Air Berlin hopes to complete a deal either with easyJet or Condor today to sell the remaining dry-leased Airbus with flight/cabin crew. It has already agreed to transfer 81 aircraft to Lufthansa three weeks back. It seems these two carriers face high competition in obtaining the deal.
The UK low-cost carrier easyJet was initially interested in operating 25 ex-Air Berlin aircraft and the routes from Tegel airport. Condor is interested in only 10 aircraft. Despite of the deal Air Berlin will conclude its scheduled operations today with the last flight scheduled to be AB6210 from Munich to Berlin Tegel.
Lufthansa’s subsidiary Eurowings and Australian low-cost carrier Niki are scheduling the flights to continue some of the routes Air Berlin was covering. In the meantime European Commissioner for Competition, Margrethe Vestager, has told Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) newspaper that Lufthansa would most likely have to transfer some routes and/or slots to other airlines to get clearance from the European Commission for its proposed transaction, as some of the routes are more or less monopolised. Lufthansa has to apply for EC approval and so with others who intend to operate in these routes.