Published on : Saturday, October 28, 2017
Cruising over the Berlin capital the pilots created a heart-shaped flight path, according to Flightradar24. Before departing from Munich Air Berlin said a farewell to its passengers and employees.
The company said in a statement that “Air Berlin thanks on this sad day at all the staff, partners and passengers who passed us who have given their hearts and their loyalty for many years.”
Germany’s flagship carrier Lufthansa will take control of 81 of its 134 jets. It will also take on 3,000 Air Berlin employees. The fate of thousands of other Air Berlin employees is uncertain. Air Berlin had some 8,000 employees. Lufthansa expects to take on up to 3,000. Easyjet said it would buy part of Air Berlin’s operations at Tegel airport. The low-cost British carrier will lease up to 25 A320 aircraft and a buy Air Berlin’s take-off and landing rights at Tegel. The deal was valued at €40 million. It also said up to 1,000 Air Berlin employees could be recruited.
More than hundreds of people gathered to experience this emotional moment and mark the end of an era in the aviation industry.