Air Serbia » Er Srbija | 9 The wide-body passenger jet that’s named after Nikola Tesla sports a different visual identity than the rest of the Serbian national airline’s fleet and is embellished with a stylised image of this famous Serbian scientist and inventor AIR SERBIA’S NEW JET RECEIVED ITS unique look in Shannon, Ireland. The painting process, which included the use of 22 different colours and approximately 250 litres of paint, took eight days of non-stop work in three shifts, with teams of around ten people per shift. The modification of Air Serbia’s existing livery only applies to this aircraft, which has dynamic lines symbolising movement and speed, while the main detail is on the tailfin, in the form of Nikola Tesla’s image. The distinctive blue colour, which forms part of the national airline’s corporate identity, was chosen to be the main colour of Tesla’s image and required 19 different shades of blue to produce. “The arrival of the Airbus A330 jet in its new home in Belgrade is a very important event for Air Serbia. It is a great honour for us to have one of our planes carry the name and image of Nikola Tesla. The fact that this great genius, who is from our region despite having spent most of his life in New York, adds to the importance and symbolism of his image on the plane that will be connecting Belgrade and the Big Apple. This is one of our flagship routes and we are certain that the arrival of the new plane will enhance the customer experience and success of the route, which connects the entire region with the United States,” said Air Serbia CEO Duncan Naysmith. Manufactured in 2008, the new aircraft is a year younger than the previous jet of the same type in Air Serbia’s fleet, while its previous operator was Russian national airline Aeroflot. The aircraft is registered in the Serbian aircraft registry under YUARB. Unlike Air Serbia’s first Airbus A330, registered as YU-ARA, the new plane has Rolls-Royce engines. The latest addition to the national airline’s fleet also has a configuration with 21 seats in Business class and 236 in Economy class. The newmenu was inspired by Nikola Tesla’s nutritional regime and is based on three key words that can be used to describe his work and patents: energy; frequency; vibration. The menu for Economy and Business class passengers, created in collaboration with chef Zoran Mišković, was inspired by Tesla’s childhood, his student days and his life in New York. Passengers will find all meals carefully designed to satisfy the standards of even the pickiest gastronomy lovers in the menu marked with the letter T – Tesla’s way. The first A330 Airbus, YU-ARA, which served in Air Serbia’s fleet from 2016 until 31st March 2021, operated 819 round trip flights to New York, carrying a total of 319,712 passengers along this route. NEW A I RBUS A330 TO OPERATE NEW YORK F L IGHTS AIR SERBIA AIRCRAFT WITH NIKOLA TESLA’S IMAGE ARRIVED IN BELGRADE