Airberlin is to add 3 wide-body Airbus 330-200 aircraft in order to its fleet as it builds in the direction of its biggest long-haul summer airline flight schedule to the US.
The new aircraft will join airberlin’ s existing Airbus 330 navy of 14 and boost capability by nearly 1, 000 traveler seats.
The first from the 290-seater aircraft will come into procedure in February with the next 2 planes flying in airberlin’ ersus colours before the end of 04.
The leased plane will be configured with 19 fully-flat seats in business class and 271 seats in the economy section. Each plane will be fitted with 46 XL seats which give an extra twenty per cent seat pitch to provide a lot more legroom and extra comfort.
More than 70 airberlin pilots plus 260 flight attendants have gone through extensive training in the last months to work the three new jets.
Thomas Winkelmann, Chief Executive Officer of airberlin, said: “ We’ re consequently increasingly aligning our route system with the needs of our long-haul people. This increased capacity and our own expanded fleet are further simple steps towards becoming a network carrier plus extending our US services. ”
airberlin will work 84 non-stop flights a week through Germany during the summer to 8 destinations in the USA. A new route for that airline will be Orlando in California and it will join New York (JFK), Birkenstock boston, Miami, Fort Myers, Chicago, La and San Francisco.
The 2 Californian destinations of San Francisco plus Los Angeles will operate from Bremen Tegel with three or four non-stop plane tickets a week from May.
Direct flights from Berlin Tegel to Miami, which this year is going to be available all year-round for the first time, increases from three to five weekly flights beginning in mid-April.
Some other long-haul destinations offered by airberlin, along with non-stop flights from Berlin or even Dusseldorf, are Cancun in South america, Varadero and Havana in Cuba, Punta Cana and Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic, and the Carribbean island of Curaç ao.
All long-haul flights are usually optimally timed to ensure the availability of many feeder and connecting flights from many cities throughout Europe, in addition to much of Germany.