American Airlines to Launch Miami-Frankfurt Route in 2015

American Airlines to Launch Miami-Frankfurt Route in 2015

American Airlines said it will continue to expand its Miami hub, including adding a non-stop flight to Frankfurt, Germany.
The Fort Worth-based airline recently announced plans for new routes out of Miami, linking the city to Austin, Kansas City, San Antonio, and Salt Lake City.  It also recently began service between Miami and Cap-Haitien, Haiti.
Speaking in front of a group of journalists, Doug Parker, the airline’s CEO, said that American would …

5 Stories To Read This Weekend: October 11, 2014

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in landscape mode

The second weekend in October is upon us, giving you time to catch up on Frequent Business Traveler news and features from this past week. Here are five stories that should command your attention.
1.) Jonathan Spira reviews the Apple iPhone 6 Plus. Find out some good and bad things about the new iPhone and if the screen really is too big.
2.) Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren boards Condor’s new business class, flying from …

You Don’t Have to Schlep It Home


In the critically-acclaimed movie “Good Bye, Lenin!,” Alex Kerner and his sister, who live in what was East Berlin, go to extraordinary lengths to obtain hard-to-find foods from the former East Germany to avoid a shock to their mother’s system.
In a similar vein, globetrotting travelers love to bring home the foods they discover, although they run into different logistical constraints such as available luggage space and Department of Agriculture bans, …

Condor Business Class Flight 1049 Seattle-Frankfurt, Germany – Review


Condor Flugdienst, based in Frankfurt, Germany, is one of the world’s leading leisure and charter carriers. Since its founding in 1955, the airline has built a reputation for offering European holiday makers inexpensive vacation packages to long-haul destinations in the Caribbean, North America, and South-east Asia.
While well-known in Europe, it remains a bit of a mysterious oddity here in the United States. Part of that may be attributed to its …

Lufthansa Cargo Pilots Strike

Lufthansa Cargo Pilots Strike

Lufthansa pilots said Monday that they will go on strike this week, as an ongoing dispute about retirement benefits continues.
Vereinigung Cockpit, the union that represents the pilots, said that the strike, which will impact the airline’s cargo flights, will take place from 3:00 a.m. on Wednesday through 10:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Lufthansa pilots last planned a strike in mid-September, which was cancelled at the last minute.
Passenger flights will not be impacted …

Great Moments in Travel History – October 2014

The Old Botanical Gardens in Munich, as seen from the Charles Hotel

The original Palmer House hotel, the first of three, burned to the ground on October 9 during the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, just 13 days after its opening. It was rebuilt and reopened in 1875, and again in 1925. Today, it operates as the Palmer House – a Hilton Hotel.
William E. Boeing was born on October 1, 1888, in Detroit, Michigan.  He later went on to found the Boeing …

Etihad Unveils New Livery on its First A380

Etihad Unveils New Livery on its First A380

Concurrent with the delivery of its first Airbus A380 superjumbo, Etihad Airways unveiled a new livery design at the Airbus Finkenwerder facility in Hamburg, Germany on Thursday.
The carrier’s first Airbus A380 was outfitted with the new design that Etihad is calling “Facets of Abu Dhabi.”
The airline says that the new look uses a palette that reflects the various colors of the landscape of the United Arab Emirates.  The national emblem …