Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Air Berlin D-ADIH (Boeing 737-300) in Berlin T...
Air Berlin reached an agreement Monday to join the oneworld alliance

"Membership in oneworld would strengthen Air Berlin's competitive position and enable it to participate in the alliance's revenue enhancement and cost reduction activities," the airline said in a regulatory filing ahead of a news conference scheduled for Tuesday.

Air Berlin also announced that it entered into code-share agreements with American Airlines and Finnair on Monday. The deal will allow the airline to offer tickets starting Nov. 1 on American flights to 15 U.S. destinations and two in the Bahamas, and Finnair flights to Helsinki, within Europe and to Asia.

The news comes a week after the U.S. Department of Transportation granted oneworld members American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia airline final approval to create a joint business governing flights between North America and Europe, and gave anti-trust immunity to the three airlines, plus fellowoneworld members Finnair and Royal Jordanian Airlines.

Monday's agreement covers key aspects of Air Berlin's membership in oneworld and calls for the airline to work towards completing a full membership agreement under the sponsorship of British Airways.
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