Starting today, airberlin will connect the German capital Berlin with the American city of Los Angeles on the west coast of the United States. The summer schedule features 3 weekly flights with an Airbus 330-200 from Berlin towards Hollywood. The inaugural flight was celebrated this morning in Terminal B at Berlin-Tegel. AB7022 took off with 191 passengers on board.
Airberlin CEO Hartmut Mehdorn said about the inaugural flight this morning at Berlin-Tegel: “Los Angeles is a major route expansion for our Berlin hub. Attractive destinations such as Los Angeles make our hub an engine of growth for airberlin, for tourism, and the economy.” He added, “With this offer, we particularly want to attract connecting passengers from our German and European route network.”
According to Dr. Till Bunse, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Berlin Brandenburg Airport: “The capital region has gained another long-haul flight with the connection to Los Angeles. With airberlin’s entry into the oneworld® alliance, the people of Berlin and Brandenburg have the opportunity for new nonstop flights all over the world and a further expansion of the routes offered.”
Michael Müller, Mayor and Senator for Urban Development and Environment of Berlin, said on the occasion of Friday’s inaugural flight: “I applaud airberlin’s strong committment to Berlin. The flight to Los Angeles is currently the only direct connection from Berlin to the west coast of the United States and is, therefore, particularly important for the capital region.”
From Los Angeles, airberlin passengers have a variety of codeshare connection options with oneworld partner American Airlines. In addition, year-round flights from Dusseldorf to Los Angeles will start this year and flight frequencies to Miami will be increased.
Airberlin is Germany’s second largest airline. The company has a workforce of 9,200 employees. Each year, airberlin receives over 10 awards for service and quality. The fleet comprises 170 aircraft with an average age of 5 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 aircraft. As one of the major European airlines, airberlin flies to 162 destinations in 40 countries. In 2011, over 35 million passengers were transported. In December 2011, airberlin entered into a strategic partnership with Etihad Airways. Since March 20, 2012, airberlin has been a full member of the global airline alliance oneworld®. Airberlin operates codeshare flights with oneworld members American Airlines, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines, and Japan Airlines.