Germany's biggest airline Lufthansa is in talks to buy about a quarter of the planes owned by smaller peer Air Berlin, one of the equity-stake partner airlines of Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, three people familiar with the matter told Reu
Lufthansa's budget unit Eurowings, which it sees as a tool for consolidation among European airlines, is considering acquiring some of loss-making rival Air Berlin's routes, German daily Handelsblatt reported, citing sources.
An appeals court in Germany on Thursday allowed Etihad to continue most of its disputed code share flights with Air Berlin for the winter schedule ending in March, handing the Abu Dhabi-based airline a partial victory.
Etihad Airways, UAE's national carrier, has asked a German court for more time to continue code sharing with Air Berlin on 29 routes while it appeals a decision that will block it from operating the flights after January 15, it said.
Etihad Airways has filed an appeal against a German court's decision last week that revoked its rights to jointly sell tickets for 29 routes operated by Air Berlin, the Abu Dhabi-based airline said on Monday.
"We will fig
Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has lost a court decision in Germany over the right to jointly sell tickets for some routes operated by Air Berlin this winter, dealing a blow to the loss-making German carrier and its largest shareholder.
The chief executive of struggling carrier Air Berlin is optimistic for an improvement in earnings this year after yields and profits increased in the third quarter.
"We continue to be optimistic that we will achieve a year-on-year
Etihad Airways, which has a major stake in Air Berlin, said it expects further legal action in its dispute with the German government over code-sharing between the two carriers.
"There will be another hearing. In the meantime, the
UAE national airline Etihad Airways has welcomed a German court ruling allowing it to continue operation of all its codeshare flights with Air Berlin to destinations in Europe, the US and the UAE.
Codeshare agreements allow airlin
Etihad Airways said it had asked a German court to grant a temporary injunction on Friday so it could go ahead with code-share flights with Air Berlin without approval from transport authorities.
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