Virgin Australia has added German giant airberlin to its “virtual network” of international flights that puts Berlin and Dusseldorf on its European destination list, according to The Australian Financial Review.
The codeshare and frequent flyer agreement was understood to have been facilitated by Etihad Airways, which holds 10% in alliance partner with Virgin, and has a 29% stake in airberlin.
Ethiad said airberlin, Germany’s second-largest airline, was its largest codeshare contributor to its revenues in the June quarter, the newspaper said.
The new airberlin deal will offer Virgin code-shares on daily services from Etihad’s hub in Abu Dhabi to Berlin and Dusseldorf, while the German airline will code-share Virgin’s Abu Dhabi to Sydney service, its Phuket to Perth service and on nine domestic Australian flights.
Virgin Australia has codesharing agreements with Virgin Atlantic, Virgin America and Hawaiian Airlines.