Air Berlin Plc said it’s canceling a 33-plane order with Boeing Co. valued at $5 billion at list prices to reduce investment costs.

Dropping the contract to take delivery of 18 737 airliners and 15 787 Dreamliners “will significantly reduce capital expenditure,” and the carrier will lease or purchase other planes for any capacity expansions, the Berlin-based company said today in a statement.

Air Berlin, which is partly owned by Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways PJSC, has sought to cut spending and refinance debt after losses ballooned and traffic dropped. The company is Germany’s second-largest airline, behind Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

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Photo Credit: A woman stands behind the exhibition stand of Air Berlin at the ITB tourism fair in Berlin. Tobias Schwarz / Reuters