Air France # bids adieu to Tegel as last airline with Farewell flight of 8 Nov 2020.

Mis à jour : 13 nov. 2020

AF1235: Letzter Abflug von Tegel

Air France was the first civil airline to land at Berlin-Tegel Airport and it has been also the last to take-off from Tegel. On 2 January 1960, an Air France aircraft taxied over the airport runway for the first time, which until then had only been used by the military. 60 years later, Sunday 8 November 2020, Air France flight AF1235 was the last-ever flight to depart from Berlin Tegel “Otto Lilienthal” Airport, or TXL for short. At 3.00 p.m., an Air France Airbus A320-200 took off bound for Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, on the historic route.

Fin des opérations à l’aéroport de Berlin-Tegel

En transférant l’ensemble de ses vols vers Berlin-Brandebourg "Willy Brandt" à partir du 08 nov 2020, Air France cessera toutes ses opérations depuis ou vers l’aéroport historique allemand de Berlin-Tegel. En 1960, elle était la première compagnie à atterrir à Berlin-Tegel avec un vol commercial en Lockheed Super Constellation. Donc c'est un clin d’œil à son histoire, 60 ans plus tard, qu'elle a été également la toute dernière compagnie aérienne à s’envoler de cet aéroport avant sa fermeture définitive. Le vol AF1235, opéré en Airbus A320, a décollé vers 15h30 heures, pour Paris-Charles de Gaulle , mettant fin au opération aérienne de l'aéroport de Tegel. Pour célébrer l’événement, des attentions particulières surprendront les clients du vol et AeroWorldpictures a eu le privilège d'être à bord pour vous faire vivre ce moment inoubliable et historique.

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Following the last departure and the end of operations at TXL,the area was symbolically handed over to the city. In line with the zoning decision for Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER), TXL will be kept in operating condition for a further six months fromthe date of the complete commissioning of BER. During this period, however, no more flights will take place in Tegel.

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Rough Cut Last flight at Berlin-Tegel Airport

Credit @ of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH

Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, Chief Executive Officer of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH: “The long and eventful history of flight operations at Tegel is more closely linked to Air France than hardly any other airline. The airline began this era of civil aviation at Tegel in January 1960, was there at the opening of the famous airport on 1 November 1974 with one of the largest aircraft in the world at the time, an Airbus A300-B2, and marks the end with the very last flight from TXL on 8 November. It is hard to imagine a more appropriate farewell from this airport than on an Air France flight. I would like to thank the airline for immediately accepting our offer to be the last flight and I look forward to continuing our cooperation with Air France/KLM at BER’s Terminal 1.”

Credit @ of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH

Stefan Gumuseli, General Manager Germany AIR FRANCE KLM: “Air France has the honour of being the last airline to say goodbye to Berlin-Tegel Airport with flight AF1235 from Tegel to Paris and in doing so, closes an important chapter in Franco-German aviation friendship. With the connection to Tegel, Air France has contributed to the rapprochement between Germany and France for 60 years. The flights from the new BER Airport mark the opening a new chapter and we are looking forward to continuing the traditional connection from Paris to Berlin.”

Credit @ of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH

H. E. Anne-Marie Descôtes, Ambassador of the French Republic to the Federal Republic of Germany: “Tegel Airportis part of the shared history that links the city of Berlin and France. The fact that the last flight, which will take off fromTegel today at 3 p.m., is going to Paris, reflects this close bond.”

Credit @ Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH

Air France at Berlin-Tegel – an overview:
  • 2 January 1960: A civil aircraft from Air France lands at Berlin-Tegel for the first time. In doing so, the French airline opens scheduled operations at the airport, which has so far only been used by the military. The connection using a Lockheed Super Constellation with the identifier F-BAZK flies from Berlin to Paris via Frankfurt. Video of Air France’s first landing at Berlin-Tegel:

  • 24 February 1960: The first official scheduled flight takes off between Paris, Frankfurt and Berlin with a Caravelle.

  • From 1961: The Caravelle is used for all flights to Berlin-Tegel: on the two daily routes Paris-Frankfurt-Berlin and Düsseldorf-Berlin and Munich-Berlin.

  • 1976: The supersonic Concorde aircraft lands at Tegel before the commencement of its scheduled operations – 60,000 visitors flock to the airport.

  • 1977: Air France flies Paris-Düsseldorf-Berlin twice a day with a 154-seat Boeing B727-200. This replaces the smaller Caravelle.

  • 1980: Air France celebrates the 30th anniversary of its domestic German route network and the 5,000,000th passenger on routes to and from Berlin.

  • 18 April 1988: Air France’s Airbus A320 celebrates its world debut on the Paris-Berlin route.

  • November 1988: Take-off of the first of 100 weekly flights with the new “EuroBerlin France” airline from Tegel to Frankfurt, Cologne, Munich and Stuttgart. 51 percent is owned by Air France and 49 percent by the German company Lufthansa. Its headquarters are at Berlin-Tegel.

  • From 1 December 2017: The Air France subsidiary Joon connects Berlin-Tegel with Paris-Charles de Gaulle up to six times a day. Air France takes over the route again itself in 2019 following the dissolution of Joon.

  • From October 2000: Air France connects Berlin-Tegel with Paris-Charles de Gaulle up to six times a day until the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • 8 November 2020: AF1235 to Paris-Charles de Gaulle is the last flight from Tegel before the airport is permanently closed. In future, Air France will fly to Paris-Charles de Gaulle from the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) three times a day. There, passengers have access to Air France’s route network with around 170 destinations around the globe.

Credit @ Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH

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