Air Berlin to launch Berlin-JFK route

Berliners will soon be enjoying the fruits of their local airline’s intention to join Oneworld.

Prospective alliance member Air Berlin says it will launch a four times a week transatlantic service from Berlin to New York JFK in 2011. 

The flights, operated by two-class A330s, will start on May 1 with departures from convenient Tegel airport at 1000 (arrival into JFK at 1245) on Monday, Wednesday and Sunday and at 1345 (arrive JFK at 1545) on Friday.

The return from JFK departs at a standard 1740, landing back in Tegel at 0730 the next morning.

The route is currently served by Delta (a member of Skyteam) and Continental (a member of Star) so Air Berlin will be competing on behalf of Oneworld. There is no direct Lufthansa service between Berlin and New York.

Says the carrier’s CEO Joachim Hunold, “The non-stop flight from Berlin to New York is an important step in Air Berlin’s full membership of Oneworld planned for the start of 2012.”

Passengers from elsewhere on the Air Berlin European network will find a number of connecting possibilities available at Tegel. At JFK the plan is to enable Air Berlin passengers to make connections onto the American Airlines network as the latter is also a Oneworld member.

Online fares for one-way flights are €219 for economy and €906 for business class flights. Extras to add are a €10 booking fee plus a further €45 for the new environmental tax effective on January 1, 2011 (see online news September 3).

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Report by Alex McWhirter

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  • I’m based in Berlin and use Air Berlin as much as possible on the short haul routes out of Tegel because of their very nice service attitude. But I won’t give them my regular long haul trips to JFK as their business class product is just not my cup of tea for an overnight flight (basically it’s more comparable to other carriers Premium Economy).
    Even Continental and Delta (definitely not being top of the list) are more comfortable and quite often offer very competetive rates in C which are close to what Air Berlin stated above…
    Let’s talk again once Air Berlin has a “real” C-Class on long haul.

  • I fully agree with mk72-berlin. If AB upgrades their c class to lie-flat bed it will become a true alternative for me. Until then I will use connections to AA or CO on transatlantic flights.

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