Air Serbia’s inaugural service from Belgrade to New York, flight JU 500, is welcomed to JFK International Airport with a water-cannon salute.
With Serbian and American flags flying high, Air Serbia’s first flight JU 500 from Belgrade to New York taxis to a stop at JFK International Airport.
(From left) Gert-Jan de Graaf, President and CEO of JFK IAT, LLC; Dane Kondić, CEO of Air Serbia; Zorana Mihajlovic, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia and the Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure; Siniša Mali, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Air Serbia and the Mayor of Belgrade and Djerdj Matkovic, Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to the United States, mark the arrival of Air Serbia’s inaugural flight from Belgrade to New York with a ribbon cutting.
Air Serbia CEO Dane Kondić and JFK IAT president and CEO Gert-Jan de Graaf
Air Serbia began Belgrade-New York JFK service June 23, providing the first direct flights between Serbia and the US in 24 years. The Serbian carrier is using a two-class Airbus A330-200 leased from Jet Airways of India, on the 5X-weekly service. Air Serbia and Jet Airways are part of Etihad Airways’ group of equity partner airlines.
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