Air Berlin Logo – Air Berlin PLC & Co. Luftverkehrs KG , which operates under the name airberlin is the second largest airline in Germany and the sixth largest in Europe. is based in the city of Berlin , and quasi-operates flights cost between 23 German cities and European cities, tourist destinations in theMediterranean , the islands Canary and Balearic Islands , as well as long-haul flights to North America , Asia and Africa . In 2010, Air Berlin and its subsidiaries carried 33.6 million passengers. The company is a member of the airline alliance Oneworld since March 20, 2012.
In 2004 , Air Berlin founded the first European low-fare alliance and 24% took at the time of the new airline Niki of Niki Lauda . On 1 January 2006 Air Berlin changed its social form of GmbH & Co. KG to PLC & Co. KG. In spring 2006 the airline began trading on the exchange. 90% of the newly issued shares are held by institutional investors.
In mid-August 2006 Air Berlin announced the acquisition of Munich-based airline dba. The airline based in Munich routes previously operated mainly interalemanas. Networks of both airlines flights were complementary and that differed in their paths. Within a short period, dba interalemanas routes were integrated into the European network of Air Berlin, thus increasing significantly the proportion of passengers traveling on business. Of particular interest are the slots (landing and takeoff rights) dba at the airports of Munich and Dusseldorf. In these two airports Air Berlin has been able to significantly improve their strategic position through the acquisition. The common expansion began to take concrete form in December 2006: Air Berlin ordered 60 Boeing 737 “Next Generation” and took the order for 25 Boeing 737 dba – 85 aircraft are the largest ever order of this character in the German aviation history. In May 2007, the brand dba has been replaced by the unifying label of Air Berlin.
In mid-March 2007 , Air Berlin opened a flying school itself. In Essen and Berlin will be trained as pilots 60 students a year for 24 months, in collaboration with instructors from the company Käufer TFC. The school is recognized by the German Federal Aviation Office (LBA) and ensures the airline and its pilot staffing needs.
In late March 2007 were announced plans acquisition of LTU airline based in Düsseldorf. The Air Berlin Group thus becomes the biggest seller in the most important German market: in the urban watershed of the Airport Düsseldorf 18 million people live. With the acquisition, which was authorized by the federal service competition in August 2007, the Air Berlin Group can offer for the first time long-haul flights. With the acquisition of LTU added 26 aircraft Airbus A320 series and A330 to the fleet. To permanently ensure the ability of long-haul routes, the Air Berlin Group has placed an order for large volume in July 2007 for a total of 50 new Boeing 787 Dreamlinern, of which 25 are already confirmed. also In 2007 Air Berlin acquired a 49 per cent in the Swiss airline Belair Airlines AG.
In 2009 Air Berlin and TUI Travel PLC formalized a long-term strategic alliance for German business aviation. TUI Travel PLC took 9.9% of Air Berlin PLC. Following this agreement incorporated part of Air Berlin’s fleet charter company wet lease . In the early winter schedule 2009/10, Air Berlin took over the route network between cities in TUIfly .