Airline Review: Air Berlin (long haul Economy)

October 20, 2016 – 01:17 pm

Air Berlin Economy Class SeatingHowever, we were also looking forward to trying the Economy Class on long haul flights as well as most people don’t want to pay huge sums to fly in Business Class.

  • Airplane: Airbus A330-200
  • Cabin Class: Economy
  • Daytime: Noon
  • Food: Lunch / Pre-Arrival Snack
  • Seat Pitch: 30 Inch (76 Centimeter)
  • Seat Width: 18 Inch (46 Centimeter)

Our experience on a transatlantic flight from Berlin to Chicago was a good one as well. Sure, the Economy Class was not close as good as Business Class, but the food was rich and not bad, the entertainment system is solid and the seats are absolutely okay as well!

Air Berlin Economy Class SeatingSolid seating in the Air Berlin A330-200

Flying Air Berlin on long haul has the advantage that there is no possible aircraft roulette. The airline just has A330-200 jets that have the same configuration in Economy Class (two jets don’t have a Business Class).

This means the configuration is either 2-4-2 or 2-3-2 (only in the last rows). We opted for a seat in the 2-3-2 configuration to add some privacy to our experience. This kind of worked out as the rows are not parallel to each other in this part of the airplane.

The cloth seats themselves were spotlessly clean and are pretty comfortable when sitting down. However, the seat pitch is a little limited for long haul flights with just 30 Inch (76 Centimeter) and the seats can be a little uncomfortable after flying for some hours.

Air Berlin Economy Class FoodAll in all, seating in the Air Berlin Economy Class is not bad, but not extremely enjoyable neither.

American food onboard Air Berlin

As we tried the Air Berlin Economy Class on a daytime flight to Chicago, we enjoyed lunch twice as it was served after departure and before arrival.

It was kind of a nice touch that Air Berlin serves American influenced food on flights to Chicago. The first dish came close to what we know as Mac and Cheese even though the noodles were Tortellini.



Cowl slaw

The side dishes were pretty American influenced as well as we even got cowl slaw, something I never got before in an airplane! The brownie as a desert was a nice treat as well. The taste of the cowl slaw and the brownie was surprisingly good.

The noodles were just average though. Before landing, we got chicken sticks with noodle salad as well as crackers with cheese and a piece of apple cake.

Apple cake

Chicken sticks with noodle salad

This time, the whole meal was just average, but better than many other meals I had when flying Economy Class on long haul flights.

Drinks were offered three times, but you may also ask for a drink in the galley if you want more.

Good entertainment on modern screens

I have to admit that we were pretty surprised to see that the entertainment system in Economy Class was pretty much on-pair with what is offered in the Air Berlin Business Class.

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