Airberlin to introduce European business class


August 9, 2016 – In order to make its short and medium-haul product experience more consistent with its long-haul flights, and with partner airline offers, Airberlin is introducing business class on its German and European flights.

The first row in the cabins of its B737 and A320 families of aircraft will be reserved for business class passengers, who can enjoy a 32in seat pitch, an empty middle seat, a pillow and an enhanced standard of cabin service.

Further benefits include use of a priority check-in desk and the security fast lane, access to lounges and exclusive waiting areas in the Airberlin route network, priority boarding, and an allowance of two pieces of hold baggage weighing up to 32kg and two pieces of hand baggage weighing up to 8kg.

Stefan Pichler, CEO of Airberlin, stated, “We find ourselves at the beginning of a far-reaching transformation from which a new, stronger Airberlin will emerge. By introducing business class on short and medium-haul flights, we are making key strategic decisions that will pave the way to a sustainable future for the company and that will clearly position Airberlin in the premium sector of European airlines. The new premium product will make us more attractive, particularly for business travelers and frequent flyers, and we now offer a seamless business class experience on the global route network by Airberlin and our partner airlines.”

Economy passengers will also notice some changes, as the airline is introducing a new buy-on-board food and drink service on short and medium-haul flights. A regularly changing menu will offer a selection of small and large snacks, including favorites such as muffins, currywurst and craft beer.

On all flights lasting 90 minutes or more, passengers can purchase on-board meals by the well-known Sansibar restaurant on the German island of Sylt, with coffee, tea and cocktails from the brand to follow.

On long-haul flights, economy passengers will still be offered up to two hot meals and complimentary hot and cold drinks, as well as a selection of alcoholic beverages. A multiple-course à la carte menu from the Sansibar restaurant will be served to business class passengers on long-haul flights.

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