The German carrier airberlin is based out of Dusseldorf and Berlin's Tegel airport. They fly Airbus A330 aircraft on their long haul routes to North America. airberlin is a Oneworld member as well as a partner with Etihad. You can fly to Europe from New York JFK, Boston, Chicago, Miami, Havana, Los Angeles, San Francisco as well as an interesting gateway of Fort Myers, Florida. Additionally airberlin provides connections on Oneworld alliance european flights.
airberlin Premium Class
While known as a low-cost carrier, airberlin has an impressive business class, at least in terms of the hard product. The seat is Stella's Solystys product used on Etihad, Thai and Iberia to name a few. It's fully lie flat at 79" inches with a width of 20 inches. Configuration is 1x2x1 and there are 19 seats in the front cabin. There are no window seats for row one and rows 3 and 5 hug the window with the tray against the aisle. These would be the preferable seats for solo travelers.
The website seat map is misleading as it appears to have row 1 seats, but in fact the layout is:
Row 1: Middle seats E/F next to each other only
Row 2 and 4: Window seats C/H on aisle, middle seats D/G on aisle separated by table, staggered behind window seats
Row 3 and 5: Windows seats A/K on window, middle seats E/F together staggered behind window seats.
Row 6: One seat C, on aisle with tray against window.
The IFE monitor is 15 inches and comes with a remote control embedded in the seat armrest as well as "high quality" headphones. A typical selection of entertainment as well as video games is available. airberlin is also in the process of updated their fleet with WiFi. For more information on airberlin's premium business class, click on this link.
images courtesy of airberlin
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