgrade Airport (BEG/LYBE) has decided to name it after Nikola Tesla, the scientist and inventor in this 150th anniversary year of his birth. The decision is contingent upon governmental approval. So, you all think it's gonna happen?
UN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4288 posts, RR: 4 Reply 8, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2361 times:
I think Delta should have taken Belgrade in it's trans-atlantic expansion, but I'm no specialist.
I guess I'll be another person to say dobrodosao. I used to live in BEG changing the airport name to Nikola Tesla would be a great idea.
Beaucaire From Syria, joined Sep 2003, 5252 posts, RR: 25 Reply 10, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2308 times:
Tesla was one of the most genious physists worldwide !
For obvious resons many of his inventions were never published,since they were a threat to the traditional power-companies and energy-monopolists.
A great idea to give this genious à deserved memory.I hope Belgrade Airport does better than Tesla's fame ...
A "little birdie" from Nemanjina Street has hinted to me that Airport Belgrade is now "Belgrade - Nikola Tesla International"; two signatures away, just paperwork; all approvals obtained and all blessings received from the Government.... but lets get it official.
Adriaticflight From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 511 posts, RR: 3 Reply 12, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2248 times:
Nice idea to give it a name of someone so important to the science world. It has a good sound to it "Tesla International" Also its easier to say for foreigners than Surcin.
Other operators to Belgrade are Montenegro Airlines, Olympic and Aeroflot. Also Turksih are comming back and maybe Tunisair?
I heard THY already arrived with A320. As for Tunisair, they are currently only flying to Monastir, but I guess they will fly both to Tunis and Monastir in the summer season.
Also, I've heard that KLM is returning in March. I guess their last flight was back in 1991.
Quoting Orion737 (Reply 7): Any chance of any long haul routes from Belgrade? Why doesnt JAT operate any long haul?
Im suprised there is no long haul carriers at all serving Belgrade.
A million dollar question. For the short period of time, Uzbekistan used Belgrade as a stop on their JFK service and they had a code-share agreement with JAT. JAT has no equipment for long haul as their last DC-10 was sold last summer and is now getting rusty in France (sorry JoKeR; I know it beaks your heart ). There are rumors that JAT will lease some 767-200s and start its North American service in May, but as far as I'm concerned, these are just rumours and I won't classify them as news.
What makes me wonder is whether any of the Chinese airlines would start flying to BEG. Chinese community in Serbia is getting bigger and there must be a good demand that could make those flights profitable.
Quoting UN_B732 (Reply 8): I think Delta should have taken Belgrade in it's trans-atlantic expansion
Delta used to have an office in Belgrade in the "good-old days". In fact, those were old Pan Am office that Delta inherited after the bankrupcy of the famous airline. I'd love to see them in BEG, but being currently under Chapter 11 and having a shortage of planes, I suppose they will probably go for some code-share agreement with their partners in Sky (Alitalila and Air France).
Yu138086 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 14, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2161 times:
Concernig transatlantic routes after the haitus...
...with the arrival of two Boeing 767-200 aircraft JAT's general director has announced that flights to North America will start again on May 15th, 2006 for the first time in 16 years. He says JAT is determined to start these two routes to New York and Toronto and the government of Serbia & Montenegro is signing the final agreements with the U.S. Civil Aviation Department. No details of frequency or scheduled times are available as yet.
Orion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 15, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2112 times:
I hope it happens. The 762 would be the ideal aircraft for the routes with a relativley small capacity in a two class config. Its about time Belgrade had at least a couple of long haul routes. I wish Jat well, fingers crossed it happens.
2travel2know From Panama, joined Apr 2005, 3580 posts, RR: 4 Reply 18, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1941 times:
I flew thru BEG in the late 80's and let me tell you there wasn't that much of a difference between the airport and the main train station.
There aren't that many popular serbians that I know of and naming BEG after Tesla would sure improve Serbia & Montenegro image.
I don't know how feasible is for an U.S. airline to fly to BEG now, as BEG is outside the B757 range from EWR/JFK for CO/DL/AA? and a B767 yeararound service might be too much to star with.
JAT flying to JFK/EWR and YYZ would sure do good.
Where is the largest concentration of Serbs in the U.S. now? Is it in NYC or in CLE, DTW, PIT or ORD?