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A sick-out by Air Berlin PLC pilots is threatening an immediate grounding of the insolvent airline.Air Berlin's insolvency administrator will accept bids until Sept. 15, and the airline's creditor committee will meet Sept. 21, possibly to decide how the company will be liquidated. Deutsche Lufthansa AG is so far the only carrier to say it handed in a bid.Lufthansa Chief Executive Officer Carsten Spohr said last month the company may be interested in Air Berlin's Austrian arm Niki, some but not all of Air Berlin's long-haul aircraft, its cargo operations, and possibly even the company's fleet of Bombardier turboprop aircraft.
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