mauriceb
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Air Berlin Will Base An 737-800 At AMS

Wed Jun 08, 2005 6:09 am

Air Berlin confirmed that they will base an 737-800 at AMS for theire 2 dayly AMS-Berlin flights, and that they will fly daily to palma...... this may indicate that Air Berlin might add more flights to AMS



source: www.luchtvaartnieuws.nl
 
A350
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Air Berlin Will Base An 737-800 At AMS

Wed Jun 08, 2005 7:48 am

Congrats to AB and AMS! BTW, has anyone here flown on AB and can say some words about experience and service?

Greetings from Berlin

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mika10021
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RE: Air Berlin Will Base An 737-800 At AMS

Wed Jun 08, 2005 12:22 pm

How come didn't EZY get those slots?They have been fighting over more flights from AMS for so long.
 
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RE: Air Berlin Will Base An 737-800 At AMS

Wed Jun 08, 2005 3:07 pm

RE: new AMS service
I think this is - like quite a few of this particular's airlines moves - a wise one. Judging from the amount of Dutch talking I have hard on AB flights out of DUS and FMO, the airline must already be well known at least in the border regions of the Netherlands. In fact, AB not only offers their website in Dutch, but also the printed timetable (yes, they still have those despite being "low cost") has a special section for their Dutch and Belgian customers. Therefore, AB is not plunging into a new, unknown market - I suppose that their brand is already well established as a low cost option at least in parts of the Netherlands.

RE: AB service in general
I am currently travelling a lot on AB both for business and private purposes. In fact, within the last 18 months, I have accrued more than 60.000 miles on their frequent flyer program. Yes, they have one of those, and it is also a very generous one, offering among other things, a free flight coupon every 15.000 miles (and this includes all taxes and fees which still have to be paid when redeeming a so-called free flight on "quality carriers" like Craphansa).

Their on-board service can only be described as friendly and of good quality for an Economy Class product - free soft drinks and a snack or warm meal (depending on flight length), free newspapers and magazines, and you can either select your seat upon check-in or upon booking, so you don't have to stampede onboard like on one of those Ryanair cattle flights.

Also, their telephone hotline has been very supportive and friendly during all my enquiries.

Therefore our Dutch friends have really won an asset, which is, despite being billed "low cost", light-years ahead of Ryaanair, Easyjets and the likes.
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musapapaya
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RE: Air Berlin Will Base An 737-800 At AMS

Wed Jun 08, 2005 5:23 pm

yes, totally backed up!
AB offer superior service to ryanair and easyjet. The only comparable LCC to AB in Europe is 4U. But AB wins marginally IMO.
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A319114
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RE: Air Berlin Will Base An 737-800 At AMS

Wed Jun 08, 2005 5:42 pm

I agree, AB is a great LCC carrier. The best in Europe, IMHO. Very thrilled to have them at AMS, though I wont be using them a lot (afterall, DUS is closer to where I live).
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RE: Air Berlin Will Base An 737-800 At AMS

Wed Jun 08, 2005 6:51 pm

AB get the thumbs up from me too - £40 STN-HAJ, but with seats booked online a the time of booking, free drinks, a free sandwich, a free newspaper and a sweet (woo!) plus entertainment on board (radio channels and drop down TVs), they make a mockery of Ryanair!

It's just a shame I have no need to travel on AB more often!
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KLM-MD11
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RE: Air Berlin Will Base An 737-800 At AMS

Wed Jun 08, 2005 7:45 pm

so I assume the rotation will be:

AMS-TXL-AMS-PMI-AMS-TXL-AMS

how will they roster the crew? based at AMS or overnights?

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flyinTLow
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RE: Air Berlin Will Base An 737-800 At AMS

Wed Jun 08, 2005 7:55 pm

AB wasn't voted best low-cost airline in Europe for nothing. We handle them in FRA, and I have to say beyond friendly crew with a service often times not found on legacy carriers for a price cheaper than taking the train. What more do you want?

Great win for AMS!
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jorge1812
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RE: Air Berlin Will Base An 737-800 At AMS

Thu Jun 09, 2005 5:16 am

Quoting Klm-md11 (Reply 7):
how will they roster the crew? based at AMS or overnights?

I think they will be in the hotel only for the night like DRS-PMI-AMS and AMS-PMI-DRS.

Quoting A319114 (Reply 5):
I agree, AB is a great LCC carrier

AB is no LCC they call themself a Low Fare Airline.

Georg.