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Etihad and Air Berlin. A sign of things to come for Abu Dhabi's airline?


During a quiet day's trading on Friday, Air Berlin's share price rose nearly 20%. Abu Dhabi's Etihad has not confirmed it is looking seriously at taking a stake in the German LCC/hybrid. But there could be good reasons to do so. [823 words]

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  • Air Berlin is profitable
  • LCC airberlin becomes a yield-chasing hybrid, with business class
  • Cutting capacity has helped too
  • It gives access to the German market and beyond
  • Synergies are readily apparent
  • ...and it's cheap!

Graphs and data:

  • Air Berlin non pro-forma financial highlights:  (EUR) 3Q08
  • Air Berlin operating and net profit margins: 1Q05 to 3Q08
  • Operating performance by business unit: 3Q07 vs 3Q08
  • Air Berlin's domestic and European route network
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