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A line of aircraft at Berlin Tegel Airport (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Fabian Behr)

What Happened to Air Berlin’s Aircraft?

What do Virgin Atlantic, Eurowings, and the Hungarian Air Force all have in common? They all operate former Air Berlin jets. Air Berlin, Germany’s second-largest airline behind Lufthansa, filed for bankruptcy in August 2017 and ceased operations in October of last year. One year on, its former aircraft continue to fly elsewhere – and sometimes have interesting owners as information published by ch-aviation demonstrates. When Air Berlin went broke, the airline and its Austrian holiday charter Niki had 144 aircraft…

Lufthansa Cleared in Airfare Price Increase Investigation

Germany's Federal Office for the Defense of Competition (Bundeskartellamt) recently issued its opinion regarding complaints received against Lufthansa, following an investigation into airfare increases that began in November. The German flag carrier was under fire for alleged monopolistic practices in the domestic routes that operated without any rival after the…

Formula One Legend Niki Lauda Beats IAG to Regain His…

Formula One legend Niki Lauda, who survived a horrific crash at the German Grand Prix in 1976 and has since shifted his endeavors to the aviation industry, has defied the odds again and successfully bid for the return of the airline he founded in 2003. Reuters reported on Tuesday that…

Bidding for Hearts: A Look at the Air Berlin Auction

The remains of recently failed airline Air Berlin are now being auctioned off. The fleet has long been sold off to Lufthansa and Easyjet, but everything that was inside the planes is now up for grabs. This includes seats, galley carts, blankets, amenity kits, and of course, the famous Air…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Niki

Austrian low-cost airline Niki is one of the most recent casualties of the aviation industry, shutting down operations less than a month ago. Unfortunately, the airline was caught up in the collapse of German carrier Air Berlin. Although marketed as a low-cost carrier, the airline offered many amenities of full-service…

Going Out With a Stunt: The Outcome of Air Berlin’s…

As a way to commemorate Air Berlin’s final transatlantic flight, the pilots of flight 7001 from Miami to Dusseldorf on Oct. 16 made a sharp left turn over the airport following a low flyover of runway 23L. The stunt seemed remarkable for many onlookers, but some questioned whether or not…

Austrian Niki Declares Bankruptcy After Lufthansa Withdraws Bid

Austrian low-cost carrier, Niki, announced that it was filing for bankruptcy protection on Wednesday. A subsidiary of Air Berlin, who also went bankrupt this past August after Etihad Airways pulled the plug on its cash flow, Niki applied for protection in a Berlin court but stated that they would be…

Germany’s Cartel Office Eyes Lufthansa Fares After Air Berlin Shut…

The Federal Cartel Office, Germany’s national competition regulator, has its eyes on Lufthansa after prices on domestic flights skyrocketed following Air Berlin ending all flights in October. Germany’s second-largest carrier ceased operations last month after filing for insolvency in August and now the country is facing a shortage of domestic…

Stranded Aircraft: The Aftermath of Air Berlin’s Demise

An Air Berlin Airbus A320 sits on the tarmac at Keflavik Airport in Iceland unable to depart. After filing for bankruptcy protection and ceasing operations in late October, Keflavik’s airport management had grounded the airplane following a battle over unpaid airport dues by the faltering airline. After months of negotiations, the…

Last Scheduled Air Berlin Flight Lands at Tegel Airport Following…

On Friday, the final Air Berlin flight departed Munich bound for Berlin. The airline had recently declared bankruptcy, causing them to cease operations. The final flight, Air Berlin 6210, was operated by an Airbus A320, departing Munich at 9:35 p.m. and arriving at Berlin's Tegel airport just over an hour…