Tango Six says Jat has already arranged for the three-year lease of Adria Airways' two Airbus A319s (S5
-AAP and S5
), which were delivered in 2010 and have very few hours on them. An additional two A320s are supposedly coming on a three-year lease from BOC Aviation. Yesterday on April 11 Jat's director Ognjenovic allegedly signed a paper confirming the schooling of Jat's pilots for the Airbus A320 family. Etihad's delegation with James Hogan are supposed to be in Belgrade on Monday, April 15, to sign the MoU that will give Etihad a 49% stake in Jat with the right to name Jat's board.
Only one ATR that suits Jat's needs has been found on the market, although whether it is a 72-500 or a 72-600 is not stated. Overall, according to Tango Six and EX YU
Aviation News, a sum of five aircraft will be joining Jat's fleet this summer. It should also be noted that only five 733s are currently operating and only two out of three ATR-72-200s are flying--the new aircraft will simply be used to prevent cancellations as opposed to opening new routes if I'm not mistaken.
As for competition with the flights to the gulf, my opinion is the following:
-Turkish Airlines will be hurt but will not pull out, they are located too close to BEG
and provide enough non-connecting traffic to survive.
-Flydubai, contrary to popular belief, actually does not fly many connecting passengers. At least half of the people who fly FZ from BEG
are actually going to DXB
for the sake of going to Dubai. Because of this, don't expect Flydubai to drop out.
-Qatar Airways will take this as a punch. Their flights will be rather obsolete if the technical stop in Ankara stays. If they make a nonstop DOH
flight with a low frequency they may be able to remain competitive without taking major losses.
-I would love to see EK
come to BEG
, but since Etihad was "quicker" to choose BEG
as one of its new destinations, it is now less likely that EK
will just cannonball into the pool. I'm sure there are people in this forum who know enough about EK
that they could inform us the likelihood of BEG
being a feasible new destination.