TUI AG‘s supervisory board has given the green light today for further steps with the goal to create a new European airline joint venture with Etihad Aviation Group. TUI Group’s supervisory body approved the plan to contribute its German leisure airline subsidiary TUI fly GmbH to a joint venture with Etihad.
Etihad Aviation Group and TUI AG today confirmed they are in discussions to create a European leisure airline group, focused on point-to-point flying to connect key tourist markets. It is proposed to contribute the touristic operations of the airberlin group and the German TUIfly company, including the aircraft currently operated by TUIfly for airberlin under a wet-lease agreement, into a new airline group established by TUI AG and Etihad Aviation Group.
airberlin has unveiled a far-reaching restructuring of its business, which will see the company concentrate its core operations as a focused network carrier serving higher-yielding markets, from its two key hubs in Berlin and Dusseldorf, with a core fleet of 75 aircraft. Its leisure flying will be combined into an independently operating business unit.
InterRent and topbonus have partnered to offer its members the best deals available with the Europcar Group low-cost brand. airberlin is the second largest airline company in Germany, while its frequent flyer program topbonus has more than four million members.
airberlin continues to expand its hub in Berlin-Tegel with two attractive non-stop destinations on the West Coast of the United States - Los Angeles and San Francisco. Berlin’s largest airline will also be increasing the frequency of its services to New York, Chicago and Miami.
Starting this year as part of its strategic realignment, airberlin is introducing Business Class to German and European flights and will therefore offer a consistent product experience on short, medium and long-haul flights for the first time. Stefan Pichler, chief executive, airberlin, said: “We find ourselves at the beginning of a far-reaching transformation from which a new, stronger airberlin will emerge.”
Flybe has signed a significant codeshare relationship with airberlin. Under the agreement, airberlin will place its marketing code on Flybe routes from Birmingham, Cardiff, Doncaster, Manchester and Southampton to Germany.
airberlin group has introduced new technology services powered by Sabre that help personalise and improve the travel experience for travellers through easy purchase of customised air fare packages. Germany’s second largest carrier has launched Sabre’s Branded Fares, allowing the airlines to market and sell their tailor-made product brands through Sabre’s leading travel marketplace.
Etihad Airways today launched fresh legal action in a bid to overturn a German court’s decision to revoke the approval for 29 of its codeshare flights with airberlin. Last week, the Administrative Court of Braunschweig decided that the German ministry of transport was entitled to reject the 29 Etihad Airways-airberlin codeshares, which had been approved only until January 15th 2016.
airberlin is installing 3G connectivity across its entire long-haul fleet, becoming the first airline to offer the AeroMobile 3G eXPhone service. The first aircraft to be equipped with the new service is an Airbus A330-200 with the registration D-ABXC.
A court in Germany has ruled that Etihad Airways and airberlin cannot continue codesharing arrangements on some of their routes beyond mid-January. Abu Dhabi-based Etihad holds a 29.2 per cent stake in Germany’s second-largest airline and their codesharing provides important income for airberlin.
In conjunction with Panasonic Avionics, leading inflight connectivity provider AeroMobile has launched the first inflight 3G network, creating a step change in the connected experience. The inflight 3G network operated over Panasonic’s Ku service enables a quality and range of services much closer to those experienced on the ground.