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The time when Qantas used to fly their 747 into Belgrade
The times in Yugoslavia in the 80’s and 90’s was a time of expansion, communism, and the golden age of flying. JAT Airways had a large fleet that flew to all parts of the globe, with Belgrade being their main hub, and main city of Yugoslavia. Belgrade Airport was at the time, a large attraction with many international flights to where people could go on and explore the world.
The famous Aussie “Kangaroo” route was one of the most known at the time. With multi-stops, as all most flights were in the 70’s in Sydney, Kuala Lumpur, Bombay, Athens and Belgrade, It was flown using the Boeing 747-238B, and was the only scheduled 747 flight into Belgrade. However, these stops would change at times as well. Nicknamed the “Kengur,” both my dad and my uncle were fans of aviation at the time, and because they lived in Belgrade they used to see the mighty Jumbo fly into Belgrade’s “Surčin Airport,” now called Nikola Tesla International Airport.
The route was terminated in early 1987 as Qantas wanted to focus on major power-hubs of Europe such as London, Frankfurt and Rome, all popular destinations in the 80’s and 90’s. Additionally, JAT Airways started providing competitive prices using their own routes through Dubai and Singapore, which made it harder for Qantas to earn profits considering Belgrade was one of the stops on their Kangaroo Route.
A Qantas 747 landing at Belgrade’s Surčin airport in 1987 (top)
A Qantas 747 at Belgrade’s "Surčin airport (bottom)"
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