Air Berlin started life as the brainchild of PanAm captain Kim Lundgren in 1978. Originally headquartered in Oregon in the United States, AirBerlin, as an Allied Power under the Four Power Agreement, was able to harness the West Berlin market following World War II. In 1979, the airline’s first flight to Palma de Mallorca took place and it began flying from Berlin Tegel to destinations across the Mediterranean, North Africa and the Canary Islands. In 2003 Air Berlin became Germany’s second largest airline; in 2007 it started its own flight school and in 2009 it celebrated its 30th birthday.
The following information is correct as of October 2014 and is subject to change. Please check with the airline directly for complete accuracy.
How to Check In
Online check-in is available with Air Berlin from 30 hours and up to 2 hours before scheduled departure. Mobile check-in is also available. Air Berlin also allows passengers to check-in at the airport either at designated machines or desks. These are open from 30 hours and up to 45 minutes prior to scheduled departure. The closing times of airport check-in desks vary by airport.
Baggage Allowance and Fees
Air Berlin allow one item of hand luggage free of charge weighing up to 6kg (8kg including a laptop computer) and measuring no more than 55cm x 40cm x 20cm (22in x 16in x 8in). Business-Class passengers may bring a second item of hand luggage weighing up to 6kg. Checked baggage allowance is one free bag of up to 20kg for economy or 30kg for Business class. Passengers travelling to the US and Canada may bring one bag weighing up to 23kg while Business-Class travellers may bring two bags weighing up to 32kg. Excess baggage charges vary by route; approximately, €15 per kg for flights within Europe and €20 per kg on flights to and from Turkey, North Africa, Canary Islands and Madeira. If a piece of luggage weighs between 23kg and 32kg the excess fee is €100 ($140). If it weighs more than 32kg the fee is €450 ($600).
Air Berlin charge a fee for reserving seats. They can be selected up to 48 hours before take-off and cost €10 on short and medium-haul flights and €15 for long-haul. Seat reservations are free of charge for families with infants, for disabled passengers and for passengers with selected membership. Seats with more legroom cost €20 per person on short and medium-haul flights, and €60 on long-haul flights. This is reduced for flyers with selected membership.
Air Berlin charges a £7 credit card booking fee. To avoid these booking fees, it is advisable to pay by debit card.
Service on Board
Incredibly for a low-cost carrier, Air Berlin provides a free snack in-flight. Gourmet meals may be purchased at the booking stage, prior to travel. Non-alcoholic drinks are also free of charge while alcohol may be purchased. On flights longer than four hours in duration, a range of complimentary bagels, baguettes, snacks and chocolate bars are served. Complimentary local and national newspapers and magazines are given to passengers on all flights; however, if your German isn’t up to much remember to bring a book as the complimentary in-flight magazine is published only in German.
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