Airberlin and Finnair are extending their existing codeshare cooperation by expanding it to markets in the Nordic countries, Estonia, Denmark and the Middle East.
Finnair is adding its ‘AY’ flight code to Airberlin flights from Oslo, Gothenburg, Stockholm and Copenhagen to Berlin, and from Copenhagen to Düsseldorf.
Helsinki-based Finnair is also adding its code to Airberlin-operated daily flights from Düsseldorf and Berlin to Abu Dhabi. This will enable passengers from Finland to book flights from Helsinki to Abu Dhabi on Airberlin via Finnair. Airberlin is partially owned by Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways and has a close operational and codeshare relationship with that carrier.
Meanwhile, Airberlin is adding its ‘AB’ flight code to Finnair’s flights from Helsinki to Tallinn, Turku, Tampere and Oulu. This will allow Airberlin to offer for the first time itineraries to Estonia and domestic flights in Finland in combination with an Airberlin or a Finnair flight from Germany.
The new codeshare flights are available for travel from October 28, 2012 and are bookable now.
“We are very pleased with the growing cooperation with airberlin, our partner in oneworld,” says Paavo Virkkunen, Finnair’s vice president for alliance affairs. “This deepening of our codeshare arrangements helps us enhance our route network in the Nordic countries and build feeder traffic through our Helsinki hub.”
“Right from the beginning, the codeshare cooperation with our oneworld partner Finnair is developing very well for both of us, especially the routes between Germany and Helsinki,” says Paul Gregorowitsch, chief commercial officer of Airberlin.
“We are happy to offer our flight guests the first-time opportunity to book a domestic flight in Finland as well as to Estonia, and thus to book flights within an extended Nordic route network,” adds Gregorowitsch.
Finnair and Airberlin have operated since 2010 a reciprocal codeshare agreement on flights between Finland and Germany and to points onward in Italy and Austria.
On March 20, 2012, Berlin-headquartered Airberlin joined the oneworld alliance, of which Finnair is a member.