airberlin is entering the Baltic region by offering nonstop flights to Riga with the new codeshare partner airBaltic.
airberlin adds its code on flights operated by airBaltic to the Latvian capital from several German cities: Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Munich, Frankfurt and Berlin. In return, airBaltic flight guests are – for the first time – able to book a connecting airberlin flight to various German cities in combination with an airBaltic flight to Germany.
“The new codeshare partnership is another step for airberlin towards the growing markets of Eastern Europe and adds another new destination to our codeshare route network for our guests” says Paul Gregorowitsch, Chief Commercial Officer of airberlin. He adds: “We look forward to welcoming even more guests from this region on board our flights in Germany”.
Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “A strong family of codeshare partner airlines ensures smooth and seamless travel for airBaltic customers. Our current codeshare partners include a number of the world’s major airlines. We are very pleased that airberlin is joining this growing family, enabling us to offer excellent connectivity between destinations in Germany and the Baltic region.”
airberlin is Germany’s second largest airline. The company has a workforce of 9,300 employees. Each year, airberlin receives over 10 awards for service and quality. The fleet comprises 152 aircraft with an average age of five years, making it one of the most modern fleets in Europe. The airline’s state-of-the-art jets are highly fuel efficient, which contributes toward a long-term reduction in pollution emissions from aircraft. As one of the major European airlines, airberlin flies to 170 destinations in 40 countries. In 2011, over 35 million passengers were transported. In December 2011, airberlin entered into a strategic partnership with Etihad Airways. Since 20th March 2012, airberlin has been a full member of the global airline alliance oneworld®. airberlin operates codeshare flights with oneworld members American Airlines, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines and Japan Airlines.
AIR BALTIC CORPORATION (airBaltic) serves 60 destinations with direct flights from its home base in Riga, Latvia. From every one of these, airBaltic offers convenient connections via North Hub Riga to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and the Middle East. airBaltic is a joint stock company that was established in 1995. The primary shareholder is Latvian state with 99.8% of stock. airBaltic carries over 3 million passengers every year. The airBaltic fleet consists of 32 aircraft – six Boeing 737-500, eight Boeing 737-300, ten Fokker 50 airplanes and eight Bombardier Q400Next Gen. airBaltic received the title of Airline of the Year 2009/2010 (Gold Award) from the European Regions Airline Association. airBaltic is the winner of Air Transport World Phoenix Award 2010 – a global recognition of excellence in restructuring business. airBaltic won a special Pacesetter Award 2010 from the Jury of the Budgies World Low Cost Airline Awards, recognising achievements of airBaltic as a hybrid airline. In 2012, airBaltic was ranked by Airline trends among the Top 10 airlines globally for innovations.