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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