EANS-Adhoc: Air Berlin PLC issues new shares

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  • Approximately 6 million new shares to be issued
  • ESAS Holding A.S. intends to purchase an additional 4m new shares London, 04 June 2009: Air Berlin PLC ("Air Berlin") today resolved to issue

approximately 6 million new shares, which will be sold to institutional and professional investors by means of an accelerated bookbuild offering. The pre-emptive rights of Air Berlin's existing shareholders to subscribe for the new shares will be excluded. Johannes Zurnieden, Chairman of Air Berlin's Board of Directors, will subscribe for 350,000 new shares, and Joachim Hunold, CEO of Air Berlin, will subscribe for 150,000 new shares in connection with the placement. In addition, ESAS Holding A.S., Air Berlin's largest shareholder, confirms to purchase an additional 4m new shares at the offer price of the bookbuild offering, which will be issued out of a separate capital increase of Air Berlin.

The proceeds from the capital increase will be used for general corporate purposes.

Credit Suisse is acting as Sole Bookrunner for the offering. Settlement of the offering is expected on or about 9 June 2009. The new shares will rank pari passu with the outstanding shares of Air Berlin.

Air Berlin PLC
The Hour House
32 High Street
Rickmansworth WD3 1ER
Hertfordshire Great Britain
WKN AB1000 (Share)
Frankfurt Stock Exchange
(Regulated Market, Prime Standard)
WKN AONQ9H (Convertible Bond)
Euro MTF Market
on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange

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emitter: Air Berlin PLC The Hour House, High Street 32 UK-WD3 1ER Rickmansworth, Herts phone: +49 (0)30 3434 1500 FAX: +49 (0)30 3434 1509 mail: abpresse@airberlin.com WWW: http://www.airberlin.com sector: Air Transport ISIN: GB00B128C026 indexes: SDAX, Classic All Share, Prime All Share stockmarkets: regulated dealing/prime standard: Frankfurt, free trade: Berlin, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Düsseldorf, München language: English

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Ingolf Hegner
Head of Investor Relations
+49 (0)30 3434 1532