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by LTU330
Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Video of Hawaiian Employee Chucking Bags Posted on Twitter
Replies: 108
Views: 11326

Re: Video of Hawaiian Employee Chucking Bags Posted on Twitter

The Floors (and Sidewalls for that matter) are not always in great shape because of the fact you are throwing cases around the Compartment ! You would not believe how much money and time it takes in Maintenance to repair all the damage caused by this. Especially on the Airbus where quite often we h...

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by LTU330
Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports where pax had to use stairs to board 747, DC-10, L-1011
Replies: 225
Views: 12519

Re: Airports where pax had to use stairs to board 747, DC-10, L-1011

KLDC10 wrote:
Berlin Tegel (TXL) 2017! (Lufthansa 747-400)
And if you'd like to bring in other widebodies, I disembarked from an A340-600 by stairs there a month or two ago too.


Every Air Berlin A330 flight I took to/from TXL involved stairs. I think 7 flights in total.

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by LTU330
Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's 757-300s to go to 234 seats
Replies: 30
Views: 9542

Re: United's 757-300s to go to 234 seats

I recently flew on a couple of Condor 753s. I was in their Premium Economy, and they didnt even have seat recline on the seats. They looked like a newish Recaro seat with the shorter narrow armrests. Its a race to the bottom now on every airline. At least with a Low cost or Holiday airline you half ...

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by LTU330
Sun Jun 03, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Video of Hawaiian Employee Chucking Bags Posted on Twitter
Replies: 108
Views: 11326

Re: Video of Hawaiian Employee Chucking Bags Posted on Twitter

lol at the post about sliding bags, not gonna happen on the 738 or 739, only way to get the bags to the door is to throw them. On the A320 its not so bad and bags can be slid sometimes but heavy bags don't slide well and the floors are not always in great shape making sliding more difficult. If any...

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by LTU330
Sun Jun 03, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Video of Hawaiian Employee Chucking Bags Posted on Twitter
Replies: 108
Views: 11326

Re: Video of Hawaiian Employee Chucking Bags Posted on Twitter

No she doesn't, she is doing her job and that is the reason for the slide being on the side on the jet bridge. Baggage handlers are under pressure to make sure they don't cause a flight to take a delay. The moment you start getting jet bridge bags most times you are up against the clock and baggage...

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by LTU330
Sat Jun 02, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Video of Hawaiian Employee Chucking Bags Posted on Twitter
Replies: 108
Views: 11326

Re: Video of Hawaiian Employee Chucking Bags Posted on Twitter

She needs to be fired!! Period! No she doesn't, she is doing her job and that is the reason for the slide being on the side on the jet bridge. Baggage handlers are under pressure to make sure they don't cause a flight to take a delay. The moment you start getting jet bridge bags most times you are ...

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by LTU330
Tue Apr 10, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Union action in Germany 10/04
Replies: 14
Views: 700

Re: Lufthansa cancels 800 flights amid strike action

To strike when there is a legitimate reason is one thing, to cause such chaos with a "proactive warning strike" is something completely different. Such tactics won't win the unions any public support for their position. Exactly. Ver.Di are a nightmare. I am in that Union, but as soon as I...

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by LTU330
Sat Dec 30, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Niki Lauda purchases NIKI
Replies: 194
Views: 41919

Re: IAG buys NIKI for 20m EUR

Sorry to say, but if all of the above is true, I don't like this deal. Founding a new Austrian based company means the current Niki employees will have to re-apply for their own jobs. They will be offered new contracts, which will most likely be worse than their current CBA, which already isn't ver...

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by LTU330
Thu Dec 28, 2017 9:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Niki Lauda purchases NIKI
Replies: 194
Views: 41919

Re: Who will win in the battle to takeover NIKI?

[ I am the lucky one. I started a new job within two weeks of being terminated by Air Berlin. The Aircraft I work on now don’t fly passengers so I won’t be interested in people complaining about ticket prices :D My issue is only that Air Berlin Technik is still operational and paying people their f...

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by LTU330
Wed Dec 27, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Niki Lauda purchases NIKI
Replies: 194
Views: 41919

Re: Who will win in the battle to takeover NIKI?

[ You could have said the same about Air Berlin employees. Only certain people, most of whom had already left didn’t know how to run an Airline (unlike every Armchair CEO on this site). The majority of the employees were hard working and dedicated right to the end, and the cherry on the cake for so...

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by LTU330
Tue Dec 26, 2017 7:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Niki Lauda purchases NIKI
Replies: 194
Views: 41919

Re: Who will win in the battle to takeover NIKI?

.......still, who cares about employees, as someone mentioned that this is not a welfare forum. As long as you get your return ticket from A to B for 2 Euros, who gives a flying one about the people who make that happen.

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by LTU330
Tue Dec 26, 2017 7:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Niki Lauda purchases NIKI
Replies: 194
Views: 41919

Re: Who will win in the battle to takeover NIKI?

At best you could say that the assets of Niki are a dedicated Team of 1000 employees that know how to run trhe Airline and Keep it operational.. Thus saving start up costs in a new market. That would be called soft assets or good will in accounting Terms. If IAG wins the battle, they should Keep th...

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by LTU330
Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair Applies For Slots To Base 9 Aircraft At Berlin Tegel
Replies: 47
Views: 10979

Re: Ryanair Applies For Slots To Base 9 Aircraft At Berlin Tegel

It’s all been a stitch up in the end. LH lobbied the Authorities to ban codeshares between AB and EY, yet eventually ended up having a cosy relationship with EY themselves. It was pretty clear that when Merkel and Spohr visited the UAE that it was going to be the end of AB. The fact that EY then pub...

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by LTU330
Mon Dec 04, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: LH to operate Boeing 747-400 roundtrips between Frankfurt and Berlin in November and December
Replies: 71
Views: 22513

Re: Updated: LH to operate Boeing 747-400 roundtrips between Frankfurt and Berlin in November and December

There is a hole of 60,000 seats in the German domestic market. The 747's are but a drop in the bucket. Prices are ridiculous. Where are all the people who were posting that the train would provide competition and be a valid alternative to the LH monopoly? http://www.zeit.de/wirtschaft/2017-11/insol...

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by LTU330
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 966
Views: 162070

Re: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations

Was watching Volle Kanne on TV this morning. They had a report on former Air Berlin married couple workers who were very unhappy with the conditions of employment offered for Eurowings. Well I guess no one is forcing them to go and work for eurowings. Perhaps they can go and apply for easyJet or Ry...

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by LTU330
Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why do LCCs have such small market share in Germany?
Replies: 52
Views: 5600

Re: Why do LCCs have such small market share in Germany?

The main reason I would guess is that if you want to have a base in Germany, you have to abide by their employment laws, and the likes of Ryanair won’t be interested to pay the staff a living wage that reflects the money required to actually be able to live in Germany near to an Airport.

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by LTU330
Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 966
Views: 162070

Re: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations

When you fight your employer you will be out of a Job in the long run.. Keeping old coontracts alive, which do not hold up with reality, was one of the many reasons for the demise of AB. Pilots cannot repeat mistakes, Managers can. and that is why Spohr and Co do a brilliant Job in avoiding the man...

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by LTU330
Sat Oct 28, 2017 6:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 966
Views: 162070

Re: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations

Very moving video/song, from the staff, very well done I might add! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgG6kuo0wks Auf Wiedersehen AB, you will be sorely missed! I love that video. I wish they had come to our Hangar and filmed something towards it, although maybe we would have had a rather more blunt ...

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by LTU330
Sat Oct 28, 2017 6:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 966
Views: 162070

Re: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations

Regarding Air Berlin Technik: Air Berlin (AB, Berlin Tegel) has announced that a consortium consisting of MRO provider Nayak and logistics company Zeitfracht has agreed to enter into a purchase agreement with the bankrupt German carrier to take over MRO subsidiary airberlin Technik later this week....

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by LTU330
Sat Oct 28, 2017 6:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 966
Views: 162070

Re: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations

bmibaby737 wrote:
I wish you all the best LTU330!

The aircraft going to VIE, these are for Niki?


It is possible that they go to VIE for Easyjet on their Austrian AOC, but it is also possible they are for Eurowings Austria. I will know on Monday.

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by LTU330
Fri Oct 27, 2017 7:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH buys majority of Air Berlin
Replies: 271
Views: 41080

Re: LH buys majority of Air Berlin

It seems the saga is ending. LH will today buy the majority of AB assets, including 81 planes, and plans to hire 3000 staff: https://www.welt.de/wirtschaft/article169565664/Lufthansa-unterschreibt-Kaufvertrag-fuer-Air-Berlin.html I know this was the very first post, but it is worth pointing out tha...

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by LTU330
Fri Oct 27, 2017 7:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH buys majority of Air Berlin
Replies: 271
Views: 41080

Re: LH buys majority of Air Berlin

Quick question but does anyone know where Air Berlin's Q400's are gonna go? They are going to fly for Eurowings. The first one is already being painted. However.... There could be news next year along the lines of “passengers don’t like the Q400, it is unreliable (true) and noisy (not true) and the...

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by LTU330
Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 966
Views: 162070

Re: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations

Thanks Revelation. I think transition aid won't pay my house and other things. I have to get a job now. It comes at completely the wrong time for me, but that is just the way it is.

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by LTU330
Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 966
Views: 162070

Re: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations

Ok, so the press already say 300 from 900 jobs are saved in DUS and TXL in Technik. Station MUC to close, and still not a word internally about it. It makes me sick. We proved we are as cost effective as even Eastern European MRO's but no one cares to keep us going. Now I look for a new job.....

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by LTU330
Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 966
Views: 162070

Re: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations

D-ABQG positioned as BER101P on DUS-FCO 24th October, I don't see another one though? Some are clearly out of operations already, sitting right now at DUS and can spot at least four rowed up unfortunately too far away to see their registrations. The irony is I'm supposed to get on one but our fligh...

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by LTU330
Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 966
Views: 162070

Re: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations

I still can't believe that tomorrow will be my last AB flight. About to go to bed now in Frankfurt and set my alarm for 4am to get that flight ex DUS. Aside from my personal experience, does anyone know how soon the first Q400s might get deployed on EW? I think the first two might already be in Rom...

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by LTU330
Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 966
Views: 162070

Re: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations

What will be the last AB flight? AB6210 MUC - TXL on the 27th (Friday) provisionally planned for D-ABNX is the last flight in to TXL, and officially the last AB flight although others around the network also land at the same time like the TXL - MUC service. It should be a good flight. Nearly every ...

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by LTU330
Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 966
Views: 162070

Re: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations

Maybe there is a master plan to eliminate all internal flying and force people on to DB or Flixbus ;) But seriously, time is running out and this now risks putting 8000 (minus 60 Leisure Cargo) people straight out of work because of the fact only LH wanted to get involved with hard cash. How stupid...

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by LTU330
Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 966
Views: 162070

Re: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations

Maybe there is a master plan to eliminate all internal flying and force people on to DB or Flixbus ;) But seriously, time is running out and this now risks putting 8000 (minus 60 Leisure Cargo) people straight out of work because of the fact only LH wanted to get involved with hard cash. How stupid ...

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by LTU330
Tue Oct 24, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 966
Views: 162070

Re: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations

Thought Technik had been bought out ? According to talks condor also in running now as well as easyjet No info about any of Technik so far (at least nothing we can see here at work). Leisure Cargo has been bought. Time is running out for either Condor or Easyjet to make a deal unless the Authoritie...

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by LTU330
Tue Oct 24, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 966
Views: 162070

Re: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations

Not looking good for the easyjet deal or any deal . What is the deadline today? Is it it midnight ? Not sure on the deadline, but I thought it was at the end of today for the Airline side. I guess the Technik is delayed until they know if any people will be needed in TXL if Easyjet take something. ...

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by LTU330
Sat Oct 21, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin plane grounded at KEF for unpaid airport charges
Replies: 184
Views: 31011

Re: Air Berlin plane grounded at KEF for unpaid airport charges

well. seams like KEF has the law ( of island) on its side but is this a clever move? if this goes through lessors will no longer accept that their customers, the airlines are flying their property to island and they will stop any aircraft leasing to companies based in island was it that worth? They...

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by LTU330
Sat Oct 21, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 966
Views: 162070

Re: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations

I suppose they are selling the ability to transfer leases along with crews? No. Buyers will not be interested in the leases and the employment contracts as both had to do with the downfall of airberlin - too expensive.So the lease contracts would be re-negotiated anyway, I suppose. A sale mostly gi...

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by LTU330
Sat Oct 21, 2017 8:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin - Spectacular farewell: AB7001 MIA-DUS steep turn over terminal
Replies: 127
Views: 30007

Re: Air Berlin - Spectacular farewell: AB7001 MIA-DUS steep turn over terminal

I can see this from both sides. If the passengers have been told what is going to happen, basically a standard manouver if you “thought you had a Gear problem” and it was approved by ATC then great and an impressive flyby. However, if you are looking out of the terminal window and suddenly see an A3...

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by LTU330
Fri Oct 20, 2017 6:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin - Spectacular farewell: AB7001 MIA-DUS steep turn over terminal
Replies: 127
Views: 30007

Re: Air Berlin - Spectacular farewell: AB7001 MIA-DUS steep turn over terminal

Hence my smiley. It was a bit of sarcasm, but the same applies for Cabin Crew. One of my work colleagues in Technik (his wife is Cabin Crew) told me that none of the Crew are applying to Eurowings now as advised by lawyers etc, in the hope of getting a contract transfer instead. It’s late in the day...

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by LTU330
Fri Oct 20, 2017 6:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin - Spectacular farewell: AB7001 MIA-DUS steep turn over terminal
Replies: 127
Views: 30007

Re: Air Berlin - Spectacular farewell: AB7001 MIA-DUS steep turn over terminal

My guess is as this was one of the three last long haul flights in to DUS that morning all of the pilots would have been Captains and probably all older former LTU crews. The younger generation had probably stayed in Germany to attend interviews at Eurowings :)

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by LTU330
Thu Oct 19, 2017 4:01 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Air Berlin, JFK to TXL August 2017
Replies: 9
Views: 7148

Re: Air Berlin, JFK to TXL August 2017

Maybe it won’t be missed by you, but it will be by the 8000 staff about to lose their jobs as well as many passengers. How often did you fly Air Berlin and which flight did you fly that gave you such a bad experience ? Air Berlin might not have the best legroom, but it is by no means the worst on l...

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by LTU330
Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Air Berlin, JFK to TXL August 2017
Replies: 9
Views: 7148

Re: Air Berlin, JFK to TXL August 2017

Air Berlin won't be missed... I flew on them in January and boy what a mistake... Third world terminals in Berlin, cramped seating (had to sit sideways due to my long legs), crappy food, and hardly any inflight entertainment. Also, the flight crew left a lot to be desired. I'd never fly Air Berlin ...

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by LTU330
Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH buys majority of Air Berlin
Replies: 271
Views: 41080

Re: LH buys majority of Air Berlin

The train is not a meaningful competitor to Lufthansa on most of the domestic routes. Just try and do a productive day trip HAM-MUC (or even HAM-DUS) by train... The train is an attractive option for low yield leisure passengers. But for most higher yield business passengers it is only an option in...

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by LTU330
Sat Oct 14, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH buys majority of Air Berlin
Replies: 271
Views: 41080

Re: LH buys majority of Air Berlin

Nobody can deny that the development is bad for the customer, however any party was free to overbid LH for the AB ops. Short term yes, medium to long term other carriers have the possibility to open up new domestic routes. But in the medium term those other carriers are now facing a LH Group that h...

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by LTU330
Sat Oct 14, 2017 6:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH buys majority of Air Berlin
Replies: 271
Views: 41080

Re: LH buys majority of Air Berlin

Well, one was caused by the weather, the other by (I think) planned track and tunnel work. Anyway, if you go down that route, the weather also affected many flights, as did the French ATC strike (I had a big delay from Spain to Germany on Tuesday) and look at the past, things like Volcanic ash disa...

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by LTU330
Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH buys majority of Air Berlin
Replies: 271
Views: 41080

Re: LH buys majority of Air Berlin

The price being paid for a free airplane ticket home for those who bought tickets from a failing airline and a smooth job transition for many who have been working for a failing airline is handing off even more pricing power to national champion LH. We have this thing called "high speed rail&q...

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by LTU330
Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH buys majority of Air Berlin
Replies: 271
Views: 41080

Re: LH buys majority of Air Berlin

All this facilitated by a quasi-government loan that prevented the slots from ever seeing the open market. Without the loan, Air Berlin would have collapsed immediately and 8,000 people would have lost their job. I cannot imagine anyone preferring that scenario. Plus they would have gotten somewhat...

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by LTU330
Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH buys majority of Air Berlin
Replies: 271
Views: 41080

Re: LH buys Air Berlin

Wonder where this leaves easyJet then ? If easyJet get nothing and LH/EW everything then something is deeply wrong here... easy Jet takes Air Berlin Technik, but it's just a small part... Please provide a source. I work for ABT and we heard nothing about this, nor have we seen anything about this. ...

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by LTU330
Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH buys majority of Air Berlin
Replies: 271
Views: 41080

Re: LH buys Air Berlin

And what about the 5 Belair Aircraft that operate ex-Switzerland in Air Berlin livery? (Two of their four A321s are leased from AB, and they have a single A320 left, too) I think Belair was supposed to die at the end of this month. That is what we were told when the EW wet lease deal was signed, th...

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by LTU330
Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH buys majority of Air Berlin
Replies: 271
Views: 41080

Re: LH buys Air Berlin

I'm sure they've done their homework and have structured it in a way that they know will be palatable to the regulators. It does however all look a little too cosy and a little too orchestrated, much like the auto industry. It looks cozy and orchestrated because it probably was. When Frau Markell a...

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by LTU330
Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH buys majority of Air Berlin
Replies: 271
Views: 41080

Re: LH buys Air Berlin

In the moment it is difficult to define what LH bought. They bought parts of Air Berlin that included 81 airplanes and 3,000 of 8,000 staff according to the article. That leaves some frames and Air Nikki and LGW, frames belonging to LGW seems to be included in the 114 frames of Air Berlin. Another ...

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by LTU330
Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH buys majority of Air Berlin
Replies: 271
Views: 41080

Re: LH buys Air Berlin

I'm sure they've done their homework and have structured it in a way that they know will be palatable to the regulators. It does however all look a little too cosy and a little too orchestrated, much like the auto industry. It looks cozy and orchestrated because it probably was. When Frau Markell a...

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by LTU330
Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 966
Views: 162070

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

A lot of people on here complained about the loan given to Air Berlin, saying it was not legal. It is legal and will be paid back. I just read on the BBC News that the repatriation flights for Monarch will cost £60 Million. With Air Berlin being three times the size of Monarch it looks like Germany ...

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by LTU330
Mon Oct 02, 2017 6:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Monarch Airlines ceases operations, thousands stranded
Replies: 391
Views: 65849

Re: Monarch in trouble (again)...?

Air Berlin? XL leisure group was the largest to go into administration I think... not in the world of course, but larger than Monarch. Sad day for British aviation, seeing another legendary British airline fall into administration! Monarch are bigger than XL (or at least the U.K. ops of XL). Saw a ...

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