Along with the airberlin crew, the new route to Las Vegas was celebrated by Düsseldorf Airport’s Director Aviation Marketing, Ulrich Topp; Kalle Hansen, airberlin’s Manager Media Cooperation & Events; and Michael Goldsmith, VP International Sales, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. Guests of honour were Facebook competition winners Denny Hienzsch and Yvonne Schröter who won a trip and wedding ceremony in Las Vegas.
The aircraft was then welcomed to Sin City by the airport fire department. Posing with airberlin cabin crew and Las Vegas show girls were Randall Walker, Director of Aviation for Clark County; Titus Johnson, airberlin’s VP Sales and Marketing Americas; and Michael Goldsmith, VP International Sales for Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
Cutting the cake for airberlin’s new route to Los Angeles were Till Bunse, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Berlin Airports; Hartmut Mehdorn, CEO airberlin, and Michael Müller, Mayor and Senator for Urban Development and Environment of Berlin.
On arrival in the City of Angels, airberlin passengers were treated to cake. Councilman Tom La Bonge presented a diploma to airberlin’s VP Sales and Marketing The Americas, Titus Johnson. Flanking them were Wolfgang Drautz, German Consul General in Los Angeles, and Gina Marie Lindsey, CEO Los Angeles World Airports.
- airberlin expanded with three routes in the last week, of which two were to the US. On 10 May, the airline connected its Düsseldorf (DUS) hub with Las Vegas, NV (LAS). Flights operate twice-weekly with 303-seat A330-200 aircraft. The following day, the airline connected its hub in the German capital, Berlin Tegel (TXL), with Los Angeles, CA (LAX). A330-200s are operated on the route three times weekly. Notably, this is the first time the two cities are connected non-stop. airberlin’s CEO Hartmut Mehdorn commented: “Los Angeles is a major route expansion for our Berlin hub. Attractive destinations such as Los Angeles make our hub an engine of growth for airberlin, for tourism and the economy. With this offer, we particularly want to attract connecting passengers from our German and European route network.” The airline also launched an intra-European route. From Friedrichshafen (FDH) in southernmost Germany, the airline began serving Ibiza (IBZ) with weekly 737-700 flights on 12 May.