Airberlin will fly four round-trips a week between its main long-haul hub at Düsseldorf Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth, with 298-seat Airbus A330-200s.

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In its 2013-2014 winter schedule Airberlin is increasing the frequency of flights on its routes from New York to Berlin and Dusseldorf and from Miami and Fort Myers to Dusseldorf.

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American Airlines plans to launch service to new markets in Asia, Europe and Latin America in 2013. On February 14, American will also add four new domestic routes, through its regional-airline affiliates American Eagle and ExpressJet.

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Airberlin and Finnair are extending their existing codeshare cooperation by expanding it to markets in the Nordic countries, Estonia, Denmark and the Middle East.

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Airberlin is launching non-stop service between Chicago and Berlin on March 23, making it the first airline ever to provide a connection between the major U.S. metropolis and the capital of Germany.

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Air Berlin launched twice-weekly Dusseldorf-Las Vegas service on May 10, and thrice-weekly Berlin-Los Angeles service on May 11. It will also upgrade its seasonal Dusseldorf-Los Angeles service to year-round and is upping its Dusseldorf-Miami schedule from four to six round-trips weekly.

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The operator of the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt has postponed the airport’s opening for more than two months as a result of safety findings gathered over the past few days.

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On June 3, Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt, Europe’s first new major airport for several years, will begin operations.

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Flights between Frankfurt and Berlin operated six times a week by Air Berlin will be coded with JAL’s ‘JL’ flight designator from February 12, subject to the two carriers reaching government approvals. Codeshare tickets are now available for sale.

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Air Berlin will officially become a full member of the oneworld alliance on Tuesday, March 20, adding Europe’s sixth-largest carrier to the alliance. Austrian airline Niki, also a member of the Air Berlin group, will join oneworld at the same time as an affiliate member.

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According to reports from Europe, Etihad Airways is paying only €72.9 million ($94.9 million) to buy 27.03 per cent of Air Berlin, Europe ’s sixth-largest airline, in addition to the 2.99 per cent pre-dilution shareholding it already owned in the carrier.

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American Airlines and oneworld alliance member-elect Airberlin are expanding their current relationship by allowing customers to earn AAdvantage miles when flying to Germany and beyond on Airberlin.

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With the addition of this new flight, the codeshare agreement between American and Air Berlin now encompasses the entire U.S. network of the second-largest German carrier.

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An Airberlin Boeing 737-700 fitted with Boeing’s new Sky Interior was the first of five Boeing commercial jets to arrive at this year’s Paris Air Show.

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Boeing’s two new 747-8 models – the Intercontinental passenger version and the Freighter version – will make their international debuts at the Paris Air Show, joining the 787 Dreamliner as highlights of the company’s presence during the show.

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German carrier Air Berlin has taken delivery of the first Boeing 737-700 with the new Boeing Sky Interior, becoming the first airline to operate both the 737-700 and the 737-800 with the new cabin design.

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The first phase of codesharing cooperation covers routes between Germany and Finland, and Air Berlin beyond routes to German, Austrian and Spanish destinations.

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German airline Air Berlin is to join the oneworld Alliance, adding Europe’s fifth-largest airline and Germany’s second-biggest carrier to the 13-member alliance. Air Berlin group member Niki will become an affiliate member of oneworld.

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