Vlade Divac plane part of Air Serbia fleet from Friday

BELGRADE - The airline Air Serbia decided on Friday to include an aircraft bearing the name of famous Serbian athlete Vlade Divac in its fleet.

An Airbus A320 will bear the former basketball player's name as part of the programme entitled Living Legands, which is Air Serbia's way of recognizing famous Serbs whose achievement could serve as inspiration to others.

"I am proud that my name will be connected to Air Serbia, which is helping our country and the entire region a lot," Divac said thanking for the honour.

Air Serbia head Dane Kondic pointed out that Divac was someone who had achieved worldwide recognition in sport.

"His extraordinary sport career and humanitarian work match perfectly with Air Serbia's vision of becoming a regional leader in air transport," Kondic noted.

Vlade Divac is a retired Serbian professional basketball player and current sports administrator. He was among the first group of European basketball players to transfer to the NBA in the late 1980s and was named one of the 50 Greatest Euroleague Contributors. On August 20, 2010, Divac was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame in recognition of his play in international competition.

Aside from being noticed for his basketball abilities, Divac is also known as a humanitarian, helping children in Serbia and in Africa.

This is the second time Air Serbia has recognized a distinguished individual in this way, the first being when they named one of their aircraft after Serbia's tennis player Novak Djokovic.

Photo Tanjug, S. Radovanovic

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