Airberlin adds EuroBusiness 'business class' to European flights

By David Flynn, August 5 2016
Airberlin adds EuroBusiness 'business class' to European flights

IN BRIEF | Airberlin will convert the first row of its all-economy short-range fleet into a business class proposition for flights within Germany and Europe.

While the seats themselves aren't changing, travellers will have extra legroom between the first row and the bulkhead and also find the middle seat in the 3-3 arrangement left vacant, in standard EuroBusiness practice.

Business class passengers can choose food and drink from the on-board Airbistro menu – which will become a paid service for economy passengers, with popular dishes such as Currywurst with a soft drink or beer for €9.

The baggage allowance will be boosted to two pieces of baggage weighing up to 32kg and two pieces of carry-on up to 8kg.

Members of Airberlin's Topbonus frequent flyer program will collect double miles for each business class flight, while business class tickets will be flexible by nature and open to rebooking or a refund at no additional cost, the airline says.

Airberlin is a Oneworld member (and thus a de facto Qantas partner) as well as a Virgin Australia partner and member of the Etihad Airways Partner alliance.

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David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

31 Aug 2015

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Am I the only one who finds the EuroBusiness thing to be unnecessary?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

08 Sep 2012

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It's necessary in that it gives business travellers guaranteed extra space to work, privacy, lounge access and flexibility over an economy fare.

It also gives those Business Class passengers connecting to/from long haul services a more seamless experience (and allows the airline to charge more). 

But I agree that compared to business class offered in Australasia and the US, the euro business offerings are very poor seat wise and even catering wise.

23 Aug 2012

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Ridiculous - in some airberlin aircraft there is hardly any more leg room in the first room than in the second. The seats aren't any better. And then: A four seat business class? Translates to involuntary downgrades will become standard.

More often than not on a Munich - Hamburg flight, Lufthansa has 10-12 rows of Business stuffed on an A321. With airberlin offering the connecting flights for Etihad within Germany, I'd be surprised if four seats were enough.

However, the good news, Lufthansa's EuroBusiness is as bad. It's an empty middle seat. In the older cabin, the center arm rests were moved towards the centre thus increasing space. That's gone with the "New Economy Cabin".

So the airberlin Business experience will be: Free food. Do the maths: Economy ticket Munich Hamburg 99 € return, Business probably some 399 €. Here we go, a seven course menu with wines on a 45 minute flight.

23 Aug 2012

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Oh, BTW, ever tried to get airberlin miles properly credited at Qantas? Takes years, a bunch of mails and seems to permanently go wrong.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

11 Oct 2014

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Given the way finances at AB seem to be in constant disarray (leasing aircraft to LH/Eurowings etc), this seems like a possible limited way to address some of their in-house revenue issues.

One has to wonder why - on the other hand - they've not chosen to implement this on their international routes as well? A small business cabin on their US routes - for a reasonable midrange markup - would produce a larger revenue bump overall, I would think. Given that the majority of their existing Trans-Atlantic traffic is comprised of tourists and partner feed (ie: oneworld, Etihad etc) it would provide a more consistent cabin experience, even if that 'service level' wasn't quite so flash.

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