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Condor Launches Frankfurt-Providence, Rhode Island Flights

Condor Launches Frankfurt-Providence, Rhode Island Flights

Condor Airlines announced the launch of new seasonal service between Providence, Rhode Island and Frankfurt, Germany.  The carrier will operate the service twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays, using Boing 767-300.
Monday flights depart Providence’s T.F. Green Airport at 6:00 p.m. and arrive at Frankfurt Airport at 7:20 a.m. the next day.  Monday flights from Frankfurt depart at 1:40 p.m. and arrive in Providence at 4:00 p.m.
On Thursdays, flights depart …

‘Deutschland 83’ on SundanceTV – Review

Martin (Jonas Nay) with Tante Lenora (Maria Schrader)

“Deutschland 83” premiered on SundanceTV this past Wednesday. If you liked “Good Bye, Lenin” and “The Lives of Others,” you will not want to miss a single episode of this eight-part summer miniseries.
Once past the overly Americanized pronunciation of the title by the Sundance announcer, we meet Martin (Jonas Nay), a 24-year-old East German soldier who is spirited away from a comfortable position as a border guard at the Friedrichstraße …

Schloss Elmau: The Resort Hosting the G7 Summit – Photo Essay and Review

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President Obama, German Chancellor Merkel, and other Group of Seven leaders gathered at a summit in the Bavarian Alps this week to discuss affairs of state that include Greece’s debt and sanctions against Russia.
Nestled at the foot of the Wettersteingebirge, a range of mountains that includes some of Germany’s tallest, including the 9,740-foot (2,969-meter) high Zugspitze, stands Schloss Elmau, a 100-year-old castle turned luxury resort.
Just 62 miles (100 kilometers) from …

Brussels Airlines to Launch Brussels-Bremen, Germany Route

Brussels Airlines to Launch Brussels-Bremen, Germany Route

Brussels Airlines announced that it will begin new daily service from Brussels to Bremen, a city in Northern Germany approximately 74 miles (120 kilometers) west of Hamburg, on September 14.
The service will be the first direct route between Brussels and Bremen.
Flights will depart Brussels Airport at 9:00 p.m. and arrive at Bremen Airport at 10:20 p.m.  Flights from Bremen to Brussels will depart at 7:00 p.m. and arrive at 8:10 …

Lufthansa Group Plans €16 Surcharge for Third-Party Bookings

Lufthansa Group Plans €16 Surcharge for Third-Party Bookings

Lufthansa Group and its airlines – Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines – announced plans to increase overall profitability by moving more flight bookings onto its own channels and adding a surcharge for tickets booked using global distribution systems, or GDS.
Primary users of global distribution systems are online and traditional travel agents.
Beginning September 1, 2015, Europe’s largest airline group will include a “Distribution Cost Charge” of …

New Crowne Plaza Hotel Opens in Berlin

New Crowne Plaza Hotel Opens in Berlin

InterContinental Hotels Group announced the opening of the Crowne Plaza Berlin – Potsdamer Platz hotel in Germany.
The property offers 256 guestrooms, including 19 suites.  Each room has a minibar, LED TV, and coffee and tea making facilities.
The hotel provides 5,380 square feet (500 square meters) of meeting and event space, including eight function rooms and one ballroom.  A business center, spa, and fitness center are also located on the premises.
The …

Airbus Showing Off 11-Abreast Seating in A380 Superjumbo

Airbus Showing Off 11-Abreast Seating in A380 Superjumbo

At Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany, Airbus showed off a new seat layout for its superjumbo A380 jet that squeezes more seats than ever in one row.
In a space where airlines at most install up to ten seats per row, Airbus has figured out how to place 11 abreast in what it calls its “budget economy” configuration.  The option will be available to airlines starting in 2017.
The mock-up on …