AirBerlin Is The Latest Oneworld Member

airberlin oneworld membership

airberlin, the second largest carrier in Germany, is officially a member of the oneworld alliance.

Austria’s NIKI, also a member of the airberlin group, joined oneworld as an affiliate member at the same time – as the clocks struck midnight in Berlin this morning.

From today, both carriers will be offering oneworld’s services and benefits;  the addition of airberlin also expands the oneworld network presence into Germany, Austria, along with Central and South Europe.

Customers of airberlin will benefit as well, being able to book seamless travel across the oneworld network and make easy interline connections between air carriers such as American Airlines, British Airways, and Iberia of Spain.  Customers of the other oneworld alliance airlines will have seamless access to airberlin flights and their markets.

With airberlin as a member of oneworld, it’ll strengthen their competitiveness by enabling customers to interline to alliance global members, which includes some of the largest and best in the world from Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific to Qantas Airways of Australia.  As one of Europe’s major airlines, airberlin serves 162 destinations in 40 countries; nearly 70 of those are new to the oneworld network including Iceland and Iraq.

AirBerlin and Niki’s networks will be covered by oneworld’s marketing leading alliance fares and sales products from 1 April 2012.

The inclusion also brings participation in businessflyerTM, the alliance’s offering for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in most countries where it is offered – Belgium, France, Italy and the Netherlands. airberlin already offers a similar product of its own in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, in its business points program.

Celebrate with Double Miles

 

Frequent Fliers with airberlin’s topbonus program will now enjoy the full array of oneworld frequent flyer benefits when traveling on oneworld member airlines.  Topbonus members will be able to earn and use miles for awards on any oneworld flight.

To celebrate, topbonus members will receive double topbonus award miles when flying on airberlin’s oneworld partners until May 15, 2012.  Check with your carrier for specific details.

Topbonus members must first register online at: airberlin.com/miles

Holders of the new topbonus Platinum Card and the established Gold Card will become equivalent to oneworld’s Emerald and Sapphire frequent flyer tiers respectively.  Oneworld Emerald members will have access to the best of oneworld alliance lounges when traveling from British Airways first class lounges to American Airlines Flagship Lounges.  Sapphire members will have similar lounge benefits with business class lounges.

To mark the addition of airberlin to oneworld, members of (other) oneworld airlines’ frequent flyer programs will receive double the normal mileage when flying on airberlin until May 15, 2012.

Joining Ceremony – first aircraft at Brandenburg (BER)

 

Executives with all oneworld member airlines gathered at airberlin’s Berlin home today to welcome airberlin into the alliance.  This marks the first media event at Berlin Brandenburg Airport, which will be airberlin’s new home base and Europe’s newest hub, when it opens on June 3rd.

At the ceremony today will be:

  • American Airlines Chairman and Chief Executive, and Chairman of the oneworld Governing Board, Tom Horton.
  • British Airways Chief Executive Keith Williams.
  • Cathay Pacific Airways Chief Executive John Slosar
  • Finnair President and Chief Executive Mika Vehvilainen
  • IAG Chief Executive Willie Walsh.
  • Iberia Chief Executive Raphael Sánchez-Lozano.
  • Japan Airlines Chairman Masaru Onishi.
  • LAN International Chief Executive Damian Scokin
  • Qantas Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce.
  • Royal Jordanian Chief Executive Hussein Dabbas.
  • S7 Group Chief Executive Vladislav Filev.
  • Member elect Malaysia Airlines Chief Executive Ahmad Jauhari Yahya.
  • oneworld CEO Bruce Ashby.

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Attendees will be the first to see any aircraft in front of the new airport terminal – with the first airberlin aircraft adorned with the oneworld alliance livery, an Airbus A330-200, and one of the airline’s Boeing 737-800 making a special visit.

Since accepting its invitation to join the alliance in July 2010, airberlin has implemented code-sharing with seven established oneworld partners – American Airlines, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, S7 Airlines and Royal Jordanian.  British Airways has been supporting airberlin through its alliance implementation project, as its oneworld sponsor airline, with backing from the central oneworld team.

Behind the scenes, significant information technology work was required to integrate airberlin into oneworld.  However, the recent the launch of a new oneworld information technology (IT) hub, using latest “cloud” and web-based technology is now being used.  The “cloud” project makes it easier, more efficient and faster to link new airlines into the alliance – with airberlin the first of its recruits to benefit.

airberlin A330 in oneworld livery | photo credit: airberlin
airberlin Boeing 737-800 in oneworld livery | photo credit & copyright: airberlin

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New Berlin Brandenburg Hub

 

After Brandenburg opens on June 3, 2012, airberlin and its alliance partners will be co-located at Berlin Brandenburg, sharing lounges and many other facilities, to offer customers there the smoothest of connections.

The airport is located across Schönefeld’s airfield and will use Schönefeld’s existing southern runway, which will become the new airport’s northern runway.

The new Brandenburg Airport will replace the three existing Berlin Airports – Tempelhof, Tegal, and Schönefeld.

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