Established in Apr-1979, airberlin is a German full-service airline in transiition based at its primary hub of Berlin-Tegel Airport. The carrier is the second largest airline in Germany and one of Europe’s largest air service providers. airberlin previously operated as a hybrid low-cost carrier with Germany, Austria and Switzerland as its core markets. The airberlin Group, parent company of airberlin, is repositioning the carrier's development to a full service airline as part of a transformation programme with equity partner, Etihad Airways. The group is strengthening airberlin's long-haul operations by increasing its international network and the carrier now offers services to more than 130 destinations worldwide via intercontinental hubs at Berlin and Dusseldorf. Its fleet includes a mixture of narrow-body, turboprop and wide-body equipment, however, airberlin plans to rationalise its fleet with Etihad Airways. airberlin has been a member of the oneworld alliance since 2012.
airberlin filed to commence insolvency proceedings on 15-Aug-2017, in order to continue with "the restructuring process that is already underway". The proceedings are due to Etihad Airways intending to no longer provide airberlin with financial support. airberlin stated Germany's Federal Government, Lufthansa and other partners are "supporting airberlin in its restructuring efforts", with the Federal Government offering an EUR150 million bridging loan to maintain flight operations". The carrier confirmed all services operated by airberlin and NIKI will continue as planned, bookings remain valid and all flights can still be booked.
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