Finnair and prospective oneworld partner Air Berlin have agreed to begin codesharing, from October 31.
The first phase of codesharing cooperation covers routes between Germany and Finland. Finnair will place its code on Air Berlin’s flights between Finland and Germany and beyond to Nürnberg, Hannover, Köln, Salzburg in Austria and Palma de Mallorca in Spain.
Air Berlin will place its code on all Finnair services between Germany and Finland.
Finnair says cooperation with Air Berlin will give the Finnish carrier a stronger foothold in Central Europe, which will lend significant support to Finnair’s Asian strategy, because Air Berlin’s network covers the area of Europe which boasts the highest purchasing power.
The cooperation will give Air Berlin customers numerous new, fast connections from cities in German-speaking Central Europe via Helsinki to Asia. This will help boost Finnair´s corporate sales in an important market, says Hannu Sundberg, Finnair’s vice president, airline partnerships.
Finnair says that for its Finnish customers, closer cooperation with Air Berlin will open up new destinations in both German-speaking Europe and the Mediterranean.
Air Berlin is Germany’s second-largest airline and its application to join the oneworld alliance was accepted on July 27, 2010, along with that of its Austrian subsidiary Niki.