Sobelair From Croatia, joined Sep 2000, 353 posts, RR: 1 Posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1417 times:
Today I received the newest edition of Flight Int'l (17-23 October 2000) and in article "Fighting back" (about aviation in all former Yugoslav republics) read that Montenegro Airlines will expand and soon enough buy even Boeing aircraft. This is just a part of that huge article that I found really interesting!
Before the article, as far as Flight Int'l writes, Montenegro Airlines has one Fokker 28 and one Fokker 100 at present in service.
P.S. Fokker 28 was sold and leased back for 6 months until second Fokker 100 arrives in Autumn. Their only Fokker 100 is undergoing maintenance work. Yakovlev 42 is leased to replace Fokker 100 for a couple of summer months.
Now the article:
" The airline (Montenegro Airlines) wants to expand its operations with the purchase of a 100-seat aircraft by the end of the year and another in 2001. "In next five years we will have a Boeing" says Milovan Milic, chief of flight operations. Montenegro now flies to Belgrade, Budapest, Ljubljana, Zurich and Rome. "We want to fly to London, Moscow and Scandinavia when we have a third aircraft, probably next summer," Milic says. "The London route could be established by December. We think London is a good transit point for US-bound passengers and there are many Montenegrin nationals in London. Our target is ultimately a BOEING 737-500 or 600. We plan to have three FOKKER 100 for the next three years, two for the coming winter season and three for next summer." Milic said the company was happy with the Fokker 100 performance. "
And the article goes on and on, about thier financial difficulties, having workforce that actually belonged to JAT, but this part I found most interesting.
I hope this was interesting to read. And I also hope that this airline will soon modernize and grow even more. I wish them good luck! What do you think about Monenegro Airlines?
I have flown them several times, always on the F28 on Podgorica-Bari and Tivat-Beograd route. Not for the nationalisam, but I was very happy, youmg willing people, provideing service that is aimed to be a MONTENGEREENIAN service, offering connections and facilities that we had never before. I know that they are small, I know that the a/c are not new, I know that they are on the beggining, but I can only praise them. Good flight, good service, on time and cheap. I was wery happy to see the F100 to come, it is a great improvement for them. The Yak has never fly because it has serious problems, and as far as I was there (august 2000) it was parked on the TIVAT airport. I saw it only ones flying.
They addopted a very good-looking euro white c/s showing the eagle on the tail on a dark blue color. The only thing that is bad is the font of the title (they should use something different, like TAM from Brasile, no Times New Roman).
Finally I wanted to ask: who was the previous owner of that F100?
Flyboy_se From Switzerland, joined Feb 2000, 759 posts, RR: 5 Reply 4, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1369 times:
I also went with Montenegro Airlines from Tivat to Belgrade and the service was excellent.
The crew was very firendly , even better then JAT.
It would be great to see some more planes in their fleet soon.
I read somewhere in January that MA was supposed to lease a 767-300 for flights to New York.
Doesn anybody know what happened to that?
I think that the Eagle on the tail has to do with something about Montenegrian flag. But i am not sure.
Fokplanes From Spain, joined Oct 2000, 70 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1363 times:
coming back to your original question about Montenegro Airlines.
What I think about Montenegro Airl: I think that they will be very succesful in the near future. In a few months they will start to operate some high potential routes what I heared. But the most important is that they have allready selected the right aircraft to serve these routes, because the F100 is really a good acft for them in my opinion.