Etihad and Air Berlin integrate 787 order

Victoria
By Victoria March 14, 2012 08:20

Etihad and Air Berlin integrate 787 order

Etihad Airways is integrating its Boeing 787 Dreamliner order with that of Air Berlin’s. The two airlines will share infrastructure, pool maintenance, develop joint training programmes and streamline purchasing activity for engines, rotables, avionics and inflight entertainment systems, while also work together on product development for the new aircraft type.
A combined team led by Etihad Airways will oversee the integration programme. Etihad has 41 787s on order with 25 options, while Air Berlin, which Etihad owns 29.21% of, has 15 787s on order with options and purchase rights on a further 15.

“This programme is the first of a range of initiatives that will bring significant cost synergies and savings for both airlines. It makes both operational and commercial sense to work together on common fleet issues and we expect the synergies we achieve through this integration to result in significant efficiency benefits for both airlines,” James Hogan, Etihad Airways President and Chief Executive Officer, said in a statement, calling the deal an “ideal solution” to reducing costs in all areas.

Victoria
By Victoria March 14, 2012 08:20
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