American Airlines has announced it is going to end its codeshare agreement with Airberlin effective from March 26, 2017. Media reports however said that an interline agreement with Germany’s second largest carrier will continue. This will enable the customers to use Airberlin transatlantic flights in combination with American Airlines connecting flights.
According to the reports, the customers of both American Airlines and Airberlin who have already booked codeshare flights would be issued a new ticket from March 26 onwards. The reports stated that there would be separate American Airlines flight numbers for Airberlin flights. The customers traveling on either of the airlines would continue to earn and redeem frequent flyer miles. It may be recalled that Airberlin first entered in codeshare agreement with American Airlines in 2010 prior to joining the Oneworld alliance.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson of Airberlin said that it would be expanding its network to the United States further during the 2017 summer schedule. The frequencies of flights between the U.S. and Germany would be increased by more than 50 percent. The airline is currently operating 55 flights per week to a total of eight destinations in the United States, which will now be increased to 84 flights every week.
While providing the details about the new increased frequencies, Airberlin in a statement said that the flights between New York JFK from Berlin-Tegel will become twice daily from the existing ten times per week. The airline is also set to increase the services on route between Miami and Berlin-Tegel. The thrice weekly flights on this route will now become five times per week.
Airberlin has also announced it is set to launch five times weekly flights between Dusseldorf and Orlando during this summer season. The airline further stated that it will be launching thrice weekly flights between San Francisco and Berlin-Tegel and four times per week service between Los Angeles and Berlin-Tegel starting in May this year. Airberlin is also presently operating flights to other U.S. destinations such as Chicago O’Hare, Fort Myers and Boston.