Airberlin to Arrive in the Windy City

Dr. Christian Brecht, Paul Gregorowitsch, Rahm Emanuel, Hartmut Mehdorn, Burkhard Kieker, Rosemarie S. Andolino

Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago, Welcomes airberlin to The Windy City

Airberlin to Begin Non-Stop Flights to Chicago

Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, welcomed airberlin’s commitment to service Chicago O’Hare Airport (ORD) at a meeting with Hartmut Mehdorn, CEO airberlin, Paul Gregorowitsch, CCO airberlin and Burkhard Kieker, CEO visitBerlin on November 30, 2012.

The inaugural flight from Berlin (TXL) will take to the skies on March 23, 2013, making airberlin the only airline to connect the two cities non-stop. The flight will initially operate into Berlin’s Tegal Airport (TXL) until Berlin Brandenburg (BER) opens on October 27, 2013.

The new flight opens many US markets with oneworld partner, American Airlines, operating a cornerstone hub at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD). The new flight will be operated with an Airbus A330-200 and tickets are already available for sale. Obtain the cheapest published fare using our flight booking tool on the right.

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Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel, said, “It is an honor to welcome a new airline to our great city that will bring business and leisure customers to the nation’s Heartland.” Emanuel continued, “airberlin will provide service from Chicago to Berlin that will compliment new American Airlines service from Chicago to Dusseldorf starting next April. Any time a new international route is added at O’Hare, it benefits the city. New flights mean new jobs and that means more opportunity for all the citizens of Chicago.”

airberlin restructures US route network

As a member of the oneworld alliance, airberlin will be increasing service to strategic markets which also happen to be important American Airlines hubs.

Hartmut Mehdorn, CEO airberlin, said, “airberlin and the United States of America are traditionally linked by a close friendship. In 1978, the American pilot Kim Lundgren founded airberlin, known then as Air Berlin Inc., in the state of Oregon. This makes our efforts to further consolidate our position in the USA with our new non-stop flight from Berlin to Chicago also a matter that is very close to our hearts. What’s more, we have restructured our entire US network and will be specifically strengthening our presence next year in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Miami.”

Paul Gregorowitsch, CCO airberlin, further explained, “Over the past two years airberlin has taken decisive steps towards further growth in the USA: membership of the oneworld alliance since March 2012 and increased exploitation of network synergies through the sustained expansion of codeshare agreements with American Airlines. The addition of the new Chicago flight represents a logical next step in this strategy since Chicago is also one of the biggest hubs of our oneworld partner American Airlines. Thanks to this network expansion, guests of both airberlin and American Airlines can enjoy a wide range of connections both in Europe and the USA.”

VisitBerlin is working with airberlin to ensure success of the new route.

airberlin to serve five US destinations as of March 2013

The five US destinations serviced by airberlin include:

Chicago O’Hare International (ORD)

Fort Myers – Southwest Florida International (RSW)

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Miami International Airport (MIA)

New York John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK)

As flights are ramped up in the above markets, airberlin is cancelling their seasonal non-stop flights from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Las Vegas (LAS), San Francisco (SFO), and Vancouver (YVR).

airberlin Berlin to Chicago O’Hare Flight Schedule

Origin Destination Departure Time Arrival Time
Berlin Germany (TXL) Chicago O’Hare (ORD) 10:00am 12:10pm
Chicago O’Hare (ORD) Berlin Germany (TXL) 3:25pm 7:00am +1 (next day)

All Times Local

The new Berlin (TXL) to Chicago O’Hare (ORD) flight will initially operate on Monday, Tuesday, and Saturday. As of May 1, 2013, the flight will increase to five times per week with Wednesday and Sunday added to the schedule.

Feeder flights will operate from eight German cities plus eleven European cities including Vienna, Zurich, Helsinki, Gothenburg, Oslo, Warsaw and Stockholm.



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