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airberlin links up with Malev ahead of oneworld membership

airberlin links up with Malev ahead of oneworld membership

airberlin and the Hungarian airline Malev will in future be offering their customers selected flights as codeshare services.

The codeshare agreement applies to flights from October 30th 2011.

Malev flights from Berlin, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Frankfurt and Zurich to Budapest can now be booked via airberlin.

Travellers from Germany will have a choice of convenient non-stop flights to the Hungarian capital. Malev passengers will benefit from airberlin’s extensive German domestic and European routes and will also be able to book connecting flights to destinations such as Dusseldorf and Oslo.

“As we prepare to join the oneworld airline alliance, we are delighted to have a new partner at our side.

“With flights to and from Hungary we can offer our customers a new, attractive destination and strengthen our presence in Central Europe,” said Paul Gregorowitsch, chief commercial officer airberlin.

oneworld was itself voted the World’s Leading Airline Alliance at the prestigious World Travel Awards for the eighth consecutive year in 2010.

“The agreement we have concluded with airberlin means that our route network is expanded with new destinations.

“Through this airline, which is shortly to join the oneworld alliance, our customers can access new destinations in Germany and elsewhere in Europe, and soon – from the date of accession - they will also be able to enjoy all the advantages deriving from the carrier’s membership of oneworld,” said Lorant Limburger, chief executive officer of Malev, after signing the agreement.