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Air Berlin chiefs use Mini as company car

The Local · 14 Apr 2012, 10:07

Published: 14 Apr 2012 10:07 GMT+02:00

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Air Berlin chief Hartmut Mehdorn and his three board of director colleagues have been driving the BMW-made small car since this winter, the Welt am Sonntag newspaper said in a preview released Saturday of the story.

The unusual company car was not publicly announced, but Air Berlin confirmed a reporter's query that its senior management is using the vehicle. There are several models of the car, but according to the Mini website the top models retail for a base price of just over €20,000 in Germany.

The story did not say which model was being driven or which extra features the company vehicles are equipped with.

The top managers drive around “of course without a chauffeur,” a company spokesman said.

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10:57 April 14, 2012 by derExDeutsche
Too bad, the Lefties are still going to hate him for the money he saved the evil evil stock holders of Air Berlin.
12:09 April 14, 2012 by Sayer
Well my experience with Air Berlin has been less than stellar. I never fly them anymore. A web page full of glitches, and the usual Berlin haughtiness which seems to say, "You're lucky we let you fly Air Berlin!" As pedestrian as the competition is, they're somewhat more customer-focused than the red-gloved crew. And really, who cares what Mehdorn drives? Shouldn't he be focused on making the business better for the fare-paying passengers, instead of navel-gazing in his Mini?
17:25 April 14, 2012 by Englishted
@ derExDeutsche

Why do these 4 need company cars ?,don't they earn enough to buy their own ?.

Can't they use the tube to get around in Berlin or bikes or even heaven forbid walk.
22:31 April 14, 2012 by SamuelClemens
Typical comments, Englishted and Chutney, from someone not afforded the benefit of a company car. Yes, walking around Berlin for work makes a lot of sense...surely...

Poor Chutney...maybe some day those evil "management types" will see the error of their - oh, who am i kidding - OUR ways and give back the company car so we roll up our pant legs and ride that bike to our various meetings where we talk about employees like you. Yes...we'll get right on that.
00:29 April 15, 2012 by Raydoggy
Have you seen the exorbitant fares on AirBerlin, I'll continue to fly Germanwings, RyanAir and EasyJet thanks, no matter what they drive, AirBerlin are way to expensive.
03:37 April 15, 2012 by derExDeutsche
all the new ideas you guys have.... yawn.

09:30 April 15, 2012 by Englishted

Please do tell with your vast experience as a high flyer ,how many offices do air Berlin need in Berlin?

And who was the bright spark who located these offices so far apart that 4 people need 4 cars to attend meetings .

Because if a "normal" employee was found to have wasted so much fuel ,time,and money how long would he/she remain in work.
13:02 April 15, 2012 by SamuelClemens
Yes...driving to work and driving to meetings is a "waste of fuel, time and money". Yes...(actually, it is. but that's beside the point)
20:37 April 15, 2012 by Englishted

Have far beside the point is it?

Do we need our four company cars to drive to it?
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