The past several weeks (from March to April) has been marked by controversy between Serbian carrier JU and Airbus over an unfulfilled order of 8 Airbus A319s made in 1998 during the time Milosevic's party "mentored" JU chiefs. On March 23, 2012, Airbus threatened to sue JU if a new round of negotiations about finalizing a heavily-reduced-and-changed version of the order were not begun by April. Subsequently, Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic sent a letter to Airbus apologizing for the problems with the air company and dismantled a corrupt makeshift government group that had been intentionally ignoring Airbus letters sent to JU allegedly on behalf of Wizzair interests (the Hungarian carrier operates a sole A320 at BEG).
The controversy as of today reaches a brand new level. Tango Six reports less than 2 hours ago, according to government sources, that JU is borrowing just under 10 million euros for capital reimbursment, of which just under 3 million will be allocated to lease 2 Boeing 737-800s. Terms have allegedly been already reached with the broker and the first of the two 738s, both currently located in Romania, is supposed to arrive at BEG on May 1, 2012. The same source also speculates a possible restarting of JU's BEG-DXB flight, a route that is already operated by FZ (which also uses a 738 on this route!).
Opinions? Will Airbus have a reaction to this? Has JU placed itself in further danger of Airbus lobby, from which JU's a/c have been held for safety inspections at CDG?
My first thread.
[Edited 2012-04-12 13:05:11]