Posted by- Neelam Mathews
Jan 16, 2012
airberlin has opened its new four times a week route between Berlin and Abu Dhabi with its Airbus A330-200.
The new connection also marks the start of the codeshare agreement with Etihad, initially covering selected flights in the network of both airlines.
This strategic partnership with Etihad Airways not only opens up unique opportunities for the future for airberlin, it also brings a number of benefits for our passengers in terms of access to new routes, including our new all-year-round direct connection to Abu Dhabi. This flight is integrated into Etihad’s hub system in Abu Dhabi, so we are in a position to offer excellent connections, for example to Asia and Australia. Passengers coming from Abu Dhabi will have access to the numerous connecting flights operated by airberlin, both to destinations in Germany and also to Austria, Scandinavia and Switzerland. This makes the flight attractive for business travellers and holidaymakers alike,” said Hartmut Mehdorn, CEO airberlin.
Etihad Airways President and CEO, James Hogan said: “This flight marks a key milestone in our new partnership with airberlin. We are delighted, through this partnership, to link the capital cities of Germany – a hugely important market for Etihad Airways – and the United Arab Emirates. We are looking forward to strengthening our ties with airberlin as we work closely over the coming months to explore opportunities to bring the benefits of our partnership to our customers.”
“By entering into partnership with Etihad Airways and joining the global airline alliance oneworld, airberlin is gradually further expanding its network. The inauguration of Berlin Brandenburg Airport in just five months’ time will offer the airlines unique opportunities for growth: As the only European airport, BER is capable of nearly doubling its air traffic capacities,” said. Manfred A. Körtgen, COO Berlin Airports.