Articles tagged “air berlin”

Lufthansa and EasyJet Win Battle to Carve Up Bankrupt Air Berlin

Lufthansa and EasyJet Win Battle to Carve Up Bankrupt Air Berlin

Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

Lufthansa and EasyJet have been flagged as front runners for a while now so this shouldn't come as a surprise. Still, it will be interesting to see how both utilize the assets if their bids are successful.

4 days ago

Air Berlin Pilots Stage a Sick Out and Management Is Not Happy

Air Berlin Pilots Stage a Sick Out and Management Is Not Happy

Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

Often, when pilots call in sick en masse, they have a strategy. It's not clear if there's any strategy here. The future is not bright for Air Berlin, and there's nothing pilots can do. Perhaps they only called in sick to register their displeasure at the airline's failure.

2 weeks ago

Ryanair Says It’s Serious About Alitalia but Only the Short-Haul Routes

Ryanair Says It’s Serious About Alitalia but Only the Short-Haul Routes

Brian Sumers, Skift

Ryanair does appear serious about taking over Alitalia. But it still seems odd that Ryanair would want to take over one of the world's most dysfunctional airlines. Wouldn't it just be better for Ryanair to keep growing organically?

3 weeks ago

Air Berlin Requires a Quick Deal, German Government Official Says

Air Berlin Requires a Quick Deal, German Government Official Says

James Regan, Bloomberg

Let the games begin: Lufthansa, Ryanair, easyJet and a German investor are said to be interested in scavenging for pieces of the beleaguered Air Berlin. The German government is getting lots of grief for making a bridge loan but that was a prudent thing to do in the public interest.

1 month ago

Air Berlin’s Post-Bankruptcy Future Is Unclear but Ryanair Wants a Piece

Air Berlin’s Post-Bankruptcy Future Is Unclear but Ryanair Wants a Piece

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

Given Ryanair's previous lack of interest in pursuing airline acquisitions, it is hard to know how serious it is about about buying Air Berlin. It might just be a good excuse to give rival airlines and regulators a hard time, something the carrier has enjoyed.

1 month ago

Ryanair Is Trying to Be Friendlier But It’s Still Hard to Love

Ryanair Is Trying to Be Friendlier But It’s Still Hard to Love

Chris Bryant, Bloomberg

Ryanair might have made itself more attractive to consumers by eliminating some of its nastier habits but it sometimes struggles to get a sympathetic hearing from governments, regulators, and employees.

1 month ago

TUI Spurns Air Berlin’s Cry for Help After Airline Files for Insolvency

TUI Spurns Air Berlin’s Cry for Help After Airline Files for Insolvency

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

TUI's German arm is wise not to bid for Air Berlin's assets. It would be a distraction beyond the tour operator's core competency and objectives.

1 month ago

Business of Loyalty: Oneworld Alliance Has a New Hole in Its European Network

Business of Loyalty: Oneworld Alliance Has a New Hole in Its European Network

Grant Martin, Skift

Air Berlin's potential absorption into Lufthansa may foreshadow fewer clean connections for American Airlines travelers heading to continental Europe, while United customers may see a benefit.

1 month ago

Air Berlin’s Collapse Gives Lufthansa a Chance to Expand Its Low-Cost Airline

Air Berlin’s Collapse Gives Lufthansa a Chance to Expand Its Low-Cost Airline

Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

Lufthansa seems to be the obvious suitor for at least some of Air Berlin's business. Picking up some of the slots from its former rival would give it a chance to really grow its low-cost Eurowings unit, which could lead to the introduction of more routes to North America.

1 month ago

Air Berlin’s Slow Collapse Into Bankruptcy, Explained

Air Berlin’s Slow Collapse Into Bankruptcy, Explained

Patrick Whyte and Brian Sumers, Skift

Over in Italy, no one wants to let Alitalia go. The Italian national carrier is also bankrupt, but keeping the airline is a matter of national pride. There's no such love for Air Berlin. It'll probably disappear, and that'll be OK.

1 month ago

Air Berlin Files for Bankruptcy as Etihad Pulls Funding

Air Berlin Files for Bankruptcy as Etihad Pulls Funding

David Rising, Associated Press

Given Air Berlin's recent struggles it was seemingly only a matter of time before it collapsed. The likes of Lufthansa and TUI Group will see this as an ideal opportunity to reimagine the German aviation market, which in recent years has suffered from chronic overcapacity.

1 month ago

Air Berlin Signs Deal With JetBlue on U.S. Flights

Air Berlin Signs Deal With JetBlue on U.S. Flights

Associated Press

Beginning in September, Air Berlin passengers flying to New York, Boston, and Orlando will be able to book onward flights on JetBlue. Yet until the carriers connect frequent flyer programs, this is a tiny deal.

2 months ago