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JAT 738?

Sun Apr 21, 2002 1:49 am

Somewhere on the net it was said that JAT will replace its 722 with 738 from November 2002. Now I am a little bit confused, I thougt they have A319 on order...
Can anyone put some light on this??
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RE: JAT 738?

Sun Apr 21, 2002 2:42 am

Could be that the a319 will replace the DC9/737-300 and the 738 will fly the longer routes to the middle east, and north Africa. But since they've got an A319 on order I'm wondering why they didn't order an A321 instead of a 738?
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RE: JAT 738?

Sun Apr 21, 2002 5:38 am

I'm sure this is just a rumour. The A319 was political decision and now JAT is "stuck" with Airbus. It appears they have been allowed to change the AC type and number of units but I'm pretty sure their sticking with Airbus. There is no need for A319s, they would replace their 737s, and those are the least of their worries. I predict about 3-4 A318s to replace the DC-9s and 3-4 A320s to replace the 727s. Both the 727s and the DC-9s are quite active with JAT so I'm guessing ACs of that capacity are needed. The other option may be 2-3 A318s and an A330 and then later they may get some 738s from Boeing. Anyway, all this is speculation. Only one thing is for certain, and that is the fact that JAT is not prepared for new ACs neither financially nor infrastructuraly and that is way the deliver has once again been delayed, until 2003 I think.
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RE: JAT 738?

Mon Apr 22, 2002 12:08 am

I totally agree. It is very unlikely that JAT will even consider ordering new 737s, when they have already concluded on future cooperation from Airbus Industrie.

The B737-300 is a very good plane, and should stay in the fleet for upto ten more years. Meanwhile the aircraft that are likely to replace the older Boeing and Douglas planes are likely to be a combination of A318s and A320s. In the long run, A319 should eventually replace the 737s. Certainly JAT is interested in a diversified fleet with the same operational characteristics, and as such its long term goal will not include both Airbus and Boeing for its mid-range fleet.

At this point, JAT does not need that many (eight) new mid-range aircraft; instead they need about four or five. This observation was also made by the Serbian ministry of transport. As a result, the assumption that a long range Airbus order is very possible. I am anticipating that JAT will make a well defined order by same-time next year.