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Review: Oktoberfest 2016 in Munich

MUNICH—The 183rd Oktoberfest, which kicked off with the declaration “O’zapft is” (it’s tapped) and a 12-gun salute on September 17 amidst heavy rain and security, is now underway.
The celebration of Bavarian culture attracts visitors from across the globe, although the majority (70%) come from the state of Bavaria itself. Indeed, Munich locals (including myself) will attend the Wies’n (the colloquial name for the Theresienwiese) multiple times in the course of …

Air Berlin to Downsize Fleet and Employee Count in Restructuring

Air Berlin to Downsize Fleet and Employee Count in Restructuring

MUNICH—Saying the airline has a “bright future,” Air Berlin announced a major restructuring that will see it halve its fleet, shed 1,200 jobs, and focus on its hubs in Berlin and Düsseldorf.
The carrier will also spin off its leisure flying into a separate business unit.
Starting next summer, the airline will operate a fleet of 75 aircraft including 17 Airbus A330 wide-body planes for long-haul flights and 40 A320 family aircraft and …

Lufthansa Introduces City Sprinter Shuttle from Munich to Düsseldorf and Berlin

Lufthansa Introduces City Sprinter Shuttle from Munich to Düsseldorf and Berlin

MUNICH—Lufthansa introduced a shuttle-style service for flights from Munich to Berlin and Düsseldorf.
Available at Munich Airport, the new City Sprinter service includes dedicated a City Sprinter Fast Lane through the security checkpoint, a dedicated gate area, and late boarding, which means that passengers can arrive at the gate approximately 20 minutes before departure.
The City Sprinter Fast Lane is available exclusively to City Sprinter passengers from 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and …

High-Speed Train to Link Munich and Berlin in 4 Hours

High-Speed Train to Link Munich and Berlin in 4 Hours

MUNICH—By the end of 2017, it will be possible to travel from Munich to Berlin by train in four hours, according to officials at the Deutsche Bahn, Germany’s national railroad. The current trip takes six hours.
An expansion of the Intercity-Express or ICE high-speed rail line between the two cities is underway near Thüringer Forest and the result will be a much faster trip between the two prominent German cities.
The 66-mile …

Munich Shooting: What We Know as of Saturday Morning

MUNICH — Nine people were killed Friday night by a lone gunman and at least 27 were injured at the Olympia Einkaufszentrum or shopping center near the site of the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.
German authorities said that the gunman, who was dressed in black, was an 18-year-old German-Iranian with dual citizenship who had reportedly lived in Munich for two years. He was not identified but officials said he had …

Munich Shooting Leaves at Least 9 Dead at Olympia Shopping Center

Munich Shooting Leaves at Least 9 Dead at Olympia Shopping Center

[Editor’s note: new developments in this story may be found here: Munich Shooting: What We Know as of Saturday Morning.]
MUNICH — The Bavarian capital of Munich is under a state of lockdown after a shooting at the Olympia Einkaufszentrum or shopping center near the site of the 1972 Olympic Games.
Nine people are reported dead and many others were wounded after shots rang out shortly after 6 p.m. local time. The shooting began …

BMW Plans Self-Driving Car, But Not Until 2021

MUNICH — Just weeks after the driver of a Tesla Model S electric vehicle died in a crash in Florida while the car was in its Autopilot mode, BMW announced plans to offer a “self-driving car,” although it won’t be available until 2021 at the earliest and it will use markedly different technology than that which is currently used on the Tesla and other current vehicles with similar features.
BMW is …