Airberlin has just announced some huge transatlantic expansion for next summer, as they’re introducing flights between Dusseldorf and Boston, Dallas, San Francisco, and Havana.
That’s a lot of expansion quickly, so how is airberlin making this happen? Rumor has it that they’re reconfiguring the three one-class A330s they presently use for shorthaul flights into two-class A330s. This way airberlin’s entire A330 fleet will be consistent.
With that in mind, here are the details of the new flights, via airlineroute.net:
Airberlin’s Dusseldorf to Dallas flight starting May 6, 2016
AB7010 Dusseldorf to Dallas departing 9:15AM arriving 12:50PM
AB7011 Dallas to Dusseldorf departing 2:40PM arriving 7:05AM (+1 day)
The route will operate 4x weekly in both directions, on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
Airberlin’s Dusseldorf to San Francisco flight starting May 6, 2016
AB7392 Dusseldorf to San Francisco departing 1:20PM arriving 3:55PM
AB7393 San Francisco to Dusseldorf departing 5:55PM arriving 1:35PM (+1 day)
This route will operate 3x weekly in both directions, on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. From June 9, 2016, the flight will operate 5x weekly, with the addition of service on Mondays and Thursdays.
Airberlin’s Dusseldorf to Boston flight starting May 7, 2016
AB7472 Dusseldorf to Boston departing 1:50PM arriving 3:30PM
AB7473 Boston to Dusseldorf departing 5:50PM arriving 6:45AM (+1 day)
This route will operate 3x weekly in both directions, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. From June 12, 2016, the flight will operate 4x weekly, with the addition of service on Sundays.
Airberlin’s Dusseldorf to Havana flight starting May 28, 2016
AB7024 Dusseldorf to Havana departing 9:15AM arriving 1:55PM
AB7025 Havana to Dusseldorf departing 3:55PM arriving 7:20AM (+1 day)
This route will operate 2x weekly in both directions, on Thursdays and Saturdays.
Great news for oneworld flyers!
While airberlin doesn’t participate in the oneworld transatlantic joint venture (which consists of American, British Airways, Finnair, and Iberia), this is still great news for oneworld flyers:
- Both American AAdvantage and British Airways Executive Club don’t impose fuel surcharges for award travel on airberlin transatlantic flights, so these flights are a great use of miles; this is especially true since most transatlantic award space seems to be on British Airways, which imposes huge surcharges
- It’s always great to see more oneworld nonstop flights to Germany, given how weak American is to Germany
- Airberlin is historically pretty good about making award seats available, so hopefully that continues to be the case here
- Dallas is an awaesome new destination in terms of connectivity for American flyers, while it’s nice to have the added nonstop flights from Boston and San Francisco, which are airports that aren’t otherwise oneworld focus cities
I flew airberlin business class from Miami to Dusseldorf last year, and had a perfectly enjoyable flight. All their business class seats are fully flat and feature direct aisle access. Food and entertainment are mediocre, but that’s hardly the most important thing on a transatlantic flight.
These are some exciting new flights, and it’s especially cool to see so much expansion so quickly.
While the new flights already show in the GDS (meaning the flights have been “filed”), inventory is zeroed out, so they’re not actually bookable yet. If they make a significant amount of award space available once they open sales on this flight, I’ll be sure to post again.
What do you make of airberlin’s new US flights? Is there any route you’re especially excited about?
(Tip of the hat to Luke)