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Lufthansa to Begin Flights to San Diego, San Jose

Lufthansa to Begin Flights to San Diego, San Jose

Lufthansa announced that it will begin new service to both San Diego and San Jose, California from Frankfurt. The carrier will launch flights to San Diego on March 22, with service to San Jose scheduled to begin on March 25.
Flights from Frankfurt Airport to San Diego International Airport will depart at 10 a.m. and arrive at 1:20 p.m. Flights will then depart San Diego at 3:05 p.m. and arrive in …

Volkswagen Says “Auf Wiedersehen” to the Iconic Beetle

Volkswagen’s iconic Beetle, star of stage and screen, will not be replaced when the current version is discontinued.
The original, officially known as the Volkswagen Type 1 and suggested in 1933 by German Reichskanzler Adolf Hitler who, at that year’s Internationalen Automobil-und Motorrad-Ausstellung, asked the industry to come up with an inexpensive, simple people’s car (Volkswagen is German for “people’s car”) for the country’s new Autobahn network.
Designed by Ferdinand Porsche, what …

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 …

Review: ‘Babylon Berlin’ on Netflix and Sky 1

It’s 1929, ten years into the Weimar Republic and the Golden 20s, Berlin is the third-largest metropolis in the world, a place where decadence and artistic expression are often one and the same, while a fragile German democracy runs out the clock before descending into chaos.
This is the world inhabited by “Babylon Berlin,” a crime series guaranteed to be unlike any other.
The Krimi, as the genre is known in German, …

British Airways’ Parent Loses Control of Austrian Airline Niki After Court Ruling

British Airways’ Parent Loses Control of Austrian Airline Niki After Court Ruling

British Airways’ parent IAG won’t be assuming control over Austrian airline Niki after all. An Austrian court ruled that former owner Niki Lauda had put forward the best bid.
Lauda will assume ownership via a private company, Laudamotion GmbH.
“Niki was always my heart and soul,” the former Formula One champion told reporters, after the news was announced.
The move came only after only a German court had awarded IAG control and two …

New Hyatt Place Opens at Frankfurt Airport

New Hyatt Place Opens at Frankfurt Airport

Hyatt Hotels and Resorts announced the opening of the Hyatt Place Frankfurt Airport. The hotel is located 1.4 miles (2.3 kilometers) from the airport.
The property has 312 guestrooms, each with a 42” flat screen TV. The hotel also offers complimentary Wi-Fi.
A 24-hour fitness center is located on the premises. The hotel also has over 3,000 square feet (278 square meters) of meeting and event space.
Guests can dine at the property’s …

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 …