Air Berlin and Jat Airways have signed a codeshare agreement on services between Belgrade and Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Stuttgart.
Scheduled to begin on August 1, the codeshare will see Air Berlin place its "AB" code on the Serbian carrier's flights.
Jat Airways passengers will also be able to access further codeshare flights from Air Berlin's hub in Berlin, including flights to cities such as Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm. Various transfer options will also be available to Air Berlin passengers between Europe and the US.
Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, Air Berlin CEO, 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, airberlin will further expand its presence in the growing market of South East Europe and offer new options to our passengers."
Velibor Vukasinovic, Jat Airways CEO, added: "This step is also particularly important for Serbia and its vast ethnic community living in Germany and exemplifies that the Serb national airline is fully committed to providing prime time connections for its passengers, while ensuring sound business operation and repossession of the position of regional leader for itself."
On Tuesday, Air Berlin's strategic partner Etihad Airways also signed a codeshare agreement, with Korean Air (see online news, July 15).