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Lufthansa Cancels 800 Flights Tuesday Amidst Public Sector Strike

Lufthansa Cancels 800 Flights Tuesday Amidst Public Sector Strike

MUNICH—German flag carrier Lufthansa said it was cancelling half of its scheduled flights on Tuesday after German trade union ver.di announced plans for a strike of public-sector workers such as ground workers and firefighters at multiple German airports.
The strike will commence at 5 a.m. local time at Frankfurt and Munich airports as well as at smaller airports such as Cologne and Bremen. The job action is related to a broader …

Munich Airport and Lufthansa Deploy IBM Watson-Powered Robot to Assist Passengers

Munich Airport and Lufthansa Deploy IBM Watson-Powered Robot to Assist Passengers

MUNICH—Lufthansa and Munich Airport announced the deployment of Josie Pepper, a humanoid robot that can interact with passengers who have questions.
The robot, powered by IBM Watson, an artificial intelligence platform used by and for business. The robot was developed by the French company SoftBank Robotics and was christened “Josie” by Munich Airport and Lufthansa staff members, after the airport’s official name, Munich Airport Franz Josef Strauss.
The English-speaking robot, which stands …

Report from Detroit – Highlights from the 2018 North American International Auto Show

DETROIT—The North American International Auto Show remains one of the most important auto shows of the automotive industry. Year by year, it kicks off the international car show calendar and is followed by major events in Europe and Asia. The show is held at the Cobo Center in Detroit and starts with two press days on January 15 and 16. After two industry preview days and a charity day, the …

Toyota to (Finally) Add Apple CarPlay Support, Starting with 2019 Avalon

Toyota to (Finally) Add Apple CarPlay Support, Starting with 2019 Avalon

DETROIT—Starting with the all-new fifth generation mid-size Avalon model, revealed at the North American International Auto Show, Toyota will offer support for Apple CarPlay in its vehicles.
Apple CarPlay is an in-vehicle touch-based display interface that functions as an extension of a driver’s iPhone.
Virtually every car manufacturer offers select vehicles that support CarPlay, including Acura, Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Citroën, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Jeep, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, …

Germany’s New Berlin-Munich Inter-City-Express Sprinter Begins Operations

Germany’s New Berlin-Munich Inter-City-Express Sprinter Begins Operations

MUNICH—Germany’s long-planned high-speed intercity train that transports passengers between Berlin and Munich in four hours went into service Sunday.
The Deutsche Bahn’s Inter-City-Express Sprinter train departs both cities three times a day for the 387-mile (623-kilometer) journey. Normal intercity trains take six hours to cover the same route.
The Deutsche Bahn hopes to lure travelers who would normally use air transport with the faster train.
Plans for the Inter-City-Express Sprinter …

The 2017 Guide to the Best Christmas Markets in Austria, Belgium, Germany, and the United Kingdom

MUNICH—You haven’t truly experienced Christmas unless you’ve been to a Christmas market in Europe. They can be found in every major city and town in many European countries and the best are found in Austria, Belgium, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
At every market you’ll find stalls stocked with fine handmade traditional holiday crafts and stocking stuffers along with food and drink including beautifully decorated Lebkuchen, a gingerbread-like baked Christmas treat.
Indeed, …

Lufthansa Inaugurates New York-Berlin Service

Lufthansa Inaugurates New York-Berlin Service

MUNICH—Lufthansa announced the start of non-stop service between New York City and Berlin.
The move follows the demise of Air Berlin, which previously operated the route. Lufthansa discontinued service between the two cities in 2001.
Lufthansa will operate the flight five times a week, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, using an Airbus A330-300 aircraft.
The A330-300s that will be used on the route are equipped with 236 seats, including eight suites …