Ramping up to 84 nonstop flights to the USA
With flights twice a day from Berlin-Tegel to New York and five times a week from Berlin- Tegel to Miami, airberlin will offer a total of 84 nonstop flights from Berlin and Dusseldorf to eight destinations in the USA, to New York (JFK), Boston, Orlando (new), Miami, Fort Myers, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. airberlin is continuing to expand its market leadership in Berlin- Tegel and is offering more flights to Miami and New York (JFK) in the coming summer schedule and new nonstop connections to San Francisco and Los Angeles.
As early as 13 April 2017, the ten flights a week originally planned to New York will be supplemented by four flights, so that two daily flights will be available on each weekday. There will be five flights a week to Miami instead of the previously planned three. An Airbus A330-200 will depart from Berlin-Tegel at 13:35 each day, with seats in both economy and business class. In business class, passengers will enjoy full-flat seats, a three-course menu and quality drinks and wines. However, the time will also fly by in economy class until the plane arrives in New York at 16:15, thanks to 46 XL seats with 20 per cent more legroom. The second flight leaves Berlin at 18:50 and arrives at New York at 21:30 local time.
The connection from Berlin Tegel to Miami, which this year will be available for the first time year round, will increase to five weekly flights from mid-April. An A330-200 will take off from Berlin at 9:25 am on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and land at 13:55 local time in Miami. The flights on Thursday and Sunday take off at 15:20 and arrive in Miami at 19:50.
2017, the two Californian destinations of San Francisco and Los Angeles will be introduced to the schedule with three and four flights respectively per week taking off from Berlin. Meanwhile, next winter (2017/18) will see a massive hike in flights to destinations in the US for airberlin, with nonstop services to Boston, Orlando, San Francisco and 11 frequent nonstop flights from Berlin-Tegel to New York. Also, new next winter from Berlin: flights five times a week from Berlin to San Francisco.
THREE NEW A330 AIRCRAFT JOIN AIRBERLIN FLEET
The new aircraft join airberlin’s existing Airbus 330 fleet of 14 and boost capacity by nearly 1,000 passenger seats. The first of the 290-seater aircraft came into operation in February with the next two planes flying in airberlin’s colours before the end of April.
The leased aircraft will be configured with 19 FullFlat seats in business class and 271 seats in the economy section. Each aircraft will be fitted with 46 XL seats which give an extra 20% seat pitch to provide more legroom and extra comfort.
Thomas Winkelmann, Chief Executive Officer of airberlin, said: “We’re therefore increasingly aligning our route network with the needs of our long-haul passengers. This increased capacity and our expanded fleet are further steps towards becoming a network carrier and extending our US services.”
airberlin EXPANDS AIRGUSTO RESTAURANT SERVICE
Now available on long-haul from Dusseldorf, New York and Abu Dhabi, airberlin is extending its globally unique “airgusto” restaurant service. Since 1 February 2017, it has also been available on all longhaul flights from Dusseldorf and for the first time on flights from New York and Abu Dhabi. airberlin introduced the restaurant service on long-haul flights from Berlin in October 2016 – and it soon became popular with passengers. Thanks to airgusto, passengers who have booked a long-haul airberlin flight in Economy Class can choose from a selection of more than 20 different meals from 17 trendy local restaurants. The meals are prepared by specialist inflight catering chefs using the original recipes of the partner restaurants to make certain that the taste and texture of the food is just as impressive at 10,000 meters as it would be in the restaurants in Berlin, Dusseldorf, New York or Abu Dhabi. The quality and freshness of the meals are key for the airgusto experience