airberlin Opts for Wirecard Payment Processing Solution

By Wirecard Ag, PRNE
Monday, June 13, 2011

MUNICH, June 14, 2011 -

- Experience in Processing International
Airline Payments
a Deciding Factor  

- Speedy, Comprehensive Tailoring to Meet Customer’s
Specific Requirements


airberlin decides in favor of Wirecard AG. With roughly 34
million passengers per annum, airberlin is the sixth largest
European airline. In addition to technical payment processing,
Wirecard Bank will also perform part of the acquiring business.

In the wake of having forged ahead with extending its network of
routes, its joining the oneworld alliance as well as its
switch to the Amadeus flight reservation system, airberlin was
looking for a specialized payment service provider with global
expertise in the international airline segment. At the same time,
the automation of back-office processes has achieved cost

Ulf Gedamke, Head of Asset & Finance Management at
airberlin, said, “Our requirements in terms of flexibility and
expertise are very high with our internationalization forging ahead
so rapidly. Wirecard is highly experienced in the airline sector
and has all the necessary interfaces with the relevant booking and
settlement systems.”

Jörg Möller, Executive VP Travel & Transportation at
Wirecard AG, added, “We’re convinced of our ability to support
airberlin with its strategy since we have a unique portfolio of
services we offer in the market, particularly for the airline

About airberlin:

airberlin is Germany’s second largest airline. The company has a
workforce of 8,900 employees. In the year 2010 alone, airberlin won
more than 10 awards for service and quality. The fleet comprises
170 aircraft with an average age of five years, making it one of
the most modern fleets in Europe. The airline’s state-of-the-art
jets are highly fuel efficient, which contributes toward a
long-term reduction in pollution emissions from air traffic. As one
of the major European airlines, airberlin currently flies to 163
destinations in 39 countries. airberlin has signed up for
membership of the global airline alliance oneworld® and is expected
to become a full member at the start of 2012. airberlin has been
offering flights under codeshare agreements with American Airlines
and Finnair since November 2010.

About Wirecard:

Wirecard AG is one of the leading international providers of
electronic payment and risk management solutions. Worldwide, the
Wirecard Group supports more than 12,000 companies from various
industry segments in automating their payment processes and
minimizing cases of default. Wirecard Bank AG is a Principal Member
of Visa, MasterCard and JCB and operates as a credit card acquirer
in 69 countries around the world, involving over 100 transaction
currencies and 15 payout currencies. As part of the Wirecard Group,
Wirecard Bank provides innovative solutions in the fields of
corporate banking, prepaid and co-branded cards, along with account
products for both business and private customers.  

Wirecard AG is listed on the Frankfurt Securities Exchange
(TecDAX, ISIN DE0007472060, WDI).  |  |   href="">

Wirecard media contacts:

Wirecard AG
Iris Stöckl
Einsteinring 35
D-85609 Aschheim, Germany
Tel.:  +49(0)89-4424-1424
Fax:  +49(0)89-4424-2424

airberlin media contact:

Air Berlin PLC & Co. Luftverkehrs KG    
Uwe Berlinghoff    
Saatwinkler Damm 42-43    
D-13627 Berlin    
Tel.:  +49(0)30-3434-1500      
Fax:  +49(0)30-3434-1509      


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