Air Berlin has filed a petition for the opening of debtor-in-possession insolvency proceedings | Flight operation continues | The German Federal Government is supporting
London, 15 August 2017 - The Board of Directors of Air Berlin PLC has, after close evaluation, determined that Air Berlin PLC has no longer a positive continuation prognosis. The reason for this conclusion is that its main shareholder Etihad Airways PJSC has notified Air Berlin PLC of the fact that it will not provide any further financial support to the Air Berlin group.
Furthermore, two members of the Board of Directors of Air Berlin PLC who were appointed upon nomination by Etihad Airways PJSC have resigned from their offices.
Against this background, the Board of Directors has filed with the competent local district court of Berlin-Charlottenburg a petition for the opening of debtor-inpossession insolvency proceedings today. In addition, a petition for the opening of debtor-in-possession insolvency proceedings has been filed with the local district court of Berlin-Charlottenburg for Air Berlin PLC & Co. Luftverkehrs KG and airberlin technik GmbH and will be filed for further subsidiaries of the Air Berlin group. It is not intended to file a petition for the opening of insolvency proceedings for NIKI Luftfahrt GmbH and Leisure Cargo GmbH.
There are ongoing negotiations with Lufthansa and other parties regarding the disposal of business units.
The German Federal Government, Lufthansa and other parties are supporting Air Berlin in its restructuring efforts. The German Federal Government is supporting Air Berlin with a bridging loan secured by a federal guarantee to maintain flight operations.
The flight operations of Air Berlin PLC & Co. Luftverkehrs KG, Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter mbH, NIKI Luftfahrt GmbH and Belair Airlines AG will be continued.
Person making the notification:
Friedrich Floto, Senior Vice President Group Finance & Investor Relations
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