Posted on: 04 August 2014 by Mark Howells
Etihad Regional and Air Serbia have begun a codeshare agreement which will bring the number of weekly return flights operated by the airlines between Switzerland and Serbia to 15.
The new codeshare flights will offer European travellers greater access between the two countries. Air Serbia will place its JU code on the Etihad Regional flights between Geneva and Belgrade and Geneva and Lugano, whilst Etihad Regional will place its F7 code on the daily Air Serbia flights between Belgrade and Zurich.
Etihad Airways currently has a 49% stake in Air Serbia and is in the process of formalising a 33.3% equity investment in Darwin Airline, which operates as Etihad Regional.
Dane Kondi?, chief executive officer of Air Serbia, commented, “We recently expanded our network to over 38 destinations in Europe and the Middle East, and this codeshare announcement further supports our strategy to provide greater access and connectivity to our guests.”
Air Serbia’s Belgrade–Zurich route is operated by Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft, which carry between 120 and 160 passengers. Etihad Regional will operate its codeshare routes with a two-class Saab 2000, configured to carry 50 passengers.
“Firstly, the agreement demonstrates the potential of the partnership between both airlines in terms of network synergies. But most importantly, it makes Etihad Regional’s route network even more attractive by providing our guests more travel options between Switzerland and Serbia,” opined Maurizio Merlo, chief executive officer of Etihad Regional.