Cutting the cake for the inauguration of airberlin’s new route to Chicago O’Hare were Klaus Wowereit, Berlin’s Mayor; Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, airberlin’s CEO; Wilhelm Heinz, Captain on the inaugural flight; Hartmut Mehdorn, Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg’s CEO; and James Melville, envoy of the US embassy in Berlin.
airberlin’s arrival at Chicago O’Hare was greeted with the traditional water cannon salute. Speaking during the launch event in Berlin, Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, airberlin’s CEO, said: “With the launch of this long-haul service we are not only increasing the strength of our hub in Berlin, but also our presence in the growing US market.”
Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, airberlin’s CEO; Jerzy Józef Margański, Polish Ambassador to Germany; and Hartmut Mehdorn, Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg’s CEO helped launch the airline’s new service connecting the German and Polish capitals.
To mark airberlin’s arrival in Warsaw, the airport organised a special event for local spotters, although the dedication to their hobby was severely tested in the cold outdoors.
- airberlin inaugurated two routes last week, as it increased its offering from Berlin Tegel (TXL) with two destinations, one long- and one short-haul, on 23 March. The carrier now offers thrice-weekly flights to Chicago O’Hare (ORD), carried out using A330-200s, as well as thrice-daily services to Warsaw (WAW). The latter is operated using Q400s in competition to LOT Polish Airlines’ 11 weekly departures.