easyJet celebrates new German domestic route between Berlin-Tegel and Cologne/Bonn with delivery of
easyJet celebrates new German domestic route between Berlin-Tegel and Cologne/Bonn with delivery of 300th aircraft
easyJet, Europe's leading airline, welcomed its 300th aircraft, an Airbus A320-214, into the fleet this morning on the new route between Berlin-Tegel and Cologne/Bonn airport. This is also the 111th aircraft with an Austrian AOC.
The aircraft is a former airberlin-aircraft that has been converted and transferred into the easyJet fleet and marks a milestone in the airline´s recent expansion in Germany. With the 300th aircraft delivery 10 of the 18 aircraft based in Berlin-Tegel are now easyJet planes, alongside the aircraft that have been wet leased to support the flying schedule from Tegel during the transition period until November 2018.
The new route between Berlin-Tegel and Cologne/Bonn is part of easyJet´s biggest summer schedule for Berlin with more than 16 million seats flying over the summer season. Flights will operate twice a day and the frequency will be increased to six daily connections by September 2018, with fares starting from €39.99*. With the comprehensive network of key European and domestic cities with convenient, frequent flights, easyJet is growing the number of business passengers with 75% of the DAX 30 signed up to corporate travel deals and that is set to increase further.
To support its expansion in Germany easyJet has been recruiting and has already started training new cabin crew and pilots. Over the next few months easyJet is looking forward to welcoming hundreds of new people to the easyJet family at Berlin-Tegel, among them several former airberlin-employees. Over 350 former airberlin-employees (150 pilot & 200 cabin crew) are already flying with easyJet and we are still in the recruitment process. By September 2018 easyJet expects to have recruited more than 420 former airberlin-employees.
Thomas Haagensen, easyJet’s Group Markets Director said:
“Celebrating the delivery of our 300th Airbus marks a milestone of both our recent expansion in Germany and also our future growth as we continue on our journey to become Europe’s leading airline.
“It was only six months ago that we launched our first flight from Berlin-Tegel to Munich and thereby started to operate our first domestic flights in Germany. The domestic routes from Tegel to Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich and Stuttgart are popular with business travellers who account for 41 percent of our passengers on these routes. The attractive flight schedules with early departure times make day trips to important destinations in Germany and other German-speaking countries possible. With the new route between Berlin-Tegel and Cologne/Bonn we are addressing the need for all governmental staff flying back and forth, as part of our agreement in place with the German government which was among our first corporate agreements in Germany.
This milestone symbolizes the ongoing expansion in Berlin with the ramp up of the operation going as planned. Celebrating the delivery of our 300th Airbus into our fleet helps us to continue to make travel easy and affordable on our journey to become Europe’s leading airline as well as Berlin’s biggest airline with more than 16 million seats flying over the summer season.”
easyJet´s Senior First Officer and former airberlin-employee Maurice Lindemann, said:
“It has been an honour to operate this special flight today on the route between Berlin-Tegel and Cologne/Bonn. From the first day we have been welcomed with open arms into the easyJet family. This has made the challenging training much easier. Being based in Berlin-Tegel, I´m very proud to support the highly motivated team on the ramp-up of this station.”
*one-way, including taxes and based on two people on the same booking.