FRANKFURT Oct 3 Abu Dhabi based airline Etihad
Airways is urging German peer Air Berlin, in which it
holds some 30 percent, to offer joint flights with Air France
, German paper Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported, citing
Etihad's chief executive.
Air Berlin should offer joint flights with Air France,
Etihad Chief Executive Officer James Hogan told Sueddeutsche
Zeitung in an interview to be published in tomorrow's edition.
Etihad itself is already discussing a so-called codeshare
agreement with Air France.
Hogan said Air Berlin would not need another loan from
Etihad and would return to profit in the next 12 to 18 months.
Air Berlin Chief Executive Hartmut Mehdorn predicts Air
Berlin to at least post an operating profit in 2013, he said in
(Reporting by Peter Dinkloh; Editing by Leslie Gevirtz)