Lobby Bar – July 19: A Flaming Re-entrance, Thanking the Academy, An App for That, and No Bathroom Breaks

By Jeremy Del Nero on 19 July 2013
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The Lobby Bar – A Weekly Summary of Frequent Business Traveler News and Views

DSC_1357There’s always next year.  The 2013 GlobeRunner Award Ceremony in Midtown Manhattan on Wednesday recognized top travel and travel-related companies.  We’re still a little peeved that Frequent Business Traveler’s own Global Air and its “Not Bad” miles program were both snubbed in the awards this year.

Not too lazy.  Jonathan Spira stays at the Palais Hansen Kempinski in Vienna.  Although guests can order room service and book spa appointments via the room’s included iPad, they’re still encouraged to leave the hotel at some point to explore the city.

An unexpected return.  A Boeing Dreamliner caught fire last Friday, shutting down all airport traffic at London Heathrow for several hours. We want to remember you Boeing, but not this way. Not. This. Way. *Sniff*

Tenth floor aircraft.  Jeremy Del Nero (hi!) recaps the GlobeRunner Awards Presentation Ceremony, complete with pictures from the festive event.  After the main door had been closed, Associate editor and emcee Dan Collins kindly reminded passengers, ahem guests, to fasten their seatbelts and turn off all mobile devices… Methinks he flies too much.

The sacrifices of luxury.  United is partnering with Mercedes-Benz to bring select first-class and Global Services-tier passengers with tight flight connections to their next aircraft via a Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan.  Passengers testing the service had a valid question: “what if I want to use the lav?”

Grounded.  Jonathan Spira coasts on electric power in the 2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 5.  While the car’s navigation system creates routes for optimal fuel economy, it still lacks the long sought-after cloaking mode we’ve been anticipating since sighting such a feature in a Harry Potter movie.

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