Following the December announcement that Etihad Airways had become airberlin’s biggest shareholder, the two airlines have increased services between Abu Dhabi and both Germany and Thailand.
Four-weekly flights by airberlin between Berlin and Abu Dhabi began on January 15. From March 25, airberlin will run three daily services to Abu Dhabi, including direct daily flights from two German hubs, Berlin and Düsseldorf.
In addition, and subject to government approval, airberlin will launch a new daily route between Abu Dhabi and Phuket.
An Airbus A330-200 in a two-class configuration will be used for the new flights.
In addition, Etihad’s Abu Dhabi-Düsseldorf service, operated by an A330-300 in a three-class configuration, will increase to a daily frequency from April 15. On the same day, Etihad will launch a third daily Abu Dhabi-Bangkok link with a Boeing 777-300ER in a two-class configuration.
Etihad Airways’ President and CEO James Hogan commented: “Our strategic partnership with airberlin continues to gain momentum, and we are delighted to announce such a major increase in services from our respective hubs.”
The two carriers will now offer a total of 42-weekly flights between Abu Dhabi and four German hubs. The airlines together carry more than 40 million passengers a year, employ 18,000 people and have a combined fleet of 233 aircraft.