Air Berlin to Exit Oneworld Alliance

By Christian Stampfer on 17 October 2017
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IMG_2546.JPGMUNICH—The oneworld alliance announced on Tuesday that Air Berlin will end its relationship with the alliance along with its affiliate Niki, a low-cost carrier headquartered in Vienna.

The Berlin-based airline “will cease participating in the oneworld alliance with effect from the close of business on 27 October 2017,” the alliance said in a written statement.

The move follows the German carrier’s filing for insolvency over the summer.

Air Berlin’s departure will remove 12 destinations, including regional airports, in Germany and Austria from the oneworld route network.

Last week Lufthansa said it would acquire several of Air Berlin’s business units including Niki Luftfahrt. It also plans to acquire 81 planes and hire 3,000 of its workers.

Several oneworld member airlines, including British Airways, Finnair, and Iberia, are offering members of Air Berlin’s Topbonus frequent-flyer program a status match.

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