Air Berlin Introduces Fully-Flat Business Class Seats
Air Berlin announced the launch of an all-new business-class product on board its A330 long-haul fleet. The new seat is the same used by Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, which owns 29% of the carrier, in its business-class cabins.
The redesigned business-class cabin has 19 seats which recline to a fully-flat position of 180° and offer also a massage function (the prior generation of Air Berlin business-class seats only reclined to 172°). All seats have direct-aisle access and the majority are individual seats (i.e. there is no adjoining seat).
Each seat has a 15” display for the in-flight entertainment system with over 200 hours of programming including a selection of movies, TV shows, music, and games. Each seat also has a USB port.
The first plane equipped with the new business-class was an Airbus A330-200 with the registration D-ALPD. The plane made its first flight, a trip from Düsseldorf to Abu Dhabi, during the last week of December 2012.
In addition to its stake in Air Berlin, Etihad recently acquired the airline’s topbonus frequent flyer program.
The new business-class seat is the Solstys model manufactured by Sogerma, a company owned by EADS, which also owns Airbus.