Eurowings today acquired 61 aircraft from Air Berlin after the supervisory board of Lufthansa Group accepted a €1 billion investment. The aircraft that have been purchased are 41 Airbus A320 family aircraft and 20 Bombardier Q400 turboprops. This deal is part of many steps towards the eventual acquisition of AirBerlin.
In the past, Lufthansa has gotten aircraft from Air Berlin, 20 of them, in fact. 15 have already been acquired and 5 have been leased with the option of purchase.
Having already taken some crucial routes from AirBerlin in the tourism market, they are able to expand even further with these aircraft. Not only does it benefit the airline, but it also it gives job opportunities to around 3,000 pilots and flight attendants at Eurowings. The airline recently successfully “attacked” Ryanair with their marketing campaign, and with the acquisition of these ex-AirBerlin aircraft they can offer even more competition in the already-competitive European aviation market.
Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG said, “We now have the great opportunity to take a decisive step forward with Eurowings in Europe. The Supervisory Board and the Executive Board agree that we are determined to seize this opportunity. With the approval of an additional investment framework for the acquisition of aircraft, the necessary preconditions have now been met. For Eurowings, it will be a major challenge to cope with the rapid growth. I am particularly pleased that this will enable us to offer up to 3,000 new employees a secure perspective in the Eurowings Group.”
FlightRadar24 tracked the sending of AirBerlin’s Airbus A330 aircraft back to their lessors at Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrenees Airport in Southern France, which can be seen with this screenshot:
Four more Air Berlin A330s on their way to storage.
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