The new US offensive at Berlin-Brandenburg Airport

Berlin-Brandenburg Airport (Photo: Steffen Lorenz).
Berlin-Brandenburg Airport (Photo: Steffen Lorenz).

The new US offensive at Berlin-Brandenburg Airport

Berlin-Brandenburg Airport (Photo: Steffen Lorenz).
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In addition to New York and Los Angeles, Washington is to be included in the second attempt in 2023 from BER. Delta is also planning to return to Berlin.

The desire to expand long-distance connections seems to be slowly picking up speed again in Berlin. Just a few weeks after the surprising announcement by the new Norwegian long-haul low-cost carrier Norse that it would fly to two new US destinations from Berlin, United is promising a fourth destination airport in the USA from Berlin from 2023 with the destination Washington.

With Norse entering the market next month, the 787 Dreamliners will be flying to Kennedy Airport (JFK) from Berlin. A previously new destination airport from BER, which means that there will be two airports in the New York metropolitan area: John F. Kennedy/JFK (Norse) and Newark (United) in the flight plan. The two-class Dreamliners will also offer non-stop flights several times a week to the west coast of the USA, bound for Los Angeles/LAX.

Now, a few weeks later, United is also promising an expansion of the BER flight plan, which is already planned for the summer of 2022. According to the current status, from the end of May 2023, a Boeing 767-400 will take off daily as flight "UA235" in 9 hours 20 minutes directly from Berlin to Washington DC / IAD. United's 767 jets are said to be equipped with Polaris Business Class, which is popular with American FQTV.

A "Berlin returnee" could be the SkyTeam member Delta Airlines, which has also released a non-stop connection from BER to New York JFK for booking from the end of May 2023 and could become direct competition for the 787 Dreamliners from Norse. Delta had already announced its New York flights to return this summer, but postponed the plans further. Most recently, flights to “JFK” were offered from Berlin-Tegel before the Corona Pandemic, also with Boeing 767 jets. From BER Airport, which opened at the end of October 2020, Delta would now be a premiere. The flight, which is currently planned on a Boeing 767-300, is to take place daily with a planned flight time of 9 hours as "DL093" from Terminal 1 of BER to Terminal 4 of New York JFK Airport on the US east coast. Also on board is the premium cabin, which bears the name "Delta One".

It is still unclear how the other two airlines, which were still on long-haul routes from Berlin-Tegel before the outbreak of the corona pandemic in spring 2020, will return. In the 2017 summer timetable, for example, the Air Canada subsidiary "Air Canada Rouge" also took off several times a week from Berlin in the direction of Toronto with the Boeing 767. The flights, which were also announced for 2020 and thus the third season, were canceled due to the global pandemic and have been on hold ever since. With an even bigger question mark and also suspended for an indefinite period is the connection from Berlin to Beijing. For more than 10 years, the Airbus A330 jets of the Chinese airline "Hainan Airlines" were on the move between Berlin-Tegel and Beijing. In the past 1,5 years, in addition to the pandemic, the airline, like the entire HNA Group, got into a serious financial slump. Even though Hainan recently announced and started a new route from Beijing to Belgrade, there are still big question marks about a return to Berlin and BER. 

In addition to flights to the USA, Oneworld member Qatar Airways also serves the Doha hub and the low-cost subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, Scoot, serves the home airport of Singapore non-stop from Berlin. Both airlines rely on models of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. While Scoot currently offers four flights per week, Qatar Airways will continue to increase its flights from Berlin starting next month. In the future, the Dreamliners will fly up to twice a day in around five hours to the capital on the Persian Gulf.

Another airline from the Persian Gulf, which once again emphatically announced how much it would like to fly to Berlin during the ILA in Berlin, is Emirates. Due to the existing aviation agreement between Germany and the Emirates, this will remain just a wish for the foreseeable future.

This is doubly a pity, because in addition to the missing destination Dubai in the year-round flight schedule, an extra A380 gate was built at BER, which unfortunately will probably never (regularly) see this machine type as planned.

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