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Lufthansa Pilots Threaten Strike

Lufthansa Pilots Threaten Strike

German flag carrier Lufthansa is one step closer to its fourth strike this year after the Vereinigung Cockpit pilots union said its members could walk off the job at any time.
On Monday, Lufthansa said it was seeking to reengage with the pilots to avert the strike.  “Lufthansa is ready to continue negotiations at any time.  We want to find common solutions with the union,” said Bettina Volkens, the airline’s board …

The Official Guide to Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and Volvo European Delivery Programs

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Every year, thousands of travelers go to Europe and return with a larger-than-average souvenir: a brand new automobile. Indeed, since the 1960s, several hundred thousand Americans have visited Gothenburg, Ingolstadt, Munich, and Stuttgart with that goal in mind, mixing in a driving experience while taking in the local food, world-famous museums and art galleries, and the Gemütlichkeit of western Europe.
These tourists aren’t importing the cars themselves nor are they purchasing …

Air Berlin to Auction Off Business-Class Upgrades

Air Berlin to Auction Off Business-Class Upgrades

Air Berlin said it will give economy-class passengers the opportunity to purchase upgrades to business class at auction. The system, called airberlin exquisite, is available on select long-haul flights.
Bids for business-class seats can be placed on the airline’s website up to 72 hours before the scheduled departure if available. Successful bidders will be notified at least 12 hours before a flight whether the bid was successful.
Customers who win upgrades via …

American Makes Changes to Transatlantic Winter Schedule

American Makes Changes to Transatlantic Winter Schedule

American Airlines announced new changes to its 2014-2015 international winter schedule.  Beginning in October, the carrier will discontinue service to five European destinations from its New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia gateways, and will resume service beginning next spring.
On October 25, American will halt flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Dublin Airport in Ireland, between Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and Düsseldorf Airport in Germany, and between Philadelphia …

5 Stories to Read This Weekend: August 2, 2014

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As another weekend quickly approaches, we bring to you the most important highlights from the past week.  Don’t forget to take a look at these engaging and informative news and features before you head to the beach this weekend:
1.) Jonathan Spira paid a visit to the health-conscious Even Hotel Rockville in Rockville, Maryland, earlier this week.  Join Jonathan as he enjoys a tasty but nourishing breakfast, samples the hotel’s signature …

Great Moments in Travel History – August 2014

Lobby staircase, Ritz-Carlton, Vienna

The United Kingdom officially entered the First World War on August 4, 1914, with a declaration of war against Germany.
The International Air Traffic Association was formed on August 28, 1919, in The Hague, Holland.  The organization is the predecessor to the International Air Transport Association, which currently represents 240 airlines that make up approximately 84% of all airlines’ passenger carrying capacity.
On August 18, 1934, Jeannette and Jean Piccard flew the …

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 …