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Air Berlin to Discontinue Long-Haul Flights

Air Berlin to Discontinue Long-Haul Flights

Air Berlin announced that it will cease all of its long-haul flights by October 15. The move follows notice from aircraft leasing companies that plan to take back their Airbus A330 aircraft as a result of Air Berlin’s bankruptcy filing last month.
Key routes that will be discontinued include the carrier’s Düsseldorf-Los Angeles service, as well as its flights from Düsseldorf to Mexico and the Caribbean. Service from Berlin to Abu …

‘Challenge Tesla,’ Says Chancellor’s Office to German Auto Industry

‘Challenge Tesla,’ Says Chancellor’s Office to German Auto Industry

MUNICH—The German auto industry should invest more in electric vehicles and not rest on its laurels, said Kanzleramtschef, or Chancellor’s Chief of Staff, Peter Altmaier over the weekend in Berlin.
Mr. Altmaier said he was disappointed by the response of managers at German automakers following the Dieselgate scandal while speaking at the government’s Tag der offenen Tür, an open house.
Calling Dieselgate a Catch-22, he said he was against a ban on …

Air Berlin’s Frequent Flyer Program Files for Bankruptcy

Air Berlin’s Frequent Flyer Program Files for Bankruptcy

Air Berlin’s frequent flyer program, TopBonus, declared bankruptcy on Friday. The news comes just ten days after the airline itself had declared bankruptcy.
TopBonus currently has approximately 4.3 million members, although they are at this point unable to use the program to claim rewards.
“Due to the current situation of Air Berlin and the direct connection for the frequent flyer program, TopBonus had no choice but to take this step,” said Etihad …

Air Berlin to Double Business Class Cabin Size on European Routes

Air Berlin to Double Business Class Cabin Size on European Routes

MUNICH—Air Berlin announced Friday that it will double the size of its business-class cabins on short-haul flights. Previously, business class occupied only the first row of the aircraft.
The new business-class section will be comprised of two rows. Passengers will be guaranteed an empty middle seat and 32” of legroom. The seats will otherwise be the same, as they are currently on intra-European flights.
Business-class passengers will receive a pre-departure beverage, as …

Anton Pozeg to Return to Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski in Munich as Schwarzreiter Executive Chef

Anton Pozeg to Return to Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski in Munich as Schwarzreiter Executive Chef

Kempinski Hotels announced that Chef Anton Pozeg will become the new executive chef at the Schwarzreiter Tagesbar and Restaurant at the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski.
Pozeg was with the hotel from 2010 through 2012, when he was executive sous chef. He was most recently the executive chef at another Kempinski property, the restaurant Edvard at the Palais Hansen Kempinski in Vienna.
In Vienna, Pozeg helped earn Edvard a Michelin star, as well …

Lufthansa Tests ‘SmartDepart’ to Speed Up Departures in Munich

Lufthansa Tests ‘SmartDepart’ to Speed Up Departures in Munich

Lufthansa announced the debut of “SmartDepart,” a new fast lane at Munich Airport that expedites passengers’ wait times at security.
The complimentary service is available daily, from 6 a.m. through 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. through 6:30 p.m., at Terminal 2 of the airport, to all passengers with one piece of luggage regardless of elite status traveling to Düsseldorf, Berlin Tegel, Frankfurt, and Hamburg.
The separate lane will be located in the …

18 Dead Following Tour Bus Accident in Bavaria

18 Dead Following Tour Bus Accident in Bavaria

MUNICH—A collision between a tour bus and a truck on a German Autobahn resulted in the death of 17 passengers on the bus as well as the bus driver. Thirty people were injured in the crash that occurred shortly after 7 a.m. local time in Southern Germany.
Some of the injuries were serious, police said and many of the victims were between the ages of 66 and 81. The …