Air Berlin is Germanys second largest airline with its headquarter in Berlin.
In the year 1978 the american Pilot Kim Lundgren founded Air Berlin Inc as a charter airline. As in times of WW2 only aircrafts from the winning countries were allowed to fly to West-Berlin, the headquarter back then has been in Oregon. The Airline started flights from Germany to Mediterranean sea. 2006 the airline acquired DBA and LTU in 2007.
In 2010 the airlines joined Oneworld and the cooperation with Etihad Airways began in 2011.
Currently AirBerlin is facing a difficult time, as they are nearly bankrupt and did receive millions of Euros from Etihad to stay alive. Currently a merging into the Lufthansa Company is a very likely option.