October 26, 2017 / 3:45 PM / a year ago

UPDATE 1-Air Berlin says aims for deal with easyJet or Condor on Friday

(Adds comment on easyJet, Condor talks)

BERLIN, Oct 26 (Reuters) - Air Berlin is aiming for a deal with either Thomas Cook’s Condor or easyJet on Friday for some of its remaining airline operations, it said on Thursday after agreeing to sell its maintenance unit to a consortium.

“We are negotiating in parallel with easyJet and Condor. Our aim is to reach a deal with one of the two bidders on Friday,” a spokesman for the insolvent German airline said on Thursday.

The final Air Berlin-operated flight will take place on Friday, meaning the German airline is keen to clinch a deal before then.

Lufthansa has already agreed to take on operations covering around 81 planes from Air Berlin. EasyJet has said it was interested in up to 25 planes, predominantly for operations from Berlin’s Tegel airport, where it does not yet fly from.

Condor and easyJet declined to comment.

Family-owned Zeitfracht and maintenance group Nayak will buy the maintenance unit for an undisclosed price, saving at least 300 jobs, Air Berlin said earlier on Thursday.

Zeitfracht is also buying Air Berlin’s cargo marketing unit.

Around 550 maintenance employees who are not being taken on directly by the new owners will have access to a transfer company to help them find new work, Air Berlin said. (Reporting by Klaus Lauer and Victoria Bryan; Additional reporting by Alistair Smout; Editing by Maria Sheahan and Emma Thomasson)

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