NIKI, airberlin’s Austrian subsidiary, is to replace its Embraer fleet with Airbus aircraft by 2015. Instead of its seven Embraer aircraft, it will operate five A319s (seating 150) and two A320s (with 180 seats). The change-over will be implemented gradually and completed by June 2015. The airberlin group announced the harmonisation of its fleet back in September, as part of its restructuring programme. Airberlin plans to remove its 45 Boeing aircraft by 2016, changing to an all-Airbus fleet. "Harmonising our fleet will enable us to achieve increased productivity, lower costs per seat kilometre and more efficient flight operations. The decision to switch to the larger Airbus planes will also create new growth opportunities for NIKI," said CEO Wolfgang Prock-Schauer.