Airberlin: The beginning of the end?

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Start of Emirati rule of AirBerlin?

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I think it’s sad that Air Berlin has to cut down on its fleet, and employees so drastically. Not only from an aviation fans perspective, but also from the perspective of someone who is hoping to one day land a job with this airline. The sad truth, is that Air Berlin just can’t compete with the absolutely MASSIVE airline empire that is Lufthansa. Alone Lufthansa’s low cost carriers are what is making it so hard for Air Berlin, not to mention the many other subsidiaries that Lufthansa has all over Europe in both passenger transportation, and cargo transportation. I really do hope that Air Berlin will be able to continue operations for many more years to come. I sincerely apologize about this mammoth essay ;)

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I can’t imagine a german airport without this livery…
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(Picture: airberlin via aero.de)

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Well Eurowings is now Europes 3rd largest LCC… the fact is Air Berlin is too expensive for the service it provides.

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So true! Lufthansa is SUPER huge

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Breaking News:
Lufthansa Group is now officaly going to lease 29 A320s and 11 A319s for six years from airberlin and they are going to fly for Eurowings and Austrian Airlines based in 7 german Cities, Vienna and Palma de Mallorca. 1200 airberlin employees are going to loose their jobs. airberlin will be a network carrier flying from DUS and TXL…

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Offical Press release:
German:
http://www.airberlingroup.com/de/presse/pressemitteilungen/2016/09/28_Umfassende-Neuausrichtung-von-airberlin-erm-glicht-langfristiges-Wachstum----

English:
http://www.airberlingroup.com/en/press/pressreleases/2016/09/28_Far-reaching-restructuring-of-airberlin-to-deliver-long-term-growth

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1,200 employees are a lot of people to get rid of. I really feel for the pilots who are being dismissed. I really do hope Air Berlin gets back on stable footing soon.

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Let’s hope airberlin can get out of the crisis, I feel bad for those who lost their jobs. mmmm I should learn German

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1200 is definitly more than expected by “experts” and press.

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Lufthansa’s statememt:
German:
https://www.lufthansagroup.com/de/presse/meldungen/view/archive/2016/september/28/article/4686.html

English:
https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/september/28/article/4686.html

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In the next years, we’re going to have a lot of current major airlines who their going to stop their activities

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Oh no! Amazing livery, if it goes I will miss it so much…

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Oh yeah, you have unfortunately to prepare yourself ;-(

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I wonder how this entire scenario will play out for the Air Berlin flight training program. I hope they keep it going. I doubt it though.

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I think their going to merge it with LH

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That will be quite the interesting flight school hybrid.

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Yeah but currently a few airlines do it already

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no!!! air berlin is one of my favorite airlines, they can’t die now!!! :(