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Star Trek on board airberlin and TELE 5 have a surprise in store for passengers to celebrate 50 years of Star Trek

September 9, 2016 Aviation No Comments Email Email

An aircraft cabin becomes a film set: Marvin Töpfer, a senior cabin crew member at airberlin, is stationed in Dusseldorf, where he has worked for the airline since 2010. Recently, for a day he exchanged his airberlin uniform for that of famous Star Trek character, Mr. Spock.

The reason for the unusual role switch was the 50th anniversary of the famous series on September 8, 2016. In conjunction with TELE 5, airberlin not only presented an anniversary flyer to mark the occasion, but also put on a very special flight. The video is available online at

Flight AB2386 from Dusseldorf to Palma de Mallorca had a number of colourful surprises in store for airberlin passengers: on board the anniversary aircraft, presented for the first time yesterday, service was provided by Captain James T. Kirk, Mr. Spock, Dr. Leonard McCoy and Lt. Uhura, while unusual announcements provided for additional entertainment and many happy photo memories. Each passenger also received a strictly limited-edition drinking cup, which will certainly enjoy collector value among Trekkies.

“Every flight is unique and the great thing about my job is that it never gets boring. This flight, where I played a world-famous character, was a very special moment that I will always fondly remember,” said Marvin Töpfer – aka Mr. Spock.

Six specially-recruited additional crew members joined this special flight: four flight attendants and two pilots. “For this wonderful project, my colleagues and I were happy to report for duty on our day off,” said Marvin Töpfer.

The airberlin Airbus A320, which bears the official registration D-ABFG, will be flying around the airline’s European network throughout September. The anniversary flyer also features specially produced Star Trek headrests.

TELE 5 has exclusive free-TV broadcasting rights for the original Star Trek series in Germany, and will celebrate the anniversary on September 8 with special programming. As part of the co-operation, airberlin will also feature a selection of Star Trek episodes and bonus features in its inflight entertainment programme in the coming months. Trekkies – and all those who would like to become one – can find more information online: and

Whoever takes a nice photo of the airberlin Star Trek anniversary flyer and posts it on social media with the hashtags #StarTrek, #airberlin and #Tele5, will be in with a chance of winning a surprise Star Trek package from airberlin and TELE 5

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