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We reported earlier in the month that Air Berlin will be terminating some of its long-haul operations. This is now official and the company will be terminating all of its long-haul operations as of October 15, 2017. The company confirmed the new measures in a statement released on its website:
“airberlin will need to cease its long-haul flight operations by 15 October 2017, as the aircraft leasing companies are gradually withdrawing their Airbus A330 jets. The connection between Dusseldorf and Los Angeles will therefore be discontinued on 25 September 2017. Further cancellations will follow on 16 October 2017. On 29 September 2017, airberlin will discontinue services between Hamburg and Munich and between Cologne/Bonn and Munich. We regret the inconvenience for our passengers.”
Clearly, the leasing companies are somewhat concerned that after Air Berlin filed for insolvency, it will not be able to meet its financial commitments and prefer to repossess their aircraft. An additional point from the airline’s statement is that in the same statement the company also canceled some of its local German domestic routes, which is definitely not a good omen for the airline.
This latest step is another nail in the coffin for Air Berlin, with no long-haul routes, other airlines taking over its routes and aircraft, and even its independent frequent flyer program Top Bonus filing for bankruptcy. Now surely it is only a matter of time before Air Berlin completely disappears from the skies.
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