Air Berlin Sleeping Around? Talks with non oneworld Air France/KLM

Air Berlin is in talks with Air France-KLM on a code-sharing agreement as it seeks to offer its customers more routes via partnerships, its chief executive said. “There are talks. Now we have to see what the outcome is,” Wolfgang Prock-Schauer told journalists on Tuesday. “I could certainly imagine that we agree a partnership,” he added.

From Reuters:

A person close to the matter told Reuters news agency that Air Berlin and Air France aimed for a deal by the European summer. Such a deal would be unusual in the airline sector as Air Berlin, Germany’s second-biggest airline after Lufthansa, is part of the oneworld alliance, while Air France is part of rival group SkyTeam. Air Berlin has been looking to expand via partnerships such as code-shares to cope with deteriorating finances following a period of aggressive growth in the last decade. It announced in October 2012 that it had struck a code-share agreement with Air France and Etihad but in the end that deal went ahead without the German carrier.

Air Berlin currently has code-shares with oneworld members such as British Airways and Finnair but also with non-members such as Air Seychelles and Air Serbia. CEO Prock-Schauer downplayed the importance of airline groups saying alliances had “crossed their peak” and were no longer of great importance to airlines. “There is a lot of cross-alliance cooperation going on,” he said.

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Comments

  1. “CEO Prock-Schauer downplayed the importance of airline groups saying alliances had “crossed their peak” and were no longer of great importance to airlines. ”There is a lot of cross-alliance cooperation going on,” he said.”

    The CEO is being a puppet for Etihad. It’s Deutsche Etihad, not “Air Berlin”.

    The airline CEO forgot that from the customer’s viewpoint, random code-share partnerships is anything BUT a seamless experience.

  2. I was going to make some sort of French surrender joke but I couldn’t come up with one. I wonder if this could be some odd way to get some cross over benefits between alliances?

  3. As with the unfinished airport in Berlin, Air Berlin is a failure! To be honest, Germany might have a reputation for being efficient, but most companies in Germany (including branches of foreign companies!) give a &%§” about customer service. Germans have to pay in excess of 200 USD for a pair of Levi’s 501. Most “service” phone numbers in Germany are expensive 0180-numbers (comparable to 900-numbers in the U.S.), while the same companies offer toll free numbers anywhere else. And guess what – Germany are sick of it. I really don’t care anymore, if Air Berlin is going bankrupt (they are), after years of mismanagement. I don’t care anymore, if Lufthansa will be next (they will be – in the long run, at least). Both airlines offer lousy service at ridiculous prices and bad customer service. I will be glad to fly Etihad from Berlin to Frankfurt or Barcelona in the future!

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