Has anyone had recent experience with Airberlin airlines ? Considering them for LAX to Dusseldorf May 2013 - Thanks
Friends of mine flew Airberlin in June and were very happy with the service.
Which airport do they use in Berlin?
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.
Thank you for the replies - it helps !
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. :)
For corporate history and activites by what is described as Germany's second-largest airline, see Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Berlin
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.)
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.