Oneworld member Airberlin, Germany’s second-largest airline, is adding Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to its network on May 6, 2016.
Airberlin will fly four round-trips a week between its main long-haul hub at Düsseldorf Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth, with 298-seat Airbus A330-200s.
“The United States is an important part of our network strategy, and we are convinced we can grow even more on this market. Demand for flights to the US remains high, and adding Dallas/Fort Worth to our U.S. network, we can offer even more travel options and combinations to our passengers,” says Stefan Pichler, Airberlin’s chief executive officer.
“We see a high potential in the important business travel market, where we aim to score points thanks to a stable route network and our excellent product,” adds Pichler.
Airberlin will promote the new route by offering economy round-trip fares from $1,099 including taxes, for purchase during the period November 13-November 23.
The airline is also offering introductory one-stop fares for various beyond destinations such as Berlin, Munich, Copenhagen, Milan and Vienna via Düsseldorf Airport, where Airberlin says it will offer convenient connection times for its flights to and from Dallas/Fort Worth.
Introductory fares may be purchased through airberlin.com, by calling the airline’s service center at 1-866-266-5588 (toll free) or buying them through a travel agent.
Airberlin’s schedule for its Düsseldorf-Dallas/Fort Worth route will see flight AB 7010 depart Düsseldorf Airport (IATA code DUS) at 9:15 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from May 6 and land at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) at 12:50 p.m. local time.
In the other direction, flight AB 7011 will leave DFW at 2:40 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from May 6 and touch down at DUS at 7:05 the following morning, local time.
Airberlin is scheduling a block time of nine hours 35 minutes for the westbound sector and nine hours 20 minutes for the eastbound flight.
According to the German carrier, it will introduce 15 additional flights each week to the U.S. from next summer, taking the total of flights departing Dusseldorf and Berlin for eight destinations in the United States each week to 58.
The additional flights will include new Airberlin services to Boston and San Francisco.
Having upgraded all the Business Class seats in its A330-200s to lie-flat beds, Airberlin is adding 40 more ‘XL’ extra-legroom seats in the economy cabin of each of its A330s. Each XL seat provides six additional inches of legroom.