American Airlines and Air Berlin, a future oneworld-alliance member, have expanded their codeshare relationship to include Air Berlin’s new service between New York Kennedy International Airport and Berlin-Tegel Airport.
Air Berlin will fly the New York-Berlin route four times each week.
Global distribution systems will display the flights for travel starting on June 24. 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. Air Berlin launched its nonstop service – which operates on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays – between JFK and Berlin on May 1.
“The U.S. is an increasingly important market for Air Berlin, with 26 weekly nonstop flights from our two German gateways, Berlin and Dusseldorf,” notes Ulf Huttmeyer, Air Berlin’s chief financial officer. “The codeshare agreement with American Airlines will help Air Berlin to further strengthen our position in that growing market and allow Air Berlin passengers to make use of the extensive American Airlines network. We look forward to intensifying our partnership with American Airlines and signing more codeshares in the future.”
“Air Berlin is a valuable partner, and this new service will link American’s JFK cornerstone with Germany’s capital and airberlin’s home base,” notes Virasb Vahidi, American’s chief commercial officer.
American Airlines and Air Berlin have been codesharing since November 2010 on several transatlantic services, as well as U.S. domestic and intra-European flights. Recently, American added its ‘AA’ flight designator to Air Berlin’s flights linking Dusseldorf and Berlin with Miami, and Dusseldorf with Fort Myers, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
Air Berlin recently added its ‘AB’ flight designator to American’s flights between Dallas/Fort Worth and Frankfurt, and New York JFK and Zurich, as well as several U.S. domestic flights via American’s cornerstone hubs at Los Angeles Miami, and New York JFK.