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German carrier airberlin will focus on core markets and cut capacity by 5%, mostly on money-losing routes, said its CEO, Wolfgang Prock-Schauer. In addition, the carrier said German officials have reversed an earlier decision and will now permit airberlin to continue its codeshare arrangement with Etihad Airways for the winter.
Etihad Airways, which owns 29% of AirBerlin, is providing another $415 million to the struggling airline in the form of bonds which are convertible toward stock. The move follows losses at AirBerlin, leaving the future uncertain. "We have to thoroughly evaluate our possible courses of action including our long-term business model," Air Berlin CEO Wolfgang Prock-Schauer said.
AirBerlin is turning to aerodynamic optimization software to help improve fuel efficiency at the German carrier. The software finds surface imperfections on aircraft by measuring air flow over the aircraft's surface, and then generates a checklist for maintenance.
Air France-KLM, Etihad Airways and airberlin have entered into code-share deals to add more destinations to their rosters. Etihad fliers can take KLM's daily Amsterdam-to-Abu Dhabi flight, while Air France customers will be able to travel on Etihad flights between Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and Abu Dhabi. In their own deal, Air France and airberlin will let passengers fly on all the routes between France and Germany operated by each other.