airberlin and Etihad to Partner with KLM/Air France Group

airberlin Boeing 737-800

airberlin Boeing 737-800 (Courtesy Air Berlin)

airberlin to expand through codeshare agreements

Airberlin is entering into a strategic partnership with the Air France/KLM group, which will become effective October 28, 2012. The new agreement is said to dovetail and strengthen the route networks of all airlines involved. This will be airberlin’s 14th codeshare agreement.

The new agreement will allow passengers to travel not only to the three French airberlin airports of Paris Charles-de-Gaulle, Paris-Orly and Nice, but will soon passengers will be able to fly with Air France via the Paris airports of Charles-de-Gaulle and Orly to Bordeaux, Lyon, Montpellier, Marseilles, Nantes and Toulouse.

This allows Air France to codeshare flights with airberlin via Berlin-Tegel to Krakow and Gdansk in Poland, to Graz in Austria, and from Düsseldorf to Dresden and from Nice to Vienna. Consequently airberlin is continuing to develop its hubs and is expanding its services to Poland, a strategically important market, in a move that also underlines the airline’s expertise in Eastern Europe.

Additional KLM and airberlin codeshares are being planned between Amsterdam-Schiphol and Berlin. The agreement will allow airberlin to codeshare on KLM flights to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester, while KLM can offer its customers airberlin flights to Krakow, Gdansk and Kaliningrad.

Hartmut Mehdorn, airberlin Chief Executive Officer (CEO), said, “Our cooperation with the Air France-KLM Group represents another milestone for airberlin in developing a unique, global flight network in conjunction with these world-beating airlines. This strategic step will add further interesting services to the choice we can offer our passengers and will have a positive influence on our operations. In this way we will considerably strengthen our presence in the European market and link our Berlin hub to even more destinations.”

airberlin’s strategic partnerEtihad Airways, has concluded an extensive codeshare agreement with Air France and KLM.

James Hogan, Etihad Airways President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “This deal, Etihad Airways’ 40th codeshare, marks a momentous milestone for both airline groups and offers countless opportunities to develop an unrivalled commercial relationship. It reflects the core elements of Etihad Airways’ 10-year master plan, driven by organic network growth, combined with the forging of strategic codeshare partnerships and minority equity investments in other airlines. The linking together of these three components, as we continue to strengthen our bilateral agreements, means all the pieces of our plan are coming together. This deal enables us to further extend our global reach and now gives us a combined network of 321 destinations – the largest of any Middle East carrier. The agreement also opens up many new markets for our passengers in Europe and reinforces the importance of strategic commercial partnerships as one of the key enablers for accelerated growth of our network.”

Jean–Cyril Spinetta, Air France-KLM Chief Executive Officer, commenting about the new agreement, said, “This new partnership between Air France, KLM and Etihad Airways and Air Berlin reflects our Group’s strategic positioning to ensure the best possible services between Europe and the rest of the world, by developing our network and airline partnerships. Working with Etihad Airways allows us to offer our customers a range of new attractive destinations.”

New options to Abu Dhabi between Etihad, Air France/KLM, and airberlin

Starting on October 28, 2012, “Etihad Airwayscustomers will have the additional option of a daily KLM flight from Amsterdam to Abu Dhabi on the routes between Europe and Abu Dhabi. Air France customers will be able to book flights between Paris Charles-de-Gaulle and Abu Dhabi, a daily service operated by Etihad Airways. This codeshare agreement offers Etihad customers access to ten additional European destinations with Air France and KLM, while five further destinations in the Asian and Australian markets are opened up to customers of both Air France and KLM.”

Added, airberlin CEO, Hartmut Mehdorn, “These codeshare agreements are a great example of how we and Etihad Airways are working together to identify new commercial opportunities for our mutual benefit.”

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