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After lots of speculation over the last weeks the Air Berlin Board of Directors has now confirmed a massive restructuring of the company that will see the fleet shrink to just 75 aircraft.

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In addition management also confirmed that up to 1,200 full time equivalent staff will be laid off and the company will work with the employees council to complete this process until spring 2017. [click to continue…]

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Air Berlin continues to float in their economic woes and German newspapers now report details about the massive restructuring that could see the airline halved in size very soon.

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As per news reports, the airline is planning for 1,000 jobs to be cut in a first wave and aircraft being wet-leased to Lufthansa and TuiFly. [click to continue…]

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A reader notified us of his recent experience on Air Berlin as the airline has eliminated the complimentary beverage service on their short haul European flights.

Air Berlin A330All this comes while Air Berlin is promoting their new Business Class product with big slogans about premium passengers being able to choose items from their extensive on board menu. [click to continue…]

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As Air Berlin just announced their new promotional awards, I considered booking a domestic flight from Frankfurt to Berlin, but found that it’s actually cheaper to buy a ticket than to redeem miles.

AB Mileage DiscountsWhile most frequent flyer programs in Europe levy high surcharges on top of the high airport and departure tax, promotional fares sometimes are exempt from fuel surcharges to be more competitive. [click to continue…]

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It was already reported back in July (read more here) that Lufthansa was in negotiations with Airberlin/Etihad to take over 40 airplanes with crews on routes that don’t touch Berlin or Duesseldorf.

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This issue resurfaced this weekend when German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung further reported about the recent developments and that was picked up by Reuters. [click to continue…]

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Germany’s Lufthansa is in negotiations with Air Berlin majority shareholder Etihad to purchase 40 aircraft and all routes that don’t touch Air Berlin’s Duesseldorf and Tegel hubs according to Reuters.

Air Berlin A321Air Berlin has been bleeding cash ever since and even after Etihad purchased 29.21% of Air Berlin they constantly had to provide capital in one form or another to keep the airline afloat. [click to continue…]

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Air Berlin Topbonus has sent out emails to their members last night announcing changes to their fare structure and the way that customers can collect miles on Air Berlin flights.

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Air Berlin shuffled the names of their booking classes around, for example they introduced a new Economy Class called Economy Light that earns 25% of miles. [click to continue…]