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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 …

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

FRA ramp tour Sept14-21

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 …