Air Serbia - Finnair ink partnership

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Air Serbia and Finalnd's national carrier have concluded a wide-ranging codeshare agreement which has come into force with immediate effect. As a result, the Serbian carrier has added its “JU” designator code and flight numbers onto Finnair's services between Helsinki, Vienna, Prague, Berlin, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Oslo, Riga, Vilnius, Tartu and Tallinn. The Serbian airline also added its code on a number of Finnair's domestic flights, including those from Helsinki to Turku, Tampere, Joensuu, Jyvaskyla, Kuopio, Kajaani, Kokkola, Pietarsaari, Vaasa, Kemi Tornio, Oulu, Ivalo, Kuusamo and Rovaniemi. In return, the Oneworld alliance-member airline will codeshare on Air Serbia's services between Belgrade and Helsinki, as well as on flights between Belgrade and Vienna, Prague, Berlin, Tirana, Bucharest, Sofia, Skopje, Podgorica, Sarajevo, Tivat, Larnaca and Thessaloniki.

The development comes just months after Air Serbia introduced flights between Belgrade and the Finnish capital. Commenting on the agreement, Air Serbia’s General Manager for Commercial and Strategy, Jiri Marek, said, “We are glad to have established a codeshare agreement with Finnair, that provides passengers of both companies more choice and flexibility in organising their travels. We are sure that this exciting and strategically very important partnership will improve the economic relations of our countries. We are delighted to have the opportunity to host Finnair passengers on our flights to Belgrade, as well as other Air Serbia destinations”. Finnair's Head of Alliances and Partnerships, Philip Lewin, said, "Our new codeshare partnership with Air Serbia is a great way for Finnair to expand its network and reach in Europe. We are looking forward to start working with Air Serbia on these new codeshares which will enable our customers to have even more options and flexibility in their travel plans”.

Comments

  1. Why no Asia from HEL?

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    1. AY flights depart HEL at 17.30 while JU takes off from BEG at 17.00 and lands in HEL at 20.35.

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    2. All that codeshare deal is a waste of time, who gona go fro. Serbia to a domestic destination in Finland?? The only destination which make sens will be Tivat where Finnish can visit in the summer season to the Adriatic coast.

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    3. Of course, please let JU know they made a mistake and to rectify it ASAP! Finns can use BEG to fly to Albania, Croatia, Greece, Cyprus ...

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    4. Wasted time is those 5sec you spent on typing such ignorant post...:(

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  2. Because it is routed through Abu Dhabi probably.
    Anyway, great set of additional connections for JU, mostly for the region that really can benefit of additional options.

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  3. I do not think Helsinki is performing well. A friend of mine flew Air Serbia from Helsinki to Belgrade during peak season and the flighty was scary empty ... I am afraid the market is not there.

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    1. I was flying 2 times in July-August timeframes and flights were quite full - lots of connecting passengers to Greece, Croatia, etc.

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    2. Many flights to HEL this summer were upgraded from CRJ to A319, loads were excellent. Remains to be seen what will happen in winter.

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    3. Every single time without exception when there are good news for Air Serbia a comment follows on how someone heard of someone else flying on an almost empty Air Serbia plane, how things are not looking good on that route... providni ste.

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    4. Exactly anon 14:48

      I have noticed the same thing. Even when the most positive news come there are always the same who twist it to look bad. I suppose it makes them happy.

      And, as by rule, they do not return to discussion anymore.

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    5. HEL is performing very well! no worries.

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    6. I am OP and trust me guys, I am the biggest supporter of Air Serbia you will ever see and I never write hateful comments like this. But this time a friend (who is aviation geek and will definitely not lie to me) said LF was very low and that he was super surprised. I am basing my OP on his statement, nothing else.

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    7. How can you judge the performance of an entire route on a single one way flight?

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    8. Kako mu ne verujes?

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  4. What are chances of Air Serbia joining OneWorld?

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    1. Almost same as joining SkyTeam or little bit higher then joining Star Alliance :)

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    2. OneWorld have limited to no presence on ExYu markets, and if AS joins them it would be great addition to their network. Etihad has very close cooperation with OneWorld, you can redeem American Airlines miles on their flights thus I'm sure they wouldn't be against AS membership. The only potential issue would be BA, with very limited connection options for ExYu/Serbian passengers that need visas even for connection flights (there are some exceptions if one holds US/Canadian visa). This might be step towards OneWorld, I personally would love that as AA Gold member, but even if they stay alone, they're doing quite well with code-sharing with Skyteam and now OneWorld airlines, maybe that's still the best strategy for AS.

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    3. AS = Alaska Airlines
      JU = Air Serbia

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    4. Give it a rest Traveller.

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  5. Next would be to change schedule, since some of the flights leave really early in the morning from Belgrade. Connection from Zagreb is then impossible. Unless sleeping on airport :)

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    1. I think their main focus is to the Croatian coast, is the market to ZAG that big?

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    2. I'm mostly talking about winter season. During summer there are many ways to get to Croatian coast from Finland, directly or even using Croatia via ZAG. Anyway, flight at 6am from Belgrade to Helsinki is definitely too early, from whenever you are connecting

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    3. But the flight leaves Belgrade at 06.35 so connections are possible from anywhere besides Moscow which is ok.

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  6. This looks to me like there is more to come. Remember how AY said they are looking at expanding in the region? Maybe now they will launch BEG!

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  7. Flights are already in Amadeus :D

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  8. Very nice photo

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    1. Which photo?

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    2. Article photo

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    3. That's not a photo but an artist's graphic composite or creation.

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    4. Nije sija nego vrat

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    5. Whatever it is, it is simply B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L.

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  9. I sebe no Point or I misunderstand the concept so pardon me...I mean WHY would Simeone fly BEG-HEL-VIE or HEL-BEG-TXL?

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    1. No buddy, they would fly BEG-VIE-HEL or HEL-TXL-BEG.

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    2. And it again makes little sense. JU are flying BEG-TXL and BEG-HEL....why would they let Finnair a portion of their profit off the direct flights. And to my knowledge both these routes perform well for Air Serbia.

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    3. OMG really? Air Serbia doesn't fly daily to HEL. On other days passengers can now use one stop codeshare via airports like VIE. Makes sense?

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    4. Not quite, because codeshares are available both on the direct flight days and not. And if youhave full planes all the time you shall seek opening every day operations and further increase frequencies rather than code shares. What would mmake best sense is that both companies have time share on the BEG-HEL route and codeshares to destinations which the other partner does not cover and never plans to. The new codeshares would perhaps be mutually beneficial only if JU joins Oneworld.

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    5. There is a very good reason why codeshare on all days. It will come to you.

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    6. Anon 23.02

      Well that's what AY did, they put their codes on routes such as Tirana, Larnaca, Skopje, Podgorica, Sarajevo... which are all destinations they don't plan on serving.

      JU flies to HEL twice a week so someone might fly on Friday BEG-HEL on JU and then in stead of waiting for the next non-stop on Tuesday they can now fly on a let's say Sunday AY flight to VIE and then connect onto JU to BEG.

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    7. Also, it is about multiple options. So, you don't want to travel or cant take flight at 6.30 but you want some afternoon connection. Or you will even go overnight connections ie.fly to some city, spend a night there and then catch early morning flight. You can go and check any airline in the world for this.

      Also, if you bothered to check, you would see that currently direct flight is usually still cheapest options for those who find this most important & only criteria.

      Anyway, this code share agreement is very useful for destination without direct or with limited connectivity.

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    8. One more reason - excess passengers that appears randomly. Not enough to upgrade frequency but they will still be served by airline.

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