Air Berlin PLC

euro adhoc: Air Berlin PLC & Co Luftverkehrs KG
quarterly or semiannual financial statement
3.7 percent growth in first-quarter revenues to EUR 224 million Significant 8.5 percent increase in passengers even without Easter business to approximately

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Disclosure announcement transmitted by euro adhoc. The issuer is responsible for the content of this announcement. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 31.05.2006 Berlin, 31 May 2006. Air Berlin PLC has steadily continued along its growth path, posting first-quarter revenues of EUR 224 million, a 3.7 percent increase compared with the prior year. The net result for the seasonally weak Q1 improved by EUR 8 million to a net loss of EUR 31 million (Q1 2005: net loss of EUR 39 million). The operating loss was EUR 58 million (prior year: operating loss of EUR 37 million). This reflects a number of special items: Unlike in the first Q1 2005, the Easter business will be included in the Q2 results of 2006. Furthermore, Q1 2006 was affected by investments in the future growth of the company as well as higher costs of aviation fuel. "Under these circumstances, we performed extremely well," stated CEO Joachim Hunold in Berlin on Wednesday. Despite the lack of the Easter business in the past quarter, passenger numbers developed positively, increasing by 8.5 percent to 2,751,770. Hunold said: "I am confident that we will post a positive net profit for the full year 2006." Air Berlin PLC, London Consolidated Statements of Incomefor the three months ended 31 March 2006 31 March 2005 EUR 000 EUR 000 Revenue 224,003 215,980 Other operating income 2,967 1,359 Operating expenses (284,758) (254,317) Result from operating activities (57,788) (36,978) Financial expenses (5,500) (4,589) Financial income 958 379 Foreign exchange gains, net 4,890 (5,362) Net financing costs 348 (9,572) Share of profit of associates 652 2 Loss before tax (56,788) (46,548) Income tax benefit 25,731 7,632 Loss for the period (31,057) (38,916) Basic and diluted earnings per share in EUR (3,11) (3,89) DISCLAIMER THIS AD HOC RELEASE CONSTITUTES NEITHER AN OFFER TO SELL NOR A SOLICITATION TO BUY ANY SECURITIES OF AIR BERLIN PLC. THE SECURITIES HAVE ALREADY BEEN SOLD. THIS AD HOC RELEASE AND THE INFORMATION CONTAINED THEREIN MAY NOT BE TRANSMITTED OR DISTRIBUTED WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (THE "UNITED STATES") AND MUST NOT BE DISTRIBUTED OR FORWARDED TO U.S. PERSONS (AS DEFINED IN REGULATION S OF THE U.S. SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS AMENDED ("SECURITIES ACT")) OR PUBLICATIONS WITH A GENERAL CIRCULATION IN THE UNITED STATES. THIS AD HOC RELEASE DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN OFFER OR INVITATION TO PURCHASE ANY SECURITIES IN THE UNITED STATES. THE SECURITIES OF AIR BERLIN PLC HAVE NOT BEEN REGISTERED UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT AND MAY NOT BE OFFERED, SOLD OR DELIVERED WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OR TO U.S. PERSONS ABSENT REGISTRATION UNDER, OR AN APPLICABLE EXEMPTION FROM, THE REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS OF THE UNITED STATES SECURITIES LAWS. AIR BERLIN DOES NOT INTEND TO MAKE A PUBLIC OFFER OF SECURITIES IN THE UNITED STATES. THIS AD HOC RELEASE IS DIRECTED ONLY AT PERSONS (I) WHO ARE OUTSIDE THE UNITED KINGDOM OR (II) WHO HAVE PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE IN MATTERS RELATING TO INVESTMENTS FALLING WITHIN ARTICLE 19(5) OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES AND MARKETS ACT 2000 (FINANCIAL PROMOTION) ORDER 2005 (AS AMENDED) (THE "ORDER") OR (III) WHO FALL WITHIN ARTICLE 49(2) (A) TO (D) ("HIGH NET WORTH COMPANIES, UNINCORPORATED ASSOCIATIONS ETC.") OF THE ORDER (ALL SUCH PERSONS TOGETHER BEING REFERRED TO AS "RELEVANT PERSONS"). ANY PERSON WHO IS NOT A RELEVANT PERSON MUST NOT ACT OR RELY ON THIS COMMUNICATION OR ANY OF ITS CONTENTS. ANY INVESTMENT OR INVESTMENT ACTIVITY TO WHICH THIS COMMUNICATION RELATES IS AVAILABLE ONLY TO RELEVANT PERSONS AND WILL BE ENGAGED IN ONLY WITH RELEVANT PERSONS. end of announcement euro adhoc 31.05.2006 08:14:31 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ots Originaltext: Air Berlin PLC & Co Luftverkehrs KG Im Internet recherchierbar: http://www.presseportal.de Further inquiry note: Ingolf T. Hegner Head of Investor Relations +49 (0)30 3434 1532 ihegner@airberlin.com Branche: Air Transport ISIN: GB00B128C026 WKN: AB1000 Index: CDAX Börsen: Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse / official dealing

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