Etihad Files Lawsuit in Britain Against Air Berlin Administrators

Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways on Wednesday said it has begun legal proceedings in London, disputing a claim by the administrators of Air Berlin for damages of up to 2 billion euros ($2.26 billion), Reuters reported. State-owned Etihad filed its case in the High Court in London on Wednesday, a company spokesman told Reuters, and believes that the case initiated in December by the German airline in Berlin should be determined by the English court. The insolvency administrator’s lawsuit said that Etihad had not complied with its financial obligations to Air Berlin. Etihad, which had withdrawn backing for Air Berlin only months after saying it would continue to provide funding, said in a statement that it had “invested in Air Berlin as a UK public company” and that its relationship is subject to the jurisdiction of the English courts. “The insolvency administrator’s case has no basis and we are confident that we will prevail wherever the case is determined,” an Etihad spokesman said, adding that the London court is the proper venue for the dispute. Read more