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Germanwings Pilots Plan Strike for Friday

Germanwings Pilots Plan Strike for Friday

Pilots at Lufthansa’s low-cost subsidiary Germanwings are set to strike on Friday, after talks between the pilots union and the airline failed to resolve open issues.
Germanwings said that the strike “will have a considerable impact on flight operations to and from Germany and on domestic German connections,” in a statement on its website, and cancelled 116 of the 164 scheduled flights for Friday.  The union, Vereinigung Cockpit, said the strike …

Lufthansa Pilots Threaten Strike

Lufthansa Pilots Threaten Strike

German flag carrier Lufthansa is one step closer to its fourth strike this year after the Vereinigung Cockpit pilots union said its members could walk off the job at any time.
On Monday, Lufthansa said it was seeking to reengage with the pilots to avert the strike.  “Lufthansa is ready to continue negotiations at any time.  We want to find common solutions with the union,” said Bettina Volkens, the airline’s board …

Air Berlin to Auction Off Business-Class Upgrades

Air Berlin to Auction Off Business-Class Upgrades

Air Berlin said it will give economy-class passengers the opportunity to purchase upgrades to business class at auction. The system, called airberlin exquisite, is available on select long-haul flights.
Bids for business-class seats can be placed on the airline’s website up to 72 hours before the scheduled departure if available. Successful bidders will be notified at least 12 hours before a flight whether the bid was successful.
Customers who win upgrades via …

American Makes Changes to Transatlantic Winter Schedule

American Makes Changes to Transatlantic Winter Schedule

American Airlines announced new changes to its 2014-2015 international winter schedule.  Beginning in October, the carrier will discontinue service to five European destinations from its New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia gateways, and will resume service beginning next spring.
On October 25, American will halt flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Dublin Airport in Ireland, between Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and Düsseldorf Airport in Germany, and between Philadelphia …

Frankfurt Airport Reports Traffic Up in June

Frankfurt Airport Reports Traffic Up in June

Fraport AG, the operator of Frankfurt Airport, announced airport performance results for June and the first half of 2014.
The airport’s passenger traffic for the month was 5.6 million passengers, a year-over-year increase of 3.3% from June 2013. The month set a record as the busiest June in the airport’s history. Meanwhile, passenger traffic for the first half of the year was 27.8 million passengers, a year-over-year increase of 2.4% from …

Lufthansa, Air China Plan Joint Venture

Lufthansa, Air China Plan Joint Venture

Lufthansa and Air China announced plans to form a joint venture and work more closely together on routes linking China and Europe.
The two airlines, both members of Star Alliance, made the announcement during German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to China this week.
Carsten Spohr, Lufthansa’s CEO, and Song Zhiyong, president of Air China, signed a memorandum of understanding Monday “to enhance the commercial partnership as part of a joint venture.”
The memorandum …

Hertz Deepens Partnership with Air Berlin

Hertz Deepens Partnership with Air Berlin

Air Berlin announced that it began a new two-year agreement with car rental company Hertz.
Under the terms of the agreement, customers who book Hertz vehicles will receive two €10 ($13.60) flight vouchers that can be redeemed for travel on Air Berlin-operated flights to any destination worldwide.  Additionally, Air Berlin customers will receive discounts of between 5% and 20% on Hertz car rentals in select countries including Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, …