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Lufthansa Pilots to Go on Eight-Hour Strike

Lufthansa Pilots to Go on Eight-Hour Strike

Lufthansa pilots will stage a strike for eight hours at Munich Airport on Wednesday, Vereinigung Cockpit, the union that represents the pilots, said Tuesday. The planned strike will be the third by the German flag carrier’s pilots in a period of weeks.
The strike is in response to proposed changes in retirement benefits, which include raising the early retirement age.  Lufthansa wants to adjust the age because pilots can now fly …

Lufthansa Spins Off Miles & More Frequent Flyer Program

Lufthansa Spins Off Miles & More Frequent Flyer Program

German flag carrier Lufthansa announced the formation of a separate company to manage the Miles & More frequent flyer program.  The move was originally approved by shareholders at the company’s annual meeting in April of this year.
The new subsidiary, Miles & More GmbH, took over responsibility for managing award miles this week.  Lufthansa, however, continues to be the responsible party for issues relating to status miles at the present time.  …

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.  …