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Air Berlin

INFORMATION UPDATE: Air Berlin has shut down their operations, and are no longer offering Air Berlin flights. The information below refers to the period Air Berlin was still operating.

Air Berlin was founded as Air Berlin USA in 1978 during the time that Germany was divided between East and West, and only American, French or British carriers could fly into Berlin. It the second biggest carrier in Germany, with Lufthansa taking the number one spot. The airline operates from hubs at Berlin's Tegel Airport and at Dusseldorf Airport, but has its headquarters in the Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf area of Berlin. In addition to these bases, Munich, Stuttgart, Zurich and Hamburg are all focus cities for the airline, which has a large fleet of more than 120 planes.

Including seasonal routes, it flies to more than 100 destinations. These destinations are mostly in Europe, although there are Air Berlin flights to Africa, the Americas and the Middle East available. Some examples of the airline's routes include those to Copenhagen, Malaga, Ibiza and Corfu in Europe, plus Havana, New York, Los Angeles and Tel Aviv further afield. It is part of the oneworld alliance and has codeshares in place with a large number of other carriers, such as Czech Airlines, British Airways, Virgin Australia and Etihad Airways. The airline owns two subsidiary airlines, Niki and Belair Airlines.

Online check-in

Air Berlin check-in opens online 30 hours prior to the time a flight is scheduled to takeoff and closes again 3 hours before departure. Online check-in is available on all Air Berlin flights, however it opens 24 hours before flights to and from Cuba or the United States, rather than 30 hours. Passengers can check in and print their boarding cards using their booking reference number. Depending on their fare type, some passengers will also be able to select their seats on the plane. Air Berlin check-in can also be done at the airport. On some flights passengers can check in (including dropping off their luggage) at the airport the night before a flight, although there is a charge for this service.

Hand luggage allowance

In accordance with Air Berlin baggage regulations, each passenger may take 1 bag weighing up to 8 kg into the cabin on their flight. This bag must also be smaller than 55 x 40 x 23 cm. Either a laptop case or a handbag is also permitted on board their flight as long as it does not exceed 2 kg in weight and 40 x 30 x 10 cm in size. Passengers are also permitted crutches or a wheelchair if they are reliant upon them, although wheelchairs will be checked at the gate. Overly large or heavy hand luggage will be moved to the hold, which may lead to a fee for the passenger.

Checked baggage allowance

There are various fare types on an Air Berlin flight which all have different checked luggage allowances. In Economy class, Air Berlin's baggage allowance for a FlyDeal or FlyClassic passenger is 1 item weighing up to 23 kg, while FlyFlex passengers are allowed 2 items each weighing up to 23 kg. JustFly passengers do not have any checked luggage allowance unless they choose to add it to their booking at an additional cost. In Business class, passengers in each ticket category are allowed the same number of items, but each item can weigh as much as 32 kg. There are fees in place for any overweight luggage.

Airline Information

  • Airline name: Air Berlin
  • IATA code: AB
  • Year Founded: 1978
  • Headquarters: Berlin, Germany
  • Website: Air

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