Lobby Bar – March 20: Shagadelic Airlines, Edible Hotels, and Autocannibalistic Cars
Lobby Bar – A Facetiously–Tweaked Summary of FBT News and Views
Identity crisis. Jonathan Spira gets behind the wheel of the first car built for drivers with multiple personalities: the all-new Volkswagen Golf SportWagen, also known as the Golf Variant, also known as the Golf Estate, previously known as the Jetta SportWagen. The only thing the car won’t answer to is “Sybil” for some unknown reason.
iPhone infinity. Paul Riegler is here to show you some iPhone tips and tricks that you may not know about. Buried deep in the hidden settings menu is a feature – “Extend your iPhone’s battery life 1000%” – which you should definitely check off. Just one thing, the phone must be off in order to derive maximum benefit from this mode.
New beginnings. Henry Feintuch checks into the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian in Scotland. The hotel was lovely, but Feintuch’s room was unfortunately too small to fit his luggage, so he had to sell his suitcase and belongings before checking in. He actually made a profit and is now considering a career change.
See no evil. What are the biggest challenges you face as a corporate travel manager? Top pick: keeping employees in the middle seat in rows 67 and 68 from learning that their CEO is on the same flight, but in 1A.
Dip into the ranch suite. Check out the new Raffles Jakarta hotel opening in Indonesia. Just remember, Raffles have ridges.
Groovy, baby! A new airline, called flymojo, has launched and placed an order for 40 Bombardier CSeries Jets. The new aircraft will be powered by mojo rather than traditional jet fuel, and thus will require at least eight very cool people to be on board every flight. Alternatively, if Austin Powers is present, the aircraft will need no other source of mojo.
Ciao, Bella. San Francisco’s Villa Florence has completed the first phase of a major renovation, which will transform the rooms into modern-day Florentine villas. Thanks to virtual reality, you can look out the window and see sunny Italy, complete with Piero, an Italian pastry chef biking up to your window to serve cannoli with a cappuccino.
Eye for an eye. At the Baccarat Hotel in Midtown Manhattan, you can control the room’s climate, lights, and even order champagne using a tablet. There’s a fun app that will let you control the lighting and temperature in other rooms in the hotel – great for getting back at the guy who cut in front of you at the diamond line.
New standards. American Airlines is set to join Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, meaning the airline didn’t perform quite well enough to make Standard & Rich’s 500 index. Better luck next time, American.
Self-reliant German engineering. BMW introduced a new X5 xDrive40e Plug-In Hybrid, which can achieve the equivalent of 55 MPG. Or, simply plug the car’s charging cable into its own cigarette-lighter socket and BOOM – unlimited energy loophole.
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