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Air Berlin Business Class New York-Düsseldorf – Flight Review

While our European Editor Christian Stampfer has flown Air Berlin multiple times, I, despite holding gold status on the airline, had never boarded one of its planes.
Belying its name, Air Berlin was a U.S. airline founded by a company based in Oregon in 1978 to operate charter flights. After reunification, the airline was acquired by Joachim Hunold, a former LTU executive. It became a low-cost long-haul carrier in 2007, after acquiring …

At Least 9 Dead After Truck Crashes into Christmas Market in Berlin

At Least 9 Dead After Truck Crashes into Christmas Market in Berlin

A truck driven by an unknown driver plowed through a Christmas market in Berlin, Germany Monday evening, killing nine and injuring approximately 50 people.
Although it has not been confirmed whether this was an act of terror or merely an accident, police are speculating that it was a deliberate attack.
The incident is reminiscent of the attack in Nice, France in July that killed more than 80 people.
The Christmas market is located …

Etihad to Begin Codeshare Flights with Lufthansa

Etihad to Begin Codeshare Flights with Lufthansa

Etihad Airways announced a new codeshare agreement with Lufthansa.
Under the agreement, Lufthansa will be able to place its code on Etihad’s twice-daily flights between Abu Dhabi and Frankfurt, as well as its twice-daily flights between Abu Dhabi and Munich.
Meanwhile, Etihad will be allowed to place its code on Lufthansa-operated flights between Frankfurt and both Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Bogota, Colombia.
The codeshare is set to take effect in January 2017, …

Two More Lufthansa Strikes Planned for this Week

Two More Lufthansa Strikes Planned for this Week

Lufthansa announced that Vereinigung Cockpit, the union representing the airline’s 5,400 pilots, will stage strikes this week on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 29 and 30. The move follows two strikes that the union staged last week, during which thousands of flights, both short-haul and long, were cancelled.
The union said that Tuesday’s strike will affect all short-haul flights from 12:01 a.m. through 11:59 p.m. local time, while Wednesday’s strike will last …

Lufthansa Pilot Strike to Continue Into Thursday

Lufthansa Pilot Strike to Continue Into Thursday

Lufthansa announced that Vereinigung Cockpit, the union representing the airline’s 5,400 pilots, will stage another strike Thursday. The strike, which will last from 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m., is a continuation of a strike that will be carried out by the union on Wednesday over wage disputes.
Lufthansa said that it cancelled 912 flights, including 82 intercontinental ones, for Thursday. The carrier said that the additional cancellations will affect approximately 115,000 …

Lufthansa to Increase Summer Destination Offerings

Lufthansa to Increase Summer Destination Offerings

Lufthansa announced that it plans to add new destinations from Frankfurt and Munich to its summer schedule for the coming year.
From Frankfurt Airport, the carrier will offer thrice-weekly service to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, beginning March 27, 2017. This will be followed by twice-weekly service to Bordeaux, France, on April 2.
Beginning April 15, the carrier will offer flights to Heringsdorf, a German town on the Baltic Sea, and on April …

Air Canada to Connect Vancouver with Frankfurt, London Gatwick

Air Canada to Connect Vancouver with Frankfurt, London Gatwick

Air Canada announced that it plans to launch new service to both Frankfurt and London from Vancouver next year. The airline will offer daily seasonal flights to Frankfurt beginning June 1, and thrice weekly seasonal service to London Gatwick Airport starting June 8, 2017.
Flights to Vancouver International Airport will depart at 12:25 p.m. and arrive at Frankfurt Airport at 7:05 a.m. the next day. From Frankfurt, flights will depart at …