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11 November 2015

USA and Cuba: airberlin will start serving four new long-haul destinations from Dusseldorf in the upcoming summer season

• Three new destinations in the USA: Boston, Dallas Fort Worth and San Francisco
• Additional weekly frequencies to New York and Los Angeles
• New XL seats in Economy Class for greater comfort
• New from May 2016: flights to Havana and more frequent services to Varadero

airberlin will kick off the important summer season in May 2016, adding four new long-haul destinations. Its hub in Dusseldorf will play an important role here, expanding current connections from Dusseldorf to New York (JFK) and Los Angeles.

USA: Three new destinations and more frequent flights from summer 2016
The first airberlin flights from Dusseldorf to Dallas Fort Worth and Boston depart 6 and 7 May with an A330-200. From 6 May, the flight plan will again include the Dusseldorf – San Francisco route with three weekly flights initially, then five services a week starting June. Thereby, airberlin has once again included two Californian destinations to its network: Los Angeles and San Francisco.

"Optimising our network has been a central component of the realignment at airberlin. We are thereby focusing on our hubs in Berlin and Dusseldorf. Now by expanding our long-haul network, we are developing this important segment in order to make our offer even more attractive to business passengers and tourists", says Stefan Pichler, CEO at airberlin.

Services from Dusseldorf to Los Angeles and New York (JFK) will also feature one additional flight per week in order to provide business travellers in particular a more uniform flight programme. The popular service between Dusseldorf and New York will then encompass two flights per day and there will be a daily service to Los Angeles.

The daily airberlin service between Dusseldorf and Miami and the three weekly services between Dusseldorf and Fort Myers remain unchanged compared to the previous summer season. So airberlin therefore is still the only airline to offer a non-stop connection from Germany to Fort Myers. The daily services from New York (JFK) and Chicago to Berlin Tegel will stay the same.

Overall, airberlin will introduce 15 additional weekly flights to and from the USA from next summer, taking the total of flights departing Dusseldorf and Berlin for eight destinations in the United States each week to 58.

Cuba: New flights to Havana from summer 2016
airberlin is increasing its number of flights to Cuba, and from 28 May 2016 will operate a new service from Dusseldorf to Havana, which is still subject to governmental approval. airberlin will take off for the Cuban capital twice a week, reflecting the city’s boom as a trendy destination. Moreover, from summer 2016 airberlin will raise the frequency of its flights departing Dusseldorf for Varadero from two to three services per week. The flight dates are matched perfectly to allow travellers to include both destinations in their itineraries and enjoy Cuba’s diversity.

Product campaign on long-haul flights
More comfort in Economy Class: the entire long-haul fleet is currently being fitted with 40 additional XL seats to provide 15 cm more legroom compared with standard Economy seats. The XL seats can be booked online, through travel agencies or directly at the ticket desk. FlyFlex passengers receive an XL seat at no additional charge. Moreover, airberlin will have standardised its long-haul fleet by the start of the upcoming summer timetable, and will upgrade the three remaining A330-200 aircraft which until now have been equipped in an all-economy configuration. All 14 long-haul aircraft will include Business Class with 19 comfortable FullFlat seats once this work is complete.

Schedule of new long haul flights from Dusseldorf in Summer 2016

From To Flight Departure Arrival Traffic days
Dusseldorf Boston AB 7472 13:50 15:30 Tue, Thurs, Sat, Sun
Boston Dusseldorf AB 7473 17:50 06:45 Tue, Thurs, Sat, Sun

Dallas/Fort Worth
From To Flight Departure Arrival Traffic days
Dusseldorf Dallas AB 7010 09:15 12:50 Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun
Dallas Dusseldorf AB 7011 14:40 07:05 Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

San Francisco
From To Flight Departure Arrival Traffic days
Dusseldorf San Francisco AB 7392 13:20 15:55 Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sun
San Francisco Dusseldorf AB 7393 17:55 13:35 Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sun

From To Flight Departure Arrival Traffic days
Dusseldorf Havanna AB 7024 09:15 13:55 Thurs, Sat
Havanna Dusseldorf AB 7025 15:55 07:20 Thurs, Sat

All times are local. Changes of departure times are possible.
*Subject to governmental approval.


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