Air Berlin plans business class on short-haul flights

Air Berlin has introduced plans for business class service on short-haul flights in Europe, as part of a restructuring, the company said.

Air Berlin has recorded a net loss in seven of the last eight years and has been trying to reduce debts and improve results by cutting routes and costs. The airline is trying to attract higher paying business travellers by increasing long-haul services, especially to the United States, as well as adding the short-haul business class service. The company said it plans to eliminate free drinks and snacks for economy customers on short-haul flights, and offer a buy-on-board menu.

Air Berlin PLC & Co. is one of Germany´s largest airlines, maintaining hubs at Berlin Tegel Airport and Düsseldorf Airport and operating a route network that includes a total of 17 German cities, some European metropolitan and several leisure destinations in Southern Europe and North Africa, as well as intercontinental services to destinations in the Caribbean and the Americas. The carrier is 29 per cent owned by Abu Dhabi-based carrier Etihad.