Published On: Sat, Jan 16th, 2016

Etihad is the winner in a German court battle over Air Berlin codeshare agreement

Etihad-Airways_1234The German appeals court in Lueneburg, Germany, on Thursday overturned an earlier decision and allowed the continuation for 26 of 31 requested codeshare flights to continue for the entire winter schedule for Air Berlin and UAE-based Etihad Airways.

Etihad Airways has a stake in the German carrier airberlin.

The court definitively ruled that 26 of the 31 codeshares are lawful. Together with the other 50 approved codeshares with airberlin, 76 of the 81 codeshares are now approved once and for all, that is 94 per cent of the codeshares applied for. The other five codeshares are on German domestic routes.

The court’s interpretation of the UAE-Germany Air Services Agreement also means that Etihad Airways will be able to continue with all those codeshares beyond the Winter Schedule.
Etihad Airways President and Chief Executive Officer, James Hogan, said: “We are pleased with the ruling which confirms 94 per cent of Etihad Airways’ codeshares.

“This ruling is a victory for consumers and competition in Germany.
“We remain strongly committed to our strategic partner, airberlin, and will redouble our efforts to provide a strong competitive alternative to the dominant German carrier, Lufthansa.

“We would like to encourage German consumers to support airberlin and its 8,000 staff, who have been seriously damaged by this sustained attack on their business.”

Besides airberlin Etihad Airways holds equity investments in Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Alitalia, Jet Airways, Virgin Australia, and Swiss-based Darwin Airline, trading as Etihad Regional. Etihad Airways, along with airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Alitalia, Etihad Regional, Jet Airways and NIKI,