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Airberlin aims to save 80% of jobs through deal

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The Supervisory Board of Airberlin discussed the current status of the bidding negotiations for the sale of the company.

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Negotiations with Lufthansa AG and the British airline easyJet will now continue until Octoberc12, 2017. The aim is to take over parts of Airberlin.

Airberlin has received offers from Lufthansa for the subsidiaries Luftverkehrsgesellschaft Walter (LGW), the Austrian holiday airline NIKI and parts of Airberlin.

A successful conclusion of the negotiations will open up job prospects for several thousand employees.

The British low-cost carrier easyJet has submitted an offer to take over some of the Airberlin fleet. This will also create new job opportunities for Airberlin employees.

The parties have agreed to keep the purchase price confidential. If the deals are finalised as planned, there is a good chance that the development loan can be repaid.

Frank Kebekus, Chief Representative: "We have not yet achieved the aim of the negotiations. Stable flight operations in the coming days and weeks are essential for success. Anything else will endanger the negotiations".

Thomas Winkelmann, CEO of Airberlin: "We are on the way to achieving good job prospects for around 80 % of our colleagues with our bidders.

"Furthermore, there is currently great demand for qualified employees on the labour market. The Federal Employment Office will therefore inform our company headquarters in Berlin about available vacancies.

"However, we will not be able to breathe a sigh of relief until the EU Commission has finally authorised the transactions.

"It has only been possible to reach the current stage of negotiations due to the rapid bridging assistance provided by the Federal Government.

"Otherwise, we would have been forced to ground the fleet on the weekend of 12/13 August 2017. This would have meant the immediate loss of employment for all employees"

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