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History

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Jat Airways's predecessor, the Society for Air Transport AEROPUT, was founded on June 17th, 1927. This date marks the beginning of civil aviation in our country. The first aircraft to fly under the company name Yugoslav Airlines took off 20 years later, on April 1st, 1947.

In mid-January 1947, the civil aviation traffic administration became part of the Transport Ministry, thereby confirming its civilian status. On 17 March, pilots, navigators, radio operators and flight mechanics were transferred from the Transport Regiment to the newly formed company. In the meantime, the company acquired modified aircraft and the first flying season was launched on 1 April 1947.

After weathering the winds of war, AEROPUT pilots and mechanics joined Yugoslav Airlines crews in JAT's earliest days.

Yugoslav Airlines kicked off with two C-47 aircraft modified into a DC-3 and two JU-52 Junkers. In the course of the year, the fleet grew by another JU-52, four DC-3s and one unmodified C-47 intended for cargo transport. These aircraft maintained regular traffic on domestic lines: Belgrade-Zagreb-Ljubljana and Zagreb-Sarajevo, and on international lines: Belgrade-Prague-Warsaw.

The first three Caravelle airplanes joined the JAT fleet in 1963, and the fleet continued to grow six years later with the addition of the first Douglas DC-9, and seven years later with the first Boeing 707. At the same time, the last of the piston-engine veterans - the DC-3 and Convair - were withdrawn from the fleet. The introduction of jet-engine aircraft enabled more comfortable and affordable flights - far exceeding the characteristics of piston-engine aircraft. With increased capacity and range, these planes served as a basis for expanding the flight network, enabling the company to appear in third markets and make a bid for genuine air traffic growth. This was the main course of Yugoslav Airlines development through the early 1970s, a period tentatively termed by the company as "the beginning of jet aviation".

Just as the beginning of the 1960s was decisive due to the introduction of the first jet-engine aircraft, so were the 1970s with the introduction of the "big Boeing" - the B-707, after which the first charter lines were established to North America with regular traffic. In addition to the introduction of the Douglas DC-10-30, the first wide-body aircraft, in 1978, this period represented the beginning of one of the most important stages in JAT's evolution.

Persistent investment in modernisation and the acquisition of the DC-10-30 guided Yugoslav Airlines to yet another phase of development, the so-called wide-body stage, which was followed several years later by the purchase of a medium-range aircraft - the B-737. This acquisition, among the first in Europe, established a basic pre-condition for further expansion of traffic in nearly all directions. Also, existing lines in Europe, the Middle East and Africa were significantly extended, followed by network expansion to the US, Canada and Australia.

During those "golden years", as some JAT chroniclers have dubbed the period, Yugoslav Airlines opened many offices abroad, carried five million passengers annually, continued to develop and modernise its technical operations parallel to developing service activities such as general aviation, hotel commerce, operating its own training centre and investing in infrastructure. JAT also constructed a large hangar to accommodate wide-body aircraft and a jet-engine test stand, which enabled the company to master the technique of examining engines and other components for modern fleets. Furthermore, the company proved excellent in business skills, sucessfully negotiating contracts with several third world companies.

Meanwhile, JAT developed its information system and introduced automatic ticket sales. In short, the company made a bid to meet its competition by responding to the growing demands and expectations of its passengers while continuing to satisfy regular passengers by living up to the famous company slogan - JAT is MORE THAN FLYING.

Yugoslav Airlines changed its name to Jat Airways on 8 August 2003. In 2006, for the first time since 1991, Jat finished the business year with a positive result. This was followed by a difficult period for world aviation in general, which left its mark on the Serb airline struggling during this time to find a strategic partner. After several attempts, on 1 August 2013, Etihad Airways, Jat Airways, and the Government of the Republic of Serbia announced a strategic partnership aimed towards ensuring the future of the Serb national carrier. Etihad Airways signed a five-year contract for management of the newly founded airline in which Etihad Airways would have 49% equity share, while Jat Airways would be rebranded to Air Serbia. Etihad and the Government of the Republic of Serbia undertook to invest USD 40 million each and to provide additional resources up to the maximum amount of USD 60 million. Our national carrier commenced flights to Abu Dhabi on 26 October 2013, and on 28. October 2013 the airline officially changed its name to Air Serbia. A new name, a new brand, the arrival of new aircraft types to the fleet, new destinations, an entirely new approach to passengers, now perceived and welcomed as guests to be honored and treated with style, and new benefits for the company's loyal passengers, present and future. Airbus A319 aircraft joined the Air Serbia fleet, refurbished with an entirely new interior and new on-board meal catering service. The aim of Air Serbia is to become a regional leader and to resume its place among the world's best airlines.