Insolvent air berlin continues negotiations with british airline easyjet on the sale of several aircraft. "We are in talks with easyjet," said a spokesman for air berlin.
Easyjet had confirmed on friday evening that it was interested in up to 25 aircraft in berlin-tegel. Air berlin had been negotiating exclusively with lufthansa and easyjet for the past three weeks.
Lufthansa takes over large parts of the insolvent airline. 81 of 134 aircraft go to the largest german airline. In addition, 3,000 of the 8,000 or so air berlin employees can transfer to the group, according to lufthansa boss carsten spohr. Air berlin to receive about 210 million euros as purchase price, according to its own statements.
Talks about the future of the parts of air berlin that will not be taken over by lufthansa are running out of time. Vacation airline condor is also interested in buying airberlin. A spokesman for air berlin did not give any information on saturday about whether there would also be talks with condor.
The air berlin believers want to vote on the 24. October will decide on the sale, after which the european competition authority in brussel will review the deal. This is expected to take several months. Only then can the purchase be formally completed.
The second largest german airline is insolvent since mid august. Since then, flight operations have only been secured by a 150 million euro loan from the federal government. On the evening of 27. October flight operations are to be discontinued.
In a separate process, the management is also still looking for buyers for the technology division. The bidding deadline has already been extended twice. A spokesman did not want to comment on the current status on saturday.
The future of thousands of air berlin employees remains uncertain. Up to 3,000 of the 8,000 employees affected are expected to find a job in the lufthansa group, especially at the low-cost subsidiary eurowings. Well half of them must reapply but. This could result in salary jacks. There are still no prospects for more than 5,000 other air berlin employees.