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Lobby Bar – August 29: A Dawn with Don, Infamous Legumes, Transcon Crawling, and Toy Story

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The Lobby Bar – A Decadently Delicious Weekly Summary of Frequent Business Traveler News and Views 
Mad man.  Jonathan Spira stays at the Mark Hopkins hotel in San Francisco, where the views are splendid and the scents are lemony.  At the crack of dawn in the Room of the Dons, Spira ran into an old business partner, Don Draper, who happened to be pitching a new commercial to the local Don …

Germanwings Pilots Plan Strike for Friday

Germanwings Pilots Plan Strike for Friday

Pilots at Lufthansa’s low-cost subsidiary Germanwings are set to strike on Friday, after talks between the pilots union and the airline failed to resolve open issues.
Germanwings said that the strike “will have a considerable impact on flight operations to and from Germany and on domestic German connections,” in a statement on its website, and cancelled 116 of the 164 scheduled flights for Friday.  The union, Vereinigung Cockpit, said the strike …

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 …

Low-Cost Carrier Dobrolet Grounded After EU Imposes Sanctions on Russia

Low-Cost Carrier Dobrolet Grounded After EU Imposes Sanctions on Russia

Aeroflot, the national flag carrier of Russia, announced Sunday that it was shutting down Dobrolet, a low-cost subsidiary of the airline, due to sanctions imposed upon Russia by the European Union on July 30.  Dobrolet began flying in May of this year.
The European sanctions were in response to the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
Until last week, Dobrolet had been the sole operator of flights between Moscow and Simferopol, a …

Winners of 2014 GlobeRunner Awards Announced at Event in New York City

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Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Lufthansa, Delta Air Lines, Etihad Airways, Hertz, LOT Polish Airlines, Singapore Airlines, United Airlines, and Transaero Airlines have been named best in class by readers of Frequent Business Traveler.
At the 2014 GlobeRunner Awards presentation in New York City on Tuesday, Jonathan Spira, Frequent Business Traveler’s editorial director, announced the winners.  The awards honor the world’s top hotel groups, airlines, car rental agencies, travel websites, and more.  …

What You Read in the First Half of 2014

Just one glass, please!

As we pass the year’s midway point, let’s look back at the most popular news and features we brought you in the first six months of 2014.  From surveys and flight reviews to new regulations on mobile device use in the cockpit, here are the articles that caught our readers’ attention.
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1.)       American Quietly Retires Last Boeing 767-200.  The airline’s last two 767s in service enjoyed a well-earned retirement …

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 …