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by vfw614
Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency
Replies: 752
Views: 98390

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

Interesting post by an AB employee in a German forum: He says that the employees today were informed that easyjet is not interested in operating from DUS, but only want to take over a large number of A320s for a TXL-base. And another surprising information was that Lufthansa wants to take over both ...

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by vfw614
Mon Sep 25, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency
Replies: 752
Views: 98390

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

That leaves five in the Fleet with XD already in ZRH. XA, XB, XG, PA and PH are all showing on various SFO, JFK, MIA, RSW flights in the System as far out as the end of October Can five aircraft realistically operate twice-daily flights to JFK, daily flights to MIA and SFO and 3/4 (?) weekly flight...

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by vfw614
Sun Sep 24, 2017 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency
Replies: 752
Views: 98390

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

Just checked the various sources: Tomorrow's five scheduled longhaul flights (DUS-JFK/MIA/SFO/LAX/JFK) are scheduled with four aircraft for which no ferry flights are known plus one for which a ferry is rumoured for Sep 26. So it could be that long haul flights will still be operated at least on Sep...

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by vfw614
Sun Sep 24, 2017 3:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency
Replies: 752
Views: 98390

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

OK, that means that will AB will be down to five A330-200 on tuesday evening as flights into storage for 11 A330-200 are apparently scheduled to CWL, LDE and ZRH for the next two days (one is already at ZRH since Sep 11). With that fleet, they cannot maintain the remaining long-haul operation to the...

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by vfw614
Sun Sep 24, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency
Replies: 752
Views: 98390

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

German aviation website skyliner has a short news flash that airberlin will cease all longhaul ops tomorrow, Sep 25. Not sure if this is a mistake / mix-up with the end of SOME long-haul flights tomorrow as flights to these US destinations are still bookable. Can someone on the ground in the US conf...

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by vfw614
Sun Sep 24, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency
Replies: 752
Views: 98390

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

- TUIfly has indicated that is prepared to operate some of the 13 Boeing 737 currently operating for airberlin in its own right. There is also some talk that Lufthansa will facilitate the placement of some of the aircraft with SunExpress. I guess in both scenarios we are talking about the 8 Boeing ...

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by vfw614
Sat Sep 23, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency
Replies: 752
Views: 98390

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

What would be the incentive for Mr. Winkelmann go to jail for Lufthansa? I am pretty sure that he had sound legal advice to guarantee that he did not cross any red lines. Other than that, he probably did nothing to harm Lufthansa... But honestly, it is not the first time that managers at an airline ...

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by vfw614
Sat Sep 23, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific to axe Dusseldorf
Replies: 22
Views: 6560

Re: Cathay Pacific to axe Dusseldorf

Tourism Berlin does not lack tourists / leisure passengers from overseas. What it lacks is business travel that fills the cabin where money is made (and probably also freight in the belly). You could easily fill planes to longhaul destinations from Berlin, but not with right mix of passengers to ma...

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by vfw614
Sat Sep 23, 2017 11:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency
Replies: 752
Views: 98390

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

So, to sum it up and leave pipelines in New Zealand and German bank issues behind us, the situation is now as follows, according to various German media ources: - Lufthansa group as one of the preferred bidders has bid for Niki to grow its Eurowings brand with more A32X that will be shifted by the l...

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by vfw614
Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency
Replies: 752
Views: 98390

Lufthansa preferred bidder for airberlin core business / easyjet, Condor to get smaller parts

Just leaked by two sources involved in the insolvency proceedings: Lufthansa has been selected as the preferred bidder for airberlin's "core business" (probably: the short-/midhaul fleet). easyJet and maybe Condor to get smaller slices of the cake. No more information at this point and no ...

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by vfw614
Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency
Replies: 752
Views: 98390

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

What will happen to the contract to shuttle civil servants and military personnel between Cologne/Bonn and Berlin if AB is grounded? Will it automatically end up with Eurowings because they are the only airline serving CGN-BER? (as an aside: I remember the time when I had the choice between four or ...

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by vfw614
Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair running out of pilots? FR cancels 110 flights (09/12)
Replies: 161
Views: 23774

Re: Ryanair running out of pilots? FR cancels 110 flights (09/12)

Interesting theory by a German aviation consultant currently making round in Germany - he thinks that it is a deliberate move by Ryanair to free up capacity in order to be able to replace airberlin as early as next week (there are widespread rumours that airberlin might close down as early as next m...

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by vfw614
Sat Sep 16, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer considers building new turboprop aircraft
Replies: 96
Views: 10969

Re: Embraer considers building new turboprop aircraft

While something small would be nice, the question really is - are airlines operating aircraft of that size except for very few like Wideroe in a financial position to purchase a fleet of factory-fresh, expensive aircraft?

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by vfw614
Fri Sep 15, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency
Replies: 752
Views: 98390

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

I think it is more about keeping IAG / oneworld out of Lufhansa's Frankfurt/Brussels backgarden. Apparently IAG was looking into taking over AB long-haul ops to establish Level at DUS. With the purchase of AB's majority of Airbus A330-200s, this move by IAG has probably been effectively stalled. Sor...

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by vfw614
Fri Sep 15, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair claims to be treated badly at Warsaw Chopin
Replies: 19
Views: 3362

Re: Ryanair "treated badly" at Warsaw Chopin

Is that the case - that remote stands are priced according to their distance from the terminal?

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by vfw614
Fri Sep 15, 2017 1:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency
Replies: 752
Views: 98390

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

Interesting information circulating on a German pilots messageboard, apparently posted by an airberlin employee: He/she says that Lufthansa Group has bought the 10 A330-200 airberlin returned to lessor AerCap - who, without that purchase, was, as he says, in no haste to repossess the aircraft. The m...

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by vfw614
Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer considers building new turboprop aircraft
Replies: 96
Views: 10969

Re: Embraer considers building new turboprop aircraft

I guess something like 36 to 70 seats is possible. Just like the DHC8 family with its 2+2 seating. Not sure if a true 30 seater really is needed on the market. The more successful 1980s turboprops were almost all in the 34-37 seat range (Saab 340, DHC8-100, Dornier 328, Shorts 360) with the Brasilia...

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by vfw614
Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How's it Going with Loganair vesus Flybe?
Replies: 22
Views: 2913

Re: How's it Going with Loganair vesus Flybe?

I think MAN-GLA is more Flybe's home turf from which Eastern will benefit. Most of the other routes where Eastern and Logan compete are "intra-Scottish" routes where Loganair should have a head start.

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by vfw614
Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency
Replies: 752
Views: 98390

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

Condor has a significant seat-only business, particularly out of Frankfurt where until now there are hardly any LCC alternatives. No damage would mean that Condor breaks even only with the IT passengers on its flights - I would be very surprised if that was the case.

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by vfw614
Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: *VIDEO* Cessna 172 Crashes Into Tree In Connecticut
Replies: 6
Views: 1555

Re: *VIDEO* Cessna 172 Crashes Into Tree In Connecticut

Cessna 172P-STOL apparently now available at select locations. Who needs those overengineered V-22 Ospreys.

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by vfw614
Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency
Replies: 752
Views: 98390

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

Short haul destinations by Condor from FRA: Agadir, Antalya, Bari, Burgas, Cagliari, Catania, Chania, Comiso, Corfu, Dalaman, Dubrovnik, Fuerteventura, Funchal, Gran Canaria, Heraklion, Hurghada, Ibiza, Jerez de la Frontera, Kalamata, Kavala, Lamezia Terme, La Palma, Lanzarote, Larnaca, Malta, Marra...

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by vfw614
Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing targets Bombardier for “price dumping” CSeries
Replies: 589
Views: 78451

Re: Boeing targets Bombardier for “price dumping” CSeries

It's a lot more than 18 aircraft. That was the toehold for the whole replacement. However, 80 Super Hornets doesn't come close to the money they lose if a US carrier decides to replace a substantial portion of their narrow body fleet with the CSeries. For example, Delta has about 160 717s, 319s and...

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by vfw614
Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency
Replies: 752
Views: 98390

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

Condor themselves will be waist-deep in poo now that Ryanair is going after them at Frankfurt.... Most people see the Ryanair expansion at Frankfurt (10 aircraft in 2018) in relation to Lufthansa, but the Ryanair network should really cause more headache for Condor than for Lufthansa. So nit sure if...

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by vfw614
Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HA has no spare ATR 42s... MKK/OGG INOP
Replies: 17
Views: 3446

Re: HA has no spare ATR 42s... MKK/OGG INOP

Is this unplanned maintenance? Surprised that an airline really offers a schedule that it cannot maintain when heavy maintenance has to take place without a back-up plan (like leasing in capacity as a cover).

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by vfw614
Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How's it Going with Loganair vesus Flybe?
Replies: 22
Views: 2913

Re: How's it Going with Loganair vesus Flybe?

I understand that Eastern has had a fair deal of problems with their E70 flights as the aircraft is more weather-challenged than the props. And apparently they found out that the J41 cannot transport patients in wheelchairs who travel from the islands and highlands for hospital treatment (if I am to...

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by vfw614
Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Blackpool Council buys back Blackpool Airport site
Replies: 6
Views: 1128

Re: Blackpool Council buys back Blackpool Airport site

Good news, alas:

"We do not envisage the return of large scale passenger planes to the airport."

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by vfw614
Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways Announces daily service to Cardiff from 1 May 2018
Replies: 10
Views: 2304

Re: Qatar Airways Announces daily service to Cardiff from 1 May 2018

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...is this the first time the flight times have been released or what is the news?
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As this was announced/discussed back in April...

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...is this the first time the flight times have been released or what is the news?

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by vfw614
Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin pilots now on sick leave strike
Replies: 137
Views: 13348

Re: Air Berlin pilots now on sick leave strike

According to the media, despite yesterday's plea of the CEO and the insolvency administrator to show up for work today or face the grounding of the airline, 149 pilots have called in sick today (yesterday approx. 200). So my guess is that the insolvency administrator will now prepare to shut down th...

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by vfw614
Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific to axe Dusseldorf
Replies: 22
Views: 6560

Re: Cathay Pacific to axe Dusseldorf

But the end of CX could actually help SQ and they hopefully will be able to get some additional traffic that has been attracted by CX until now. As for DUS in general, it is quite a blow - they will most likely loose more than a dozen long-haul destinations with the imminent demise of airberlin and ...

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by vfw614
Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin pilots now on sick leave strike
Replies: 137
Views: 13348

Re: Air Berlin pilots now on sick leave strike

How exactly? Insolvency means a company has run out of funds. Do you want the public purse to spend taxpayers' money? There can only be one rule for all - for plumber Joe just as much as an airline doing business. In that particular case, it is not as the dire situation of airberlin was unknown to s...

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by vfw614
Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin pilots now on sick leave strike
Replies: 137
Views: 13348

Re: Air Berlin pilots now on sick leave strike

Sad, but true: In today's environment, they will not be able to keep their contracts if they want to keep working in Germany. Their sick out will not result in keeping those contracts, it will only result in the airline going under before a partial take-over deal, however bad it may be, can de inked...

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by vfw614
Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin pilots now on sick leave strike
Replies: 137
Views: 13348

Re: Air Berlin pilots now on sick leave strike

I am simply telling you what the general feeling in the German media and the German public is - feelings are what they are, they are not "wrong". If you read German, just browse google news and German message boards. If your personal view is different, that's fine. It will, however, not ch...

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by vfw614
Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin pilots now on sick leave strike
Replies: 137
Views: 13348

Re: Air Berlin pilots now on sick leave strike

The general feeling is that 200 pilots at the top of the seniority ladder with extremely high salaries (a result of a merger a decade ago) are killing off the chance for 7.800 colleagues to stay in employment - colleagues without whom they would have been unable to work for airberlin in the past dec...

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by vfw614
Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin pilots now on sick leave strike
Replies: 137
Views: 13348

Re: Air Berlin pilots now on sick leave strike

If you check out some German forums, you will note that all the other employee groups - 7.800 in total - are up in arms about the stunt the small group of 200 senior pilots has pulled today because all those non pilot colleagues now fear that they have lost all chances to stay employed - while those...

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by vfw614
Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin pilots now on sick leave strike
Replies: 137
Views: 13348

Re: Air Berlin pilots now on sick leave strike

What kind of ^&@#$&* strike an airline on the verge of liquidation? Quit and get another job. Don't be crybabies. Wouldn't that leave Air Berlin in the same place? If the striking crew simply turned in their resignation and took new jobs the airline would still be short those pilots and can...

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by vfw614
Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: airberlin axes Curaçao, Cancun, Havanna, Varadero, Punta Cana, Puerto Plata w/e 9/25
Replies: 37
Views: 5979

Re: airberlin axes Curaçao, Cancun, Havanna, Varadero, Punta Cana, Puerto Plata w/e 9/25

Generally, the 80/20 rule applies, i.e. you loose the slots if you have not used them 80 per cent of the time for the scheduling periond allocated (i.e. you will not have them re-allocated). I assume, but do notknow for certain, that after a grounding of an airline and the resulting loss of the AOC,...

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by vfw614
Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin pilots now on sick leave strike
Replies: 137
Views: 13348

Re: Air Berlin pilots now on sick leave strike

The lessor is not a simple creditor, but the owner of a real backing.

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by vfw614
Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: airberlin axes Curaçao, Cancun, Havanna, Varadero, Punta Cana, Puerto Plata w/e 9/25
Replies: 37
Views: 5979

Re: airberlin axes Curaçao, Cancun, Havanna, Varadero, Punta Cana, Puerto Plata w/e 9/25

Condor will need to replace a fleet of 767-300 and 757-300s sooner than later which will be quite a big challenge for them.

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by vfw614
Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin pilots now on sick leave strike
Replies: 137
Views: 13348

Re: Air Berlin pilots now on sick leave strike

Word in Germany is that airberlin more or less encouraged AerCap to reclaim most - not all - of the leased A330-200, this in order to be able to make the more senior/expensive cockpit crews redundant as a result of a "forced" re-sizing of long-haul operations. A rumour that fits in with th...

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by vfw614
Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin pilots now on sick leave strike
Replies: 137
Views: 13348

Re: Air Berlin pilots now on sick leave strike

Refunds for all tickets bought before August 15th will NOT be issued. The airline is stealing money from people and some of you say that the pilots are bad? The airline management is POS who took millions of $$$. You need to familiarize yourself with the basic principles of insolvency law. Passenge...

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by vfw614
Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific to axe Dusseldorf
Replies: 22
Views: 6560

Re: Cathay Pacific to axe Dusseldorf

From what I gather, travel agents have been informed that the route wil be supended with effect March 25, 2018, not May 17.

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by vfw614
Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin pilots now on sick leave strike
Replies: 137
Views: 13348

Re: Air Berlin pilots now on sick leave strike

Today's strike is apparently about the refusal of airberlin to sign a social-compensation plan that would have predetermined criteria for later redundancies etc.

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by vfw614
Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: airberlin axes Curaçao, Cancun, Havanna, Varadero, Punta Cana, Puerto Plata w/e 9/25
Replies: 37
Views: 5979

Re: airberlin axes Curaçao, Cancun, Havanna, Varadero, Punta Cana, Puerto Plata w/e 9/25

Probably a reaction to today's mass sick out which has increased the risk of an earlier-than-planned shut-down.

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by vfw614
Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: airberlin axes Curaçao, Cancun, Havanna, Varadero, Punta Cana, Puerto Plata w/e 9/25
Replies: 37
Views: 5979

Re: airberlin axes Curaçao, Cancun, Havanna, Varadero, Punta Cana, Puerto Plata w/e 9/25

No, LAX/SFO aren't zero'd out, JFK and MIA are the one's zero'd out.


DUS-LAX/SFO now zero'ed out as well beyond Sep 25.

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by vfw614
Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin pilots now on sick leave strike
Replies: 137
Views: 13348

Re: Air Berlin pilots now on sick leave strike

It looks as if the decision to curtail the long-haul fleet at the end of September is the reason for today's strike. Rumour has it that airberlin wants to get rid of rather expensive LTU-era long-haul staff to make the core business leaner and more attractive for a buyer. The end of most long-haul o...

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by vfw614
Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: airberlin axes Curaçao, Cancun, Havanna, Varadero, Punta Cana, Puerto Plata w/e 9/25
Replies: 37
Views: 5979

Re: airberlin axes Curaçao, Cancun, Havanna, Varadero, Punta Cana, Puerto Plata w/e 9/25

I don't see much hope for the US routes, to be honest. The most realistic chance will be a oneworld link to compete with Star and Skyteam. There were some rumours about PHL which may become more attractive with AB's JFK-route gone. Lufthansa will most probably only keep its token presence to EWR and...

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by vfw614
Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin pilots now on sick leave strike
Replies: 137
Views: 13348

Re: Air Berlin pilots now on sick leave strike

I don't think it is realistic for the pilots to demand from the airline board to guarantee jobs when the company is subject to insolvency law proceedings. Just as much as the company is unable to act as they please with regard to, say, contracts of carriage with customers entered before Aug. 15, the...

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by vfw614
Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: airberlin axes Curaçao, Cancun, Havanna, Varadero, Punta Cana, Puerto Plata w/e 9/25
Replies: 37
Views: 5979

Re: airberlin axes Curaçao, Cancun, Havanna, Varadero, Punta Cana, Puerto Plata w/e 9/25

The general feeling is that airberlin will close down on Sep 30 or October 28....

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by vfw614
Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: airberlin axes Curaçao, Cancun, Havanna, Varadero, Punta Cana, Puerto Plata w/e 9/25
Replies: 37
Views: 5979

Re: airberlin axes Curaçao, Cancun, Havanna, Varadero, Punta Cana, Puerto Plata w/e 9/25

No, they axed that destination 2015/16 ish. @planesmart: While your general description is of course correct, there are specific details in this case: airberlin has received a 150m EUR state-guaranteed credit to stay afloat (plus under German law salaries are currently being paid from a speical fund...

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by vfw614
Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: airberlin axes Curaçao, Cancun, Havanna, Varadero, Punta Cana, Puerto Plata w/e 9/25
Replies: 37
Views: 5979

Re: airberlin axes Curaçao, Cancun, Havanna, Varadero, Punta Cana, Puerto Plata w/e 9/25

I don't think there is real interest in the long-haul operation. Who knows - maybe AerCap already has signed a letter of intent with another (sort of) German A330-200 operator for those 10 aircraft and therefore has terminated the leases - which would certainly help stall any move to take over AB as...

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