Air Berlin aims for a deal with easyJet or Condor

Air Berlin aims for a deal with easyJet or Condor

Air Berlin said it is aiming for a deal with either Thomas Cook’s Condor or easyJet on Friday for some of its remaining airline operations having agreed to sell its maintenance unit to a consortium.

Reuters report that the final Air Berlin-operated flight will take place on Friday, meaning the German airline is keen to clinch a deal before then.

“We are negotiating in parallel with easyJet and Condor. Our aim is to reach a deal with one of the two bidders on Friday,” a spokesman for the insolvent German airlines.

Lufthansa has already agreed to take on operations covering around 81 planes from Air Berlin. EasyJet has said it was interested in up to 25 planes, predominantly for operations from Berlin’s Tegel airport, where it does not yet fly from.

Both Condor and easyJet were yet to comment on the matter.

Zeitfracht which has indicated interest in buying Air Berlin’s cargo marketing unit including maintenance group Nayak will buy the maintenance unit for an undisclosed price, saving at least 300 jobs, Air Berlin confirmed.

Around 550 maintenance employees who are not being taken on directly by the new owners will have access to a transfer company to help them find new work.