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Montenegro Airlines

Montenegro Airlines
IATA ICAO Callsign
YM MGX MONTENEGRO
Founded 24 October 1994
Hubs Podgorica Airport
Secondary hubs Tivat Airport
Frequent-flyer program Vision Team
Fleet size 6
Destinations 19
Company slogan We give wings to your dreams!
Headquarters Podgorica, Montenegro
Key people Daliborka Pejović, CEO[1]
Net income Decrease € -5.5 million (2011)[2]
Website montenegroairlines.com

Montenegro Airlines a.d. (Montenegrin: Монтенегро ерлајнс / Montenegro erlajns) is the flag carrier of Montenegro,[3] headquartered in Podgorica. It operates scheduled and charter services throughout Europe from its hub at Podgorica Airport with a second base maintained at Tivat Airport.[4]

Contents

  • History 1
  • Destinations 2
    • Codeshare agreements 2.1
  • Fleet 3
  • Incidents and accidents 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

History

The airline was founded on October 24, 1994 by the government of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.[5] The first aircraft, a Fokker 28 Mk4000 (nicknamed "Lovćen"), was purchased almost two years later in 1996.[5] The first commercial flight took place on May 7, 1997, at exactly 10:30 between Podgorica and Bari, Italy.[5]

In April 2000, Montenegro Airlines became a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).[5] In June 2000, the first of five Fokker F100 aircraft was delivered to Podgorica Airport.[5] The airline joined Amadeus CRS on March 5, 2003.[5] In 2004, Montenegro Airlines' pilots were the first in the region to be granted the IIIA certificate. On July 2 of the same year the airline carried its millionth passenger.[5]

After the Montenegrin independence referendum, Serbia became an international market for Montenegrin companies. Montenegro Airlines had to cease international flights from Serbia to countries other than Montenegro, thus losing the profitable Niš - Zurich line, due to lack of Seventh Freedom policy. In an effort to circumvent this, Montenegro Airlines registered a separate airline in Serbia called Master Airways, but it was denied an operating license allegedly due to Serbian Government protectionist policies. On July 23, 2007, Montenegro Airlines ordered 2 Embraer 195 in order to grow its fleet and destination network. The aircraft being leased from GECAS for a period of 8 years. The first of the two Embraer E-195s arrived at Podgorica Airport on 5 June 2008.[6] The delivery of the first Embraer was followed by introduction of regular flights to London-Gatwick and Milan-Malpensa International Airport.

On April 17, 2009, El Al and Montenegro Airlines issued a joint statement reiterating El Al's keen interest in buying 30% of the stock,[7] but the plan failed.[8] The airline remains a government-owned company and enjoys financial and protectionist support from the government.[9]

After the arrival of the airline's first pair of Embraer E-195s, Montenegro Airlines requested Embraer to change the remaining backlog order to the E-175.[10] However, the third E-195 was delivered anyway,[11] and thus the fourth remaining order was to be an E-175.[12][13] On July 6, 2012, local media cited that Montenegro Airlines has yet again changed the fourth order, this time requesting an E-190LR model. The aircraft was delivered in May 2014.[14]

In November 2014, Montenegro Airlines put both its Fokker 100s up for sale. However, by June 2015 no buyer has been found and the aircraft are likely to be scrapped.[15]

Destinations

As of June 2015, Montenegro Airlines serves destinations in France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Austria, Slovenia, Serbia and the United Kingdom.[16]

Codeshare agreements

Montenegro Airlines maintains codeshare agreements with the following airlines:

Fleet

Montenegro Airlines Embraer 195
Montenegro Airlines Fokker 100

As of June 2015, the Montenegro Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft:[19]

Incidents and accidents

  • On 25 January 2005 at about 11 p.m., a Montenegro Airlines Fokker 100 (YU-AOM) ran off the side of the runway during a night landing in snowy conditions at Podgorica. The nosegear collapsed and the airplane skidded for about 700 meters before coming to rest. Two passengers, the pilot, and the copilot sustained minor injuries.[20] The airline was sued by passengers, as it was the only airline to operate flights to Podgorica that evening (other airlines canceled flights due to insufficient ice clearance technology at Podgorica Airport).
  • On 7 January 2008, at about 9:30 pm, a Montenegro Airlines Fokker 100 (4O-AOK) was shot at while landing at Podgorica Airport. A routine inspection of the aircraft led to the discovery of a bullet hole in the aircraft's tail. The aircraft was carrying 20 passengers, but none was injured. The reason for the incident is unknown; however, reports indicate that it may have been an inadvertent result of guns being fired during celebrations for Orthodox Christmas.[21]
  • On 14 June 2013, at 6:00 pm, Montenegro Airlines Fokker 100 took off on a scheduled flight from Podgorica to Belgrade when the pilots discovered problem with the landing gear which didn't retract after taking off. Plane circled around due to full fuel tank that needed to be emptied in order to land. No injuries or fatalities were recorded as plane safely landed at Podgorica Airport.

References

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  15. ^ a b ch-aviation.com - Montenegro Airlines pulls Fokker 100s off market 19 June 2015
  16. ^ montenegroairlines.com - Destinations retrieved 20 June 2015
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  19. ^ ch-aviation.com - Montenegro Airlines retrieved 20 June 2015
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External links

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