Air Berlin filed for insolvency in August of this year after their major stakeholder, Etihad, withdrawed support for the airline, and are cutting down on jobs, aircraft and destinations. They have just recently announced that all long-haul flights will come to an end by the 15th of October (next month) as they make an effort to cut down on routes, also due to the repossession of A330s owned by AerCap. All other Air Berlin flights will continue due to a loan from the German Government. The board of Air Berlin is in talks with Lufthansa, Eurowings and EasyJet over their purchase of major parts of the airline. Gradually, 80% of Air Berlin’s workforce are expected to get new jobs as administrators try to reach a deal with these three airlines. Negotiations are set to continue until October 12.
Credits Air Berlin A330-200, D-ALPH @ Dusseldorf International, 25 May 2017