BerlinThe head of Germany’s second largest airline, Air Berlin, Stefan Pichler, is required to Report to take in the ailing company, according to his hat. The “Manager magazine” and “Bild am Sonntag” write with reference to group circles that the Manager stand in front of the detachment by Thomas Winkelmann from the competitor Lufthansa. Air Berlin did not want to comment on this on request. According to “BamS” to be informed of the decision in the next few days, officially.
“Manager Magazin” wrote, Pichler will his resignation to 31. January 2017 to explain. Air Berlin have been scheduled for Sunday, 15.00 o’clock,an extraordinary meeting of the Supervisory Board.
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Pichler is only since February 2015 in the office. He, too, could not reach a turnaround in the ailing airline, the losses increased even more. Allegedly a major shareholder Etihad Airways was with him, dissatisfied, according to “BamS”. From Pichler’s environment, on the contrary, according to the newspaper, he had planned his retirement for quite some time. With the far-reaching restructuring of Airberlin, he had viewed his Job as done.
Winkelmann has headed for almost a decade, the low-cost airline Germanwings, before he moved in 2015 to the parent company, Lufthansa. After the resignation of Airberlin-founder Joachim Hunold in September 2011, Winkelmann, the fourth Board would be boss in a good five years in the case of the second largest German airline.
Air Berlin writes since 2008 in the red, interrupted only by a small Plus in 2012. Since 2013, the losses increase more and more, amounting to a total of more than a billion euros. The company reduced the size of its fleet not only on 75 machines, but sweeps up February to up to 1200. From the Rest of Airberlin, Etihad will cooperate with the TUI subsidiary Tuifly, a new European airline.
The company is trying to push through the lease of machinery to its cost. Starting next year, about 38 Airbus medium-haul jets office crews for Lufthansa to withdraw subsidiaries Eurowings and Austrian Airlines. In addition, Lufthansa and Air Berlin want to market major shareholder Etihad’s own flights under the flight number of your partner, as you told on Friday. Lufthansa wants to expand so that especially their cheap brand of eurowings.