Oneworld carrier airberlin has recently opened up reservations for two new routes between Germany and North America and, through 9 August, the airline is offering some good deals to generate interest on these routes.
Airberlin has been a sickly airline for some time now and things appear to be going from bad to worse for the one-time low-cost carrier. At the end of September the airline entered into an agreement with Lufthansa which sees it pass most of its short-haul routes and 40 aircraft to the German flag carrier in an attempt to cut costs and stem the outflow of cash but the news appears to have just got worse.
Air Berlin is a member of the oneworld alliance and is generally known for being a useful option for those looking to redeem Avios for flights to the US and Middle East because it doesn't charge carrier surcharges on Avios redemptions. Something that the airline is less known for is being 49% owned by Etihad, the Abu Dhabi based carrier, and that's probably why the airline has just announced a new program.
Airberlin was born out of a low-cost carrier based in Germany but, when in 2007 it completed a take over of Germain leisure carrier LTU, it suddenly found itself with a series of international routes. In the years following its burst into the international market airberlin hasn't exactly done very well on the financial side of things, but a serious amount of investment from Etihad (a 49% owner of airberlin) has seen the airline continue to grow into an important European player.
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A look a the news coming out of various European airlines in the past few days, including British Airways looking for a new Trans-Atlantic joint venture, KLM increasing its operations to San Francisco an easyJet competition and a new option for OneWorld flyers to South Africa.