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Rebranded from Air Berlin USA (1978-1991)
dba (2004-2008) merged into Air Berlin
LTU International Airways (1955-2011) merged into Air Berlin

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Berlin Tegel (TXL)
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36 Countries served
114 Destinations served
380 Routes served

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  • Read more 09APR2014: Hans Rudolf Woehrl rejects reports of talks with Air Berlin
    Air Berlin (AB, Berlin Tegel) nor any of its partners has not been in contact with Hans Rudolf Woehrl the airline investment magnate has said. In a statement issued to Reuters, Woehrl refuted claims in German newspaper Handelsblatt that he, along with Air Berlin CEO Joachim Hunold and Severin Schulte, had been approached over the possibility of their taking a new majority stake in the airline.

    "There wasn't a single conversation, not even Air Berlin or one of its shareholders contacting me," Woehrl said.

    The report had alleged that the trio would form a new investment vehicle to take a majority 50.1% stake in Air Berlin with the remaining 49.9% to be taken over by Etihad Airways (EY, Abu Dhabi Int'l).

    Last month, German periodical WirtschaftsWoche said with a 49.9% stake in Air Berlin, Etihad would delist the carrier from the stock market and merge it with its other European interest, Alitalia (AZ, Rome Fiumicino).

    Meanwhile, German aviation portal, aero.de, reports that Lufthansa (LH, Frankfurt Int'l), fearing the threat of an Etihad-controlled Air Berlin, has taken the Berlin-based carrier to the German civil aviation authority (Luftfahrt-Bundesamt - LBA) and the local competition regulator (Bundeskartellamt) in a bid to have the process more closely scrutinized.

    The move comes hard on the heels of a European Commission announcement that it has now launched a formal investigation into Etihad's stake in Air Berlin to see if it complies with EC ownership regulations governing European airlines.
  • Read more 02APR2014: EC to investigate Etihad, Delta stakes in European carriers
    Etihad Airways (EY, Abu Dhabi Int'l) and its stakes in several European airlines including Air Berlin (AB, Berlin Tegel), Aer Lingus (EI, Dublin Int'l), Darwin Airline (F7, Lugano), and Air Serbia (JU, Belgrade) have come under the European Commission's scrutiny following the Emirati carrier's recent shopping spree. Delta Air Lines (DL, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson) and its 49% shareholding in Virgin Atlantic (VS, London Heathrow) will also be investigated.

    The bureaucracy said its commissioners doubt Etihad's and Delta's investments are in line with European Union laws regarding ownership and effective control. Swiss regulator, the Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA), said it would launch its own investigation into Etihad's stake in Darwin Airline.

    European law requires an airline pass two separate tests of ownership and control in order for it to retain its "European" designation and associated privileges.

    “We are tightening the screw, if you like,” DG-Mobility and Transport Matthias Ruete told AirTransportWorld. “We have clear rules on ownership and control of EU airlines and they must be adhered to. And while the ownership issue is straightforward, the control issue is a difficult one because what that actually means is open to interpretation. There have been some cases over the last few years where we have had to warn states that they were moving into a realm of activity not possible under EU law.”

    The European Commission has also warned Italy that any restructuring of Alitalia (AZ, Rome Fiumicino) in the wake of a possible deal with Etihad would be subject to the same laws and regulations.
  • Read more 30MAR2014: Etihad to merge Alitalia with Air Berlin should talks succeed?
    Etihad Airways (EY, Abu Dhabi Int'l) will shortly present a provisional business proposal to its board regarding a 40% stake in Alitalia (AZ, Rome Fiumicino). A decision on whether or not to proceed with the acquisition will then be made Italy's La Stampa newspaper has reported.

    "I think (the result of talks) will come soon," Italian Minister of Transport, Maurizio Lupi told a Senate hearing. Lupi had previously noted a deadline of March 31 for an outcome.

    Despite its EUR800million (USD1.12billion) debt overhang, Italy's labour unions have fought tooth and nail to water down the Emiratis' demand that the airline cut its workforce down from 5'000 to 2'000.

    Reuters newswire has further speculated that Etihad could merge Alitalia with its other European long-haul interest, Air Berlin (AB, Berlin Tegel) in which it holds a 30% stake, "to create synergies and preserve Air Berlin's international traffic rights."

    Last week, Air Berlin was forced to deny claims by German investor rights group SdK it was trying to hide its financial difficulties by twice delaying publication of its annual results.

    "The company has sufficient liquidity and also has additional flexibility through an undrawn shareholder loan," the airline said in a statement to the newswire.

    German media reports had stated that the Emiratis had expressed "dissatisfaction" with progress being made under Air Berlin's current turnaround strategy. The two airlines are still in talks over a possible recapitalization with reports Etihad is seeking to ramp up its stake to 49.9% - the maximum permissible under European ownership laws - which would give it a greater say in the airline's operations.
  • Read more 24MAR2014: Norwegian rejects reports it is in talks with Air Berlin
    Norwegian (DY, Oslo Gardermoen) has rejected reports in local newspaper, Finansavisen, that it is in advanced talks to acquire Air Berlin (AB, Berlin Tegel). In a statement, Airline spokeswoman, Anne-Sissel Skaanvik, told Reuters: "Under normal circumstances we would not comment on such rumors and speculations in the market. But on this occasion I can deny that Norwegian Air is a potential buyer."

    The European aviation community at large has been keenly watching the Norwegian airline ever since CEO Bjørn Kjos revealed plans to acquire a European carrier with US traffic rights should its newly established Irish subsidiary, Norwegian Air International (Dublin Int'l), fail to secure its own. The US Department of Transportation has come under immense pressure from US airlines, trade unions and lobby groups to deny the airline a foreign-carrier traffic-permit on the grounds its use of Irish Air Operators Certificate allows it to circumvent stricter Norwegian labour laws thereby giving it an unfair competitive advantage.

    Norwegian was last year also linked to talks with LOT Polish Airlines (LO, Warsaw Chopin).

    For its part, Air Berlin (AB, Berlin Tegel) has delayed the announcement of its 2013 operating results amid speculation that 29.21% shareholder, Etihad Airways (EY, Abu Dhabi Int'l), is pushing for the airline to delist from the stock exchange ahead of a possible restructuring.
  • Read more 23MAR2014: Air Berlin to delist, restructure shareholding?
    Air Berlin (AB, Berlin Tegel) is considering delisting from the stock market in a bid to lure in new investors and fresh capital Germany's Manager magazine has reported. According to the publication, the move is spurred by 29.21% shareholder Etihad Airways (EY, Abu Dhabi Int'l) which has purportedly expressed dissatisfaction with the airline's stalled turnaround programme. Etihad is said to be eyeing a bigger stake in the carrier to which it has already said it would loan USD255million.

    Analysts had speculated that the Emirati carrier could once more prop up the German airline through the purchase of its MRO unit, Air Berlin Technik, which could mirror a 2012 Etihad "hidden cash" injection involving the acquisition of a majority stake in Air Berlin's loyalty programme for USD242.7million.

    The delisting will allow for a restructuring of the airline's shareholding thereby allowing the Emiratis to circumvent a 30% foreign ownership cap. An increased presence in Air Berlin's structure would also allow for Etihad to have a greater say in the airline's operations.

    Though still speculative, it is believed the restructuring could also result in a possible split in Air Berlin with one division handling its Abu Dhabi Int'l feeder services, the other handling European and tourism flights, possibly in conjunction with Etihad's latest acquisition, Darwin Airline (F7, Lugano).

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Aircraft TypeActiveInactiveTotalOn Order* BØ Age P  
A319-100819hiddenhidden
A320-100/-20030 30hiddenhidden
A321-100/-20012 12hiddenhidden
A321-200 (sl)   hiddenhidden
A330-20014 14hiddenhidden
B737-700 WIN.9 9hiddenhidden
B737-800 WIN.35 35hiddenhidden
B787-9   hiddenhidden
Dash 8-40011112hiddenhidden
Total1192121hiddenhidden  
* Includes new or used aircraft not yet delivered for which a construction/manufacturer serial number is already known.

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