I have written a few pieces about airberlin recently because they offer an excellent way to redeem your Avios without paying extreme taxes. Yes, you need to hub through Germany to travel with them, but you will still make a large saving.
I posted here about how I recently booked a one-way in Business Class from New York to Berlin for just £1.50 of taxes!
There is even better news to come. Abu Dhabi airline Etihad has a 29% stake in airberlin and a codeshare deal. airberlin is now rolling out Etihad’s fully-flat (ie horizontal) business class seat. This will replace the current sloping version.
Here is the seat:
which presumably looks like this when fully flat (the picture below is an Etihad plane):
It is certainly an improvement on the current seat:
The new seats, not surprisingly, will be used on the Abu Dhabi routes first. This allows connecting Etihad passengers to get the same seat all the way through. Over the next year or so, though, they should be rolled out across the airberlin long-haul fleet.