Luka From Serbia, joined Aug 2006, 173 posts, RR: 2 Posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 8449 times:
Just recently I flew with Tunisair for the first time from Belgrade, Serbia to Monastir, Tunisia. Tunisair began flights to Belgrade a couple of years ago and I was going on holiday for a few weeks. Tunisia is one of the most popular destinations for Serbian tourists after Greece and thousands of Serbs visit the country every year. During the summer you usually have to book with a tour operator since they buy out the entire aircraft. A total of 3 airlines operate flights from Belgrade to Tunisia – Tunisair, our national airline Jat Airways and the Tunisian charter airline Nouvelle Air.
Belgrade Airport – terminal 2
The Tunisiar flight departs in the evening at around 8.40pm so I made my way to the airport. It’s nice to see that BEG looks better and better each time I travel. Jat also had a flight to Monastir a bit earlier in the day. Check in for Tunisair is done at terminal 2. The check in process was quick and I saw on my boarding card that I was the 104th to check in (and I was pretty early) so I knew the plane was going to be full.
Check in area at BEG T2
JU check in desks
I checked the arrivals screen and saw that the inbound Tunisair flight had been delayed by about 20 minutes so I had plenty of time to spot around and take photos
Old style departures board
Duty free (after security and passport control)
When I arrived there were no aircraft at the gates. Shortly after they started arriving one after the other and the airport began to fill up. I saw our A320 arriving from Monastir
I took some more photos of jets arriving
JU117 arriving from Skopje
JU679 arriving from Tivat
JU133 arriving from Moscow
Soon after my little tour of the airport it was time to proceed to the gate, go through another security checkpoint and hand luggage screening and onto the plane.
Flight No.: TU227
Routing: Belgrade - Monastir
Scheduled Departure Time: 20:40
Actual Departure Time: 21.15
Scheduled Arrival Time: 21:50
Actual Arrival Time: 22:00
Equipment: Airbus A320
As we boarded we were greeted by young cabin crew (one stewardess was really beautiful). I only saw 3 cabin crew made out of 2 girls and 1 guy. One of the lady cabin crew was also on my return trip from Monastir to Belgrade 2 weeks later. The all economy cabin looked clean and the seats are practically the same as Jat’s new economy class seats. They were comfortable. The cabin was nearly completely full.
A group of passengers created a problem while we were still on the ground. Instead of sitting at their assigned seats they sat wherever they felt like. When the passengers who were assigned to those seats came, the passengers who took their seats said that the seat numbers are not assigned and that they could sit wherever they liked. Offcourse a little argument prevailed until finally the cabin crew, which just stood and looked around, involved themselves and moved the passengers which thought they could sit wherever they pleased.
The pretty stewardess (seen in front) seemed rather tired and did her job without a smile. The rest of the cabin crew were quite polite.
The pop out screens from above aired the air show map throughout the flight
Shortly after departure the cabin crew began serving dinner, followed by drinks and after that tea and coffee. The photo of the meal speaks a thousand words I wasn’t hungry so I can’t comment on the taste but the desert was nice.
After the meal the flight was mostly uneventful. The cabin crew began selling duty free. As we started our descent we entered into a storm over the sea and experienced some heavy turbulence. The skies cleared after about 5 minutes and the landing was excellent. As usual with Serbian people (which made up most of the passengers on board but not all – there were some Tunisian children), the entire aircraft erupted into applause.
Tunisair reminds me a lot of our airline JU. Similar seats and service although Tunisiar obviously has younger crew. Overall a good flight and another airline to add to my list
AIR MALTA From Malta, joined Sep 2001, 2364 posts, RR: 1 Reply 1, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 8374 times:
Nice trip report, but shame you did not do a report about MIR-BEG leg.
The food on Tunisair might look strange but it is tasty as they usually serve some Tunisian dishes there. And Tunisair offers more than other airlines serving Tunisia do (ex: BA only a small sandwich on the LGW route whereas TU serves a full meal).
Luka From Serbia, joined Aug 2006, 173 posts, RR: 2 Reply 4, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 8080 times:
Quoting debonair (Reply 2): I heard rumors, that a new airline will start soon charter-flights, also flying Belgrade to Tunisia. This airline is to be named Kon Tiki Sky op. by MAT AIRWAYS.
Kon Tiki is a tour operator in Serbia and they created Kon Tiki Sky which is currently flying for Aviogenex out of Belgrade. However the plan is for it to fly in Macedonia under the name MAT Airways. This is their website but its only in Serbian and Macedonian http://www.matairways.mk/
Do you have pictures of Monastir? Was it nice? Thanks for the interesting report.
Flight is between 1.50 - 2.10 hours but there is a 1 hour time difference between Serbia and Tunisia. Loads are fantastic actually. Between 98 and 100% although I did travel during peak season at the beginning of August. My return trip was 100% full. Monastir is an interesting city but I was staying in Port El Kantaoui. Monastir Airport serves that entire area of Tunisia. I have photos but don’t want too bore people with them
As far as I know all of the main airports in Tunisia are served from Belgrade – Tunis, Monastir, the new airport in Enfidha is served by Aviogenex. The only one really missing is Djerba although I think Nouvelle Air used to fly from there last year.
EL-AL From Israel, joined Oct 2001, 1120 posts, RR: 5 Reply 9, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 7226 times:
Nice report with great photos. I like the way BEG airport looks like, classic.
By the way, I plan a trip to the Balkans with a friend in early October, and TLV-BEG-TLV flights with Jat Airways are priced very strange: Business class is cheaper then economy class, with lowest price (from all classes the lowest price is in JCL) around 400 Euro, very high for 2.5 hours flight. When I checked the seats availability, I saw the the plane is 85% empty. I don't get it. That been said, we may start out trip (we plan to visit Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia) at Dubrovnik airport, that has way cheaper flights from Israel.
"In our country, those who do not believe in miracles are irrational" - David Ben Gurion.
ju068 From Serbia, joined Aug 2009, 2579 posts, RR: 6 Reply 10, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 6715 times:
Quoting Luka (Thread starter): Tunisair reminds me a lot of our airline JU. Similar seats and service although Tunisiar obviously has younger crew. Overall a good flight and another airline to add to my list
When I saw the pic of the cabin for the moment it reminded me of the new cabin in JU. I am actually went to check the registration thinking it was the one I flew on (JU mind you)...totally blonde moment lol
However great trip report I like that you included the crew as well, that is usually what is missing in the reports!