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Lufthansa Pilots Plan Strike in Frankfurt for Tuesday

Lufthansa Pilots Plan Strike in Frankfurt for Tuesday

Lufthansa pilots announced another the fourth strike against the German airline in three weeks.  The strike was later cancelled, according to a message on the Vereinigung Cockpit website.
The strike, which was to take place on Tuesday in Frankfurt, would have been in response to proposed changes in retirement benefits, which include raising the early retirement age.  Lufthansa wants to adjust the age because pilots can now fly until they reach …

Lufthansa Spins Off Miles & More Frequent Flyer Program

Lufthansa Spins Off Miles & More Frequent Flyer Program

German flag carrier Lufthansa announced the formation of a separate company to manage the Miles & More frequent flyer program.  The move was originally approved by shareholders at the company’s annual meeting in April of this year.
The new subsidiary, Miles & More GmbH, took over responsibility for managing award miles this week.  Lufthansa, however, continues to be the responsible party for issues relating to status miles at the present time.  …

Starwood Debuts Element Brand in Frankfurt with New Airport Hotel

Starwood Debuts Element Brand in Frankfurt with New Airport Hotel

Starwood announced the opening of the Element Frankfurt Airport hotel in Germany.   The property is located in Gateway Gardens, the new business district of the city, adjacent to Frankfurt International Airport.
The Element Frankfurt Airport is Starwood’s first Element brand property to open outside of North America.
The new hotel has 133 studio and one-bedroom suites, each with flat screen TVs, desks with open shelving, closets with ironing boards, fully equipped kitchens, …

Condor Airlines to Link Frankfurt with Providence and Portland, Oregon

Condor Airlines to Link Frankfurt with Providence and Portland, Oregon

Condor Airlines announced it will begin new service between Frankfurt and both Providence, Rhode Island and Portland, Oregon in June 2015.  Service to both cities will operate using Boeing 767-300 aircraft.
Flights between Frankfurt and Providence will begin on June 19, and will operate twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays.  Flights between Frankfurt and Portland will begin on June 19, and will also operate twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Condor …

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 …