Review: Airberlin Business Class A330 Miami To Dusseldorf

September 20, 2016 – 11:58 am

airberlin-business-class-A330-01I headed towards gate E10 at around 3PM, which is where my flight would be departing from.

Miami Airport terminal

The “E” concourse at Miami Airport is pretty drab, without many good concessions or seating options.

The plane was at the gate and seemed to be in the final stages of preparation for the flight.

Airberlin A330

I stood near the podium, where I swear every other passenger came up to the podium to try and talk their way into an upgrade. In the end there was a German family that was somehow waitlisted for an upgrade, and they got the four remaining business class seats.

Airberlin departure gate

airberlin-business-class-A330-02At around 3:20PM boarding was called, starting with those that needed extra time boarding, followed by business class.

Airberlin 7001
Miami (MIA) – Dusseldorf (DUS)
Sunday, May 25
Depart: 4:00PM
Arrive: 7:00AM (+1 day)
Duration: 9hr
Aircraft: Airbus A330-200
Seat: 5C (Business Class)

As I mentioned in my comparison of transatlantic business class products, this plane features Solstys style staggered business class seats. These are very similar to the seats that Alitalia offers on their longhaul fleet, which I flew earlier in the year from Rome to Boston.

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Airberlin business class A330

Once onboard I quickly found my seat, 5C. I booked my ticket a few days in advance, so was only able to grab an “aisle” window seat.

There are two window seats in each row (one on each side of the cabin), and since it’s a staggered configuration the seat is either closer to the aisle or closer to the window in an alternating sequence. My seat was the one closer to the aisle.

Airberlin business class seat A330

I can’t even begin to say how much better the “true” window seats are, as they’re incredibly private. So if you fly airberlin business class on this plane, I’d highly recommend doing whatever you can to reserve one of the “A” or “K” seats, as they’re truly in a different league than any of the other seats.airberlin-business-class-A330-04 Beyond that, the “true” window seats have three windows, while the “aisle” window seats have just one window, and you really have to lean to look out of it.

Then there are also the “honeymoon” center seats, where you’re basically seated as close to the person next to you as you would be in economy. That’s great if you’re traveling with someone you want to be that close to, though I wonder what happens when you end up next to a stranger in that configuration. That seems like it could be downright awkward.

Anyway, back to my seat. The tones were very neutral, so I didn’t love or hate them. The seat was definitely a bit on the narrow side, a feeling which was compounded by the fact that you’re basically sitting “in the aisle” when you have a “C” or “H” seat.

Airberlin business class staggered configuration

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Source: onemileatatime.boardingarea.com


 
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