Nice photo. Interesting that it was still Serb-registered. Looks like they'd originally intended to do a lot more with it, too...
Air Bosna to serve London with Serbian 737
David Kaminski-Morrow, London (08Jan03, 16:58 GMT, 221 words)
Bosnian flag-carrier Air Bosna is forging a partnership with Serbian air charter company Aviogenex under which it is to launch flights between Sarajevo, Belgrade and London Gatwick next month.
Under the partnership agreement Air Bosna took delivery of a hushkitted Boeing 737-200 from Aviogenex which it will use to operate the three-times weekly service, which begins on 3 February.
A spokesman for the carrier says that the Serbian-Bosnian deal is important as it represents an improving relationship between the Balkan region states, following the conflict in the 1990s. Cross-border relations are still strained; airlines are still finding it difficult to restore air links between Balkan capital cities.
“We think this is the first case of such a regional [air transport] partnership,” says the spokesman. “It will be welcomed by all the people looking towards this region.”
Configured with 12 business-class and 101 economy-class seats, the jet will operate in Air Bosna colours but will retain its Serbian registration. The spokesman says that it will initially be operated by an Aviogenex crew and eventually by crews from both carriers once Air Bosna has trained its pilots on the type.
Air Bosna, which presently serves several European destinations with its single Boeing MD
-81 aircraft, says it is hoping that the new partnership will lead to other similar agreements with carriers in the region.