Airline Review: Air Berlin

August 2, 2017 – 03:07 pm

Air Berlin: airplane's tail and logoMany, many years ago, I caught a cheap flight from Berlin to Bangkok on a carrier called Air Berlin. It was a joyless experience. Back then, Air Berlin was a budget airline that offered the bare minimum to fly people internationally. You had an uncomfortable seat, no movies, and food only if you bought (or brought) it. The nine hours to Bangkok were hell, especially since this was before I discovered the wonders of Ambien.

But over the years, Air Berlin has grown up. They now fly new planes, offer more in-flight services (they’ve even introduced lie-flat business class seating), and have joined my favorite airline alliance, Oneworld. They’re no longer a cheap budget airline but a major and expanding player.

The interior view of Air Berlin A330 airplaneIn the past year, I’ve heard good things from other travelers, so on my recent trip to Europe, I decided to fly Air Berlin. I wanted to see how much the airline has changed since I flew them all those years ago. Since I’d be flying through Berlin on this trip, it made sense.

My thoughts? Three out of four stars. I liked flying Air Berlin and prefer them to rival Lufthansa, who I flew to Africa in December. Lufthansa has harder seats, worse food, and an utterly awful movie selection.

Air Berlin's food in economy class is pretty tastyAir Berlin has a fleet of 134 planes with an average age of five years, so the planes are pretty new and comfortable inside. They aren’t the old pieces of junk that many American carriers fly. (Looking at you, United, US Airways, and American!) The interiors are comfortable and clean, the seat cushions are thick, there’s ample legroom, and all seats have individual screens on which to watch a very robust movie selection. (Movie reviews: Cloud Atlas sucks, Life of Pi was wonderful, and Broken City was average.)

The food, while impressive in business class (quinoa salad, shrimp, and delicious beef!), was lacking in economy. Was it awful? No. But was it good? No. It’s exactly what you would expect from airline food. The chicken didn’t taste that good, the potatoes had an…interesting consistency, and the portions were a bit on the small side. It felt like getting a school lunch.

See? That doesn’t look too bad, does it? But it’s not amazing, either.

I was disappointed that there were no power plugs in economy, but USB ports were available, so I could still charge my phone.


Isaiah Rodgers Sanp On Case Cover Protector For Ipad Air (berlin City )
Wireless (Isaiah Rodgers)
  • 100% brand new high quality strong and durable case.
  • Easy one piece installation system
  • Unique design allows easy access to all buttons, controls & ports.
  • Case for ipad air
  • Stylish design

You might also like:

ILA Berlin Air Show - Review 2008
ILA Berlin Air Show - Review 2008
*Air Berlin*/LTU Airways Review/unboxing
*Air Berlin*/LTU Airways Review/unboxing
Review Kavaj "Berlin" für iPad Air 2
Review Kavaj "Berlin" für iPad Air 2
hellobook Hellobook Sanp On Case Cover Protector For Ipad Air (berlin Germany Houses Street Night Cities ) For Christmas Day's Gift
Wireless (hellobook)
  • Made of durable high-grade environment-friendly premium tpu material.
  • Perfect design
  • Waterproof, qualified for ipad air.
  • Unique & stylish design allows easy access to all buttons, controls & ports
  • Superior quality
Donald Dickson Fashionable FfzTpIW11115LjFEn Ipad Air Case Cover For Berlin City Protective Case Sending Free Screen Protector
Wireless (Donald Dickson)
  • The case is form-fitting case with an intelligently designed camera cutout for easy access to your camera
  • Protection from scratches and dirt.
  • Unique design allows easy access to all buttons, controls & ports.
  • Easy access to all device ports and controls
  • 100% brand new.
Btime men's Business Dress Fashion Lace Oxford Shoes(7D(M)US,brown)
Shoes ()
  • Breathable leather lining, prevent the foot smelly
  • Wear-resisting
  • Slip Resistant
  • Handsome guy s first choice
Cityscapes Lights Houses Berlin Rivers Apple Ipad Air Retina Display 5th Flip Case Stand Smart Magnetic Cover Open Ports Customized Made to Order Support Ready Premium Deluxe Pu Leather 9 7/16 Inch (240mm) X 7 5/16 Inch (185mm) X 5/8 Inch (17mm) MSD Ipad Professional Ipad generation Accessories Retina Display Graphic Background Covers Designed Model Folio Sleeve HD Template Designed Wallpaper Photo Jacket Wifi 16gb 32gb 64gb Luxury Protector
Personal Computer (MS Depot)
  • Please search our Amazon Storefront MSD iPad Air for more design. For Apple iPad Air (Retina Display) 5th Generation Only. This product is based on the latest...
  • Smart magnetic cover which is very easy to open and close. When you flip it open it turn on instant, when you close the case it shuts off to save power. All port...
  • With the opportunity to submit your own picture you can make your own unique product. We will make sure the product come out the way you want it. If you like this...
  • Designed in US, Ship from California within 1 or 2 business day to worldwide unlike competitor that take 3 to 5 day.
  • Our friendly customer service and designer is online 7 day a week. We are happy to answer any question for you. So you will be 100% happy with our great product...

Related posts:

  1. Air Berlin Fleet
  2. Air Berlin Careers
  3. Air Berlin routes