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Munich Airport and Lufthansa Deploy IBM Watson-Powered Robot to Assist Passengers

Munich Airport and Lufthansa Deploy IBM Watson-Powered Robot to Assist Passengers

MUNICH—Lufthansa and Munich Airport announced the deployment of Josie Pepper, a humanoid robot that can interact with passengers who have questions.
The robot, powered by IBM Watson, an artificial intelligence platform used by and for business. The robot was developed by the French company SoftBank Robotics and was christened “Josie” by Munich Airport and Lufthansa staff members, after the airport’s official name, Munich Airport Franz Josef Strauss.
The English-speaking robot, which stands …

Lufthansa Debuts Automated Check-In for Short-Haul Flights

Lufthansa Debuts Automated Check-In for Short-Haul Flights

Lufthansa announced that it will begin offering automated check-in for all flights within Germany and the Schengen area.
Passengers who book tickets up to 24 hours prior to departure will have their boarding passes sent automatically to their smartphones 23 hours prior to departure.
Travelers need to ensure that their information in their Lufthansa Miles and More account or Lufthansa iD profile is current in order to receive the boarding pass automatically.
The …

Lufthansa, Austrian, and Swiss to Add More Short-Haul Flights

Lufthansa, Austrian, and Swiss to Add More Short-Haul Flights

Following the demise of Air Berlin and Lufthansa’s acquisition of many of its assets, the Frankfurt-based carrier announced plans to significantly increase its domestic flying this winter.
Lufthansa said that it increased its capacity on many routes by 25%, and some major routes will see a 60% increase.
These increases include an additional 14 weekly flights between Frankfurt and Düsseldorf, as well as seven extra weekly flights between Frankfurt and Berlin.
Lufthansa Group …

Air Berlin to Exit Oneworld Alliance

Air Berlin to Exit Oneworld Alliance

MUNICH—The oneworld alliance announced on Tuesday that Air Berlin will end its relationship with the alliance along with its affiliate Niki, a low-cost carrier headquartered in Vienna.
The Berlin-based airline “will cease participating in the oneworld alliance with effect from the close of business on 27 October 2017,” the alliance said in a written statement.
The move follows the German carrier’s filing for insolvency over the summer.
Air Berlin’s departure will remove 12 …

Lufthansa Set to Acquire Part of Air Berlin

Lufthansa Set to Acquire Part of Air Berlin

MUNICH—Lufthansa signed an agreement Thursday to purchase part of Air Berlin, formerly Germany’s second-largest carrier. Air Berlin had filed for insolvency over the summer.
The German flag carrier said it would acquire several of Air Berlin’s business units including Niki Luftfahrt and Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter for €210 million ($249 million).
Lufthansa also announced it would acquire 81 planes and hire 3,000 workers from Air Berlin, making the company’s overall outlay €1.5 billion.
No timeline …

Lufthansa to Add Several Former Air Berlin Transatlantic Routes to Schedule Including Flights between U.S. and Berlin

Lufthansa to Add Several Former Air Berlin Transatlantic Routes to Schedule Including Flights between U.S. and Berlin

Lufthansa announced that it plans to launch new long-haul service to the United States, taking over routes previously operated by Air Berlin as the bankrupt carrier is forced to discontinue many of its flights.
The carrier will start to offer flights linking Berlin with New York City on November 8. The service will be operated five times a week, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, using Airbus A330-300 aircraft.
The start …

Finnair Offering Status Match to Air Berlin and Lufthansa Flyers

Finnair Offering Status Match to Air Berlin and Lufthansa Flyers

Finnair said it will offer members of Air Berlin’s topbonus frequent flyer program as well as Lufthansa’s Miles and More program an instant status match to Finnair Silver, which is also oneworld Ruby. In addition, the Helsinki-based carrier is offering a status challenge to Finnair Gold.
Benefits of Finnair Silver include one additional checked bag on Finnair flights, business-class check-in for all Finnair and oneworld flight, and access to priority security …