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Flight Review: Air Berlin Looking Much Better with New A330s

May 15, 2014 at 11:47 AM | by | Comments (0)

When we reviewed a flight from JFK to Berlin via Air Berlin a few summers ago, we thought they still had some work to do after joining the One World Alliance. The planes were a bit outdated at the time, but the carrier has since added new A330s and lie-flat business class seats to its fleet for long-haul routes.

Last week, we flew the airline from Chicago to Berlin, riding in economy class one way and business class the other. It was good to see that most of the problems previously reported in economy have been solved thanks to a spruced-up interior cabin with individual entertainment systems. Unlike last time, there was plenty of content (movies, TV, music) to keep our attention, free headphones, and several free alcoholic beverages before and during dinner service.

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These 3 Airlines are Already Dabbling with Smartwatch Boarding Passes

April 29, 2014 at 11:29 AM | by | Comments (0)

Tilt your wrist to scan a boarding pass? That's the plan, as a few airlines are already moving ahead with smartwatches. Iberia, Air Berlin and Vueling have teamed up with some high-tech minds to make flying the friendly skies a little easier.

All three airlines have created a way for their applications to send mobile boardings passes to smartwatches. Iberia has partnered with Samsung's Gear 2, Air Berlin with Pebble (compatible with iOS) and Vueling with Sony.

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New Routes Arriving from JetBlue, Delta, and Air Berlin

November 15, 2013 at 1:11 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· Air Berlin:
We know we’re sometimes guilty of not enjoying the moment and always looking ahead, but when it comes to transatlantic travel you can’t help but think about what’s next. Air Berlin is doing exactly this, as they’re already thinking of boosting their options for the warmer months of 2014. The plan is to start three more weekly flights between Berlin and New York-JFK beginning next May, and that will bump things up ten weekly options. The flights between Dusseldorf and New York-JFK will also be doing their thing ten times per week. Finally, Air Berlin is also boosting their flights between Berlin and Chicago-O’Hare to make things a daily option.

· Malaysia Airlines:
This one is certainly a bit away from where we call home, but if you’re looking to make your way around the globe it’s a great option. This week Malaysia Airlines started nonstop service between Kuala Lumpur and Darwin, Australia. The flights will do the back and forth thing thanks to some Boeing 737-800s, and this is option number six for the carrier from its base in Kuala Lumpur. Other destinations in Australia include spots like Perth, Sydney, and Melbourne—among a few others. As of now flights are scheduled to run four times each and every week, so say goodbye to Malaysia and g’day to Australia.

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Berlin's Delayed Brandenburg Airport Has an Incredible 66,000 Problems

Where: Berlin, Germany
September 4, 2013 at 3:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last December we did a post about Berlin's Brandenburg Airport, headlined "Berlin's giant new airport will open (maybe possibly hopefully)." In that post we outlined the history of woes that the airport has suffered, going back to the October 2011 date when its doors were originally supposed to open. Then, last July we gave you another update, expressing our hope that "someday, somehow" the airport would debut.

Fast forward to yesterday, when Germany's English-language The Local published details of a report describing—and this is not a typo—more than 66,000 problems still requiring attention. The story began with the line, "Berlin's new international airport took another step towards never being finished on Tuesday..." and then kind of went downhill from there. Oof.

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New Lie-flat Seats on Air Berlin Coming Soon to an A330 Near You

Where: Germany
January 9, 2013 at 12:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

Now, when stepping on-aboard an Air Berlin flight, those sexy red leather gloves may point your to the newest business class seats the airline has to offer. Just last week, the second largest German airline introduced its brand spanking new premium look on a flight from Düsseldorf to Abu Dhabi.

The flashy lie-flat seats are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to upgrades to the long-haul A330 business-class cabin for the carrier. Each of the 19 seats in the biz cabin will offer a 15-inch personal television loaded up with about 200 hours of on-demand programming and a USB port to keep those devices charged up.

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The Little Things: Red Leather Gloves on Air Berlin Flight Attendants

Where: Berlin, Germany
December 4, 2012 at 10:43 AM | by | Comments (0)

In the midst of the bustle of travel, it's all too easy to overlook the details. We're talking about special touches others have stressed over just so you can enjoy a unique experience, whether you know it or not. Every so often we'll highlight The Little Things like this, so now you will know.

The Little Thing: Air Berlin's flight attendants in red calfskin leather gloves.

Air Berlin has traditionally been recognized as a low-cost carrier, but recent years have proven they're more full service than one would expect. For example, they offer Business Class on their A330s and free snacks and drinks on all flights, plus complimentary hot meals on long-hauls. Also, fun fact: the airline was founded by a former pilot of the famously full-service airline, Pan Am. For now, however, let's take a moment to focus on the very classy touch to their flight attendants uniform: leather driving-style gloves.

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Berlin's Giant New Airport Will Open (Maybe Possibly Hopefully)

Where: Berlin, Germany
December 3, 2012 at 11:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

Ach! Was ist denn los?

Not great news this month as Berlin-Brandenburg Airport is rumored to throw out yet another delay on top of the many they've already delivered. As it stands, BER is scheduled to debut in late October 2013, but some news of late may throw that date into the trash pile with the other four opening dates they've previously teased.

The fresh estimate is—Gott im Himmelsometime in 2014 after fire safety experts recently reported more problems with the facility’s security system. On top of this bad news, already the airport finds itself on the receiving end of legal action from Air Berlin, who claim damages to their business on account of the massive delays. It's beyond a waiting game now; the situation has gotten ugly.

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Cool Your Jets: Berlin's New Airport Stays Empty for Now

Where: Berlin, Germany
August 20, 2012 at 1:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

Berlin has four airports. There's Tempelhof—the Reich-built property that closed in 2008 after 85 years—now only used for special events. There's Tegel—still functioning, though way over capacity. There's Schönefeld, also functioning but also over capacity. And finally there's Brandenburg, an extension of Schönefeld which will eventually open to become a mega-airport with the appealing code of BER.

Believe it or not, two out of those four airports are effectively ghost airports, halls empty of travelers and baggage claims dusty, though the dust at Brandenburg is from construction. While Tempelhof has closed the book on its life, Brandenburg is only just writing its own preface, and trying again and again to open for the first time. Let's review the saga of what's become a German national embarrassment:

October 30, 2011. That was the date Berlin was supposed to debut the state-of-the-art airport. Its full name is Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt (BER). Learning that name is about as far as the public got with it, since a delay pushed everything back until...

June 3, 2012. This was it. June 3rd would be the big debut and the four carriers looking to use BER as a hub—Germanwings, Germania, Air Berlin and Lufthansa—had scheduled their summer around it. It was also the date Berlin's current airport, Tegel (TXL), was supposed to close and shift operations to BER. Then something very un-Germanic occurred: a second massive delay.

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Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue and United Are Adding New Cities and New Routes

July 20, 2012 at 8:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· Hawaiian Airlines:
Aloha to our friends down in New Zealand, as Hawaiian Airlines is schedule to arrive sooner than later. Beginning on March 13 of next year the carrier is set to connect Auckland with Honolulu without a stop. Tickets aren’t on sale as of yet, but we do know that Boeing 767-300ERs will take care of all the flying fun between the two cities. Unfortunately, we doubt that these flights will come cheap, but there’s always plenty of frequent flyer miles in our piggy bank—well, sometimes.

· Air Berlin:
Spring Break 2013 might not exactly be at the forefront of your mind, but if you want to skip the beach and head over to Europe there’s always Air Berlin. If everything goes according to plan, the carrier should be launching nonstop flights between Chicago-O’Hare and Berlin beginning on March 23. The new option will be doing its thing thrice weekly through May, and then they’ll add a couple more flights for a grand total of five per week. Airbus A330s will be doing the heavy lifting, and the flights will be some of the first to touch down at the brandy new Berlin Brandenburg Airport.

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Berlin's New Airport Gets Cold Feet, Delays Opening and Causes Chaos

Where: Berlin, Germany
May 9, 2012 at 10:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s one drama after another for the new Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport (aka Willy Brandt/BER). Originally scheduled to open last year, then pushed to June 3rd, the airport’s operating company issued a stunning statement Tuesday that fire-protection problems will now delay the opening until August.

The news has caused an uproar from government officials like Brandenburg’s minister-president, who’s said he’s “really angry”. Now Germany’s largest airlines Air Berlin and Lufthansa are scrambling to redirect flights back to Berlin-Tegel and Schönefeld airports until further notice. This presents huge problem as both are pre-Cold War airports that were scheduled to shut down on June 2nd.

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Air Berlin May Be on Their Way Up, but Thumbs Down for Now

Where: Berlin, Germany
May 8, 2012 at 12:35 PM | by | Comments (2)

For a recent trip to Germany, we flew from New York-JFK to Berlin-Tegel on Air Berlin. We were intrigued by the underdog airline from the jump. In the past we’ve seen some good fares from the carrier, and now, with AB joining the oneworld Alliance in March 2012, we were curious to see if it indeed belonged with the Big Boys. But after this experience we’re now wondering, is Air Berlin really still just a budget long-haul airline?

The Company Line: Air Berlin, Germany’s second largest airline, is trying to compete with Lufthansa for business with its 7.9 million customers. Their official literature states the airline is “clearly” number one in Berlin. We’re still blinking back the shock on that ditty. And wonder if Lufthansa is really worried.

Most Likeable: The Crew. Not to be pervy, but on our flights from JFK to Berlin and back, we were dazzled by the young, handsome male flight attendants’ spiky-shiny hair and buff bods. They’re sexy and maybe they know it? We liked their willingness to OD on official Air Berlin gear, from wings down to the apparently unisex thin red-belt for their sleek trousers. The women were sharp too, rocking black and red complete with vampy lipstick. Nonetheless, we didn’t see anyone pre- or post-flight wearing the chic red leather gloves shown as part of AB’s official flight crew uniform. Dangit.

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It's Air Berlin, JetBlue and Volaris Starring in This Week's New Route News

April 27, 2012 at 8:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· Air Berlin:
Europeans hungry for a little gaming and gambling are getting a new route thanks to Air Berlin, as the airline looks to launch a pretty decent long haul option. The plan is to send both planes and people between Las Vegas and Dusseldorf, Germany starting around May 10. It sounds like things will head back and forth a couple times per week on Thursdays and Sundays, and all the flying fun will be done with Airbus A330s. Seems like a pretty good option for gambling—or a getaway from gambling—if you ask us.

· CityJet:
We’re always intrigued about what CityJet is up to over in the UK, and it looks like they’re on the move once again. This might complicate their contest a little bit, but the airline is now looking to fly nonstop from London-City Airport up and over to Aberdeen—that’s in Scotland. It sounds like the new flights will do their thing around three times per week, but it’s only going to be an option during the week. Embraer E170s will be in charge of sending both business and leisure travelers back and forth between the two cities.

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