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The news emerged in a statement issued by Air Berlin. However other assets including the maintenance unit will probably reside with other bidders. The failed airline has circa 8,000 employees and operates a leased in fleet of over 144 aircraft.
Air Berlin was declared insolvent after major financial supporter and shareholder Etihad pulled out in August. Industry insiders suggest that Lufhansa who have 38 wet leased (crew and plane) Air Berlin aircraft and are said to be in the market for some 30 to 40 short haul planes.
Air Berlins negotiation team have set October 12 as the cut off date for deal-making.
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