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Airberlin Group’s first quarter net loss remains flat

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Airberlin Group (Airberlin and Niki) (Berlin) reported its first quarter net loss narrowly widened to €210.1 million ($237.6 million), up slightly from €209.8 million $237.2 million) in the same quarter a year ago. Stefan Pichler, CEO of Airberlin Group, stated “We are at the beginning of a long road to recovery.”

Here is the full report:

In the first quarter of 2015, EBIT rose to -159.9 million euros, or 23 million euros over the same quarter last year (Q1, 2014: -182.8 million euros). This demonstrates that despite a competitive market environment, the strategic and operational realignment at airberlin had already begun producing some positive effects on earnings at the start of the year.

Summary of consolidated earnings in the first quarter of 2015

Current performance reviews show airberlin’s average yield at 121.66 euros (Q1 2014: 116.72 euros). This represents a yield optimization of 4.2 percent as compared to the same quarter last year, and was achieved primarily through improvements in revenue management.

Revenue development showed an increase to 793.7 million euros, corresponding to a 4.2 percent growth in revenue over the same quarter last year (Q1 2014: 761.8 million euros). Due to an improved performance during the first three months, operating earnings (EBIT), at -159.9 million euros during the first quarter, also showed a 14 percent increase over the same quarter last year (Q1 2014: -182.8 million euros).

Allowing for current exceptional expenses from the ongoing restructuring program as well as non-recurring effects, adjusted EBIT was -151.4 million euros. Net profit in the first quarter of 2015 was -210.1 million euros (Q1 2014: -209.8 million euros). The Net profit decreased owing to higher interest expenditures and shifts in the market valuation of hedge instruments. 287.6 million euros in liquidity as of 31 March 2015 means Air Berlin PLC is in a stable financial position (Q1 2014: 273.0 million euros).

The current cost structure is marked by a slight rise in personnel and technical and maintenance expenses and increased airport charges. The personnel costs have risen by a direct employee takeover from NIKI, tariff developments and non-recurring expenses. Expenses incurred for technical and maintenance as well as airport charges will, however, be offset over the course of the year by systematic structural effects during the ongoing realignment.

Available seat kilometres (ASK) increased by 1.5 percent. Capacity utilization in the first quarter of 2015 stood at 83.2 percent, a modest increase over the same quarter last year`s rate of 81.8 percent. Total revenue per available seat kilometre (RASK) was 6.71 eurocts (up 2.6 percent on Q1 2014: 6.54 eurocts).

Total costs per ASK (CASK) rose by 0.8 percent year-on-year, going from 8.14 eurocts to 8.20 eurocts.

Stefan Pichler, CEO of Air Berlin PLC, comments on the results of the first quarter as follows:

”We have an initial operational earnings impact from the reduction in capacity and a slightly improved yield management approach. At the same time, seasonal effects such as Easter have also positively influenced the result. Still, we are at the beginning of a long road to recovery.“

Partnerships further strengthened, restructuring measures prove effective

Stefan Pichler emphasizes the importance of airberlin’s strengthened partnerships, in particular with Etihad Airways: ”During the first three months of the year, passenger volume increased by another 18 percent year-on-year, accounting for over 174.400 guests. We intensified our collaboration with Etihad Airways by expanding codeshare connections, with new ones available from Abu Dhabi to Hong Kong, Sri Lanka and Nairobi.“

As well within oneworld® a 19 percent increase in the number of passengers was recorded in the first quarter of 2015. Route performance and effective capacity utilization by the airline partner Iberia contributed significantly to growth.

The restructuring program, initiated in 2014, has already been showing initial positive effects since the start of 2015. Initial positive effects on revenue have been produced by the network restructuring concluded in January, further improvements to the revenue management system as well as the establishment of a new fare concept, and should intensify in the coming months.

During the first quarter, the new “airberlin business benefits” brand was introduced, which combines and further expands airberlin’s many existing corporate benefits. At the beginning of May, airberlin launched its new fare concept for short and medium-haul flights. The tailored fares open up new customer groups for airberlin and offer a great deal of flexibility. Another focus is airberlin’s service offensive. This includes its newly introduced customer advisory boards. In June, airberlin will launch its 24/7 service offensive – from the middle of the year, every passenger will receive feedback on their enquiry within 24 hours, and all customer enquiries will be fully processed within seven working days.

Because of increased market pressures and special expenditures, current foreseeable business development in the second quarter has so far not fulfilled expectations. airberlin will be working systematically on realignment in the coming quarters in order to achieve positive revenue development with respect to revenue passenger kilometres (RPK) as well as steady improvement in average revenue (yield). Continued expansion of product offerings is also of strategic importance in this regard.

Stefan Pichler is convinced of realignment`s effectiveness: “The first quarter has turned out properly. We understand, however, that we need to continue the systematic re-engineering of our company in order to achieve the goals we have set and generate the necessary market momentum. I am convinced that we are on the right track. Our focus on an open and inclusive management culture will enable us to drive further operational improvements.“

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Airberlin’s Airbus A321-211 D-ALSB (msn 1994) lands at Tenerife Sur.

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Niki to launch flights to Athens on April 1

Niki (flyniki.com) (Vienna) will add the Vienna-Athens route on April 1. The new route will operate daily (except on Saturdays) with Airbus A320s.

Niki flight (HG 8640) will take off from Vienna at 11:30 and land in the Greek capital at 13:35. The return flight (HG 8641) will leave Athens at 14:25 and land in Vienna at 16:45.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 OE-LEH (msn 4594) completes its final approach to the runway at Tenerife Sur.

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Niki to operate one of the shortest jet routes

Niki (FlyNiki) (Vienna) will introduce on April 1 one of world’s shortest jet routes, the 30-mile trip between its Vienna hub and Bratislava, Slovakia. The short route will be operated with Embraer 190s.

Niki is also adding service (six days a week) from Vienna to Athens in April. Niki already serves Crete, Rhodes, Santorini and Mykonos. The new route will operate daily (except on Saturday) with an Airbus A320.

Niki flight HG 8640 will take off from Vienna at 11:30 and land in the Greek capital at 13:35. The return flight HG 8641 will leave Athens at 14:25 and land in Vienna at 16:45.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 190-100LR OE-IXC (msn 19000349) arrives in Zurich.

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Helvetic Airways to lease the seven Niki Embraer 190s

Helvetic Airways (Zurich) is planning to lease the seven 112-seat Niki (flyniki.com) (Vienna) Embrear ERJ 190-100LRs from lessor Bernina Aircraft Leasing which acquired the aircraft according to ch-aviation. This will be a new type for the carrier. The first four will be operated by Helvetic for Swiss replacing four Swiss European Air Lines RJ100s. The other three will be operated by Helvetic on expansion routes.

Helvetic will operate the following routes for Swiss using the new Embraer 190s starting late this month:

Zurich to Dusseldorf, Prague and Warsaw starting on December 22.

Zurich to Belgrade starting on January 3, 2015 per Airline Route.

Niki is retiring the Embraer 190 from its fleet.

In other related news, the company has announced new services next summer season to Olbia (from Bern), Brindisi (from Bern), Bordeaux (from Zurich),  Calvi (from Zurich), Lamezia Terme (from Zurich), Shannon (from Zurich), Palma de Mallorca (from Bern/Zurich), Greek Islands (from Bern/Zurich) and the Canary Islands (from Zurich).

Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 190-100LR OE-IXG (msn 19000435) at Zurich will soon transition to Zurich-based Helvetic Airways.

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Airberlin equips its first two Airbus A320s with Wi-Fi

Airberlin Group (Airberlin and Niki) (Berlin) has issued this statement:

The Airberlin Group has equipped the first two aircraft in its fleet with the new ‘airberlin connect’ Wi-Fi service. The two Airbus A320s, registered D-ABNJ and OE-LEL, now boast a Wi-Fi system from Panasonic Avionics Corporation, so passengers can access the internet with their own smartphone, tablet or laptop during the flight.
In addition, passengers on short and medium-haul flights will enjoy an entertainment offering with TV series, movies and music available for streaming to their own device with the new Wi-Fi service. Passengers will be able to choose their own personal entertainment from more than 180 hours of media. On long-haul routes, passengers will continue to enjoy the RAVE in-seat entertainment system.

The first two aircraft equipped with Airberlin connect will service the new Stuttgart-Abu Dhabi and Vienna-Abu Dhabi routes. The first flight from Stuttgart to Abu Dhabi takes off on December 1, 2014, bringing in-flight internet to passengers on this route for the first time. On the new Vienna-Abu Dhabi connection from Austrian subsidiary Niki, passengers will be able to use the new on-board Wi-Fi service as early as November 24, 2014.

Airberlin offers various time and data packages for airberlin connect: for just 4.90 euros, passengers get online above the clouds for 30 minutes, including 20 MB of data.

An hour of internet access, including 50 MB of data, costs 8.90 euros. The price includes use of the entertainment selection, which is available for the entire duration of the flight at no additional cost, even after the package time or data limits are used up. Passengers who wish to be online during an entire medium-haul flight can select the 13.90 euro package, which includes 90 MB of data, while the Full Flight Package for long-haul flights costs 18.90 euros, and includes 120 MB of data. Packages can be conveniently paid by credit card via the web browser on passengers’ own mobile device or laptop.

On the new Stuttgart-Abu Dhabi and Vienna-Abu Dhabi connections, passengers can enjoy the entertainment offered by Airberlin connect free of charge. Internet access during the entire flight to or from Abu Dhabi on these routes costs just 13.90 euros, including 90 MB of data.

Airberlin plans to complete equipping its fleet within three years.

Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl/AirlinersGallery.com. Niki’s Airbus A320-214 OE-LEL (msn 2668) wears the former colors of OLT Express at Zurich.

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Airberlin celebrates 25 years of the fall of the Berlin Wall with special flights over Berlin on November 8, will cut another 200 jobs

Airberlin (airberlin.com) (Berlin-Tegel) is planning to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with three Bombarider Q400 special flights over the city of Berlin on November 8:

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Airberlin is offering three sightseeing flights over Berlin during the evening of November 8, tracing the course of the former Wall. The flights are being conducted using a Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) with a seating capacity of 76 and will operate between 5.30 p.m. and 8.30 p.m. from Berlin-Tegel Airport. They are accorded flight numbers AB 1989, AB 1990 and AB 1991, thus evoking the year of the fall of the Wall, the year of reunification, and the year of the relaunch of Airberlin as a German airline following the watershed events. From the particularly low flying altitude of approximately 1,000 meters (3,000 feet), the special flight passengers will be able to view the 15-kilometer-long ‘illuminated border’ made up of 8,000 luminous balloons stretching from Bornholmer Strasse to the Oberbaum Bridge. The light installation will illuminate a section of the former course of the Wall from  November 7-9. An experienced city guide will accompany the special flights and narrate the history of the divided city of Berlin.

On the ground, too, Airberlin is represented within a section of the ‘illuminated border’ at the East Side Gallery. In keeping with the airline’s anniversary, 35 balloon sponsorships were raffled via its social media channels, on its website, via international media and among staff. The sponsors will be present in person along this stretch during the evening of November 9 to release their helium-filled balloon from its mooring and, thus, to gradually give wings to the ‘illuminated border’.

A further highlight on the afternoon of November 9 is to be the painting of two original sections of the Wall for Airberlin by the well-known French artist Thierry Noir. As early as in 1990, the artist designed sections of the East Side Gallery, nowadays considered protected monuments. Thierry Noir will complete work on the 3.6-meter-tall T-shaped sections live on the spot. The sections of the Wall will then be exhibited at the Berlin-Tegel Airport for a period of six months.

The fall of the Wall is synonymous with a specific milestone in the 35-year history of Airberlin: while Germany was divided, only airlines of Allied nations were permitted to fly to West Berlin. Thus Airberlin, founded as an American charter airline named Air Berlin USA, was able to offer flights from West Berlin from 1979. Upon German reunification, the situation changed radically and Airberlin lost its air traffic rights. Only upon relaunch as a German airline in 1991 were the foundations laid for continued development to the status of the second largest German airline.

Tickets for the special flights are available online at airberlin.com/fallofthewall at a price of 99 euros per person and can also be reserved around the clock via the company’s Service Center by calling +49 (0)30/3434 3434 (local rates apply).

In other news, on October 26 Airberlin started flying to Milan’s downtown Linate Airport as previously reported. Airberlin issued this statement:

Since Sunday, October 26, 2014 all Airberlin Group flights have been taking off and landing at Milan Linate airport. The crew of flight AB 8406 from Dusseldorf, Alitalia employees and Airberlin ground crew greeted the first flights with an official “Benvenuto Linate”. The codeshare agreement between the Airberlin Group and Alitalia allows the airlines to offer their passengers a total of all the 412 nonstop flights of Airberlin, Niki and Alitalia between Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy under a joint flight number.

Additionally Airberlin increased service on the Berlin-Abu Dhabi route:

Airberlin now operates two flights a day between the German capital and Abu Dhabi. On Sunday, October 26, Captain Christoph Runge and his crew manned the first of these doubled-frequency flights. At 11:30 o’clock, the Airbus A330-200 took off from Berlin-Tegel Airport with 226 passengers and 10 crew members on board with destination of Abu Dhabi.

Finally in other news, Airberlin plans to cut another 200 administrative and ground staff in 2015. As previously mentioned Airberlin will continue to phase out its Boeing 737s and go to an All Airbus fleet.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Operated by LGW, Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) D-ABQH (msn 4256) arrives at Zurich.

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Airberlin and Alitalia sign an extensive codeshare agreement, Airberlin and Niki switch to Linate Airport in Milan

Airberlin (Berlin-Tegel) and Alitalia (2nd) (Rome) have signed an extensive codeshare agreement. The agreement covers all  412 weekly nonstop flights between Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy for this winter season. Etihad Airways has a 29.21 percent stake in Airberlin and a 49 percent stake in the revamped Alitalia.

Airberlin has issued this statement:

Airberlin, Germany’s second largest airline and Alitalia, Italy’s leading carrier, have signed a codeshare agreement to offer more choice and greater convenience to their guests. All of Airberlin’s and Alitalia’s 412 weekly nonstop flights between Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy will be codeshare flights effective this winter season.

As of October 26, Airberlin’s three daily flights from Dusseldorf and double daily flights from Berlin-Tegel will operate into Milan-Linate instead of Malpensa. Furthermore, the three daily flights from Vienna operated by Niki (Vienna), the Austrian airline which is part of the Airberlin group, will be directed to Linate as well.

The partners also agreed on selective codeshares beyond their home hubs. For instance Alitalia will place its “AZ” code on some of Airberlin’s domestic flights such as from Munich to Cologne, Dusseldorf, Hamburg and Berlin. At the same time Airberlin will place its “AB” code on selected domestic and international Alitalia flights via Rome and Milan-Linate to, for example, Naples, Brindisi, Reggio Calabria, Alghero, Cairo or Malta as well as on some of Alitalia’s long haul flights to South America such as Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro. All codeshare flights will be published in the reservation systems by October 20, 2014 for flights commencing October 26, 2014. Codesharing on Alitalia’s long-haul connections will commence after regulatory approval.

Besides the new codeshare services and more convenient flight connections, Airberlin and Alitalia have signed a frequent flyer agreement which allows their guests to earn and redeem bonus miles on the entire route network of both airlines on a reciprocal basis for flights starting on or after November 1, 2014.

The cooperation of Airberlin and Alitalia is a result of long-term planning over the last couple of years and also of more liberal alliance governance which permits partnerships across alliances borders. Both, Airberlin and Alitalia will remain members of oneworld® and Skyteam respectively. Further synergies will arise from optimized aircraft rotation and avoidance of expensive overnight aircraft stops.

Top Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Airberlin’s Airbus A320-214 D-ABFK (msn 4433) in the special Fan Force One Bitburger touches down in Basel/Mulhouse/Freiburg (EuroAirport).

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Niki to introduce new routes from Vienna

Niki (flyniki.com) (Vienna) will add two new routes from Vienna next year. A weekly Vienna-Paphos will be added from February 24, 2015.

Additionally twice weekly Vienna-Catania, Sicily service will be operated from March 30, 2015 per Airline Route with Airbus A320s.

Finally in the winter 2014-2015 Niki will expand its reach in Egypt with flights to Sharm el Sheikh, Luxor and Hurghada, effective November 3, 2014.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Niki’s Airbus A320-214 OR-LEU (msn 2902) taxies at Palma de Mallorica in the basic Airberlin livery reflecting its part in the Airberlin Group.

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Niki to fly daily Vienna-Abu Dhabi flights starting on November 24

Niki (flyniki.com) (Vienna) on November 24 will launch a new long-range daily route from Vienna to Abu Dhabi, the hub of partner Etihad Airways, following in the path of owner Airberlin (Berlin). The six-hour flight will be operated with Airbus A320 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Jacques Guillem Collection/AirlinersGallery.com.

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Niki will continue to operate three Embraer 190s this winter

Niki (flyniki.com) (Vienna) will continue to operate three Embraer 190s (D-ARJC, D-ARJF and D-ARJG) this winter season according to ch-aviation. The aircraft were suppose to be all transferred to LGW in the Airberlin Group.

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Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/Airlinersgallery.com. Niki is currently operating four Embraer 190s. Embraer ERJ 190-100LR OE-IHB (msn 19000294) taxies at Frankfurt.

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