airberlin will cease participating in the oneworldA[R] alliance with effect from the close of business on 27 October 2017, following the filing by Air Berlin PLC & Co. Luftverkehrs KG's ("airberlin") for the opening of insolvency proceedings over its assets. airberlin's affiliate NIKI - which joined oneworld alongside airberlin in March 2012 - will no longer fly as part of oneworld at the same time.
oneworld will continue to serve more than 1,000 airports in almost 160 countries worldwide. The withdrawal of airberlin and NIKI from the alliance will mean a dozen destinations - half of them regional cities in Austria and Germany and the rest southern European holiday spots - leaving the alliance's global network.
oneworld will maintain a strong presence in airberlin's Germany and Austria home markets. Ten other oneworld member airlines serve a total of 13 destinations across the two countries, linking them with the alliance's global network. Throughout Europe, oneworld member airlines will continue to fly to more than 230 destinations in some 40 countries.
A number of oneworld member airlines are making a tier-status matching offer to members of airberlin's topbonus frequent flyer programme, enabling them to maintain their Emerald, Sapphire or Ruby status when flying with any oneworld member airline. For details, see individual member airline's frequent flyer websites, specifically
For further information on the current situation at Air Berlin, including advice to customers with bookings on flights it has cancelled, see airberlin.com
The following arrangements will apply in the withdrawal of airberlin and NIKI from oneworld:
Frequent flyer programme redemption flights
airberlin closed its flights for new redemption bookings by members of its and partner airlines' frequent flyer programmes as it filed for insolvency two months ago. airberlin has confirmed that redemption flights already booked by members of other oneworld airlines' frequent flyer programmes for travel on airberlin on or before 27 October 2017 remain valid. If you have a redemption flight on airberlin booked for 28 October 2017 or later, or if the airberlin flight for which you hold a redemption booking is not operating, please contact your frequent flyer programme.
airberlin topbonus cardholders have not been able to make redemption bookings for flights on any airlines since it filed for insolvency. Redemption flights made...