Germany: Getting There

British Airways Club Europe Business Class London-Munich – Flight Review

Until I started flying more often on oneworld airlines, I didn’t fully appreciate what British Airways had to offer in its Club Europe business-class offering – plus. I was wary about Heathrow’s Terminal 5, a facility that, as FBT Editorial Director Jonathan Spira doesn’t hesitate to point out, became functionally obsolete not long after its opening.
Adding to the excitement of my trip was an e-mail the night before departure from …

Review: Taking the S-Bahn from Munich Airport to the City Center

Although I’ve taken the S-Bahn S1 and S8 from Munich Airport to the city center for years, it only occurred to me to document this fast and convenient means of transportation in the magazine on a recent trip.  The “S” is short for Stadtschnellbahn or urban rapid rail and it has characteristics of both a rapid transit system such as the New York City subway and a commuter rail system …

British Airways Club Europe Business Class London-Munich – Flight Review

Terminal 5 at London Heathrow was quiet and relatively empty when I arrived at 7:30 a.m. for a flight to Munich. While ultra modern in appearance, Terminal 5 is functionally obsolete as a result of a dramatic and unanticipated increase in passenger volume since its opening in 2008.
Since I already had my boarding pass in my Apple Wallet on my iPhone, I followed signs for Fast Track for the security …

Air Berlin Business Class New York-Düsseldorf – Flight Review

While our European Editor Christian Stampfer has flown Air Berlin multiple times, I, despite holding gold status on the airline, had never boarded one of its planes.
Belying its name, Air Berlin was a U.S. airline founded by a company based in Oregon in 1978 to operate charter flights. After reunification, the airline was acquired by Joachim Hunold, a former LTU executive. It became a low-cost long-haul carrier in 2007, after acquiring …

American Airlines Business Class Philadelphia-Munich Flight 716 – Review

American Airlines took the next big step in its merger two weeks ago, when it pulled the plug on merger partner US Airways’ reservations system and discontinued operating US Airways as a separate airline and subsidiary.
There was no better way to see how well things in the trenches were going than to fly a few days after the reservation system’s merger on a former US Airways international flight, in this …

Condor Flugdienst Business Class Flight 1048 Frankfurt, Germany-Seattle, Washington – Review

Condor Flugdienst, based in Frankfurt Germany, is one of the world’s leading leisure and charter carriers. Serving a handful of destinations in North America, most of them seasonally, they remain a somewhat mysterious presence to many American travelers.
The outbound flight [read the review here] failed to impress, albeit in the wake of a four delay on a red-eye. I wondered whether the return flight would present a more accurate picture …

Condor Business Class Flight 1049 Seattle-Frankfurt, Germany – Review

Condor Flugdienst, based in Frankfurt, Germany, is one of the world’s leading leisure and charter carriers. Since its founding in 1955, the airline has built a reputation for offering European holiday makers inexpensive vacation packages to long-haul destinations in the Caribbean, North America, and South-east Asia.
While well-known in Europe, it remains a bit of a mysterious oddity here in the United States. Part of that may be attributed to its …