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 …

Alitalia Ottima Business Class Flight 436 Rome, Italy-Munich, Germany


If you are flying into or out of Fiumicino-Leonardo da Vinci International Airport in Rome, chances are that you are on an Alitalia flight. Known simply as Fiumicino, the airport is Italy’s largest, having served over 41 million passengers in 2013. It’s only 18.9 miles (35 kilometers) southwest of the city and is easily accessible via the Leonardo Express non-stop rail service.
I arrived at Fiumicino’s Terminal 1, which serves Alitalia’s …

Lufthansa’s Eurowings to Take Delivery of 10 Airbus A320ceos

Lufthansa’s Eurowings to Take Delivery of 10 Airbus A320ceos

Lufthansa Group announced that it ordered ten Airbus A320ceo (current engine option) aircraft for Eurowings, a regional carrier and subsidiary.
The aircraft will be delivered to Eurowings between 2016 and 2017, and are expected to replace Bombardier CRJ900s currently in the airline’s fleet.
Airbus has approximately 11,000 orders for the A320 family to date, and has delivered over 6,200 of the aircraft.  The planes are single-aisle, and have 18”-wide seats in economy …

5 Stories to Read This Weekend: September 13, 2014


It’s the weekend.  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 are worth putting on your reading list:
1.) Jonathan Spira reviews the Louis Hotel in Munich, Germany.  The hotel was difficult to locate but the good food and service and a prime location in …

Short Stay: Louis Hotel, Munich, Germany – Review


If one were picking out the ideal location for a hotel in Munich, one might very well consider a street along the Viktualienmarkt, a 240,000-square-foot (22,000-square-meter) gourmet farmers’ market in the center of the city. The owners of the Louis Hotel, a Design Hotel, did just that in 2009.
Located in a 100-year-old former bank building, and designed by the Munich architectural firm of Hild und K, the Louis Hotel overlooks …

Lufthansa Spins Off Miles & More Frequent Flyer Program

Lufthansa Spins Off Miles & More Frequent Flyer Program

German flag carrier Lufthansa announced the formation of a separate company to manage the Miles & More frequent flyer program.  The move was originally approved by shareholders at the company’s annual meeting in April of this year.
The new subsidiary, Miles & More GmbH, took over responsibility for managing award miles this week.  Lufthansa, however, continues to be the responsible party for issues relating to status miles at the present time.  …