The employees at AirBerlin have questions. Lots of questions. The future of most of the 8,200 employees is far from secure - even after the deal with Lufthansa. The airline is purchasing most of the planes for 210 million euros.
Germany's Lufthansa Group looks set to expand, even as some rival airlines cut back or fall into bankruptcy. It has set its sights on becoming a leading global player. But air travel markets remain fiercely competitive.
After nearly four decades of plying the skies, Germany's once second-largest airline has stopped operating, with many employees fearing to be left without work amid attempts to sell the remaining assets.
Insolvent German airline Air Berlin hopes to secure the jobs of most of its employees as a result of ongoing negotiations and expected sales of its assets to competitors Lufthansa and easyJet.
German flag carrier Lufthansa has confirmed it wants to buy parts of stricken Italian airline Alitalia. But the offer would entail drastic job losses. Too drastic for the government in Rome to even consider?
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