Air Berlin seems poised to become Europe's third-largest low-fare airline along with Ryanair and EasyJet, after the company placed a massive 110-aircraft order to replace and expand its current fleet. Earlier this month, the carrier surprised the industry by ordering 70 Airbus A320s and placing options for a further 40 together with its Austrian affiliate Niki. The 174-seat single-class planes will be delivered starting in September 2005. Sixty of the aircraft on firm order will be ...

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