September 5, 2017 / 7:42 AM / a year ago

German family-owned Zeitfracht joins bidding for Air Berlin

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German family-owned logistics company Zeitfracht said on Tuesday it had expressed its interested in bidding for insolvent airline Air Berlin, citing opportunities for air freight business.

German carrier Air Berlin aircrafts are pictured at Tegel airport in Berlin, Germany, September 4, 2017. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

“Ideally, we would like to keep Air Berlin intact in its entirety,” the company said in a statement on Tuesday, adding it expected to be given access to Air Berlin’s books swiftly so it could submit a formal offer by the Sept. 15 deadline.

Air Berlin, Germany’s second-largest airline, filed for bankruptcy protection in August after shareholder Etihad Airways withdrew funding following years of losses.

Reporting by Maria Sheahan; Editing by Edward Taylor

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