A real shame, but sadly inevitable.
A series of ill thought out and confused strategies was never going to be an ideal situation for an airline to have a long term future.
Leisure airline competing with charter airlines to the Med, long haul value brand, aiming to get business traffic out of key German markets, trying to be a low cost airline, joining a global alliance, trying to operate a hub in Dusseldorf and to a lesser extent in Berlin, buying a mixture of charter airlines and low cost airlines across Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
Air Berlin tried to do all of the above - hence why it got in such an utter mess.
Yokes wrote:Sadly this was only a matter of time. Possible that we now see Ryanair and Norwegian Long Haul in DUS soon...
HT-ETNW wrote:As for a takeover by LH, LH would be wise to refrain from taking over the high cost structure partly inherited when AB swallowed LTU. That way also any clashes for seniority list would be avoided.
This is the key thing. Ideally LH don't want ANY of Air Berlin. But what they absolutely don't want is for Ryanair or Norwegian long haul to get strong footholds in Dusseldorf and provide heavy competition to Eurowings (with a better airport than CGN for Norwegian if they did). LH will want to keep as many of those precious and restricted landing slots as possible and that is why they will be interested in taking the part of the business that primarily involves DUS, and integrating it into Eurowings, rather than anything else.