Has anyone had recent experience with Airberlin airlines ? Considering them for LAX to Dusseldorf May 2013 - Thanks

Posted by Zoe
Toledo, Ohio, US
5664 posts

Friends of mine flew Airberlin in June and were very happy with the service.

Posted by JerryG
winston salem, nc, usa
720 posts

They are a great airline! We use them all the time(along with Easyjet) when flying intra-EU. Candidly, have been waiting for them to finally start doing U.S. EU flights because of their pricing and service.

Posted by Teresa
566 posts

We were booked on AirBerlin a week ago for a Vienna-to-Frankfurt flight. The flight was operated by NIKI. Flight was just fine, no problems with baggage (we checked our suitcases) or flight crew. A perfectly unremarkable experience, which is what I like best when it comes to flying. :)

Posted by Southam
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
1186 posts

For corporate history and activites by what is described as Germany's second-largest airline, see Wikipedia
Note that it belongs to the OneWorld alliance. It uses Tegel in Berlin for the moment. NIKI is a subsidiary (as in Niki Lauda, Austrian car racer turned airline entrepreneur.)

Posted by Harold
New York, NY, USA
4732 posts

My mother and I just flew Air Berlin from JFK to Berlin (as of now, it uses Tegel). They were having a sale, and were substantially cheaper than other nonstop options (and most stopover options, too). Positives: Friendly and efficient service; new Airbus 330 with 2-4-2 seating (so at worst, you only have to climb over one person to get to the aisle); Audio-Video On Demand system at every seat; USB port at every seat (so you can keep your iPod or other gadget charged while using it on board); pretty good food (not as good as Turkish Air was last year, but way ahead of Delta). Negatives: extra charge to get seat reservation in advance (since we wanted to sit together, we did this); very low weight limit of 6 kg (13.2 pounds) for carry-ons (this was not enforced, but they did make some people gate-check some large-looking bags on the JFK-TXL leg, complaining that the bags should have been weighed at check in). I'd certainly fly with them again. Get on their e-mail list to be notified of discounts; that's how I found our sale fare, which was only good for 3 days.