Air Berlin to Downsize Fleet and Employee Count in Restructuring
MUNICH—Saying the airline has a “bright future,” Air Berlin announced a major restructuring that will see it halve its fleet, shed 1,200 jobs, and focus on its hubs in Berlin and Düsseldorf.
The carrier will also spin off its leisure flying into a separate business unit.
Starting next summer, the airline will operate a fleet of 75 aircraft including 17 Airbus A330 wide-body planes for long-haul flights and 40 A320 family aircraft and 18 Bombardier Q400 aircraft for short- and medium-haul flights within Europe.
The Berlin-based airline said it also plans to wet-lease as many as 40 Airbus A320 family aircraft to the Lufthansa Group under a six-year wet-lease deal, utilizing what it termed “excess aircraft and crew capacity.”
“This far-reaching restructuring of our operations is about a new focus, giving us a new future,” said Stefan Pichler, the company’s CEO. “The core airberlin proposition in future is now clear: a dedicated focused network carrier serving higher-yielding markets from two hubs in Dusseldorf and Berlin. A leaner, fitter, stronger airberlin has a bright future.”
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