MIAMI — Air Berlin will increase its presence in the United States, with several new destinations and additional frequencies to the existing routes in summer 2017.

The airline says it will expand its flight frequencies by up to 50 per cent from 55 weekly to 78 weekly nonstop flights from Berlin and Dusseldorf in summer 2017, with Orlando as a new destination, with  five weekly flights to Dusseldorf beginning May 6.

The addition of Orlando complements Air Berlin footprint in Florida. The carrier already flies to Miami and Fort Myers.

“Orlando is a valuable addition to our existing strong Florida-portfolio because the city is a major convention destination, which bears a high potential in the business travel segment,” says Stefan Pichler, Chief Executive Officer Air Berlin.

Besides Orlando, Air Berlin will launch flights from Berlin to Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco. Three weekly LAX flights begin May 2 while four weekly San Francisco flights start May 1.

The expansion also includes an upgrade to the newly launched routes from Dusseldorf to Boston and San Francisco, which now go to a daily service each.

From Berlin, the carrier’s New York JFK service will increase from 7 to 10 weekly flights, and the Berlin – Miami flight will go from seasonal to year-round.

“The further expansion of our U.S. operations as of summer 2017 shows that we are determined to continue on our path to position Air Berlin as a premium network carrier with a strong U.S. footprint and an excellent proposition even for the most discerning business traveler,” Pichler says.

In order to cope with this expansion, the carrier is set to receive three additional Airbus A330-200s. These aircraft will include 19 FullFlat Business Class seats, 46 “XL” premium economy seats and 225 Economy Class seats.

With the expanded schedule, Air Berlin will fly nonstop from Germany to eight destinations in the United States — Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago O’Hare, Fort Myers, Miami, New York JFK, Orlando and San Francisco.