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Old February 4th, 2016, 05:46 AM   #101
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Old February 4th, 2016, 06:02 AM   #102
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Old February 9th, 2016, 03:21 AM   #103
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Interview – Pichler focuses on higher-yield routes

Air Berlin will concentrate more on higher-yield routes this year but does not plan any large-scale route cutbacks, CEO Stefan Pichler told fvw in an exclusive interview.

January 14, 2016

Germany’s second-largest airline dropped unviable routes last year but only reduced capacity by 4-5% overall despite expectations that it might take some 40 to 50 jets out of its fleet, Pichler said. Capacity is due to remain stable this year. The loss-making carrier flew 30.2 million passengers in total in 2015, which was 4.6% fewer than in 2014, but the load factor improved slightly by 0.7 percentage points to 84.2%.

Explaining the network strategy, Pichler said Air Berlin “cannot keep up” with a low-cost carrier like Ryanair whose operating costs are about 25% lower but “we can compete on unit costs with Lufthansa or Air France. Their unit costs are about 35% more than ours. In other words, we are competitive as a network carrier since we have a sustainable cost advantage.”

As a result, the airline is readjusting its flight network. “We are reducing our offering where we don’t see big opportunities, and we are investing in our relevant markets, for example Majorca, the Canary Islands, Italy and long-haul routes,” the CEO explained. This is why the airline is adding long-haul flights from Düsseldorf to the USA and the Caribbean, and is developing Düsseldorf and Berlin as hubs with a mix of long-haul routes and feeder flights, he said.

Pichler stressed that “we’re not worried about Eurowings”, even though some business might be lost to the Lufthansa long-haul budget carrier, since “we have a different product and a different customer base. We measure ourselves against Lufthansa, not Eurowings.”

In Europe, Air Berlin will thin out some unviable routes or drop them entirely this summer and will strengthen lucrative higher-yield routes instead. Pichler stressed that the carrier has “many tourist markets which are still highly attractive”, such as Majorca, but admitted that the tourism business “is also volatile” and margins are falling. “We are happy to grow together with tour operators where reasonable yields are possible and where we have good sales partnerships,” he commented.

Pichler underlined the importance of the 29 legally disputed Etihad Airways code-share flights which generate €140 million worth of revenues for Air Berlin. “We work in an industry with very low margins. Every euro cent counts. At the moment we have more than 60,000 bookings for the flights that have been put into question,” he said.

In general, Air Berlin wants to deepen its partnership with Etihad Airways and the other carriers in the Etihad network, particularly Alitalia. “We still promote very strongly point-to-point routes and are learning, together with our sales partners, to market the overall network. We can improve a lot there and there’s a lot we can do together with the Etihad Partner Airlines,” he commented.

Regarding the airline’s financial turnaround, Pichler reiterated: “Our aim is to reach the turnaround point this year and then deliver profits in 2017.
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Old October 1st, 2016, 09:02 PM   #104
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Air Berlin A332 in Mexico, ex TAM, One of the two at Mex:

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Old November 13th, 2016, 03:51 PM   #105
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Hi,
Is it true that there isn't free snacks and drinks on European flights?

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Old December 16th, 2016, 04:02 PM   #106
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Is it true that there isn't free snacks and drinks on European flights?

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Old December 17th, 2016, 03:41 PM   #107
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Air Berlin sells NIKI to Etihad
http://ir.airberlin.com/en/ir/financ...olding-Company

A321 will go from AB to NIKI and A320/A319 from NIKI to AB. NIKI will take over all transport agreements and slots from AB for Sothern Europe (except Italy) by next summer. A new European touristic airlines shall be created by Etihad and TUI.

38 A320/A319 will be wet leased to LH. Those aircraft will be flying for Eurowings and Austrian Airlines
http://ir.airberlin.com/en/ir/financ...aircraft-today

AB will focus on their hubs at DUS and TXL with business and long-haul routes.

FR, EZY and DY announced several new routes for 2017 so they try to gain market shares in Germany.
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Old December 17th, 2016, 04:21 PM   #108
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so, how its gonna look the final Berlin fleet with the 321 from niky and 320/319 to LH ?
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Old December 18th, 2016, 12:44 AM   #109
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I have a feeling that Lufthansa will take over the rest of AB and increase codeshare with Ethiad. The AB brand will then be scrapped.
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Old December 19th, 2016, 04:55 PM   #110
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Air Berlin finalizes Eurowings, Austrian Airlines lease deal


Air Berlin (AB, Berlin Tegel) has finalized an agreement with Lufthansa Group concerning the placement of surplus Air Berlin capacity with the Group's various units. The wet-lease agreement forms part of Air Berlin's restructuring programme which will see it shifting focus to serving higher-yielding markets from its Berlin Tegel and Dusseldorf hubs.

In a statement issued late last week, Air Berlin confirmed it would place thirty-three A319 and A320 aircraft with Lufthansa's budget unit, Eurowings (EW, Dusseldorf), on six-year wet-lease contracts beginning February 2017. The jets will be based at seven airports around Germany including Eurowings' new base in Munich to be announced later this week, as well as in Vienna and Palma Son Sant Joan. As the aircraft begin to arrive, so Eurowings sister carrier germanwings (4U, Cologne/Bonn) will begin phasing out up to twenty of its older A320s thereby reducing overcapacity.

Air Berlin will also wet-lease five A320-200s to Austrian Airlines (OS, Vienna) with placements set for March and April 2017. The term of the contracts is also six years.

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current A320/A319 fleet consists on 11 A319 and 62 A320 (some from Niki), 33 A320/ A319 going to LH group, and 5 A320 to Austrian.

All 19 A321 going to Niki

so the final Berlin Fleet going to be :

35 A320
17 A330

the new airline Niky/Tui

23 A321 from Niki
5 B737 and 32 B738 from Tui
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Old December 20th, 2016, 06:14 PM   #111
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Airbus A320-214 2749 D-ABHF Air Berlin ferried 19dec16 VIE-DUS on transfer, re-regd 20dec16 ex OE-LEE

Airbus A320-214 2867 D-ABHG Air Berlin ferried 14dec16 VIE-DUS, OE-reg on transfer ex OE-LEX

Airbus A320-214 2968 D-ABDK Ait Berlin first in svc 19dec16 MUC-HAM-STR after transfer

Airbus A321-211 5126 OE-LCJ flyNiki ferried 17dec16 TXL-VIE, D-reg on transfer

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Old January 19th, 2017, 06:18 PM   #112
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Air Berlin outlines proposed Eurowings fleet placement

Air Berlin (AB, Berlin Tegel) has outlined the proposed positioning of the thirty-three A319-100 and A320-200 aircraft it will place with Lufthansa's budget unit, Eurowings (EW, Dusseldorf), on six-year wet-lease contracts beginning next month.

A deal presentation seen by ch-aviation indicates that of the thirty-three aircraft (eleven A319s and twenty-two A320-200s), four A319s will be based out of Hamburg Helmut Schmidt while Munich will be manned with four A320s, Dusseldorf with three A319s, Cologne/Bonn with two A319s and six A320s, and Stuttgart Echterdingen with two A319s and five A320s.

Internationally, three A320s will be based out of Vienna with two more to be based out of Palma Son Sant Joan. The remaining two A320s will be deployed to another yet-to-be-named base in 2018.

Air Berlin will also wet-lease five A320-200s to Austrian Airlines (OS, Vienna) with placements set for March and April 2017.

Given that it involves two major competing airlines with significant potential consequences for the German market at large, Germany's Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt) will be required to sign off on the lease agreement before it can take effect.

source: ChAviation

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Old January 19th, 2017, 06:21 PM   #113
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Airbus A319-112 3202 D-ASTX Air Berlin ferried 16jan17 SNN-DUS after paint into Eurowings cs ex HB-IOY

Airbus A319-112 3661 D-ABGN Air Berlin ferried 13jan17 VIE-DUS, OE-reg on transfer ex OE-LNA

Airbus A319-112 3700 D-ABGQ Air Berlin ferried 16jan17 HAM-SNN for paint into Eurowings cs

Airbus A320-214 2749 D-ABHF Air Berlin first in svc 16jan17 DUS-MUC, still in old flyNiki cs ex OE-LEE

Airbus A320-214 7224 XU-998 JC International Airlines ferried 18jan17 MAN-SXF, D-reg after paint prior delivery ex D-ABNZ

Airbus A320-214 7474 D-ABHE Air Berlin ferried 16jan17 SXF-MAN, for paint, for JC International Airlines ex D-AVVL

Airbus A321-211 3749 OE-LCB flyNiki ferried 17jan17 MUC-VIE, D-reg on transfer to flyNiki ex D-ABCB

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Airbus A319-112 3604 HB-IOX Belair Airlines ferried 21jan17 ZRH-AUH prior transfer to Air Berlin ex D-ABGM

Airbus A319-112 3865 D-ABGS Air Berlin ferried 21jan17 FCO-DUS after paint into Eurowings cs ex SP-IBA

Airbus A320-214 2902 D-ABHH Air Berlin first in svc 20jan17 DUS-SZG-DUS, still with Niki titles ex OE-LEU

Airbus A320-214 4606 OE-LED flyNiki ferried 21jan17

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This thread can be closed soon. Just a matter of time.


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Old August 15th, 2017, 02:39 PM   #116
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Air Berlin filed for bankruptcy. End of a story.

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Air Berlin files for insolvency proceedings after months of disruptions

Germany's struggling budget airline Air Berlin on Tuesday said it had filed for insolvency proceedings after its main shareholder Etihad Airways said it "would not provide any further financial support".
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https://www.thelocal.de/20170815/air...for-bankruptcy
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Old August 15th, 2017, 05:25 PM   #117
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Lufthansa doesn't waste any time and steps in straight away:


15-8-2017 press release from the Lufthansa Group:

Lufthansa and German Government to support restructuring of airberlin
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In order to continue with its restructuring, airberlin has filed a provisional insolvency proceeding in self-administration at the local court of Berlin-Charlottenburg today. Lufthansa is supporting the restructuring efforts of the airline jointly with the German Government. This also ensures that all aircraft that are currently operated by airberlin under a wet lease agreement for Eurowings and Austrian Airlines will continue operating as before. Lufthansa is already in negotiations with airberlin to take-over parts of the airberlin Group and is exploring the possibility of hiring additional staff. Lufthansa intends to conclude these negotiations successfully in due time.
https://newsroom.lufthansagroup.com/...17/q3/512.html


They have to of course since airberlin is flying for several of the Lufthansa group airlines.
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Old August 15th, 2017, 05:57 PM   #118
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Lufthansa gets first dibs on the carcass and the rest will be grounded by end October when the government cash runs out. Europes 7th largest airline is now dead.
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If happens LH Group will be massive in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
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They are already massive in those countries. But they will most likely have to give up some market share if they take over a large chunk of Air Berlin. It's a good chance for LLCs to grow in Germany.
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