Eurowings completes the integration of 77 aircraft from the bankrupt Air Berlin
Düsseldorf - Today, Lufthansa subsidiary Eurowings takes over the last airliner from Air Berlin, which marks the end of a process to integrate 77 aircraft into the Eurowing's fleet from the insolvent German carrier.
An Airbus A320 registered D-ABDT becomes the last aircraft to join the fleet of Eurowings from the failed rival Air Berlin. Over a period of nine months, Eurowings completes the integration of 77 aircraft successfully.
Our integration project, which has been managed in record time, is unprecedented in European aviation,said Eurowings CEO, Thorsten Dirks.
In less than 40 weeks, millions of passengers have access again to a large proportion of the flight capacities that were lost due to airBerlin’s exit, and as a result, we prevented the collapse of German air traffic,Mr. Dirks added.
In addition to the integration of 77 aircraft, Eurowings has recruited a large number of new employees within a few months, for the 3,000 new open positions created in the cockpit, in the cabin, and on the ground of which the majority were former Air Berlin staff.
By means of its extra capacity, Eurowings is now the largest operator at six German airports - Cologne, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart, Hamburg, Nuremberg, and Hanover.
The airline is also recording a substantial increase in passenger demand on routes to the touristic destinations. This summer so far, the German LCC carried 19 million passengers, around 17 percent more than the same period of last year.