Air Berlin trims 737 order

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German carrier Air Berlin has cancelled three Boeing 737 aircraft but the remainder of its order backlog remains intact.

The airline's third-quarter financial statement, released in detail today, confirms that three 737s were cut from its order as of 30 September.

Air Berlin placed commitments to take 85 737s during 2006, for delivery over 2007-14.

In 2007 the carrier increased this commitment by another 15 737s for delivery in 2011-14, taking the total to 100.

But the airline says it has cancelled three 737s, cutting the backlog to 97 of which 87 aircraft remain outstanding. The airline is due to take two more in the current fourth quarter.

Air Berlin has outstanding orders for 21 Airbus A320s from its commitment for 60, and the last of its 10 Bombardier Q400 is yet to be delivered. The carrier's order for 25 Boeing 787s remains in place.