AI noses ahead in race for Serbian airline JAT, picks up its pilots for AI-Express

Mumbai: Air India, which is looking for a European base and has honed in on Belgrade, and Serbian national carrier Jugoslavenski Aerotransport (JAT), as likely partners for a tie-up, has said that 20 JAT pilots have already joined it's low cost carrier - Air India Express.

"The Serbian airline and Air India have started to work together. About 20 JAT pilots have joined Air India Express and additional 10 pilots would join soon," Air India chairman, V Thulasidas, who is slated to head the merged entity, Air India-Indian, said.

"JAT has a good flight training school. We would send our people for training there," Thulasidas said. He added that there were also plans to start flights to trans-Atlantic destinations through Belgrade.

As part of its moves to pick up JAT, Air India had earlier announced that Accenture had been appointed as consultant.