Entries in Berlin (6)

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.

original story (Air Berlin)

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)

Tuesday
Jun222010

Emirates wants even more (than 90) Airbus A380s

Betting on a huge recovery in the air travel business over the next several years, Emirates announced recently it is seeking to purchase even more Airbus A380s than the 90 it has already ordered.  Tim Clark, the president of the airline, explained the airline's plans, saying that Emirates wants to be well-positioned for the turnaround in worldwide demand for air travel that will occur in the coming years, and not get caught "behind the curve."

The Airbus A380 is the world's largest passenger airliner.  Such extensive planned use of the A380 was recently justified by an official with the airline, at a delivery ceremony for Emirates in Berlin, as necessary to establish Dubai as "a central gateway to worldwide air travel."  Emirates has explicit plans to one day become the world's largest airline.  The A380 boasts a double-decker seating configuration, and seats between 489 and 555 passengers depending on seating configuration.  Emirates currently flies 10 Airbus A380s.  The airline uses two configurations when it flies the A380, one which seats 489 passengers and another which seats 517 passengers.

Emirates was founded in 1985, and is the official airline of Dubai, the most populous emirate of the United Arab Emirates, as of this post.  Emirates flies aircraft made by both Airbus and Boeing.  Its main hub is Dubai International Airport (IATA: DXB; ICAO: OMDB), and it is headquartered in Dubai.  Airbus was founded in 1970 as a joint effort of the governments of the United Kingdom, France, and Germany.  It produces around half of the world's jetliners, and is based near Toulouse, France.

related stories

Emirates orders 32 more Airbus A380 super jumbo aircraft (June 16, 2010)

original story (www.flightglobal.com)

Tuesday
Jun082010

IATA Chief Executive slams unions for striking

The Chief Executive of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Giovanni Bisignani called recent union-led walkouts at major airlines “nonsense,” and demanded that they “stop picketing and cooperate,” at the IATA’s annual meeting yesterday, in Berlin.  Aggregately, airlines will enjoy a 2.5 billion dollar (USD) profit this year (2.1 billion EUR; 1.7 billion GBP), a marked improvement over the IATA's March forecast.

However, this latest forecast includes European-based carriers, which, aggregately, are expected to lose 2.8 billion USD (2.3 billion EUR; 1.9 billion GBP) due to the severe interruption in operations caused by the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull, in south-central Iceland, over this past April and May.  For the year, the German airline Lufthansa had already lost 59.7 million USD (49.9 million EUR; 41.4 million GBP) due to a pilots’ walkout in February, which Lufthansa received a German court order to stop.

The United Kingdom’s British Airways has lost 173.2 million USD (145 million EUR; 120 million GBP) over the course of the several cabin crew union strikes against it which have occurred in the last few months.  Despite this, British Airways’ CEO Willie Walsh called it “business as usual” at the U.K.’s highest-profile airline.  Mr. Walsh has been criticized by the leaders of Unite the Union, which represents British Airways’ cabin crew employees, for going to Berlin for the IATA meeting instead of staying in London to negotiate.

The IATA was founded in 1945, and has been headquartered in Montreal, Québec, Canada since 1977.  As of this post, it represents 230 airlines, on all six inhabited continents.  The legal and business entity now called Lufthansa was founded in 1954.  Lufthansa is based in Cologne, Germany, and is the German flag carrier.  It is the largest airline headquartered in Europe, by number of passengers carried.  British Airways is based in the borough of Hillingdon in London and uses nearby Heathrow Airport (IATA: LHR; ICAO: EGLL) as its hub.  It was formed in 1974, with the merger of the British Overseas Airways Corporation and British European AirwaysUnite the Union is a British and Irish trade union formed in 2007 with the merger of Amicus the Union and the Transport and General Workers’ Union.

related stories

British Airways will expand its immediate-term flight schedule (June 4, 2010)

British Airways will expand its immediate-term flight schedule (May 26, 2010)

Unite the Union begins strike series against British Airways (May 24, 2010)

In Europe, ground transportation bookings are up significantly (May 21, 2010)

The Unite strikes against British Airways are back on (May 21, 2010)

Unite is barred from going forward with BA strike action (May 18, 2010)

British Airways has released its contingency plan for the first strike (May 15, 2010)

British Airways and cabin crew union are trying to avert strikes (May 12, 2010)

original story (Reuters)