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LH Berlin-Washington Service Starts Today

Mon Mar 26, 2001 10:27 pm

Several hours ago, the inaugural flight of Lufthansa's Berlin (Tegel) - Washington (Dulles) service took off. Aboard were dignitaries such as the German ambassador to the U.S., Berlin's Mayor Eberhard Diepgen and Hans-Dietrich Genscher, who was the foreign minister under Helmut Kohl when the Berlin Wall fell.

This is the first direct service Berlin has had to the U.S. for three years (when Delta pulled its TXL-JFK service). Always up until now the airlines have complained that not enough high paying business and first class seats are sold on the Berlin flights. Even many people within Lufthansa are skeptical about the long-term viability of the flight. As it is, it only happened after subtle (but clear) political pressure was applied and landing fees at Tegel were lessened (or perhaps waived, I'm not sure).

Lufthansa is hoping by flying to a United hub that there may be enough connecting traffic to keep it going. I will be flying the route in May (with a further connection to DFW) and I'll write a trip report at that time. The route is being served with A340-200 equipment (the Star Alliance jet was used for the inaugural service).

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Dave in Berlin
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RE: LH Berlin-Washington Service Starts Today

Tue Mar 27, 2001 3:50 am

Berlin is a strange destination. But maybe that is so because the city has 3 relatively small airports, that may be the reason airlines don't want to fly into Berlin (too less connecting flights and passengers).
KLM-exel will stop their flights to TXL (4x a day) from this week on with the ERJ-145 as there are just too less passengers for their TXL-MST route, pretty strange if you realize their MST-MUC (3x a day ERJ-145) route is pretty succesfull.
 
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RE: LH Berlin-Washington Service Starts Today

Tue Mar 27, 2001 4:09 am

It's all a matter of passenger mix. Munich is a huge business destination, but Berlin is not. It really doesn't have anything to do with the airports themselves. That's why I think that Berlin Brandenburg International, as it's conceived now, is more airport than Berlin will need for a long, long time.

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RE: LH Berlin-Washington Service Starts Today

Tue Mar 27, 2001 10:26 pm

correct. however, i think berlin´s importance for the business traveller and it´s business market will grow within the next years, and, in addition with the fact that TXL is already overcrowded, i do think that BBI is highly needed. furthermore, i think that the right airside infrastructre might trigger some additional growth as well.

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