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Dortmund-based Eurowings, Germany's largest independently owned regional carrier, has joined the KLM/Northwest Airlines alliance.

Eurowings Chairman Reinhard Santner and Dries van Luyk, KLM exec. VP-passenger divisions, signed the contract this Fall that expands the airlines' cooperation into a far-reaching strategic partnership over an 8-year period. No equity stake in Eurowings by the two major carriers is involved, said Santner.

Under the deal, KLM will code share on Eurowings flights to Amsterdam and Eurowings gets full membership in KLM's Flying Dutchman frequent-flier program, applicable for accumulating mileage points throughout the Eurowings route system. Unaffected by the new accord are Eurowings' code-share flights with Air France to Paris, although they will not be expanded. …

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