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Lufthansa to Begin Flights to San Diego, San Jose

Lufthansa to Begin Flights to San Diego, San Jose

Lufthansa announced that it will begin new service to both San Diego and San Jose, California from Frankfurt. The carrier will launch flights to San Diego on March 22, with service to San Jose scheduled to begin on March 25.
Flights from Frankfurt Airport to San Diego International Airport will depart at 10 a.m. and arrive at 1:20 p.m. Flights will then depart San Diego at 3:05 p.m. and arrive in …

Lufthansa Begins Biometric Boarding Trial at LAX

Lufthansa Begins Biometric Boarding Trial at LAX

Lufthansa announced a pilot program to test biometric boarding at Los Angeles International Airport.
After a trial period at LAX, the carrier plans to roll out the procedure to other airports across the United States. During an initial trial the airline was able to board nearly 350 passengers onto an Airbus A380 in approximately 20 minutes.
The self-boarding gates use facial recognition cameras to capture passengers’ facial images as they approach, and …

Lufthansa to Offer Purchasable Menu Upgrades in Coach and Premium Economy

Lufthansa to Offer Purchasable Menu Upgrades in Coach and Premium Economy

Lufthansa announced it would offer new dining options to passengers in coach and premium economy on certain flights.
Seven new A la carte dining meals will be available to passengers on long-haul flights beginning in May. Unlike some airlines’ buy-on-board options, the meals can be booked up to 24 hours before departure.
Dishes include grilled steak, a Bento Box with a selection of sushi, and hearty Bavarian snacks, as well as an …

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 …