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Elvis’ Lost BMW 507: A Special Exhibition at the BMW Museum

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MUNICH – The King may be dead but the King’s car is back. BMW unveiled the mythical BMW 507 that originally belonged to singer Elvis Presley at a ceremony at the BMW Museum in Munich.
Called “Elvis’ 507: lost & found,” the special exhibit opened on Wednesday. It will be open to the public for two weeks and will feature the King’s original BMW 507 in its unrestored condition.  Following the …

Frankfurt Airport Reports Traffic Up in June

Frankfurt Airport Reports Traffic Up in June

Fraport AG, the operator of Frankfurt Airport, announced airport performance results for June and the first half of 2014.
The airport’s passenger traffic for the month was 5.6 million passengers, a year-over-year increase of 3.3% from June 2013. The month set a record as the busiest June in the airport’s history. Meanwhile, passenger traffic for the first half of the year was 27.8 million passengers, a year-over-year increase of 2.4% from …

Lufthansa, Air China Plan Joint Venture

Lufthansa, Air China Plan Joint Venture

Lufthansa and Air China announced plans to form a joint venture and work more closely together on routes linking China and Europe.
The two airlines, both members of Star Alliance, made the announcement during German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to China this week.
Carsten Spohr, Lufthansa’s CEO, and Song Zhiyong, president of Air China, signed a memorandum of understanding Monday “to enhance the commercial partnership as part of a joint venture.”
The memorandum …

Hertz Deepens Partnership with Air Berlin

Hertz Deepens Partnership with Air Berlin

Air Berlin announced that it began a new two-year agreement with car rental company Hertz.
Under the terms of the agreement, customers who book Hertz vehicles will receive two €10 ($13.60) flight vouchers that can be redeemed for travel on Air Berlin-operated flights to any destination worldwide.  Additionally, Air Berlin customers will receive discounts of between 5% and 20% on Hertz car rentals in select countries including Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, …

Frankfurt Airport Expands Free Wi-Fi Offerings

Frankfurt Airport Expands Free Wi-Fi Offerings

Frankfurt Airport announced it is improving its free Wi-Fi service by increasing the amount of time made available to travelers.  The airport now offers 24-hour free access, instead of the 60 minutes of free service that it previously offered.
Passengers may log into the service via the Deutsche Telekom HotSpot Internet portal from more than 300 Wi-Fi access points located throughout the airport, many of which are situated in the departure …

Condor Airlines Links Frankfurt with Minneapolis

Condor Airlines Links Frankfurt with Minneapolis

Condor Airlines announced the start of seasonal service between Frankfurt, Germany, and Minneapolis, Minnesota.  The service operates twice a week, using Boeing 767-300 aircraft.
Flights depart Frankfurt Airport at 2:15 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays, and arrive at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport at 5:00 p.m.  From Minneapolis, the first weekly flight departs at 6:40 p.m. on Mondays and arrives at 10:40 a.m. the next day, while the second weekly flight departs …

Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski, Munich, Germany – Hotel Review

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A children’s fairy tale reflects on how a chair may have been too large, another too small, and the third “just right.” The  Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski, a hotel I’ve stayed at regularly since childhood, has that feeling about it, and may be why it has become my “Stammhotel,” or regular hotel, in Munich, the city where I attended university and visit several times a year.
When the property opened in 1858, …