oneworld member air berlin filed for bankruptcy in August after Etihad withdrew its support. The German government extended a loan guarantee (subsidy) to keep the airline flying while a sale of assets was arranged. Key pieces go to Lufthansa, leading to consolidation in the German market.
The airline itself is ceasing all operations October 28th. However the final transatlantic flight landed in Dusseldorf yesterday.
Air Berlin at New York JFK on September 29
The pilot of AB7001 from Miami made a spectacular maneuver on landing.
The plane was filmed coming down to land at the airport by plane enthusiasts, who noticed that it was too high.
“It’s too high, it’s too high,” one person can be heard gasping on the video.
The jet, carrying 200 passengers, then swoops over the runway before making a tight left curve around the terminal and heading back up into the sky.
Germany’s federal aviation authority is investigating the incident.
Air Berlin said in a statement that they support this investigation, though they won’t be around long to support it I suppose. They also say that the maneuver was authorized… sort of:
he manoeuvre had been agreed upon with the flight control centre, which gave permission for a turn to the left in the case of an aborted landing.
Here’s the final Air Berlin transatlantic landing, worth a watch: