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Airberlin and American Airlines expand Codeshare-Agreement


The codeshare-agreement is now covering the air connection between Berlin-Tegel to New York JFK. Airberlin is already flying from Berlin-Tegel to New York JFK since May 2011. The connection is non-stop and Airberlin approaches New York four times a week (every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday). The codeshare-agreement now comprehends the total US- airline route network between American Airlines and Airberlin, the second largest German airline.

American Airlines and Airberlin conduct several air-connections per codesharing on Trans-Atlantic flights, US-domestic-flights and domestic flights within Europe for about eight month.

American Airlines is now merchandising all US-non-stop flights of Airberlin (Fort Myers, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Miami) in line with the codeshare-agreements Airberlin on the other hand is offering the flights of American Airlines from Frankfurt to Dallas/Fort Worth and from Zurich to New York JFK under their flight number.

There are 16 additional flights of Airberlin within the USA and flights to Nassau (Bahamas) reached from the hub of American Airlines in Los Angeles, New York JFK and Miami.




STATUE OF LIBERTY – Safety renovations


The Statue of Liberty will close again for safety renovations and reopen in a year. The National Monument in New York, one of the world wide best-know tourist attraction will shut down on Oct. 29, according to the National Park Service the changes must be done to improve safety for the visitors. After the 9/11 attacks authorities are concerned about how rescuers will be able to get people out in an emergency situation.


It is not the first time the statue will be closed, three years after 9/11 the base, the pedestal and the observation deck were redone and fire and security systems were improved. In 2009 the 146 steps and the crown were done.


The cost of the renovations is around $27 million, it will start the next day after the 125th anniversary of its dedication. While the statue is closed for working, the Liberty Island will remain open for visitors and like David Luchsinger, the superintendent of the monument said,

the statue is safe now but it will be much safer after the work: updating the statue´s mechanical and electrical systems, an elevator will be replaced and it will go up and down in a new, fire resistant shaft. He also said he is “guardedly optimistic” that the work will be completed in time for the 126th anniversary in Oct. 2012, as well as he believes that the