On October 27, 2017, the final flight of the German bankrupt airline Air Berlin (AB1) landed in Berlin. It departed Munich at 9:35 pm (GMT) and arrived at Berlin’s Tegel Airport at 10:45 pm (GMT).  An Airbus A320 carried 178 passengers and 8 crew members. The flight had a special callsign BER4EVR. A good-bye saying “Take care Tschuess and Bye Bye” was written on the tickets for the flight.

Before landing, the plane made a farewell flight over the airport at an altitude of about 600 meters. As a result, the flight took 1 hour 8 minutes instead of the usual 40-50 minutes.

More than a thousand aviation fans and staff members were watching the final Air Berlin (AB1) landing from a viewing platform. Several hundred staff gathered on the apron to welcome the crew and passengers. The farewell Air Berlin (AB1) flight was greeted with a water cannon salute and applause.


Arrival of AB6210

Photo: AirBerlin


“Today, on October 27, 2017, an aviation era comes to an end, ” the German airline said in an official statement. “Air Berlin (AB1) says thank you. ”

Air Berlin (AB1) passengers expressed their feelings concerning the last airline’s flight on Twitter.

“Farewell, AB. Thanks for many smooth flights to people and places that matter to me. I will miss you,” wrote V.M. Varga‏, who was a passenger on the last flight of the carrier.

“ Air Berlin’s (AB1) last flight, another goodbye to one of the greats. You will always be in our hearts,” posted Twitter user Shafid.

Air Berlin (AB1) has been trying for several years to solve its financial problems by cutting staff and aircraft fleet. In 2016, its loss increased to 781.9 million euros compared with 446.6 million euros in 2015. On August 15, 2017, German carrier announced its bankruptcy after the withdrawal of ongoing support from its largest shareholder Etihad Airways.

In October  2017, another German airline Lufthansa (LHAB) (LHA) has agreed to buy  81 of the 134 Air Berlin (AB1) aircraft. As a result, Lufthansa’s (LHAB) (LHA) subsidiary Eurowings will take these aircraft in its fleet. But the fate of thousands of Air Berlin (AB1) employees is still unresolved.

Air Berlin (AB1) began flights in April 1979 and was the second biggest airlines in Germany after Lufthansa (LHAB) (LHA) . It flew to 135 destinations around the world. In 2016, the airline carried about 29.9 million passengers.