Air Serbia will launch the first nonstop flights between Serbia and the US since 1992 next year.
The airline will commence a five-times weekly service from Belgrade to New York JFK in June.
It will operate a leased two-cabin A330-200 aircraft on the route, which is subject to regulatory approval.
Aleksandar Vucic, prime minister of Serbia, said: “The launch of nonstop flights between Belgrade and New York in June next year will be a hugely proud and significant moment in the short history of Air Serbia, demonstrating the growth and ambitions of the airline.”
Air Serbia, formerly Jat Airways, is 49 per cent owned by Etihad Airways (see news, March 2014).
James Hogan, CEO of Etihad Airways and Air Serbia’s vice chairman of the supervisory board, said: “The new service shows one of the main strengths of Etihad Airways Partners. In launching this transatlantic service, Air Serbia can call upon the expertise and resources of pilot and cabin crew training, as well as fleet and engineering support.”