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Jat Airways, Larnaca>Belgrade

Thu Oct 06, 2011 7:10 am

Добар дан!

I have decided to write a trip report about my recent flight from Larnaca, Cyprus to Belgrade, Serbia on Jat Airways.

Jat Airways is the national carrier of Serbia founded as Aeroput back in 1927. Today it operates a fleet of 10 B737-300s and 4 Atr-72s flying to a total of 36 destinations.

Today's trip report will be on one of their B737-300s, YU-ANI, delivered to the airline on the 17th December 1985.

Since its delivery ANI has been flying around in all sort of different liveries:

From 1985 to 1996 it was flying with JAT Yugoslav Airlines.
1996, Constellation International.
1997, Air Malta.
1998, back with JAT.
1998, Air Malta.
1999 to 2005 operated for MAT Airways of FYROM (now defunct).
2005-2009 Jat Airways
2009, Air Ivoire

Since 02.01.2010 it has been operating for Jat Airways.

Here she is, landing as JU 089 from Dubai to Belgrade via Larnaca.

http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af128/Nemjee/jat%20beg%20lca/2SlowingdownfromDXB.jpg

http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af128/Nemjee/jat%20beg%20lca/3Turningtowardstheairport.jpg

Gate before Jat's arrival:

http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af128/Nemjee/jat%20beg%20lca/6Gate26priortoJatsarrival.jpg

YU-ANI taxying

http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af128/Nemjee/jat%20beg%20lca/7JatAirways737-300.jpg

http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af128/Nemjee/jat%20beg%20lca/8JU733YU-ANI.jpg

http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af128/Nemjee/jat%20beg%20lca/9JU089.jpg

http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af128/Nemjee/jat%20beg%20lca/10JU089.jpg

http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af128/Nemjee/jat%20beg%20lca/11JU089atthegate26.jpg

Aeroflot IL-96 departing to Moscow SVO

http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af128/Nemjee/jat%20beg%20lca/14PushingbackfromGate44.jpg

LCA departures area

http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af128/Nemjee/jat%20beg%20lca/15LarnacaAirportterminal.jpg

http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af128/Nemjee/jat%20beg%20lca/16LarnacaAirportterminal.jpg

http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af128/Nemjee/jat%20beg%20lca/19VChkalovtoSVO.jpg

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http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af128/Nemjee/jat%20beg%20lca/22AeroflottoSheremetyevo.jpg

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Waiting for take off clearance, LCA control tower in sight

http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af128/Nemjee/jat%20beg%20lca/29Momentsaway.jpg

Olympic Air's flight from Athens

http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af128/Nemjee/jat%20beg%20lca/33OA319.jpg

Impressive sight

http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af128/Nemjee/jat%20beg%20lca/38Magnificent.jpg

Our flight was almost ready to board

http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af128/Nemjee/jat%20beg%20lca/40Busybee.jpg

Ah... the A330 will surely be missed in Larnaca after December

http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af128/Nemjee/jat%20beg%20lca/49CY386toCDG.jpg

A flight to Sofia was boarding next to us

http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af128/Nemjee/jat%20beg%20lca/50BulgariaAirtoSofia.jpg

Bulgaria Air's A320 parked next to us

http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af128/Nemjee/jat%20beg%20lca/51Howcreative.jpg

Transaero's B747-200 parked at the first gate

http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af128/Nemjee/jat%20beg%20lca/54UNtoDME.jpg

http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af128/Nemjee/jat%20beg%20lca/55TheJungle.jpg

That day it was total Slavic domination at the airport with Aeroflot's IL-96, Transaero's B747-200, Bulgaria Air's A320, Aerosvit's E-145, Jat's B737-300 and finally Cyprus Airways' charter flight to Moscow on board the A330-200!

http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af128/Nemjee/jat%20beg%20lca/56Thelittlefella.jpg

Off to SVO...

http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af128/Nemjee/jat%20beg%20lca/62CY386.jpg

Our gate

http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af128/Nemjee/jat%20beg%20lca/63Gate26toBelgrade.jpg

http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af128/Nemjee/jat%20beg%20lca/64Gate26.jpg

Bulgaria Air and Transaero that were also boarding

http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af128/Nemjee/jat%20beg%20lca/66ZB320andUN742.jpg

Business Class section... we were delayed as we had to wait for some passengers

http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af128/Nemjee/jat%20beg%20lca/69Frontofthecabin.jpg

Cockpit doors remained open during the whole flight

http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af128/Nemjee/jat%20beg%20lca/77Thecockpit.jpg

Security procedure

http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af128/Nemjee/jat%20beg%20lca/82JU089.jpg

http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af128/Nemjee/jat%20beg%20lca/84JU089.jpg

In case of a water landing...well, we don't really stand a chance but oh well.

http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af128/Nemjee/jat%20beg%20lca/86JU089.jpg


http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af128/Nemjee/jat%20beg%20lca/93Theoverheadcompartments.jpg

http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af128/Nemjee/jat%20beg%20lca/96Drinks.jpg

http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af128/Nemjee/jat%20beg%20lca/102Roundtwofood.jpg

http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af128/Nemjee/jat%20beg%20lca/103Yumm.jpg

http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af128/Nemjee/jat%20beg%20lca/104Dessert.jpg

http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af128/Nemjee/jat%20beg%20lca/105Svost.jpg

http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af128/Nemjee/jat%20beg%20lca/106Littlecutebox.jpg

A plum dipped in chocolate with a nut inside... mmm

http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af128/Nemjee/jat%20beg%20lca/107withanastytreatinside.jpg

Second round of drinks

http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af128/Nemjee/jat%20beg%20lca/108Secondroundofdrinks.jpg

Air France's flight from Paris landed shortly after us

http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af128/Nemjee/jat%20beg%20lca/111AirFrance.jpg

Our plane

http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af128/Nemjee/jat%20beg%20lca/112YU-ANI.jpg

YU-ANI's next flight was to Moscow SVO

http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af128/Nemjee/jat%20beg%20lca/113BelgradeAirport.jpg

Shortly after us and Air France, Lufty's flight from Munich landed as well!

http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af128/Nemjee/jat%20beg%20lca/115C2andC3.jpg

Aeroflot's flight to Moscow SVO

http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af128/Nemjee/jat%20beg%20lca/116AeroflotA320toC5.jpg

Baggage claim area.

http://i1000.photobucket.com/albums/af128/Nemjee/jat%20beg%20lca/119Thebaggagebelts.jpg


Thank you for reading the trip report, hope that you have enjoyed it!

Bye bye.
 
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RE: Jat Airways, Larnaca>Belgrade

Thu Oct 06, 2011 7:24 am

Zdravo Ju068,

Nice report, thanks for posting it!
Don't you think JAT has oooollllldddd planes and oooooolllllldd staff? If you compare it to other carriers from the Balcan region, JAT has among the oldest fleets flying around. I also think that Belgrade has many opportunities to grow. Do you know it there are any expansion plans?

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RE: Jat Airways, Larnaca>Belgrade

Thu Oct 06, 2011 7:32 am

Здраво САСМД82  

Absolutely, the old aircraft are the main reason why so many Serbs complain abot Jat. The reason why there were so many old cabincrew on this flight is because it was coming from Dubai. The cabincrew that operates the route get the chance to spend about two days in Dubai. In a way it's a holiday trip for them so I assume that seniority is the main key when deciding who gets the route.

Recently they launched a new campaign ''New faces'' where they employed a lot of young cabincrew. From time to time when I fly on Jat I see them around.

Actually it was announced yesterday that in September, Belgrade recorded growth of 15%. They also announced that in the coming winter months they expect monthly growth of over 20%!

This coming winter season flydubai will be launching flights to Belgrade, so will SkyWork from Bern. Lot had announced that they will be keeping their three weekly frequencies (E170). Austrian is adding a 4th daily flight, Niki will be adding another 5 frequencies (from 6 to 11 weekly) and finally Tarom will be increasing Belgrade from 5 to 7 weekly flight. It surely won't be a boring winter in Belgrade  

Great news for us living in Cyprus is that the passenger numbers between Belgrade and Larnaca grew by 24% year on year!  
 
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RE: Jat Airways, Larnaca>Belgrade

Thu Oct 06, 2011 9:10 am

Zdravo

Thank for posting this report. How were the crew? Did they only serve a chocolate? I flew JAT from SKP to BEG and received two small muffins, I guess they have stopped serving sandwiches.

Pozdrav

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RE: Jat Airways, Larnaca>Belgrade

Thu Oct 06, 2011 10:12 am

Looks like nice service from JAT. What was in the sandwich?

Quoting ju068 (Thread starter):
Ah... the A330 will surely be missed in Larnaca after December

I didn't know that CY were retuiring the type. Shame

Quoting ju068 (Thread starter):
Aeroflot IL-96 departing to Moscow SVO

Oooh, exotic!
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RE: Jat Airways, Larnaca>Belgrade

Thu Oct 06, 2011 1:53 pm

Very nice TR good photos!

Quoting ju068 (Thread starter):

Cockpit doors remained open during the whole flight

Wow! Their pretty laid back over there!
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RE: Jat Airways, Larnaca>Belgrade

Thu Oct 06, 2011 1:58 pm

Hey there. Nice Report. However, the Transaero is a 747-300, not a -200 as noted.

Have a good one.
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RE: Jat Airways, Larnaca>Belgrade

Thu Oct 06, 2011 2:28 pm

Quoting tk747 (Reply 3):

Oh haha missed the photo of the sandwich. Nice report.
 
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Thu Oct 06, 2011 3:46 pm

I didn't know CY were letting their A330's go. Is it just to big an aircraft for them ? Will be missed at LHR. Another white A320 on it's way then ! Are there any takers do we know at this stage ?
 
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Thu Oct 06, 2011 4:43 pm

thanks for the nice report ju068 ...

I never understand why people mention old staf ...is this important ?... ok sometimes they aesthetics stay in the period when they were young but as long as they are professional in their work it does not matter ... we all grow older and most of us need to work for living ... so

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RE: Jat Airways, Larnaca>Belgrade

Thu Oct 06, 2011 5:10 pm

Quoting tk747 (Reply 3):
Thank for posting this report. How were the crew? Did they only serve a chocolate? I flew JAT from SKP to BEG and received two small muffins, I guess they have stopped serving sandwiches.

You are welcome   Well SKP is considered as a regional flight so maybe that is the reason why you got a muffin? The crew was a bit cold at first but once we took off they were totally nice and made you feel really good. With Jat is like playing lotto, you never know what kind of crew you might get  
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 4):
Looks like nice service from JAT. What was in the sandwich?

Hmmm... green salad, chicken breast and butter. Was quite tasty and surprisingly the bread was not stale!!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 4):
I didn't know that CY were retuiring the type. Shame

Yeah, I think they are leaving in December. Shortly before the summer season they are going to get a couple of A321s.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 4):
Oooh, exotic!

Gotta love Russian aircraft taking off!   We still get a Tu-154 from Minsk from time to time. Cool replacement of the boring B737-500!

Quoting thegreatRDU (Reply 5):
Very nice TR good photos!

Thank you!

Quoting thegreatRDU (Reply 5):
Wow! Their pretty laid back over there!

Well, I guess that no one is really interested in highjacking a 25 year old Serbian aircraft  
Quoting DFWHeavy (Reply 6):
Hey there. Nice Report. However, the Transaero is a 747-300, not a -200 as noted.

Thank you for that. Was in a rush to get to the gate so had to assume  
Quoting theobcman (Reply 8):
I didn't know CY were letting their A330's go. Is it just to big an aircraft for them ? Will be missed at LHR. Another white A320 on it's way then ! Are there any takers do we know at this stage ?

Well when the A330 was introduced in the fleet, as a replacement for their A310s, the Cypriot market was very much protected by the government. Once lowcost airlines such as Easyjet and Monarch were allowed to enter the market CY could not compete with them. Of course the service on board CY is quite good, it costs a lot to operate an A330 on a 5hour flight.
The two A330s accounted for about 50% of the total loss that the airline made last year (€14 mil out of €28 mil). Actually from what I read one of the two is going to the UK army!

Quoting stipica (Reply 9):
I never understand why people mention old staf ...is this important ?... ok sometimes they aesthetics stay in the period when they were young but as long as they are professional in their work it does not matter ... we all grow older and most of us need to work for living ... so

Hey... to be honnest, in Jat at least, the older cabin crew tend to be much nicer than the young ones! The young ones either lack the nerves to deal with passengers or they are too full of themsevles!

U svakom slucaju hvala  
 
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Thu Oct 06, 2011 8:16 pm

Jat service seems to be quite nice. It is just a pity that the airline is such in a bad shape.
 
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Fri Oct 07, 2011 12:11 am

Thank you for a wonderfull TR.
Did the crew not notice you taking photos of them?
The service looks great considering the length of the flight.

Am i the only one that dont think the crew is old? I think they look middle aged.
The blond FA looks a bit like an older version of Severina  

JAT planes may be old, but they are well maintained.

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Fri Oct 07, 2011 5:48 am

Thanks a lot for sharing this report with me. JAT looks pretty good. Perfect timing as I fly them in 3 days and on to my vacation in Belgrade for a week. Any A.Netter wants a drink with me and my buddy (he works for an airline as well), please do PM.

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RE: Jat Airways, Larnaca>Belgrade

Fri Oct 07, 2011 11:22 am

Nice report, crew badges have old JAT logo and font, and the life vests have JAT from the communist era.
 
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Fri Oct 07, 2011 3:03 pm

Добро вече  

Great report, I always enjoy reading Jat Airways reports! Last time I flew DXB-LCA-BEG, the pax at LCA boarded by bus rather than airbridge.

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RE: Jat Airways, Larnaca>Belgrade

Fri Oct 07, 2011 9:39 pm

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 13):
Thanks a lot for sharing this report with me. JAT looks pretty good. Perfect timing as I fly them in 3 days and on to my vacation in Belgrade for a week. Any A.Netter wants a drink with me and my buddy (he works for an airline as well), please do PM.

Thank you for reading it! Well, it's a shame that you are not going to get this catering from Dubai   Where are you flying from to Belgrade?
Unfortunately I will not be in Belgrade at that time...

Quoting AlexEU (Reply 15):
Добро вече

Great report, I always enjoy reading Jat Airways reports! Last time I flew DXB-LCA-BEG, the pax at LCA boarded by bus rather than airbridge.

Хвала! Sometimes it happens that Jat uses the parking spot when in Larnaca. Actually usage of the airbridge in Larnaca for 1 hour costs only €85 which is quite cheap when compared to Belgrade, €160!
 
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Mon Oct 10, 2011 10:18 pm

Nice TR.Especially the Pics.
Any reason why the cockpit door/Flight deck door was left unlocked....Thats def a violation & a serious one.
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RE: Jat Airways, Larnaca>Belgrade

Thu Oct 13, 2011 4:46 am

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 17):
Nice TR.Especially the Pics.
Any reason why the cockpit door/Flight deck door was left unlocked....Thats def a violation & a serious one.

Thanks. Well I guess that no one really wants to highjack a 25 year old plane from Serbia. I know some people that were allowed to go into the cabin, it might be a violation of rules but I think it's nice that they are not paranoid.
I remember in 2004 I was allowed to enter the cabin of the B727-200Adv and they let me stay there for more than 2 hours including the landing in Larnaca. Pretty amazing experience!
 
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RE: Jat Airways, Larnaca>Belgrade

Sat Oct 15, 2011 10:10 pm

Great pics. We Serbs complain about JU a lot but it’s just like any other average European airline (with the fleet being an exception). They have refurbished most of the seats on the Boeings and started refurbishing the ATRs.

I’m disappointed that they have decided to downgrade the catering a few years ago. It was one of Jat’s brighter points. I remember on this same route a few years ago you not only got a hot meal from DXB but also a full meal from LCA (or when it used to go via BEY). Although I still think you get a hot meal to LCA from BEG on JU088. I do like their chocolate plums though  

I flew with JU a month ago BEG-FCO-BEG and had a nice experience (plane was packed both ways) which until this year was a rarity.

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RE: Jat Airways, Larnaca>Belgrade

Sun Oct 16, 2011 5:01 am

Quoting Luka (Reply 19):
Great pics. We Serbs complain about JU a lot but it’s just like any other average European airline (with the fleet being an exception). They have refurbished most of the seats on the Boeings and started refurbishing the ATRs.

Hey... about two weeks ago I flew BEG-LCA on Jat's YU-ANF, which is the first B737-300 in Europe, and to tell you the truth the cabin was just fine and the seats were very comfortable even if they were not refurbished.
I think that it's in our Serbian nature to complain about anything, Jat included!  
Quoting Luka (Reply 19):
I’m disappointed that they have decided to downgrade the catering a few years ago. It was one of Jat’s brighter points. I remember on this same route a few years ago you not only got a hot meal from DXB but also a full meal from LCA (or when it used to go via BEY). Although I still think you get a hot meal to LCA from BEG on JU088. I do like their chocolate plums thoug

Last time I remember getting a warm meal on Jat was in summer 2008. I believe that it was in the winter season of that year that they replaced the meals with the famous sandwiches. No, no they do not give a warm meal anymore on the segment from Larnaca to Belgrade- they actually never did. It was considered as a snack so it was always a sandwich. People from Dubai to Larnaca get a breakfast which is like a proper meal. I guess it's because the flight leaves Larnaca at around 11:20 so it can't be really considered breakfast.
Chocolate plums are the best thing ever! Great idea..

Quoting Luka (Reply 19):
I flew with JU a month ago BEG-FCO-BEG and had a nice experience (plane was packed both ways) which until this year was a rarity.

Yes, especially since Wizz Air started flying the route. However their rather bad timing and only two weekly frequencies are making Jat and Alitalia a better choice. Could it be that it was packed because of the promotional tickets that Jat had?
 
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Sun Oct 16, 2011 11:03 am

Hi

Nice trip report! thanks for sharing, must be a treat to see all those rare A/C types.


Greetings
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Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
 
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RE: Jat Airways, Larnaca>Belgrade

Mon Oct 17, 2011 7:58 pm

Quoting ju068 (Reply 20):
Yes, especially since Wizz Air started flying the route. However their rather bad timing and only two weekly frequencies are making Jat and Alitalia a better choice. Could it be that it was packed because of the promotional tickets that Jat had?

Could be. My ticket was standard price although I did book it 3 days before I went. But from FCO-BEG 80% of the passengers were middle aged Italians. Maybe they were going for business or something. All the announcements by the purser were also made in Italian which was a nice touch. Don't like the way they have halved the economy class section. On most Europe flights they now offer only 6 seats in business. BTW tonight 113 pax going from BEG to DXB (onwards to Australia).

Quoting ju068 (Reply 20):

Last time I remember getting a warm meal on Jat was in summer 2008. I believe that it was in the winter season of that year that they replaced the meals with the famous sandwiches. No, no they do not give a warm meal anymore on the segment from Larnaca to Belgrade- they actually never did. It was considered as a snack so it was always a sandwich. People from Dubai to Larnaca get a breakfast which is like a proper meal. I guess it's because the flight leaves Larnaca at around 11:20 so it can't be really considered breakfast.
Chocolate plums are the best thing ever! Great idea..

Before 2008 I remember that they served a hot meal BEG-LCA then LCA-DXB I can't rembember. From DXB-LCA it was (and still is) a hot breakfast and then from LCA didn't they use to serve those cold cuts with cheese? Last time I flew from LCA was in February and I didnt enjoy the flight one bit because the crew was really bad (might I add that two of them were the "new faces of Jat") and we had to go via TIV because it was foggy in BEG and the system for landing in foggy weather wasn't working on the plane so they had to get a replacement in TIV. We were stranded in the plane for about 3 hours. Arrived in BEG at around 21.00 instead of 13.00. Although it worked out great for the few pax that were transiting in BEG to TIV 
 
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RE: Jat Airways, Larnaca>Belgrade

Tue Oct 18, 2011 6:37 am

Quoting Luka (Reply 22):
Could be. My ticket was standard price although I did book it 3 days before I went. But from FCO-BEG 80% of the passengers were middle aged Italians. Maybe they were going for business or something. All the announcements by the purser were also made in Italian which was a nice touch. Don't like the way they have halved the economy class section. On most Europe flights they now offer only 6 seats in business. BTW tonight 113 pax going from BEG to DXB (onwards to Australia).

I suppose that the codeshare they have with Alitalia really helps them. My guess is that most of these older men were booked on Alitalia (due to miles and all that). Plus it's quite convenient if some of them are going on a one day trip to Belgrade. Morning on Jat and evening back to Rome on Alitalia.
Do you remember how the load was in the Business Class?
Was it good Italian at least? I remember when I flew BEG-VIE on JU's morning flight and they made an announcement in horrible German!! Was quite embarassing.

113 is really good, it adds even more controversy to Jat's withdrawal from Belgrade. I know that flydubai's flight is going to help a lot for people flying from Australia but for us living in Cyprus it's a living nightmare. Two weekly flights arriving to Belgrade at 03:15 (departing Larnaca at 01:30!).



Quoting Luka (Reply 22):
Before 2008 I remember that they served a hot meal BEG-LCA then LCA-DXB I can't rembember. From DXB-LCA it was (and still is) a hot breakfast and then from LCA didn't they use to serve those cold cuts with cheese? Last time I flew from LCA was in February and I didnt enjoy the flight one bit because the crew was really bad (might I add that two of them were the "new faces of Jat") and we had to go via TIV because it was foggy in BEG and the system for landing in foggy weather wasn't working on the plane so they had to get a replacement in TIV. We were stranded in the plane for about 3 hours. Arrived in BEG at around 21.00 instead of 13.00. Although it worked out great for the few pax that were transiting in BEG to TIV

BEG-LCA was a hot meal before, and as far as I remember for a short period of time LCA-DXB was also a hot meal and then moved to sandwiches. Now it's BEG-LCA sandwiches and then not sure what they give LCA-DXB. Mind you, the flight takes off from Larnaca after 01:00 so it would surprise me that they give a proper meal. I suppose that most of the passengers want to sleep.
I actually do not remember getting a ''cold meal'' ever on the segment LCA-BEG. It was always a sandwich. I have been flying the route since 1999 and all I remember is sandwiches. But BEG-LCA used to be both cold and warm meals. Maybe it has something to do with catering...

Jat's cabincrew is like playing lotto. You win or you lose! However, I do prefere the older crew, they tend to be much nicer!
Ah... my sister was stuck for 7 hours in SKP. They were one of the last planes to land so they couldn't even enter the terminal building since it was packed. They ended up sitting in the plane the whole time.
Since she is a smoker she told me that about 20 passengers were standing on the stairs smoking. Shame nobody took a picture of that!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 21):
Nice trip report! thanks for sharing, must be a treat to see all those rare A/C types

Thanks! It is, especially when you get to see a Tu-154! We get that one from time to time coming in from Minsk!  
 
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Tue Oct 18, 2011 9:13 pm

Anybody knows why JAT has chosen Larnaca over Beirut as a stopover to Dubai? Shouldn't they rather do both (some days via BEY, others via Larnaca?) It's pitty JAT being completely absent from the Middle-East.
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Quoting Tupolev160 (Reply 24):
Anybody knows why JAT has chosen Larnaca over Beirut as a stopover to Dubai? Shouldn't they rather do both (some days via BEY, others via Larnaca?) It's pitty JAT being completely absent from the Middle-East.

There are more than 2,000 Serbs living in Cyprus which means that there is some sort of O&D demand between the two. Beirut had very light loads and did not prove profitable.

I think that Jat is quite happy with Larnaca, they recorded passenger growth of over 24% this year, also for the first time there were charter flights during the summer months with around 2,100 tourists.

Unfortunately, Jat will be reducing Larnaca from almost daily to two weekly flights as they are axeing their flights to Dubai. Larnaca will be operated as Jat's flight to Tel Aviv via LCA.
 
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RE: Jat Airways, Larnaca>Belgrade

Mon Oct 24, 2011 11:59 am

Quoting ju068 (Reply 18):
Well I guess that no one really wants to highjack a 25 year old plane from Serbia

Cant be really sure these days  
But what does the SOP of the Airline state?.
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RE: Jat Airways, Larnaca>Belgrade

Tue Oct 25, 2011 8:27 am

When are they leaving Dubai?
 
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Tue Oct 25, 2011 9:35 am

Quoting Luka (Reply 22):
But from FCO-BEG 80% of the passengers were middle aged Italians.

I flew BEG-FCO-BEG this year both with JU and AZ...since this is a short flight, I can't really say whats better, but JU sandwiches are definitely better than AZ chocolate bar!

Quoting Luka (Reply 22):
Before 2008 I remember that they served a hot meal BEG-LCA then LCA-DXB I can't rembember.

Last time I flew BEG-LCA-DXB was in 2008 and we got a hot proper meal on both BEG-LCA and LCA-DXB sectors. One thing that annoyed was getting the second meal as soon as we took off from LCA.I am surprised that JU will stop flying to DXB...First they changed to AUH, then they moved the stopover to Paphos and now they stopped flying...

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 26):
But what does the SOP of the Airline state?.

Actually, pilots even smoke on JU flights! There are ashtrays and its a normal thing...
 
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RE: Jat Airways, Larnaca>Belgrade

Tue Oct 25, 2011 11:29 am

Hey great report. JAT interior looks the same as when I flew them during the days of sanctions! A step back in time.  

Love to get on a IL96 how lucky where those passengers. Also shame to see the CY A330's go but I guess its the times we live in .

Look forward to the next report.

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Wed Oct 26, 2011 9:46 am

Quoting alexeu (Reply 28):

Actually, pilots even smoke on JU flights! There are ashtrays and its a normal thing...

Amazing.......ashtray presence is not a reason that smoking is permitted.....What does the SOP state.
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RE: Jat Airways, Larnaca>Belgrade

Wed Oct 26, 2011 2:15 pm

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 26):
But what does the SOP of the Airline state?.

Well probably the same things as in the other airlines. Now, it's another thing if the SOP's are respected  
Quoting 777way (Reply 27):

It should be axed with the winter timetable.

Quoting alexeu (Reply 28):
then they moved the stopover to Paphos

That was because of the works on the Larnaca runway. That's why the flights will be departing Cyprus from Paphos for several weeks this winter again.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 29):
Hey great report. JAT interior looks the same as when I flew them during the days of sanctions! A step back in time.

Just back then they didnt have leather seats, with the exception of Business Class  
Quoting OA260 (Reply 29):
Love to get on a IL96 how lucky where those passengers. Also shame to see the CY A330's go but I guess its the times we live in .

Well, it was a scheduled flight, departing Moscow everyday at around 05:00. This summer they operated everything to Larnaca. A320, A321, A330-300, IL-96 and B767-300!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 29):
Look forward to the next report.

Well if I am not too lazy I will write one for my flight LCA-OTP tonight  
Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 30):
Amazing.......ashtray presence is not a reason that smoking is permitted.....What does the SOP state.

Well officially smoking is banned on all flights but ...
 
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Wed Oct 26, 2011 9:14 pm

Quoting ju068 (Reply 31):
Well, it was a scheduled flight, departing Moscow everyday at around 05:00. This summer they operated everything to Larnaca. A320, A321, A330-300, IL-96 and B767-300!

Funny I remember looking at the SU website and the SVO-LCA was on the availability but showing full for the whole summer, do they block it for tours?
 
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RE: Jat Airways, Larnaca>Belgrade

Wed Oct 26, 2011 11:12 pm

Quoting OA260 (Reply 32):
Funny I remember looking at the SU website and the SVO-LCA was on the availability but showing full for the whole summer, do they block it for tours?

I think they block a large number of seats however a part is left for the very large Russian diaspora in Cyprus. I read somewhere that they expect the number of Russian tourists in Cyprus to reach the one of the British (900,000 per year). This summer their numbers rose by around 50% and my guess is that 70% of those were transported by Aeroflot.

By the way a return ticket LCA-SVO on IL-96 is around 500 Euros during the summer months. In winter time they are going to be flying daily SVO-TLV on the IL-96.
 
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RE: Jat Airways, Larnaca>Belgrade

Fri Nov 04, 2011 11:23 pm

Hello ju068!

Thanks for the nice story! It looks like you had a good flight on JAT! I flew YU-ANI ARN-BEG in September and the dark-haired F/A in your pictures was actually working on my flight as well!

Quoting ju068 (Thread starter):
Cockpit doors remained open during the whole flight

Sadly not on my flight;(

Thanks again!

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