Air Serbia sets up in-house maintenance unit

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Air Serbia has set up a line maintenance department at its base at Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla airport.

The division, named Air Serbia Technical, employs 40 engineers and mechanics. It supports the parent’s fleet comprising Airbus A320-family and Boeing 737 narrowbodies and ATR 72 turboprops – as well as well as aircraft operated by Etihad Airways and its Swiss subsidiary Darwin Airline, which is branded as Etihad Regional.

Last year, the Abu Dhabi-based carrier took a 49% shareholding in Air Serbia predecessor Jat Airways and was awarded a management contract. Jat was rebranded in October. The rest of the shares are held by Serbia’s government.

The establishment of Air Serbia Technical was a “logical step” to meet the “growing demand” for aircraft maintenance services, says Air Serbia chief executive Dane Kondic. “Our new maintenance facility and the capability to provide cost-effective maintenance services to other airlines will further strengthen the scale of Air Serbia’s growing operations,” he says.

Light and heavy maintenance for the carrier’s fleet have thus far been conducted by Jat Tehnika in Belgrade. The former technical department of Jat Airways was set up as a standalone MRO provider in 2006.