JONAS
Jonas Rask Eilersen
Air Serbia A319 Business Class
Amsterdam - Belgrade, Airbus A319-100 Business Class
24th September 2015

Talk about rising from the ashes…Air Serbia is probably Europe’s most comfortable commercial carrier to fly right now. Having received a hefty investment from Etihad Airways, Air Serbia is the reincarnated version of JAT, the erstwhile Yugoslavian Airline. Let it be clear: there is simply no comparison between Air Serbia and JAT. Read on for our honest review.

Check In
Check-in at Amsterdam was quick, easy, and friendly. My bag was labelled through to my final destination, Istanbul. I was provided with a lounge invitation (any of the KLM Crown Lounges).
The Lounge
I’m not going to be complimentary here, because this was a disappointment; busy, dirty and the lounge staff were clueless and downright unpleasant. Good drinks selection and a few ‘ok’ options for food – but I was disappointed.
Boarding
Schiphol operates security checks at the gate: this is not practical, as it requires the passengers to turn up early for the flight and creates congestion in the gate lounge. However, I was quickly through, and priority boarded. At the aircraft door, a smiling stewardess greeted me warmly.
The Cabin, Seat and Service
I was very impressed with the cabin; all interiors are brand-spanking new, and I just love how the staff were beaming with pride over their new equipment. The seating is the best of any European carrier, period. It’s not a seat with all the bells and whistles (i.e. a seat on an intercontinental flight) – but the recline position is ample, they are wide and comfortable and the cabin is separated from economy class by a quite sturdy divider.
Hands down what I loved the most were the staff. We were four passengers in the cabin, and each of us received personal and friendly attention and service. A glass of Champagne (Piper Hiedsieck) was served, and I was brought warmed nuts and a printed menu.
Food and Drink
Although this was a short European flight of only around two hours, a hearty meal was served – on china. The wine list was not extensive, but I honestly don’t expect this on such a short flight. Frequent champagne top-ups kept me happy. It was not the best meal I’ve ever had (it was very heavy) – but it was more than acceptable.
Inflight Entertainment
I was offered a number of international dailies, as well as magazines. In addition to the airline's quite interesting inflight magazine, I read the International Herald Tribune and worked on my laptop. Although advertised, there were no iPads for me to use inflight.
Arrival
Early arrival into Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla Airport, and a prompt taxi to the stand. As I was continuing onto Istanbul, I had a quick transfer here – very easy and pain-free.
Verdict
What a pleasant surprise – I’ve taken a number of Air Serbia business class flights, and the standard has been as high on all of them as it was today, if not higher (watch out for the reviews!). Highly recommended.