CHICAGO, March 26, 2013 - airberlin took off for the first time from Berlin to Chicago on March 23, becoming the first airline with a nonstop connection from the German capital to the Windy City's O'Hare International Airport.
Chicago is now the fifth US destination to which airberlin flies nonstop from Germany. The other routes are Fort Myers, FL; Los Angeles; Miami and New York.
Chicago Department of Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie S. Andolino greeted Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, CEO airberlin, Hartmut Mehdorn, Chief Executive of Berlin Brandenburg Airport and their delegation when the inaugural flight arrived at O'Hare last Saturday afternoon.
"This new direct service from Berlin is great news for Chicago and for O'Hare," Andolino said. "It provides travelers with more options and expands our European partnership."
airberlin will be the only airline operating from O'Hare with non-stop service between Chicago and Berlin, and is also planned as a codeshare flight with American Airlines.
airberlin operates the service on its new route to Chicago on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays with an Airbus A330-200.Starting 1st May, Germany's second largest airline will also fly every Wednesday and Sunday, thus increasing the number of weekly flights from three to five. The connecting flights to Chicago via Berlin are particularly attractive for travellers from Warsaw, the new European destination in the airberlin route network. Travellers from Berlin can easily reach major American cities such as Minneapolis, New Orleans and Seattle with only one stop via Chicago.