Air Berlin strikes deal with cabin crew

Now a similar deal must be reached with pilots
Air Berlin has reached a new pay and work agreement with its cabin crew in the run-up to a massive restructuring program. But it has yet to make a deal with pilots.
The German airline revealed sweeping changes to the company last week, as this press release outlines, including cutting around 1,200 administrative jobs, placing its popular tourist flights in a separate unit and leasing 40 planes to Lufthansa.
The deal with union Verdi puts 2,600 cabin crew, some of whom have their own wage deals, under a single umbrella on pay and conditions.
“This will help us to tackle and implement the extensive strategic changes that are necessary for the new Air Berlin to become a profitable and growing airline network with a clear profile,” chief executive Stefan Pichler explained.
Like its rival Lufthansa, Air Berlin now wants to agree a pay and conditions deal with pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit.