The Germans prefer to spend Christmas and New Year’s Eve with friends and family. In order to ensure that all guests arrive on time for their Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties, many airberlin employees will even be working over the holidays. This year around 290 airberlin flights with a total seating capacity of over 50,000 will be taking off on 24 December. On New Year’s Eve there will be a total of 310 flights.
Between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, airberlin will be providing over 3,200 flights across its entire route network. The days with the highest air travel activity at airberlin during the Christmas week are 21 and 28 December.
Kay Schönhoff, 28 years old, has been a flight attendant at airberlin for 6.5 years, and will be flying to New York on Christmas Eve: “Working on Christmas is always something special. The atmosphere on board on Christmas Eve is not like any other day of the year. You can practically feel the guests’ anticipation at the prospect of seeing their friends and family again. This year I will be flying from Berlin to New York on 24 December at 1 p.m. We will be arriving at 3.50 p.m. local time, which means I will even be able to take a tour of the city decked out in its Christmas splendour. Of course, I will be missing my family on that day, but in exchange, I will be experiencing Christmas in New York. I am really looking forward to it.”
For guests who would like to enjoy a Christmas dinner above the clouds, airberlin will be offering a classic from Sansibar: duck breast in orange sauce accompanied by a roast apple with Christmas stuffing, potato dumplings, and red cabbage with apple. This gourmet menu can be pre-ordered for flights lasting more than 60 minutes on airberlin.com, in the service centre, or at a travel agency. Duck breast is one of the most popular winter meals and is ordered almost 2,000 times from October to March. airberlin recently received the Mercury Award, the most prestigious innovation prize in the in-flight catering industry, for the Sansibar gourmet meals.