Together with Etihad and airberlin cabin crew, the ribbon for the new route between Berlin and Abu Dhabi was cut in the German capital by Manfred A. Körtgen, COO Berlin Airports; Hartmut Mehdorn, CEO airberlin; Klaus Wowereit, Mayor of Berlin; Mohammed Ahmed Al Mahmood, UAE Ambassador to Germany; and Werner Rothenbaecher, Etihad’s SVP Technical.
On arrival in Abu Dhabi, Mehdorn cut another ribbon with James Hogan, CEO Etihad, and James E. Bennett, CEO Abu Dhabi Airports Company.
- airberlin made the first alteration to its network as an effect of last month’s announcement that Etihad increases its holding in the German carrier. From its Berlin Tegel (TXL) hub, airberlin now serves Etihad’s hub at Abu Dhabi (AUH), at the same time cancelling its previous route to Dubai. The route will be operated four times a week with 303-seat A330-200 aircraft. airberlin’s CEO Hartmut Mehdorn called the new route “one of the key components of the partnership with Abu Dhabi becoming airberlin’s gateway to Asia and Australia”. The route has previously been served briefly in 2009 by the now defunct German airline Blue Wings.