BELGRADE, SERBIAAir Serbia is preparing to take delivery of its first ATR 72-600 turboprop. The aircraft with the registration YU-ALY is scheduled to arrive in Belgrade from Toulouse on Thursday, 27 January.

By adding the first airplane of this type, Serbia's national carrier has begun to renew its regional fleet with Franco-Italian aircraft manufacturer ATR's newest and most efficient turboprop. The airline will receive five more aircraft of the same type by the end of this year.

The ATR 72-600s will replace three ATR 72-200 and three ATR 72-500 in Air Serbia's fleet.

"It will significantly increase our operational efficiency, as well as service provided to passengers. Our ambition is to continue to develop further as a regional leader and an upgraded turboprop fleet is an essential step on this path,” said Jiri Marek, Air Serbia CEO.

Air Serbia will use the new ATR 72-600 airplanes for scheduled flights from Belgrade to Banjaluka, Vienna, Bucharest, Ljubljana, Podgorica, Prague, Sarajevo, Skopje, Sofia, Thessaloniki, Tivat, Tirana, and Zagreb, as well as for seasonal flights to Dubrovnik, Pula, Split, and Zadar. The airline will also use the new airplanes for scheduled flights from Niš to Ljubljana, and for seasonal flights to Athens, as well as scheduled flights from Kraljevo to Istanbul and for seasonal flights to Thessaloniki.