Etihad, Air Berlin to share 787 Dreamliner programs
Etihad, Air Berlin see deal saving millions
Etihad Airways and Air Berlin announced plans to pool their Boeing 787 programs, three months after the Abu Dhabi-based carrier raised its stake in Germany's second-biggest airline to almost 30 percent.
Under the agreement, which the airlines said on Tuesday will help save millions of dollars, Etihad and Air Berlin will share infrastructure, pool maintenance and develop joint training programs for the aircraft.
They will also bundle purchasing for the Dreamliners' engines, electronics and inflight entertainment systems and cooperate on product development for the planes.
Etihad has 41 of the planes on order, with 25 options and purchasing rights, while Air Berlin is due to take delivery of 15 Dreamliner aircraft from late 2015.
Air Berlin initially ordered 25 787s but canceled 10 of them, worth $1.7 billion, in 2010 amid uncertainty over whether it will increase its long-haul network.