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Air Berlin Said to Plan 11% Fleet Cut as Pichler Plots Revamp

  • Removal of 16 planes from flying is one of two savings options
  • Decision is possible at supervisory board meeting on Nov. 10

Air Berlin Plc is considering cutting its fleet by 16 aircraft if talks fail with unions about lowering costs, people familiar with the situation said.

Germany’s second-largest airline could eliminate as much as 11 percent of its 149 aircraft, said two people briefed on the plans, who asked not to be named as discussions are private. The supervisory board will discuss reorganization options at a meeting in London on Nov. 10, the people said.