7. July 2011 11:20
American Airlines recently announced that it has expanded its codeshare agreement with Germany’s second largest carrier airberlin. The codeshare agreement will now include airberlin’s new New York JFK – Berlin-Tegel route in the US network.
With the addition of the new route, the codeshare agreement will now be covering the entire US network of airberlin. The flight services on the new route will now be operated four times-weekly, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Ulf Huttmeyer, Chief Financial Officer of airberlin, said that the airline considers US to be an increasingly significant market, with 26 weekly nonstop flights from the two German hubs, Berlin and Dusseldorf. Now that airberlin has entered into a new codeshare agreement with American Airlines, its positiothn in the growing US market will be further strengened. The agreement will also allow airberlin’s customers to extensively benefit from the use of American Airlines network. He also said that the airberlin will further expand its partnership with American Airlines and sign more codeshare agreements in future as well.
Ever since November 2010, American Airlines and airberlin are into codeshare agreement on several US domestic, intra-European and trans-Atlantic flights. The American Airlines said that it recently entered into codesharing on airberlin flights in Dusseldorf and berlin, Miami and Dusseldorf, and Fort Myers, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The airberlin, on the other hand, said that it has also recently entered into codesharing on several American Airlines flights. The airline said that the codesharing is for flights between New York JFK and Zurich, Frankfurt and Dallas/Fort Worth, besides many US domestic flights via its hubs at New York JFK, Miami and Los Angeles.
The American Airlines and its oneworld alliance partners are currently operating 9,000 daily flights to nearly 900 destinations in 145 countries. However, the American Airlines along with its subsidiaries American Eagle and AmericanConnection is operating above 3,600 daily flights on an average connecting 250 cities in 50 countries.
The airberlin is currently operating flight services to 163 destinations in 39 countries.