Air Berlin Business Class review

Air Berlin Business Class review
11/03/2017 pilotpatrick
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“As much as I love to fly myself I also enjoy the time as passenger, especially when traveling comfortably in an airplane.”

My last long range flight in business class was with Lufthansa to Cape Town last January. That is why I was super excited to fly with Air Berlin in their business class for a spontaneous vacation in the Caribbean. Air Berlin offers non stop connections from Berlin and Düsseldorf to destinations in North America, Middle America and to Abu Dhabi.

The outbound connection was with a short layover in Düsseldorf. The flight AB7446 departed at 09:50 to Punta Cana (PUJ) and touched down in paradise already at 14:30. The return flight AB7315 was nonstop back to Berlin departing at 16:50. Read my review about the flight experience in Air Berlin’s business class.

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Seat

The business class cabin is Air Berlin’s premium product since they do not offer a first class. The business class cabin is located in the front section of their A330 long haul fleet. With only 19 seats the cabin is really intime and tranquil. That is a big plus compared to other major airlines, where the cabin is much bigger and noisier. All business class seats offer direct aisle access and convert to a fully flat bed. I am 1,86 m tall and I could fully stretch out. I could lay comfortable on the site and on my back, but I found the seat width a little bit too narrow.

My seat on the outward was 4K which was situated directly at the window providing extra privacy and extra shoulder width due to the curvature of the cabin. A seat at the aisle has the advantage that it is easier to get in and out. The 6 seats in the middle I recommend only to couples traveling together since the seats are quite close to each other.

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flying in airberlin business cass

Unfortunately my inflight entertainment was not working properly on both flights. I found that the storage for personal belongings was not sufficient. But good news from the ITB this week. Air Berlin presented their new business class seat, which they have modified to be even more comfortable. The current configuration will stay the same.

Service

One of the best food and beverage service I have had on board of a plane so far. The meals where delicious, hot and well presented. The food and beverage menu was rich in variety. I really liked the fact that I could have an espresso to my dessert and snacks in between meals. Since the front cabin is small the service is individual like in a restaurant. There are no big trollies moving around for food and drinks. In my opinion there was a little bit too much meat on the menu. But in case you are vegetarian or vegan you can always request special meals prior the flight (also in economy)

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Entertainment

The inflight entertainment offers music, show, games, movies and much more. The selection of movies is not the biggest but it is well enough for a 10 hour flight. My movie recommendation: Suicide Squad and Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar. The headset is comfortable to wear and reduces background noise quite well.

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pilot patrick approaching pju dominican republic

Air Berlin exquisite

Air Berlin offers all passengers who book an economy ticket to bid on available business class seats. This online service is called airberlin equisite. The price is completely set by yourself. 12 hours prior to departure you will find out whether the bid was successful. I used this kind of auction and was lucky to fly in business class to Miami. The upgrade was around 500€ (one way)

My vacation already started when boarding the aircraft. For me it is luxury to stretch out and have a good sleep in a flat position on board. The high price was definitely worth it since I only stayed for six nights in Punta Cana. This is how I could reduce my jet lag!

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Bed in the sky

Where to book?
www.airberlin.com

Where to fly?
Non stop from Berlin and Düsseldorf:  Miami (Mia), Los Angeles (LAX), Abu Dhabi (AHU), New York (JFK), Punta Cana (PUJ), Havanna (HAV )  Cancun (CUN), Chicago (ORD) …

Amenities in business class

  • Welcome drink
  • Amenity Kit with cosmetics
  • Blanket and pillow
  • Food and drink menu
  • Inflight Enterainment
  • Priority boarding
  • Lounge access
  • higher baggage allowance

Insider tips

  • Reserve a seat free of charge when booking your ticket
  • Exquisite: You can bit on available business class seats
  • XL Economy seats offer more space in economy class
  • Sign up for top bonus to collect miles for free flights

Where is your next flight taking you to?

Your Pilot Patrick

13 Comments

  1. Sabse 9 months ago

    Nice review! I prefere Emirates. My next flight goes to Hong Kong!

    • Author
      pilotpatrick 9 months ago

      Hey Sabse,

      for sure! Emirates has a really nice business class and first class too!

      Happy Landings

      Your Pilot Patrick

      • Sabse 9 months ago

        even the eco is good! 😉

  2. nimitguptamba 9 months ago

    Hi Patrick, Greetings of a beautiful day! I can’t see any other traveler alongside with you in the business class.Were you alone into it? And who took your pictures inside the business class? Air Berlin crew? Have a very good, and relaxing weekend, Cheers!

    • Author
      pilotpatrick 9 months ago

      Hello! I was not the only one in business class. All seats were actually occupied. Watch the Facebook of me boarding then you see other passengers. Mostly they were shoot by myself or with self timer 😉 Thanks a lot. Have a good weekend too. Happy landings Patrick

  3. Rania 8 months ago

    Hey captain Patrick ♥ the new design is amazing :-). Greetings and kisses from my room 🙂

    • Author
      pilotpatrick 8 months ago

      Thx a lot! 😉

    • Author
      pilotpatrick 8 months ago

      Hello Rania,
      thanks for your nice feedback and sorry for my late reply. Many greetings!
      Patrick

  4. bitterhearts89 8 months ago

    Love the review and look forward to seeing more reviews on your upcoming adventures.

    • Author
      pilotpatrick 8 months ago

      I hope so too! 🙂

    • Author
      pilotpatrick 8 months ago

      That makes me happy to hear! Next flight will be soon. Then I will share my first experience in First Class.
      Happy landings! Patrick

  5. Ian Renfrew 8 months ago

    Thanks for this Patrick, I will be flying AIr Berlin in July 14thBusiness Class From Berlin to Abu Dhabi. I will be in Berlin for 7 day (Working working working) Conference.
    Really appreciate the review

    • Author
      pilotpatrick 8 months ago

      Hello Ian,
      that is cool. Have a good flight. If you are traveling alone get a window seat. In row 2 they are the best.
      Have a save trip already! Patrick

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