Lufthansa eyes up to 78 Air Berlin planes

Frankfurt am Main: The chief of Germany’s largest airline Lufthansa has said he hopes to buy up to 78 planes from bankrupt Air Berlin, dismissing fears the insolvency would grant him a near-monopoly over the skies.
Top priority was “stabilising” the status of some 38 aircraft Lufthansa already “wet-leases” — including their crews — from the smaller firm, Lufthansa chief Carsten Spohr told journalists in Frankfurt on Wednesday evening. “Wet-leasing” refers to airlines leasing aircraft from each other rather than a leasing company. On top of that, “we want to grow by 20 to 40 more planes” for low-cost subsidiary Eurowings, he said. — AFP