The carrier’s existing shareholders and Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, Alitalia’s new 49 per cent shareholder, announced on January 20 that the Italian carrier would adopt new network, fleet, cost-management, airline partnership and customer-service strategies. It is also adopting a new look.

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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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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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