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by LTU330
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 957
Views: 140092

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: 5258

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: 957
Views: 140092

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: 957
Views: 140092

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: 957
Views: 140092

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: 957
Views: 140092

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: 237
Views: 30585

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: 237
Views: 30585

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: 957
Views: 140092

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: 957
Views: 140092

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: 957
Views: 140092

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: 957
Views: 140092

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: 957
Views: 140092

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: 957
Views: 140092

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: 957
Views: 140092

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: 957
Views: 140092

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: 957
Views: 140092

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: 25323

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: 957
Views: 140092

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: 24252

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: 24252

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: 24252

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: 6522

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: 6522

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: 237
Views: 30585

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: 237
Views: 30585

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: 237
Views: 30585

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: 237
Views: 30585

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: 237
Views: 30585

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: 237
Views: 30585

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: 237
Views: 30585

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: 237
Views: 30585

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: 237
Views: 30585

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: 237
Views: 30585

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: 957
Views: 140092

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: 392
Views: 59844

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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by LTU330
Sun Oct 01, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Monarch Airlines ceases operations, thousands stranded
Replies: 392
Views: 59844

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

It's nice to see at the start of the thread people feeling sympathy for the staff. Sometimes you only see the comments like "if it's dead, let it die" or whatever, but just just like the 8000 people here st Air Berlin, the hard working Monarch staff don't want to hear this from armchair CE...

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by LTU330
Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 957
Views: 140092

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

Still not a single word about if there is anything planned for the people based in MUC, like 200 plus Technik and all the crews and admin. It seems like we don’t exist in the minds of our Management team :(

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by LTU330
Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: West Coast Florida Thread #2
Replies: 25
Views: 1166

Re: West Coast Florida Thread #2

I remember reading multiple articles stating that RSW wants UK service. I assume they are targeting LGW and I wouldn’t be surprised if they want LH to add FRA. BA specifically? And if Air Berlin should pull out/shut down, pretty sure LH or Condor would show up. I don’t rember any of the articles me...

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by LTU330
Thu Sep 28, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 957
Views: 140092

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

I haven't followed this situation closely, but what is the current status with Air Berlin and is it safe to book a flight for within the next few days? I find myself in Berlin and want to head to Munich on Monday. LH are well over €200, AB under €100, cheaper than most trains, and I really don't fa...

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by LTU330
Thu Sep 28, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH to place order for 25 widebodies by end of 2017
Replies: 253
Views: 53558

Re: Malaysia Airlines to take over six ex-AirBerlin Airbus A330

Good news that these planes have a new home. Takes a big chunk out of any ideas of any thoughts of AB LH continuing. AB had 17 A330s. MH take six, that leaves eleven. After 16th October, all will be returned off lease, so who is to say which particular six are going to MH ? Looking at their config,...

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by LTU330
Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 957
Views: 140092

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

The point is, no one else applied for the long haul Services. LH has the equipment, the personell and the authority to operate these two routes which are a fraction of what AB operated. More to that, likely Norwegian will step in once the dust has settled and take what it wants for free Basically, ...

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by LTU330
Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 957
Views: 140092

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

I don't know what LH actually said concerning l/h routes. In Germany, no one can be forced into a contract, ith some exceptions. Such exception could bo honoring legacy Labor contracxts,like the LTU pilots. Needless to say what that would mean for EW. The easiest way to avoid such Trouble is to say...

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by LTU330
Thu Sep 28, 2017 7:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 957
Views: 140092

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

The LH service is only temporary until EW takes over. So it´s probably because EW does not have any spare A330s to put on these routes? Funny...air berlin used to have 17 of them and now most are stored and looking for a new home. Initially, when air berlin declared insolvency, LH claimed to be int...

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by LTU330
Thu Sep 28, 2017 6:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 957
Views: 140092

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

sf260 wrote:
Malaysia Airlines


Thanks for the clarification. I don't think MAL is the correct code, so that is what got me confused.

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by LTU330
Thu Sep 28, 2017 5:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 957
Views: 140092

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

f4f3a wrote:
Also looks like a330 finding new life at MAL


Which operator is MAL ? I don't find that ICAO code for an Airline, only for an Airport code. I do see some FedEx flights in Canada using MAL flight numbers, but I can't imagine they are going to be an operator of A330s.

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by LTU330
Thu Sep 28, 2017 5:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 957
Views: 140092

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

LH to use 744s on FRA-TXL during late November. Planing for the worst? I don't understand "planning for the worst". Do you mean that they don't get what they want from Air Berlin ? The one thing that is absolutely certain is that Air Berlin will cease to exist, and basically they need to ...

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by LTU330
Wed Sep 27, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 957
Views: 140092

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

Both D-ALPB and D-ALPF are out of the AIMS System now despite looking like they never left DUS. These are the two that should have gone to DGX this morning at 11:00 and 11:15. I have no way to know what is happening to them. Maybe someone in DUS has the info. Skyliners says they are planned for Thur...

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by LTU330
Tue Sep 26, 2017 5:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 957
Views: 140092

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

D-ALPB 27.09.2017 DUS to DGX at 11:00
D-ALPF 27.09.2017 DUS to DGX at 11:15

No idea why the flight today is cancelled. Probably a crew issue from the Leasing Company.

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by LTU330
Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 957
Views: 140092

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

Two more A330 ferry flights are scheduled for today, bringing the fleet down to just 5 aircraft: Airbus A330 -223 423 D-ALPB Air Berlin ferried 26sep17 DUS-DGX on return to lessor (+ 476 D-ALPF) ex F-WWYG I guess that info is from Skyliners ? According to our AIMS System D-ALPB will ferry tomorrow ...

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