Photo © Holger Frank
Flight: A3 840 ATH-DUS
Actual Departure: 1005
Actual Arrival: 1152
Flight Duration: 2h, 47m
My bed for the night
The crew passed out boarding mints, the safety video played in the Greek/English combo and again in German and then we were on our way.
Spiros Olympic Stadium
The seatbelt sign was soon turned off and the service began. I was very surprised to smell hot bread as the trolley passed by. First came the drink trolly and then came the big surprise, a hot breakfast tray! I was expecting this on my JFK-ATH flight, not my ATH-DUS segment.
The bacon was delicious, bread was hot, and the Greek yogurt with honey was a great "dessert". The eggs were a little on the tough side, but it was still a HOT breakfast! The flight attendants even came down the aisle offering more hot bread. Coffee and tea was offered more than once after the initial service. Impressive for a 2.5 hour flight.
After garbage collection, the crew came down selling Duty Free. The flight was full of German tourists and this crew worked hard -with a smile- the entire flight.
The Air Berlin transfer desk was conveniently located across from my gate. I got my boarding pass and made my way to passport control. The guy gave me a hard time about my Greece entry "stamp" which I didn't notice was barely visible. Made my way over to the gate and boarding started about 30 minutes later.
On the way to my gate, Iberia A319
Iberia 319 and Air France baby bus 318 in the background.
Air Berlin A330-200
Photo © Stefan Sonnenberg
Flight: AB 3550 DUS-JFK
Actual Departure: 1341
Actual Arrival: 1522
Flight Duration: 7h, 41m
This flight was booked to about 90%. Thankfully, I was able to get the last aisle seat. The flight attendants of Air Berlin were another polished group. Not one looked frumpy or miserable. In fact, the most beautiful female flight attendant I've ever seen in my life was on this flight! Anyway, after take off the flight attendants came down the aisle selling headsets. I was a little surprised by this although not a big deal to me as I had my own. The legroom was average but the seats were above average in comfort. The only thing I didn't like about the plane was the lav setup. It looked like AB removed the rear lavs and bunched them together with the lavs at L3/R3. This made the bulkhead seats at L3/R3 undesirable because people were always standing there waiting in a line, therefore blocking the overhead/wall screens.
Service started soon after level off. By the time the trolleys got to my section there was only one selection left, Swedish meatballs with mashed potatos, carrot salad, crackers and a wedge of cheese encrusted with herbs. Everything was delicious and the meal hit the spot. Liquor was complimentary with the meal service only so I enjoyed a glass of red. Air Berlin also offers a "Gourmet Menu" selection for sale in the coach cabin.
I was exhausted -and stuffed- so I settled back and watched "Friends" on the overhead screen which put me to sleep in no time! When I woke up we were being served again. This time we had yogurt and a delicious Pita stuffed with meat, cheese, lettuce and tomato. Another great meal.
I went to sleep again and didn't wake up until the wheels hit the ground at JFK. We deplaned in AA's beautiful new T8 and I quickly cleared customs and was on my way home. The end of a wonderful holiday in Greece. Thanks for reading and all comments are welcome.