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Berlin’s Grand Hotel Esplanade Reopens As Sheraton

Berlin’s Grand Hotel Esplanade Reopens As Sheraton

Starwood Hotels announced the opening of the Sheraton Berlin Grand Hotel Esplanade, formerly the Grand Hotel Esplanade.  The hotel, which has no connection to the pre-war Hotel Esplanade on the Potsdamer Platz, is in Berlin Mitte, not far from the Kurfürstendamm or Ku’damm, one of the city’s most fashionable shopping streets, as well as near the Potsdamer Platz and the Tiergarten park.  The hotel overlooks the Landwehrkanal that runs parallel …

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

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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 …

Lufthansa Strike Strands Over 150,000 Passengers

Lufthansa Strike Strands Over 150,000 Passengers

A two-day strike by Lufthansa pilots forced the airline to cancel nearly half of its flights and left tens of thousands of passengers stranded.
The German flag carrier cancelled 1,350 flights on the first day of the strike, which will run through Tuesday.  It is the pilots’ ninth strike this year.
The strike began noon local time on Monday and impacts all short- and medium-haul flights out of Germany for that period …

Lufthansa Pilots Plan New Round of Strikes Starting Monday

Lufthansa Pilots Plan New Round of Strikes Starting Monday

Lufthansa pilots announced plans to go on strike Monday and Tuesday following a breakdown in talks between the airline and its pilots union last week.
The move will ground Lufthansa passenger flights on Monday, December 1, from noon local time until Tuesday, December 2 at 11:59 p.m.  The strike will impact all short- and medium-haul flights out of Germany for that period as well as all long-haul flights and cargo flights …

5 Stories To Read This Weekend: November 15, 2014

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The weekend is finally here. Once again, it’s a good time to catch up on Frequent Business Traveler news and features that you may not have had time to read over the past week. Here are five stories that might be of interest to you.
1.) Jesse Sokolow reviews the 2015 Lexus RC 350 that develops 306 peak horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. The vehicle offers vibrant color schemes, a luxurious …

Frankfurt Airport Traffic Up for October Despite Strikes

Frankfurt Airport Traffic Up for October Despite Strikes

Fraport AG, the owner and operator of Frankfurt Airport, announced results for October 2014.
The airport’s passenger traffic for the month increased 1.4% year-over-year to 5.5 million passengers.  The rise occurred despite approximately 1,100 strike-related flight cancellations at the airport, which affected nearly 137,500 passengers.
The strikes did result in an overall decline in aircraft movements however, with a 1.5% drop in October 2014, for a total of 41,947 takeoffs and landings.
The …

American Airlines to Start Miami-Frankfurt Service in May

American Airlines to Start Miami-Frankfurt Service in May

American Airlines announced that next spring it will begin flights from from Miami, Florida to Frankfurt, Germany.
Last month, the airline’s CEO announced that the route would restart but didn’t provide further details.
On May 14, 2015, American will launch daily flights that depart from Miami International Airport at 2:45 p.m. local time and arrive at Frankfurt Airport at 6:15 a.m. The flights will depart Frankfurt at 10:30 a.m. and arrive in …