Air Berlin Business Class Flight 7430 Düsseldorf-Los Angeles – Review
DÜSSELDORF –Düsseldorf Airport is one of the world’s oldest airports, having opened in 1927 with routes operated by Deutsche Luft Hansa to Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne and Geneva. Although far less well known than Frankfurt and Germany, Düsseldorf is nonetheless the country’s third-largest airport.
My destination, Los Angeles International Airport, is three years younger, having opened as Mines Field in 1930 and is the sixth-busiest airport in the world. It’s one of the five U.S. destinations served by Air Berlin with non-stop flights out of Düsseldorf.
Air Berlin offers non-stop service between Düsseldorf and Los Angeles during summer months and operates the route with its newly updated Airbus A330-200s. My day started at Munich Airport’s Terminal 1 with a connecting flight to Düsseldorf on an Air Berlin Airbus A320. With my boarding pass already on my smartphone, I proceeded directly to the security checkpoint.
Air Berlin offers business-class and topbonus silver, gold, and platinum passengers access to the security fast lane so there was no real wait time for me to get past the security checkpoint. After a short 50-minute flight to Düsseldorf, I was soon on my way to the international terminal and had my passport checked at the border control station. With a one-hour layover in Düsseldorf ahead of me, I stopped at the Air Berlin business lounge located next to my departure gate C31 and enjoyed a small breakfast.
The non-stop Düsseldorf-Los Angeles flight operates on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from April through October and departs at 1:20 p.m. We pushed back from the gate seven minutes early.
The flight path took us in a Great Circle route over the southwest coast of Iceland, continuing over Greenland crossing the Arctic Circle and then passing over Baffin Island, Canada’s largest island. We continued over Manitoba and Saskatchewan, crossing over into U.S. airspace over Montana, and continuing over Idaho, Utah, and Nevada until we arrived in Los Angeles.
The flight time was ten hours and 53 minutes and we landed in Los Angeles four minutes early at 3:23 p.m. local time. We were scheduled to reach the gate at 4:10 and arrived 39 minutes ahead of schedule.