Leading German carrier airberlin has said that becoming a member of the global airline alliance oneworld has been a significant business decision ever since the company’s public offering in 2011. With this, the airline will now be expanding its codeshare agreement with oneworld partners.
Joachim Hunold, CEO of airberlin, during the Annual General Meeting said, “Becoming a member of oneworld is the most important decision airberlin has made since its public offering in 2011. International networking offers a huge opportunity for growth. Therefore, we have already concluded codeshare agreement with American Airlines, Finnair and S7. The contracts with Iberia and British Airways will follow shortly. From June 20, airberlin’s most recent transatlantic flight – Berlin/New York – will codeshare with American Airlines. In this manner, all our flights to North America will codeshare with our American partner.”
By being the member of oneworld, the airline gets the opportunity to connect to important markets in America and Asia. Now that airberlin has also become a member of oneworld, its passengers will be able to earn bonus miles on all flights operated by the 13 oneworld partners, and will be able to check through to 900 airports in 150 countries.
For airberlin, the opening of the Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport (BBI) in June 2012 is being seen as a huge opportunity for growth. Hunold said, “Our hub in Tegel, which we have grown over the past year and which currently offers approximately 6,000 flight connections per week, will be expanded with BBI so that we are able to provide our passengers with an even better service.”