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airberlin continues to increase revenue

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Company Information/Financial Issues/Balace Sheet/3-Monthsreport/Q2 figures 2012

•	CEO Mehdorn: airberlin is on the right track
•	Efficiency programme “Shape & Size” reduces impact of external costs
•	Revenue increase despite capacity reduction

London / Berlin (euro adhoc) - In the second quarter of 2012, airberlin once
again increased its revenue. Revenue was up 1.7 per cent to 1.135 billion euros
despite a capacity reduction of 5.8 per cent. Revenue per passenger has
therefore continually increased for a full year now and yield (income per
passenger) also increased. Savings from our efficiency-increasing programme
"Shape & Size" slightly exceeded the projected figure of 45 million euros for
the second quarter by 5 million euros. This counteracted negative impacts from
higher kerosene prices, a higher US dollar exchange rate and the air traffic
tax. In this manner, the effect of higher oil prices on operational expenses was
reduced to only 2.5 per cent, although kerosene costs, despite the capacity
reduction, had increased by 10 per cent.

As airberlin CEO Hartmut Mehdorn stated: "We were able to compensate for sharply
rising external costs with internal measures. The revenue growth shows that we
are on the right track. With our targeted fleet reduction, we will be less
affected by seasonal fluctuations in the future. We are also investing in the
expansion of long haul flights in an effort to further increase earnings and fly
in the profit zone as planned next year."

The half-year comparison highlights the positive effects resulting from the
"Shape & Size" efficiency-increasing programme. Revenue increased by 2.7 per
cent to 1.948 billion euros (1.897 billion euros). At the same time, capacity
was reduced by 7.6 per cent. Capacity utilization improved by 2 percentage
points to 77.2 per cent (75.2 per cent) and yield (income per passenger) rose by
3.4 per cent to 109.06 euros (105.45 euros). EBITDAR (Earnings before interest,
taxes, depreciation, amortisation and leasing expenses) was up by 33.2 per cent,
reaching 155.3 million euros (116.6 million euros) despite fuel costs increasing
by 70 million euros. EBIT (operating earnings before interest and taxes)
improved by 19 per cent to -178.7 million euros (-220.5 million euros). The net
loss increased slightly to -169.2 million euros (-164.5 million euros) due to
market value losses.

In the second quarter, capacity utilization improved to 77.8 per cent (77.4 per
cent), and yield increased to 108.50 euros (107.66 euros). EBITDAR (earnings
before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortisation and rent) increased to 148
million euros (142.3 million euros) and EBIT (operating earnings before interest
and taxes) rose to -29.4 million euros (-32.2 million euros). The net loss
increased to -66.2 million euros (-43.9 million euros). 

Equity amounted to 101.3 million euros at the end of the first half of 2012. CFO
Ulf Hüttmeyer: "This is due, on the one hand, to seasonal effects as well as the
evaluation of hedging instruments on the balance sheet date on the other. Equity
improved by 60 million euros at the end of July due to evaluation differences
alone. By the end of the year we expect a equity ratio better than previous
year." Along with the equity tranche in January, airberlin's largest
shareholder, Etihad Airways, also made a loan of 162.9 million euros available
as of 30th June 2012.

Further inquiry note:
Press Contact:
Uwe Berlinghoff
Senior Vice President Communications
Tel.:	+ 49 30 3434 1500
Fax:	+ 49 30 3434 1509

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company:     Air Berlin PLC
             The Hour House, High Street 32
             UK-WD3 1ER Rickmansworth, Herts
phone:       +49 (0)30 3434 1500
FAX:         +49 (0)30/3434-1509
sector:      Air Transport
ISIN:        GB00B128C026
indexes:     SDAX, Classic All Share, Prime All Share
stockmarkets: free trade: Berlin, München, Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart,
             regulated dealing/prime standard: Frankfurt 
language:   English

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