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Condor Flugdienst Business Class Flight 1048 Frankfurt, Germany-Seattle, Washington – Review

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Condor Flugdienst, based in Frankfurt Germany, is one of the world’s leading leisure and charter carriers. Serving a handful of destinations in North America, most of them seasonally, they remain a somewhat mysterious presence to many American travelers.
The outbound flight [read the review here] failed to impress, albeit in the wake of a four delay on a red-eye. I wondered whether the return flight would present a more accurate picture …

Lufthansa Strike Strands Over 150,000 Passengers

Lufthansa Strike Strands Over 150,000 Passengers

A two-day strike by Lufthansa pilots forced the airline to cancel nearly half of its flights and left tens of thousands of passengers stranded.
The German flag carrier cancelled 1,350 flights on the first day of the strike, which will run through Tuesday.  It is the pilots’ ninth strike this year.
The strike began noon local time on Monday and impacts all short- and medium-haul flights out of Germany for that period …

5 Stories To Read This Weekend: November 15, 2014

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The weekend is finally here. 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 might be of interest to you.
1.) Jesse Sokolow reviews the 2015 Lexus RC 350 that develops 306 peak horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. The vehicle offers vibrant color schemes, a luxurious …

Frankfurt Airport Traffic Up for October Despite Strikes

Frankfurt Airport Traffic Up for October Despite Strikes

Fraport AG, the owner and operator of Frankfurt Airport, announced results for October 2014.
The airport’s passenger traffic for the month increased 1.4% year-over-year to 5.5 million passengers.  The rise occurred despite approximately 1,100 strike-related flight cancellations at the airport, which affected nearly 137,500 passengers.
The strikes did result in an overall decline in aircraft movements however, with a 1.5% drop in October 2014, for a total of 41,947 takeoffs and landings.
The …

Great Moments in Travel History – November 2014

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On November 21, 1783, the first free flight with human passengers took place.  Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and François Laurent le Vieux d’Arlandes drifted approximately five miles (eight kilometers) in France in a hot-air balloon powered by a wood fire.
The Hotel Kämp in Helsinki, Finland, opened its doors on November 1, 1887.  The hotel is still in operation today, and is part of Starwood’s Luxury Collection of hotels.
The first flight …

American Airlines to Launch Miami-Frankfurt Route in 2015

American Airlines to Launch Miami-Frankfurt Route in 2015

American Airlines said it will continue to expand its Miami hub, including adding a non-stop flight to Frankfurt, Germany.
The Fort Worth-based airline recently announced plans for new routes out of Miami, linking the city to Austin, Kansas City, San Antonio, and Salt Lake City.  It also recently began service between Miami and Cap-Haitien, Haiti.
Speaking in front of a group of journalists, Doug Parker, the airline’s CEO, said that American would …

5 Stories To Read This Weekend: October 11, 2014

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The second weekend in October is upon us, giving you time to catch up on Frequent Business Traveler news and features from this past week. Here are five stories that should command your attention.
1.) Jonathan Spira reviews the Apple iPhone 6 Plus. Find out some good and bad things about the new iPhone and if the screen really is too big.
2.) Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren boards Condor’s new business class, flying from …