Airberlin to add three A330-200s to fleet to support long-haul operations

Germany-based low-cost carrier airberlin is adding three wide-body Airbus A330-200 aircraft to its fleet as it prepares for its biggest long-haul summer flight schedule to the US.
The new aircraft will join airberlin’s existing A330 fleet of 14 aircraft. The first will go into operation with the carrier this month (February), with the other two aircraft expected to go into operation before the end of April.
The three aircraft will be leased by the airline.
Thomas Winkelmann, chief executive of airberlin, informed: “This increased capacity and our expanded fleet are further steps towards becoming a network carrier and extending our US services.”
During the summer, airberlin will operate 84 non-stop flights a week from Germany to eight destinations in the US.
One new destination for the airline will be Orlando, Florida, adding to other North American routes to New York JFK, Boston, Miami, Fort Myers, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The two Californian destinations of San Francisco and Los Angeles will be served by A330 from Berlin Tegel with three or four non-stop flights a week from May.
The frequency of the direct flights from Berlin Tegel to Miami, which this year will be available all year-round for the first time, will increase from three to five times a week from mid-April.
Other long-haul destinations served by airberlin, with non-stop flights from either Berlin or Düsseldorf, are Cancun in Mexico, Varadero and Havana in Cuba, Punta Cana and Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic, and the Caribbean island of Curaçao.

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