Entries in Air Berlin (9)

Tuesday
Jun212011

Air Berlin starts Hamburg-Keflavík non-stop route

The German semi-low-cost airline Air Berlin has commenced twice-weekly non-stop service between the Hanseatic city on the River Elbe, Hamburg, and the Icelandic town whose name means "driftwood bay" in the local language.  The route between Hamburg's Fuhlsbüttel Airport (IATA: HAM; ICAO: EDDH) and Keflavík International Airport (IATA: KEF; ICAO: BIKF), on a southwestern promontory of the volcanic island nation in the north Atlantic, will operate two times a week, on Sunday and Thursday.  The flights are about 3 hours 20 minutes each, in both directions.  The route will be flown with the Airbus A319.

Keflavík International was built in 1942 by the American military, which called it the United States Naval Air Station Keflavík, or NASKEF.  Keflavík International is the only year-round  international gateway (by air) in Iceland.  It is about 31 miles (50 kilometers) west of Reykjavík, the capital.  A plain near the Icelandic national capital was the site of the A.D. 930 establishment of the world's oldest continuously functioning parliamentary body.  This is now an Icelandic national park, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

[There is no source because this exotic bit of news was hardly reported at all in the Anglophone press.  A bracketed date notation on the English language Wikipedia article for Keflavík International Airport, under Airlines and Destinations, tipped off the webmaster of this site, who decided to report on it.  All articles which inspired this in one way or another were translated from German or Icelandic using Google Translate.

Searches for the route on Air Berlin's website, and on www.kayak.com/flights, are successful, for Sunday and/or Thursday flights.]

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Tuesday
Jun212011

American Airlines, Air Berlin expand already-existing codeshare

Air Berlin's recently-added non-stop flights between Tegel Airport (IATA: TXL; ICAO: EDDT) in Berlin, and Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK) in New York, are now part of the codeshare agreement in force between Air Berlin and American Airlines since late last year.  The arrangement allows American Airlines customers in the United States to access the Berlin-New York and Düsseldorf-New York non-stops operated year-round by Air Berlin, on the American Airlines website.  The Berlin-New York round trip operates four times a week, on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.  The Düsseldorf-New York round trip operates daily between late June and late October.  Both routes are flown with the Airbus A330-200.

High-ranking representatives of both airlines expressed enthusiasm for the newly expanded codeshare.  Air Berlin's Chief Financial Officer Ulf Hüttmeyer, identified the United States as a "growing market" for Air Berlin, and expressed eagerness to "[sign] more codeshares [with American Airlines] in the future."   According to American Airlines, global distribution systems "will display the [codeshare] flights...for travel starting this Friday, June 24."

American Airlines is a member of the Oneworld airline alliance.  Air Berlin is expected to join the alliance in 2012.  Its sponsoring member is British Airways.

Also, this coming Saturday, Air Berlin, along with Berlin Airports and Boeing, will host a ceremony for the German premiere of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.  Air Berlin boasts that it will be the first airline based in Germany to receive a shipment of the Boeing 787.  Air Berlin flies a fleet of 147 aircraft, comprised of 74 Airbus models, 63 Boeing models, and 10 Bombardier models.  It was founded in the American state of Oregon in 1978 as Air Berlin USA.  It relocated to Berlin in 1985.  Air Berlin operates a semi-low-cost business model.

related stories

Air Berlin will commence year-round JFK routes this coming fall (February 3, 2011)

American Airlines and Air Berlin codeshare is in effect (November 8, 2010)

Air Berlin makes codeshare agreements with Finnair and American (July 29, 2010)

original stories

airberlin and American Airlines expand codeshare agreement (Air Berlin)

American Airlines and airberlin Expand Codeshare Agreement (American Airlines)

airberlin: German premiere of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner (Air Berlin)

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Thursday
Feb172011

Air Berlin adds London Gatwick to its network

Earlier this month, the Germany-based airline Air Berlin made its first flights to Gatwick Airport (IATA: EGKK; ICAO: LGW), south of Central London.  Germany's second-largest airline now flies non-stop between Hannover-Langenhagen Airport (IATA: HAJ; ICAO: EDDV) and Gatwick, and also non-stop between Nuremberg Airport (IATA: NUE; ICAO: EDDN) and Gatwick.  From Hannover, the new non-stop round trip will operate twice daily through the week (Monday through Friday inclusive), and once on Saturday.  The round trip from Nuremberg will operate twice daily through the week, and once on Sunday.

This is a seasonal route which will be suspended indefinitely this coming October.

Air Berlin is located in the North Terminal at Gatwick.  Air Berlin now has a permanent presence at two London area airports, the other being Stansted (IATA: STN; ICAO: EGSS) northeast of the city, which connects travelers non-stop to three other German destinations.

related stories

Air Berlin will commence year-round JFK routes this coming fall (February 3, 2011)

Air Berlin starts flying between Berlin and Dubai non-stop (November 11, 2010)

American Airlines and Air Berlin codeshare is in effect (November 8, 2010)

Air Berlin begins Winter 2011 route to Spain's Costa Blanca (November 4, 2010)

original story (Air Berlin)

Thursday
Feb032011

Air Berlin will commence year-round JFK routes this coming fall

Air Berlin, the second-largest airline based in Germany, announced Tuesday that it will begin year-round non-stop service between its two German hubs and the City of New York in the United States.  For the first time, Air Berlin will offer its non-stop service between Düsseldorf International Airport (IATA: DUS; ICAO: EDDL) in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, and Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK; ICAO: JKFK) in the American state of New York, throughout autumn and winter.

Historically, the airline, founded in 1978 and based in Berlin since 1985, has annually suspended many trans-Atlantic routes during autumn and winter, only flying those routes during spring and summer when its sometimes significantly lower than average fares stand out more clearly against those offered by other airlines, over the same travel period.  Air Berlin is expected to resurrect the Düsseldorf-New York route in mid-March this year, flying it in each direction three times a week until April, then four times a week until May, and then daily in each direction until late October, then four times a week again, through the rest of autumn, and winter.

The airline is also expected to inaugurate non-stop service between Tegel Airport in Berlin (IATA: TXL; ICAO: EDDT) and Kennedy International in New York on May 1 this year.  The Berlin-New York route will be flown in each direction four times a week until October, when frequency will drop to three times a week, according to a timetable found on the airline's official website.

Air Berlin non-stop flights between Kennedy International and the two German hubs will be flown this year with an Airbus A330-200, according to results returned by the online airfare booking engine at www.kayak.com/flights.

related stories

Air Berlin makes codeshare agreements with Finnair and American (July 29, 2010)

Air Berlin begins Winter 2011 route to Spain's Costa Blanca (November 4, 2010)

American Airlines and Air Berlin codeshare is in effect (November 8, 2010)

Air Berlin starts flying between Berlin and Dubai non-stop (November 11, 2010)

original story (Air Berlin)

[This version corrects an earlier version which wrongly said that Air Berlin will start flying the seasonal Düsseldorf-New York route again in mid-April.  The route will be restarted on March 18.]

Thursday
Nov112010

Air Berlin starts flying between Berlin and Dubai non-stop

Air Berlin, the second-largest carrier based in Germany (by passengers carried in 2009), commenced a thrice-weekly Berlin-Dubai non-stop route on Wednesday of last week.  It operates between Tegel Airport (IATA: TXL; ICAO: EDDT) northwest of Berlin, and Dubai International Airport (IATA: DXB; ICAO: OMDB) southeast of the Dubai city center, in the United Arab Emirates.

The Berlin-Dubai flight will operate thrice weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday.  The Sunday eastbound flight is scheduled to leave Berlin at 6:45 in the evening local time, and arrive in Dubai at 3:35 in the morning local time, the next day.  The Wednesday and Friday eastbound flights are scheduled to leave Berlin at 9:25 in the evening local time, and arrive in Dubai at 6:15 in the morning local time, the next day.

The Dubai-Berlin flight will operate thrice weekly on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday.  The Monday westbound flight is scheduled to leave Dubai at 5:20 in the morning, local time, and arrive in Berlin at 9:00 in the morning, local time.  The Thursday and Saturday westbound flights are scheduled to leave Dubai at 8:20 in the morning local time, and arrive in Berlin at 11:55 in the morning local time.

Representatives from both Air Berlin and the United Arab Emirates were on hand in Berlin for the inauguration ceremony.  This is the first "regular, year-round, non-stop service to the Middle East" ever operated by Air Berlin, according to the airline's press release on the subject.  Air Berlin CEO Joachim Hunold pointed out during the route's inauguration ceremony that Air Berlin is the only airline to link Berlin and Dubai non-stop.  He said the route will be marketed to both business travelers and leisure travelers, in both cities.

When Tegel Airport is closed no later than spring 2012, this route will be flown using the new Brandenburg International Airport.  Air Berlin posted to its website last week that tickets for the route can be had for as low as 199 EUR (1001 AED, 169 GBP, 273 USD) one-way.

Air Berlin operates a semi-low-fare business model.  It was formed in the American state of Oregon in 1978 as Air Berlin USA, by former employees of Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) and the supplemental carrier Modern Air Transport.  It operates 148 aircraft to 154 destinations in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America.  Air Berlin relocated to the German city whose name it shares, in 1985.  It has hubs in the German cities of Berlin, Düsseldorf, and Nuremberg, and also on the Spanish island of Mallorca.

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Monday
Nov082010

American Airlines and Air Berlin codeshare is in effect

Last Thursday, American Airlines (AA) announced via its website that it launched the codeshare partnership negotiated this past July, with the second-largest airline based in Germany, Air Berlin.  Only very few details were released by American Airlines about which flights operated by each of the carriers are part of this new codeshare.  But in the press release, American identified its three North American "cornerstone markets" as Kennedy International Airport in New York (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK), Miami International Airport in Florida (IATA: MIA; ICAO: KMIA), and Los Angeles International Airport in California (IATA: LAX; ICAO: KLAX).  And Air Berlin connects to each of those three American airports from its hub in Düsseldorf through its wholly-owned subsidiary LTU International.  (Air Berlin plans to fly a Berlin-New York non-stop route beginning next May.)  One therefore imagines that, at the least, the Air Berlin trans-Atlantic routes involving these three American cities, will be part of the codeshare.

Also according to the agreement, members of the American Airlines frequent flyer program traveling on flights operated by Air Berlin but booked under an American Airlines flight number, can put miles earned from the flights operated by Air Berlin toward American Airlines frequent flier rewards.  In anticipation of Air Berlin's expected admission to the Oneworld airline alliance in early 2012, the two airlines are working toward a more comprehensive, reciprocal arrangement allowing members of Air Berlin's frequent flier program similar privileges, when flying routes operated by American Airlines.

This codeshare also extends to Air Berlin's "strategic partner," the Austrian semi-low-fare carrier Niki.  Air Berlin's expected admission to the Oneworld airline alliance in early 2012 is also planned to coincide roughly with the grand opening of Berlin's brand new international airport.  The new facility is expected to entirely replace the already closed (in 2008) Tempelhof Airport south of central Berlin, and the currently operational Tegel Airport northwest of the city (IATA: TXL; ICAO: EDDT), which is expected to close in 2012, and where Air Berlin holds a plurality of the passenger market share.  Another Berlin airport, Schönefeld southeast of the city (IATA: SXF; ICAO: EDDB) will be expanded and adapted to form part of the new facility, which itself will be named after former West German Chancellor Willy Brandt, and will also be called Brandenburg International Airport.

American Airlines was founded in 1930 in New York, when dozens of smaller airlines combined to form American Airways.  It now operates 621 aircraft to 260 destinations, in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.  It is the second-largest airline in the world by the former measure, and is the world’s third-largest airline by the latter measure.  The company moved its main offices to Dallas, Texas in 1979.  This relocation was criticized as a betrayal by then-New York mayor Ed Koch.  American’s main hub is Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (IATA: DFW; ICAO: KDFW), and its main offices are in Dallas.

Air Berlin is a German airline operating a semi-low-fare business model.  Air Berlin was formed in the American state of Oregon in 1978 as Air Berlin USA, by former employees of Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) and the supplemental carrier Modern Air Transport.  It acquired LTU International in March 2007.  It operates 148 aircraft to 154 destinations in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America.  Air Berlin relocated to the German city whose name it shares, in 1985.  It has hubs in the German cities of Berlin, Düsseldorf, and Nuremberg, and also on the Spanish island of Mallorca.

related story

Air Berlin makes codeshare agreements with Finnair and American (July 29, 2010)

original story (American Airlines)

Thursday
Nov042010

Air Berlin begins Winter 2011 route to Spain's Costa Blanca

Tomorrow the Berlin, Germany-based airline Air Berlin will commence a twice-weekly route that will run through this coming winter, between the largest Swiss city Zurich, and the Spanish resort town of Alicante.  The time slots used by the route were negotiated with the convenience of Swiss visitors to Alicante in mind.  The Friday Zurich-Alicante route is scheduled to depart at 11:50 in the morning, local time, and the Sunday Zurich-Alicante route is scheduled to depart at 8:35 in the morning, local time.  The Friday Alicante-Zurich route is scheduled to depart at 2:50 in the afternoon, local time, and the Sunday Alicante-Zurich route is scheduled to depart at 11:35 in the morning, local time.  This new route will run once in each direction on Fridays, and once in each direction on Sundays, indefinitely.

Specifically, the route will run between Zurich Airport (IATA: ZRH; ICAO: LSZH) and Alicante International Airport (IATA: ALC; ICAO: LEAL) southwest of the town of Alicante.  Zurich is an alpine Swiss city in the north-central region of that country.  The town of Alicante is located in the eponymous Spanish province, on the stretch of Mediterranean coastline in Spain known as the Costa Blanca, or "White Coast" in English.

The now defunct British European Airways devised the name Costa Blanca to refer to the stretch of Spanish coastline partly occupied by Alicante, in the 1950s.

Air Berlin is a German airline operating a semi-low-cost business model.  It is the second-largest German-based airline behind Lufthansa.  It operates 148 aircraft to 154 destinations on the continents of Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America.  Air Berlin was formed in the American state of Oregon in 1978 as Air Berlin USA, by former employees of Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) and the supplemental carrier Modern Air Transport.  The airline relocated to the German city whose name it shares, in 1985.  It has hubs in the German cities of Berlin, Düsseldorf, and Nuremberg, and also on the Spanish island of Mallorca.

related stories

Tokyo's Haneda Airport resumes regular international service (October 31, 2010)

France-based airline flies non-stop to Baghdad (October 31, 2010)

Air Canada expands Winter 2011 schedule (October 21, 2010)

Hawaiian Airlines starts non-stop Maui-Las Vegas route (October 8, 2010)

JetBlue now flies between Boston and Phoenix non-stop (September 4, 2010)

Finnair flies to Stockholm-Bromma starting Wednesday (August 16, 2010)

original story (Air Berlin)

Thursday
Jul292010

Air Berlin makes codeshare agreements with Finnair and American

In anticipation of joining the Oneworld airline alliance in 2012, the German carrier Air Berlin has signed codeshare agreements with American Airlines and Finnair.  Information posted to Air Berlin’s website on Tuesday explains that these arrangements will give Air Berlin’s customers convenient access to many destinations in Asia, and also to many destinations in North America.

The President and the CEO of American Airlines and Air Berlin respectively, Tom Horton and Joachim Hunold respectively, told the press they were “pleased” and “very pleased,” respectively, at the agreement.  The President of Finnair, Mika Vehviläinen meanwhile, was “delighted” at the intent of Air Berlin to join the Oneworld airline alliance, and noted that customers of Air Berlin, through partnership with Finnair, would gain "first class access to destinations in Asia."  British Airways will act as the alliance sponsor for Air Berlin.

Indeed, geographically, Air Berlin now stands to gain indirect access to a number of new destinations on both sides of its base.  As of this post, it directly operates flights to only seven North American destinations non-stop, year-round.  And it directly operates flights to only seven Asian destinations, non-stop, year-round, only two of which are located in the eastern part of Asia.  The new partnership significantly increases the number of flights available to customers of Air Berlin.

Finnair was founded in 1923.  Its main offices are in the Finnish capital of Helsinki, and its largest hub is Vantaa Airport in Helsinki (IATA: HEL; ICAO: EFHK).  Finnair flies non-stop to ten Asian cities.  Eight of those are in the eastern part of Asia.

American Airlines was founded in 1930 in New York, when dozens of smaller airlines combined to form American Airways.  The company moved its main offices to Dallas, Texas in 1979.  American’s main hub is Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (IATA: DFW; ICAO: KDFW).

Air Berlin is a German airline operating a semi-low-cost business model.  It is the second-largest German-based airline behind Lufthansa.  Air Berlin was formed in the American state of Oregon in 1978 as Air Berlin USA, by former employees of Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) and the supplemental carrier Modern Air Transport.  The airline relocated to the German city whose name it shares, in 1985.  It has hubs in the German cities of Berlin, Düsseldorf, and Nuremberg, and also on the Spanish island of Mallorca.

related stories

American and JetBlue launch partnership at JFK and Logan (July 20, 2010)

BA-Iberia merger approved by the EU (July 14, 2010)

Alitalia joins network of Air France/KLM and Delta (July 5, 2010)

Qantas and China Eastern codeshare more flights (June 25, 2010)

JAL and AA take another step toward anti-trust immunity (June 24, 2010)

United Airlines and Jet Airways agree to codeshare (June 18, 2010)

Malév and Etihad sign a codeshare deal (June 9, 2010)

The United-Continental merger is not yet a sure thing (May 19, 2010)

Two airlines looking for awards in Hamburg next week made a deal (May 12, 2010)

United and Continental will probably merge (May 3, 2010)

original stories

Air Berlin concludes codeshare agreements with American Airlines and Finnair after joining oneworld (Air Berlin)

Air Berlin to join oneworld alliance (British Airways)

Thursday
May132010

Eyjafjallajökull damage report, and spectacular new video

In the wake of the largest weather-related air travel disruption in recent memory, the eruption of the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull, a number of major airlines in Europe have reported economic losses, compared to the levels of revenue they expected to earn in March and April this year.

Scandinavian-based airlines in particular report being hard-hit economically, relative to the earnings they were expecting for March and April.  Last week, low-cost carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle reported a loss, relative to expected earnings, of at least 100 million units of its currency, the krone.  (That is, at least 12.9 million EUR; at least 11 million GBP; and at least 16.25 million USD.)  It lamented on one hand, that more than 2,000 of its scheduled flights had to be cancelled.  But, on the other hand, the airline maintained an on-time performance ratio of 91 percent.  It is the fourth-largest low-cost carrier in Europe.

Another Scandinavian-based carrier, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), was not so lucky.  Expected earnings for Europe’s ninth-largest carrier were off at least 650 million SEK (67.8 million EUR; 57.8 million GBP; 85.4 million USD) including the entire month of April and the first week of May.  SAS added that it appeared bookings on its flights for May and June had also been decreased (compared to expected numbers) due to the ash cloud the settled over Europe last month, paralyzing air traffic.

Tuesday, Austria’s flag carrier Austrian Airlines announced a 5.2 percent decrease in number of passengers carried from April 2009 to April 2010, a slump it attributes to the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull.  The carrier did not report actual earnings during April 2010 in contrast with expected earnings during that month, or the difference between those two figures.  Rather remarkably, a member of the airline’s executive board said Austrian is “still on course to achieve [its] goals,” presumably speaking about 2010 yearly goals.

The low-cost German carrier Air Berlin was forced to cancel “more than 3,500 flights” because of the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull.  Online, Air Berlin expressed its economic loss last April relative to the previous April, in an unusual manner.  It is expressed in terms of revenue (in EUR cents) per available seat-kilometer, a measurement which cannot possibly mean much to most lay readers.  And unfortunately, we are still left with an unclear picture as to how effectively Air Berlin weathered the disruption.

Icelandair, the flag carrier of Iceland, has not, as of this post, reported on earnings for the month of April.  A general assessment from Icelandair of the economic effects of the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull no doubt seems premature, because it is expected there may yet be more major effects to come.

In contrast, one North American carrier, in its own assessment, received a shot in the arm from the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull.  Air Canada, in its April traffic report published online last week, said that inconvenience caused to its passengers was minimal.  The Canadian flag carrier possesses a plurality of the market share at St. John’s International Airport (IATA: YYT; ICAO: CYYT), North America’s easternmost airport.  Its operations there were only minimally affected.  The airport closed once, for a few hours late April 18 and early April 19 (UTC-2:30), due to concerns the ash cloud would reach North America.

Here is an article from Tuesday, along with spectacular new video probably taken from a propeller plane near Eyjafjallajökull during a recent eruption of the volcano.

 The last time Eyjafjallajökull erupted on a scale this large or larger was 1821-1822.  Historical records indicate the eruption lasted for fifteen months.

related stories

The spread of volcanic ash from Eyjafjallajökull over time (May 4, 2010)

Norwegian Air Shuttle press release

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) press release

Austrian Airlines press release

Air Berlin press release

Air Canada press release

[This version corrects an earlier version that wrongly said that the earlier eruption lasted two years.]

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