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An Air Serbia A330-200. Photo: Adam Moreira (AEMoreira042281), CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

An Air Serbia A330-200. Photo: Adam Moreira (AEMoreira042281), CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Air Serbia Announces Qatar Airways Codeshare Agreement, Considers Joining Oneworld Alliance

Air Serbia and Qatar Airways have announced a comprehensive codeshare agreement, set to begin on February 1, 2023. This partnership will allow passengers to seamlessly travel to over forty destinations when traveling on each other’s networks.

As part of the collaboration, Air Serbia will add its designator code and flight numbers onto Qatar Airways’ service between Belgrade and Doha, as well as various points beyond Doha including Adelaide, Baku, Brisbane, Tbilisi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Muscat, Nairobi, Perth, Seychelles, Singapore, and Sydney.

Air Serbia also plans to extend its coverage to Bangkok, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Phuket, Seoul, Tokyo, Yerevan, Zanzibar and many more, subject to obtaining necessary government approvals.

Qatar Airways, on the other hand, is adding its designator code and flight numbers onto numerous Air Serbia destinations. This partnership will allow Qatar Airways to expand its footprint in the Central and Eastern European markets, offering additional travel choices for its customers. At the moment, Qatar Airways operates five weekly flights between its hub in Doha and Belgrade, the Serbian capital.

Air Serbia’s CEO, Jiri Marek, said, “It is our great pleasure to announce the codeshare agreement with Qatar Airways, known for its global network of destinations and premium service. We are joining forces to provide passengers with new connection opportunities and access to unique destinations from both networks. Through this cooperation, we believe that we will be able to jointly bring more traffic and opportunities to Serbia for trade and tourism, as well as to increase traffic between the two hubs.”

Qatar Airways Group CEO, Akbar Al Baker, said, “We are extremely proud to unveil this partnership with Air Serbia, the leading airline in this region since it was founded in 1927, and we look forward to working effortlessly together.”

The codeshare partnership between Air Serbia and Qatar Airways is expected to bring more traffic and opportunities to Serbia for trade and tourism, as well as to increase traffic between their two hubs.

The partnership also allows Qatar Airways to expand its footprint in the Central and Eastern European markets, offering additional travel choices for its customers. The partnership, once fully implemented and approved, will cover over forty routes, providing passengers with new connection opportunities and access to unique destinations from both networks.

Air Serbia Joining Oneworld Alliance Membership

In addition to the codeshare agreement with Qatar Airways, Air Serbia sees the Oneworld airline alliance as a potential option for membership, but currently has no plans to join, Reports Ex-yu Aviation.

Air Serbia’s CEO, Jiri Marek, said in a statement, “Never say never but at the moment, and with the current structure of global alliances and their offerings, we see no possibility for a smaller airline because we would have to contribute more than we would get. I would say Oneworld is pretty flexible and could be an option if I look at what benefits I get from an alliance but right now we see any kind of membership in an alliance as a limitation.”

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  • Victor Shalton

    Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, Victor’s love for aviation goes way back to when he was 11-years-old. Living close to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, he developed a love for planes and he even recalls aspiring to be a future airline executive for Kenya Airways. He also has a passion in the arts and loves writing and had his own aviation blog prior to joining AirlineGeeks. He is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration at DeKUT and aspiring to make a career in a more aviation-related course.

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