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Air Berlin starts cooperation with Turkish Airline

Posted on 14 February 2011

Date: 05/10/2009
Air Berlin starts cooperation with Turkish Airline

“Pegasus and Air Berlin have very strong presence in Turkey and Germany and both have changed the way our guests fly in our respective home markets,’ says Ali Sabanci, chairman of Pegasus Airlines.

Air Berlin, Germany’s second-largest airline company, and Pegasus Airlines, Turkey’s largest privately owned airline, have started working together.

As of Monday, selected flights of both airlines are listed on www.airberlin.com and www.flypgs.com. The Web sites are also linked, providing more extensive flight offers for travelers, the firms announced on their online portals. The cross-linking of the two Web sites will provide both airline companies with new opportunities for growth in important markets.

“We are pleased with the first stage of our cooperation with Pegasus,” said Joachim Hunold, chief executive officer of Air Berlin. “The cross-linking of Internet portals will enable Air Berlin to increase its presence on the Turkish market. In return, Pegasus will benefit from having greater access to the German market.”

Using Air Berlin’s Internet portal, travelers will be able to book 17 additional connections from Germany to Turkey, in addition to 26 routes within Turkey. A client who decides to book one of these flights will be redirected to www.flypgs.com. In the same manner, selected Air Berlin flights within Germany and Europe, as well as long-haul flights, can be booked via the Pegasus Airlines Web site, according to the announcement.

“We are a perfect match,” said Ali Sabanci, chairman of Pegasus Airlines. “Pegasus and Air Berlin have very strong presence in Turkey and Germany and both have changed the way our guests fly in our respective home markets. This cooperation is only the beginning to serve our customers better.”

Air Berlin transported a total of 28.6 million passengers worldwide last year. The company employs approximately 8,200 people. In 2008 alone, Air Berlin received more than 10 awards for its service and quality. With the average airplane age of 4.6 years, Air Berlin’s fleet is one of the youngest in Europe. The company’s modern jets contribute to a sustainable reduction of emissions in air transportation.

Pegasus Airlines belongs to Esas Holding, the second-largest industrial and financial group in Turkey. Since April, Esas Holding has had approximately 18 percent share in Air Berlin. In 2008, the holding generated approximately 445 million euros, or 1.1 billion Turkish Liras, with more than 3,300 employees.”

29 September 2009 (Quoted Hurriyet Daily News – Abridged)

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