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Etihad exploring options for leisure airline Niki

Etihad exploring options for leisure airline Niki

The Abu Dhabi airline bought Niki from Air Berlin for $351m earlier this year

Etihad Airways said on Tuesday it continues to explore options for leisure airline Niki which it bought from Air Berlin for 300m euros ($351m) earlier this year.

Etihad agreed to buy Niki as part of a deal to create a holiday airline in a joint venture with TUI Group. Those talks fell apart in June.

Read more: Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Aviation Group ends JV talks with TUI AG

Earlier on Tuesday, Air Berlin said it had filed for insolvency. Niki is not part of the insolvency proceedings.

A TUI spokesman said it was in talks with Air Berlin over its wet lease contract with Air Berlin, which sees TUIFly planes leased to Niki.

Also read: Etihad expresses ‘disappointment’ as Air Berlin files for insolvency

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