Air Serbia has been a leader in air transport since the company was founded in 1927. Now, with a new name and a new identity, we can offer a new concept of in-flight comfort across our growing network of lines.
Air Serbia already flies to a total of 63 destinations in Europe, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, North America and Africa, both in passenger and freight traffic.
We also offer flights to international destinations in Asia, Australia, North America and Africa through Etihad Airways and our other partner airlines.
Air Serbia has been a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) since 1961.
We are resolved to continue to play a key role in the development of the aviation industry in Serbia, the Serbian travel industry and the tourist economy of Serbia through the ongoing strategic changes.
Air Serbia's priority is to provide exceptional quality of service to our passengers. We aim to give our company's customers the utmost comfort while traveling, regardless of the class in which they fly.
Years to remember
1927 - 1947: Establishment, growth and termination of Aeroput
The air traffic company Aeroput is established in June. Aeroput, the national airline of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, and then of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, ranks among the top civilian airlines - 10th in Europe and 21st in the world.
A regular route Belgrade-Zagreb is established.
The first flight of aero taxi MMS-3, a unique aircraft manufactured by Aeroput.
Aeroput organises the First international aviation exhibition at the Belgrade Fairground with the participation of Czechoslovakia, England, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, USA and other countries.
The operation of Aeroput was terminated by the Second World War: the pilots and aircraft were mobilized for military aviation and the fleet suffered severe devastation during the enemy bombing of Belgrade.
Occupation authorities ban the operation of Aeroput.
1947 - 1960: Establishment of JAT and fleet expansion
The tradition of Aeroput is continued by Yugoslav Airlines (JAT). In April, its aircraft fly on the first post-war routes of the newly founded company. At the outset the JAT fleet consists of two C-47s turned into DC-3s and two Junkers JU-52s. The first regular routes are in Yugoslavia: Belgrade-Zagreb-Ljubljana and Zagreb-Sarajevo, with one international route Belgrade-Prague-Warsaw.
1960 - 1970: Jet aviation era and growth
The first Caravel lands at Belgrade airport, marking the start of jet aviation in Yugoslavia. In the following years the last veterans of the piston fleet of DC-3s and Convairs are retired from operation.
JAT starts its own catering service, to be used later also by Air France.
The first DC-9 joins the JAT fleet, and the first B-707 is soon to follow.
1970 - 1980: Beginning of the golden age
JAT becomes a member of the Association of European Airlines (AEA).
In November 1974, a JAT B-707 flies around the world on the route Belgrade — Beirut — Bombay — Singapore — Tokyo — Honolulu — Los Angeles — London — Belgrade.
The JAT fleet receives a new addition - the Douglas 10-30 (DC-10), the first wide-body aircraft. This enables direct flights from Belgrade to Chicago, Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Sydney and Melbourne.
1980 - 1990: JAT is more than flying!
JAT is the first airline in Europe to purchase the then state-of-the-art and later the best-selling aircraft Boeing 737-300 (B737-300).
On the IATA and AEA lists of the largest airlines, JAT ranks 31st in the world and 10th in Europe. At the end of the golden 1980s JAT connects Yugoslavia with 61 world destinations on five continents. JAT has an annual turnover of over five million passengers and 46 thousand tons of goods, with a fleet of 36 aircraft.
1990 - 2000: The war and JAT crisis
The early 1990s mark the beginning of the hardest period in the history of former Yugoslavia after the Second World War. It brought war, dissolution of the country and sanctions, which first and foremost affected the national airline.
In May, JAT flies to New York for the last time - only two days later USA imposes an air traffic embargo with Yugoslavia. Immediately after that the United Nations imposes economic sanctions, and in June JAT introduces bus routes to Budapest and Timisoara.
2000 - 2013: JAT Airways and the search for a strategic partner
After 56 years, Yugoslav Airlines is transformed into Jat Airways.
Jat Airways is one of the first airlines to obtain an IATA safety certificate in 2005.
For the first time in 15 years, the national airline ends a business year with a positive result. But in the following years Jat Airways is still trying to find a strategic partner to secure its future.
2013 - today: Strategic partnership and a new chapter in the history of the national airline
On 1 August the national airline of the United Arab Emirates Etihad Airways, Jat Airways and the Government of the Republic of Serbia announce a strategic partnership. Etihad Airways acquires a 49 per cent share in Jat Airways, and Jat Airways is re-branded Air Serbia. Etihad and the Government of the Republic of Serbia commit themselves to investing 40 million USD each and to providing additional funds up to 60 million USD. In October we make the first flight to Abu Dhabi.
In less than a year from the establishment of the company we have added 10 Airbuses to our fleet - eight type A319 aircraft and two type A320 aircraft. For the first time in our long history, our aircraft are flown by women.
Air Serbia makes history as it launches a transatlantic service between Belgrade and New York, reconnecting Serbia and the United States after a break of 24 years. Our strategic goal is to bе the leading airline in the region and to reclaim our place among the best airlines in the world.
Based on the contract between the Ministry of Economy of the Government of the Republic of Serbia and Air Serbia, the Serbian national airline was recapitalized, with the Republic of Serbia increasing its ownership share in Air Serbia from 51 to 82 percent, while Etihad Airways' share was reduced from 49 to 18 percent. The increase of the share capital of the Company was undertaken in order to eliminate the disturbances in the economy caused by the pandemic of the infectious disease COVID-19.