Air France-KLM considering ties with Etihad-Air Berlin

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A German newspaper reported Air France-KLM is considering a partnership with UAE’s national flag carrier Etihad that also includes a tie up with Air Berlin.

Etihad recently acquired a 30% stake in Germany’s second biggest carrier which is struggling to make profits.

“A partnership with Etihad would only make sense for us on the Paris-Abu Dhabi route and to other hubs,” Die Welt quoted Jean-Cyril Spinetta as saying.

“On the other hand, a wider partnership would be possible, if it included Air Berlin and its network in the German market.”

Air France-KLM, which posted a net loss of €809 million last year, is implementing a restructuring programme which includes a complete overhaul of the European airline.

Spinetta told the German paper Air France-KLM was keen on expanding routes to China to serve Chinese tourists who want to come to Europe, but consolidating its new route to Wuhan before looking out for more destinations in the country.

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