Pay deal averts strike at Air Berlin

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Germany's number two airline Air Berlin said Wednesday that it struck a pay deal overnight with its cockpit personnel, who had threatened last month to go on strike.

The framework agreement with pilots' union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) includes a progressive adjustment of working conditions to match those of Air Berlin's LTU subsidiary, the company said in a statement.

They also agreed rules for the introduction of a third pilot on selected long-haul flights. The "amicable" agreement is subject to approval of VC members at Air Berlin and LTU.

Air Berlin is Germany's second biggest airline after Lufthansa, albeit by a considerable margin, posting sales of 3.2 billion euros (4.1 billion dollars) in 2009 compared to Lufthansa's 22.3 billion euros.

© 2010 AFP

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