If you look at my two reviews, you will see that the first used the old sloping business class seat. The second, last August, saw me trying out the new fully-flat version which was a great improvement.
airberlin sent out a press release last week to confirm that the new seats are now available on all of their long-haul aircraft.
They were at pains to stress that they are the ONLY German airline (mention no names!) to have fully-flat seats on all of their aircraft! Lufthansa is catching up very slowly as I outlined in this post recently.
Here is a reminder of airberlin long-haul routes. This is copied from a post I wrote last year but I don’t think anything has changed. The sweet spot is Berlin to Abu Dhabi. As this is just under 3,000 miles it will only cost 50,000 Avios points return. I think you even get a free chauffeur car at both ends as this route is an Etihad codeshare.
airberlin long haul routes (business class return price plus approximate tax):
Abu Dhabi from Berlin – 50,000 Avios + £51
Abu Dhabi from Dusseldorf – 80,000 Avios + £52
Cancun from Munich – 120,000 Avios + £88
Cancun from Dusseldorf – 100,000 Avios + £86
Chicago from Berlin – 100,000 Avios + £65
* Curacao from Dusseldorf – 100,000 Avios + £46
* Dominican Republic (3 airports) from Munich, Dusseldorf – 100,000 Avios + £105
Fort Myers, Florida from Dusseldorf – 100,000 Avios + £66
Los Angeles from Dusseldorf – 120,000 Avios + £66 (Summer only)
Miami from Berlin – 100,000 Avios + £65
Miami from Dusseldorf – 100,000 Avios + £66
Mombasa, Kenya from Munich – 80,000 Avios + £82
New York from Berlin – 80,000 Avios + £65
New York from Dusseldorf – 80,000 Avios + £66
Phuket from Abu Dhabi – 80,000 Avios + £30 (ends 25 October 2014)
* Varadero, Cuba from Berlin, Munich, Dusseldorf – 100,000 Avios + £53
* Appears to be losing business class seating from Nov/Dec 2014 onwards