It is that time once again where I pause to remember all the airlines that flew off into the desert this year, never to take to the skies again. It’s a motley group this time around, though several have ties to Etihad, the former king of handouts to failing airlines. … Read the post
When airberlin finally went under, there was a great deal of concern that Lufthansa would pick up all the pieces and leave Germany without any serious competition. Fear not, competition-lovers. The good people of easyJet have other plans. And they aren’t waiting around – new service starts in early January.… Read the post
The end is nigh for airberlin. After years of being kept alive on life support thanks to Etihad’s free-flowing money, it’s all over. On October 28, airberlin will disappear as a brand, and all that’s left to figure out is who gets to pick up the most desirable pieces. Lufthansa … Read the post
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NIKI no longer to merge with TUIfly in a setback for airberlin’s restructuring – CAPA
Alitalia’s eskimo brother airberlin is giving Alitalia a run for its money as worst airline ever. It had already transferred a bunch of airplanes over to subsidiary Niki so it could … Read the post
Frontier still sorting through problems after weekend ‘meltdown’ at DIA – KDVR
If you were flying Frontier last weekend, my condolences. The airline’s operation melted down when a lot more snow came in than expected. Flights were canceled or at best, delayed. And bags were scattered all over the place. … Read the post
Far-reaching restructuring of airberlin to deliver long-term growth – Air Berlin
The long-rumored restructuring is here. Air Berlin, long shredding money, is going to remake itself into something that… probably will just lose more money. It’ll shrink, sending up to 40 airplanes to Lufthansa (most under Eurowings, some under Austrian) … Read the post
Next June, Berlin finally consolidates its commercial air traffic at the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport (built on the old Schoenfeld Airport). Historically, Berlin hasn’t been able to support much service to the US, but Air Berlin is betting that this will change. Its three weekly nonstop flights between JFK … Read the post
German supermarket Lidl will be running a promotion with Air Berlin at all their UK stores. For the week beginning September 5, customers will be able to buy Â£19 vouchers that can be turned in for a one way ticket on Air Berlin.
It’s a pretty interesting promotion, I … Read the post
Air Berlin, which has quietly become one of Europe’s largest low cost carriers, announced today they’ve acquired primarily domestic German airline dba.
dba is one of those wayward airlines that has drifted from owner to owner over the years. Originally, it was Deutsche BA, owned by British Airways, but it … Read the post