The French airline was the first to arrive – and the last to fly away.
Air France was the first civil airline to land at Berlin-Tegel Airport, and it will also be the last to take off from there: On January 2, 1960, a plane from the French airline rolled over the runway of the airport for the first time was only used for military purposes to date. 60 years later, on November 8, 2020, AF1235 says goodbye to Paris-Charles de Gaulle Tegel as the last flight. An Airbus A320 will be used on the historic connection.
Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, Chairman of the Management Board of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH: “The long and eventful history of flight operations in Tegel is as closely connected with hardly any other airline as with Air France. In January 1960 the airline entered the era of civil aviation in Tegel started, was represented at the opening of the famous airport on November 1, 1974 with one of the largest aircraft in the world at the time, an Airbus A300-B2, and will take off from TXL on November 8th on the very last flight from TXL Air France is difficult to imagine for this airport. I would like to thank the airline for immediately accepting our offer for the last flight and I look forward to continuing to work with Air France / KLM at Terminal 1 at BER. ”
Away from the old, back to the new airport
Passengers who would like to experience the last Air France flight from Tegel live will receive a discount of 60 euros for tickets from Berlin to a European destination of their choice (only valid for flights from Berlin-Tegel on November 8, 2020, bookable on the Air France Website – see: http://bit.ly/BYETXL). Those who fly back from Paris to Berlin on the same day can use AF1134 at 8.40 p.m. with arrival at 10.25 p.m. at the new BER airport. Before and during the flight from Tegel to Paris, Air France has come up with a few surprises for its passengers.
Air France in Berlin-Tegel – an overview:
- January 2, 1960: For the first time, an Air France civil aircraft lands in Berlin-Tegel. The French airline is thus opening scheduled operations at the airfield previously used by the military. The connection of the Lockheed Super Constellation with the identification F-BAZK leads from Berlin via Frankfurt to Paris.
- February 24, 1960: Start of the first official scheduled flight with a Caravelle between Paris, Frankfurt and Berlin.
- From 1961: The Caravelle is used on all flights to Berlin-Tegel: On the two daily routes Paris – Frankfurt – Berlin, Düsseldorf – Berlin and Munich – Berlin.
- 1976: The Concorde supersonic aircraft lands in Tegel before scheduled service begins – 60,000 visitors flock to the airport.
- 1977: Air France flies Paris-Düsseldorf-Berlin twice a day with a Boeing B727-200 with 154 seats. It replaces the smaller Caravelle.
- 1980: Air France celebrates its 30th anniversary of the domestic German route network and the 5,000,000th passenger on the connections to and from Berlin.
- April 18, 1988: Air France’s Airbus A320 celebrates its world premiere on the Paris-Berlin route.
- November 1988: Start of the first of 100 weekly flights of the new airline “EuroBerlin France” from Tegel to Frankfurt, Cologne, Munich and Stuttgart. It belongs to 51 percent Air France and 49 percent to Deutsche Lufthansa. The company’s headquarters are in Berlin-Tegel.
- From December 1, 2017: Air France subsidiary Joon connects Berlin-Tegel with Paris-Charles de Gaulle up to six times a day. With the termination of Joon 2019, Air France will take over the route itself again.
- From October 2000: Until the start of the corona pandemic, Air France connects Berlin-Tegel up to six times a day with Paris Charles-de-Gaulle.
- November 8, 2020: AF1235 to Paris-Charles de Gaulle is the last flight from Tegel before the airport is finally closed. In future, Air France will take off from the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) to Paris-Charles de Gaulle three times a day. There passengers have access to the Air France route network with around 170 destinations worldwide.