Air Serbia has tentatively scheduled the entry into service of its first Embraer E195 aircraft, which will initially be operated on its behalf by Greece’s Marathon Airlines. The jet, which has the capacity to seat 118 passengers, has been scheduled to operate its first revenue service for Air Serbia on July 28 between Belgrade and Milan, followed by Naples and Hamburg. The existing scheduling is subject to change at this early stage. Thereafter, the jet will be deployed on a number of routes, including select flights to Marseille, Lyon, Brussels, Frankfurt, Cologne, Stuttgart, Nuremberg, Hamburg, Prague, Gothenburg, Rome, Bologna, Naples, Tirana, Skopje, Athens and Bucharest. Based on existing scheduling, the 118-seat aircraft will be most commonly used on services to Hamburg, Naples and Prague.
The E195, currently registered N361AZ, was formerly operated by Brazil’s Azul Airlines and is thirteen years old. The aircraft is expected to feature Air Serbia’s full corporate livery and will operate alongside the 100-seat E190 aircraft, which the Serbian carrier is also wet-leasing from Greece’s Marathon Airlines. According to previous reports, Air Serbia plans to turn these wet-leases into dry-leases and bridge the gap between its regional seventy-seater ATR72s and narrow-body Airbus fleet, which have the capacity to seat between 142 and 180 passengers. Marathon is now sourcing a second E195, which would also be operated for Air Serbia. The aircraft is likely to arrive in September.
Overall, Air Serbia’s Embraer fleet has been scheduled on a total of 108 flights this July (not including return services) and is so far slated for deployment on 135 flights in August. Commenting on the carrier’s plans for the coming period, the company’s CEO, Jiri Marek, recently said the goal is for the airline to continue growing and providing more options to travellers from Serbia and the region. He further added the aim is for the airline to become the leading carrier in the region, grow profitably and be financially self-sustainable.