Air Berlin Close To Signing Alliance With U.S. Carrier
Air Berlin is close to finalizing a bilateral alliance with a U.S. major carrier, CEO Joachim Hunold told members of the aviation press club in Frankfurt. He declined to say who the future partner will be, but said the deal would be "reached shortly."
Germany's second-largest airline is about to enter the scheduled, business traffic-oriented long-haul market and is eyeing several U.S. destinations. Air Berlin subsidiary LTU flies to New York from Duesseldorf, and the carriers recently applied to the U.S. Transportation Dept. for code-share authority. LTU would carry Air Berlin's code on its Duesseldorf-New York/-Miami/-Fort Myers and Berlin- Melbourne, Fla. services
Air Berlin has announced plans to start services from Duesseldorf to Beijing and Shanghai plus more U.S. destinations. In China, Air Berlin plans to cooperate with Hainan Airlines.
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