Air Berlin 737-800. Courtesy, Boeing Air Berlin (AB) believes the carrier will be profitable again in 2012, having battled through this year’s crises in Europe and the introduction of Germany’s new aviation taxes. CEO Hartmut Mehdorn told ATW in Vienna that the ecological air travel levy that took effect Jan. 1 has cost the carrier “€180 million [$248 million] annually and we get no benefit out it” (ATW Daily News, Sept. 3, 2010). “Without this ...

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