American Airlines announced that it has entered into a codeshare relationship with airberlin. The move is aimed at strengthening American Ailrline’s network, particularly in three of its key markets – New York, Miami and Los Angeles.
The second largest carrier in Germany and fifth largest in Europe, airberlin with hubs in Berlin and Dusseldorf currently offers service to more than 160 cities in Europe, Russia, the Middle East and North America.
Besides airberlin, American airline’s codeshare agreement also extends to Austrian-based airline NIKI. The airline NIKI is a strategic partner of airberlin.
Earlier, American Airlines had made its first announcement about the signing of a codeshare agreement with airberlin in July.
According to the agreement, AAdvantage members travelling on codeshare flights (booked under the AA flight number) operated by airberlin or NIKI will be able to earn miles in American’s AAdvantage frequent flyer program. In future a more comprehensive agreement is likely to be worked out that would include the ability to earn and redeem miles across each carrier’s network.
Ulf Huttmeyer, Chief Financial Officer, airberlin, said, “The codeshare with American Airlines helps to improve the airberlin network in the United States and provides a foundation for further growth. In addition, passengers flying from the US to our hubs Berlin and Dusseldorf now have the possibility to connect to the multiple airberlin destinations in Germany and Europe.”