AirBerlin officially joins the Oneworld Alliance (video)
This is the big day for AirBerlin. The second and sixth largest airline in Europe joined air alliance OneWorld. FlyNiki, part of the airberlin group, has joined Oneworld as an affiliate member.
The ceremony took place at Berlin Brandenburg Airport, being the first media event held at this airport. It will serve as the basis for the AirBerlin from June 3 2012.
Airbus A330-200 - in the livery of the Oneworld Alliance
Those attending the event were able to admire, in front of the new terminal, the first AirBerlin aircraft in the livery of the Oneworld alliance - Airbus A330-200 - alongside a Boeing 737-800 AirBerlin.
The alliance includes fully-fledged airlines such as: Airberlin, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines-JAL, LAN Airlines, QANTAS Airways, Royal Jordanian and S7 Airlines. Also added 20 by affiliates like: Niki, American Eagle, Dragonair, LAN Argentina, LAN Ecuador, LAN Peru etc. Thus, the alliance has increased its number of destinations to 800 in approximately 150 countries.
Joining the program are Malaysia Airlines and Kingfisher Airlines from India, which are likely to join the alliance later this year.
Below is the statement of American Airlines CEO Tom Horton