Jat Airways and Air Berlin to codeshare on numerous flights
As was first reported by EX-YU Aviation News in April, Jat Airways and Air Berlin have this week officially announced a new partnership agreement by offering their passengers selected destinations under shared flight numbers starting August 1. Under the agreement, Air Berlin will place its codes on Jat Airways’ flights between Belgrade and Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Stuttgart, thereby expanding the presence of Germany’s second largest airline in the Balkans. In return, Jat Airways will place its codes on several of Air Berlin’s domestic flights - between Stuttgart, Munich, Berlin, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Nuremberg and Frankfurt. Furthermore, Jat will place its flight numbers on services from Berlin to Stockholm, Oslo, Helsinki, Copenhagen and Gothenburg. Air Berlin’s flight numbers on Jat Airways flights will range from AB5750 to AB5759 while Jat’s numbers on Air Berlin flights will range from JU8349 to JU8398.
Speaking of the new partnership, Air Berlin CEO Wolfgang Prock-Schauer said, “The codeshare with Jat Airways supports Air Berlin’s strategy of strengthening its network through targeted expansion of codeshares. By starting codeshare flights to Belgrade with Jat Airways, Air Berlin will further expand its presence in the growing market of South East Europe and offer new options to our passengers”. Jat CEO, Velibor Vukašinović added, “We are glad to announce that Jat Airways and Air Berlin will jointly market flights within their respective route networks. Air Berlin will thereby be introduced to the Serbian market for the first time. This step is also particularly important for Serbia and its vast ethnic community living in Germany and exemplifies that Serbia’s national airline is fully committed to providing prime connections for its passengers, while ensuring sound business operations and attempting to retake the position of regional leader”.
Both Jat and Air Berlin are continuing talks on codesharing on flights to the United States. Etihad Airways is the largest single share holder in Air Berlin, owning 29.1% of the airline. At the same time, the Emirati national carrier is to take over a 49% stake in Jat by the end of the month. Air Berlin is Germany’s second largest airline after Lufthansa and Europe’s seventh busiest carrier. Tickets for the abovementioned codeshare flights are on sale on both Jat’s and Air Berlin’s websites.