Air Berlin Joins Oneworld as 11th Member
Air Berlin, Germany’s second largest airline, became the oneworld alliance’s 11th member. The airline serves 163 destinations in 39 countries including Los Angeles, Miami, and New York in the United States.
The move expands the alliance’s network to over 800 destinations in more than 150 countries. The addition of Air Berlin adds an extensive network in Central and South Europe.
Air Berlin is also restructuring to lower its costs and, late last year, sold almost 30% of the airline to Etihad Airways.
Other members of the oneworld alliance are American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN, Qantas, Royal Jordanian, and S7 Airlines, and 20 affiliates including American Eagle, Dragonair, LAN Argentina, LAN Ecuador, and LAN Peru. Malaysia Airlines is also scheduled to join the alliance this year and Mexicana is an inactive member.