Germany

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 …

Airlines Across the Globe Move to Require Two Crew Members at All Times Following Germanwings Crash

Airlines Across the Globe Move to Require Two Crew Members at All Times Following Germanwings Crash

In the wake of Tuesday’s crash of a Germanwings Airbus A320 aircraft that is believed to have been caused by the co-pilot after he locked the captain out of the cockpit, killing 149 other passengers and crew members, numerous airlines and regulatory agencies announced plans to implement a protocol requiring two crew members to be in the cockpit at all times has come under scrutiny.
U.S. airlines follow a protocol introduced …

Frankfurt Airport Traffic Up for February Thanks to Rise in Domestic and Tourist Destination Traffic

Frankfurt Airport Traffic Up for February Thanks to Rise in Domestic and Tourist Destination Traffic

Fraport AG, the owner and operator of Frankfurt Airport, announced traffic figures for February 2015.
The airport’s passenger traffic for the month increased 4.6% year-over-year in large part due to an increase in domestic traffic and a rise in the number of people traveling to tourist destinations in Europe and North Africa.  The airport operator also attributed the increase in traffic to a “non-recurrence of strikes.”
Even with the increase in traffic, …

Frankfurt Airport Traffic Up for January Thanks to Rise in Intercontinental Traffic

Frankfurt Airport Traffic Up for January Thanks to Rise in Intercontinental Traffic

Fraport AG, the owner and operator of Frankfurt Airport, announced traffic figures for January 2014.
The airport’s passenger traffic for the month increased 1.3% year-over-year in large part thanks to an increase in intercontinental traffic.  Even with the increase in traffic, aircraft movements at the airport were down by 2.6% to 34,611 takeoffs and landings.
The airport did however report an increase in accumulated maximum takeoff weights of 2.6% to ca. 2.2 …

Pilots’ Union Calls for Two-Day Strike at Lufthansa’s Germanwings Unit

Pilots’ Union Calls for Two-Day Strike at Lufthansa’s Germanwings Unit

Travelers in Germany are facing what will be the second strike in that country this month as the union representing pilots at Lufthansa’s discount airline Germanwings threatened a two-day job action.
Vereinigung Cockpit said Tuesday that it is calling for a 48-hour strike starting midnight Thursday local time.  All Germanwings flights in Germany will be impacted.  The union said that the job action was due to a failure of talks this …

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 …