Etihad has stopped its financial support for Germany's second-biggest airline. It says it no longer believes Air Berlin can survive. Berlin is to provide a loan to keep flights going during the holiday season.
From chocolate hearts to leather seats, Air Berlin fans have thousands of items to bid on. The items are expected to have cult status among collectors, according to the auction house's managing director.
German flagship carrier Lufthansa says it has replaced Irish rival Ryanair at the top of the list of airlines with the most passengers in Europe. The demise of Air Berlin played no small part in this, experts noted.
Austrian airline Niki has filed for bankruptcy protection after German carrier Lufthansa withdrew its takeover bid for the former Air Berlin subsidiary. Now passengers are stranded across Europe.
International Airlines Group, which operates British Airways and Iberia, is the only remaining bidder for insolvent budget carrier Niki, German media have reported, with a contract likely to be signed within days.
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