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Tis the Season for Dirndls and Lederhosen on Lufthansa's Special Oktoberfest Crew

Where: Germany
September 24, 2013 at 2:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've said it before and we'll say it again: Oktoberfest season is one of the best seasons! There are so many reasons, least among them all the special beers and the crispness of fall in the air. On the travel end, it means Lufthansa flight crew dressed in traditional Bavarian costumes.

2013 is the eighth consecutive year for the team of 14 known as the Lufthansa "Trachten Crew," but you'll only find them passing out pretzels and greeting you with a hearty "Grüß Gott" on specific flights into and out of Munich.

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Cathay Pacific, Delta and American Announce New Routes

August 16, 2013 at 9:13 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· Cathay Pacific:
There were some rumors that Cathay Pacific had their eyes on a new destination, and this week the big secret was revealed. They’ll be flying to the exotic and exciting location that is Newark, New Jersey. Let’s just say we’re looking forward to the other end of this new route. Cathay Pacific will be flying nonstop from Newark to Hong Kong beginning on March 1 assuming that they can get all of the necessary government paperwork in order. Boeing 777-300ERs will do all of the flying fun on this new option, and of course if you’re willing to pay for the pleasure—Cathay Pacific has a heck of a business class option for the journey.

· Lufthansa:
If you want to fly aboard one of the world’s newest airplanes just contact Lufthansa, as they’ve been enjoying the Boeing 747-8 for quite some time. One of the newest options is a nonstop flight between Frankfurt and Mexico City. The flights depart Germany around 2pm local time out of the airport’s terminal 1, and after plenty of time in the air, things touch down over in Mexico at around 7pm local time. Of course there could be aircraft swaps or scheduled changes, but look for flight numbers LH499 and LH498—that way you can enjoy the new airplane smell.

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Finalize Your Oktoberfest Plans Right Now. No, Seriously.

Where: Munich, Germany
August 14, 2013 at 11:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last night, while on a late run to the nearby 24-hour drugstore, we peeked in to the beer fridge and realized—holy smokes—that they're already stocking both pumpkin and Oktoberfest brews. You know what this means, right? Besides the fact that beer fans have a very limited time left to enjoy the summer varieties and shandies, it means travelers need to finalized Oktoberfest plans ASAP.

What to do:

· Book a flight/train
· Book a hotel, hostel, or Airbnb (yes, even the hostels fill up in advance, as we sadly discovered one year)
· Book a table in a beer tent (there's no bar and you need to be sitting at a table to get served)
· Pack shoes you don't mind throwing away at the end of everything, since the Wies'n often gets muddy and beer spilling during cheers is a part of the fun.

Hopefully you've checked off each item, but if the table reservations are proving particularly difficult there is a way to get around it provided you have some nerve.

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Lufthansa's #PilotDiary Instagram Series is a Revelation

Where: Germany
August 2, 2013 at 5:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's official—Lufthansa gets it. By it, we mean Instagram, as they've just completed a brilliant photo series named #pilotdiary which goes above and beyond (and into the cockpit) to share the Lufthansa experience, but through the eyes of an international commercial airline pilot.

To be specific, the 39 photos—posted from July 29 through August 2—chronicle the early mornings and long flights of Philipp, a Senior First Officer on Lufthansa's 747s. Jetting back and forth between Frankfurt and Los Angeles at the yoke of a new 747-8i, he snaps anything and everything—from a lunch over Greenland to a generic layover hotel room, and even a brief beach break—to essentially provide a full picture of life in the skies.

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Video Interlude: A Tilt-Shift, Time-Lapse Flurry of Activity at Frankfurt Airport

July 19, 2013 at 12:12 PM | by | Comments (0)

With nearly 60 million passengers in 2012 and over 1,000 takeoffs and landings every day, Frankfurt International Airport easily ranks in the top ten busiest airports in the world. To support all those travelers, they've got a pretty excellent Twitter—@Airport_FRA—and even an often updated YouTube.

On the latter, Frankfurt Airport has just uploaded a new time-lapse and tilt-shift look at the busy-as-a-beehive action on the tarmacs in a typical day, no doubt inspired by the similar video work of our buddy Ross, who's filmed three such videos around FRA in the past, but from a passenger's point of view.

Now, a dynamic 1 minute and 40 seconds from the operational end. Enjoy:

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Infographic Alert: RouteHappy's Guide to International In-Flight WiFi

June 25, 2013 at 2:44 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's funny. in-flight wifi has existed for several years now (anyone remember JetBlue's "BetaBlue" plane back in 2007), and yet we're still sending tweets from the sky like "hello down there--in-flight wifi is the future!"

As more and more airlines understand exactly that, more and more airplanes are coming online so that more and more passengers may update their Facebook status over Nebraska. In fact, the progress of in-flight WiFi installation has picked up with such a speed that it's difficult to keep track of who's got what going where. That's where RouteHappy.com steps in, as they've crunched the numbers and soothed the headaches needed to produce a complete guide to the current state of in-flight WiFI, both domestic and international.

You can download the full report from the RouteHappy website (click the box on the right that says "download report"), but we just have to share some of the more exciting facts:

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Travel Contest Alert: Name Lufthansa Cargo's New 777 for a VIP Trip to Frankfurt

May 31, 2013 at 12:39 PM | by | Comments (0)

In need of a fun project this weekend, perhaps one that'll win you a trip to Germany to name some airplanes? Say no more, because has Lufthansa got the contest for you.

Lufthansa Cargo, the airline's division of freighter aircraft which have likely brought all sorts of deliveries over oceans to your door, is about to get their own special delivery of their very first Boeing 777 Freighter and they need help naming it.

You see, the aircraft of Lufthansa's passenger fleet all have names, usually German cities and regions, but their cargo fleet has thus far been left out of the naming fun. Come October, this will change when Lufthansa Cargo names their first five new 777s along with their current fleet of MD-11s. That's quite a lot of airplanes needing your creativity, but your effort will be richly rewarded...

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How Heidi Klum Keeps Cozy, Even in Economy

Where: Germany
May 28, 2013 at 11:10 AM | by | Comment (1)

There is something refreshing about seeing even the hottest celebrities squeeze into an economy seat when jet-setting off to tropical locations or even on their way to shooting a new movie. That's why we sat up and took note when German supermodel extraordinaire, Heidi Klum, tweeted a photo of herself while waiting to take-off to Berlin for a press conference.

The Project Runway star also does double duty as the host of Germany's Next Top Model, a position which necessitated her presence at the presser regarding the model search. In true social media celeb fashion, snapping a selfie in transit was in order, which she then tweeted.

Using our aviation sleuth skills, we surmised Fräulein Klum decided to fly on Lufthansa's service between the two cities.

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Austrian Airlines, United and Southwest Lead This Week's New Route News

May 24, 2013 at 8:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· Austrian Airlines:
We try not to pick favorites when it comes to the week’s new routes, but we just might be most excited about the new option that’s heading to Chicago-O’Hare. This week Austrian Airlines filled up the tanks for the first time, as they started flying between Chicago and Vienna.

In case you’re interested in what they’re using to head across the Atlantic, it will be Boeing 767-300ERs doing all of the heavy lifting. With their hub at Vienna International Airport the fun just doesn’t stop in Austria, as connections will get you to here and there over in Europe as well.

· Lufthansa:
It’s been about a week since the first planes started heading back and forth, as Lufthansa is now flying from Vancouver all the way over to Munich. It’s Airbus A330s that are doing all the flying, as the carrier adds another option to go alongside their service between Vancouver and Frankfurt.

According to the press release this is the only international long-haul route Lufthansa is adding to the scheduled this year, so you might as well go ahead and enjoy this one. We’re not really sure if this is the best flight for a long weekend, so go ahead and ask for that time away from the office—you’ll need it.

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No Germany for You: One-Day Strike Cancels 1,700 Lufthansa Flights Today

Where: Germany
April 22, 2013 at 9:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

Today could be a rough day at the airport, so we recommend charging up those electronic doodads and maybe even grabbing a magazine. Lufthansa is having a little bit of a problem with their worker bees today, and as a result they’re canceling all kinds of flights.

In total it sounds like they are proactively canceling around 1,700 flights; however, most appear to be shorter flights in and around Europe, as well as domestic options. It’s all part of a one-day strike finalized late last week, as a group representing around 33,000 Lufthansa employees hopes to show the carrier that they need a little more cash in their paychecks.

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Hawaiian Airlines, Icelandair and American Airlines Lead This Week's New Route News

April 19, 2013 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· Hawaiian Airlines:
It’ll be a little bit of time before things start flying back and forth, but Hawaiian Airlines is once again eager to get over to Asia. This time they’re planning to fly all the way over to China, as if things go according to plan the nonstop flights will run back and forth between Honolulu and Beijing.

Things should start in April of 2014, so you certainly have some time to get the funds in order if you’re looking to take advantage of this new route. This is international destination number 10 since November 2010 for Hawaiian Airlines, and this new flight should do its thing three times per week. Sounds like more tourism dollars will be arriving in the Aloha State, or it’s just a great stopover on the way back from China—Beijing, Waikiki, and then home.

· Lufthansa:
Here’s a little bit of an aircraft announcement, as it looks like Lufthansa and one of their A380s is on the move once again. Beginning on September 26, Lufthansa will be connecting Frankfurt with Shanghai five times per week, and it’ll all be done thanks to the Airbus A380.

The world’s biggest passenger aircraft will leave Germany around 5:20pm or so local time, and will arrive over in China at 9:55am—fancy. There’s room for 526 passengers across three different cabins, so we’re pretty sure there’s a seat that’s perfect for you. That’s not it when it comes to new airplane news either, as the latest Boeing bird—the 747-8—will now be doing its thing between Frankfurt and Los Angeles thanks to Lufthansa.

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What It's Like to Run on a Runway at New York's JFK Airport

April 15, 2013 at 2:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

Let's race! Running shoes? Check. Healthy breakfast? Check. Warm-up stretches? Check. A runway course at New York's busiest international airport? CHECK.

This past Sunday, April 14, nearly 1,000 runners and aviation enthusiasts resisted hitting the "Snooze" button and got their butts to JFK Airport for the 41st Annual JFK Runway Run. The 5K course actually closes a major runway to air traffic, while the rerouted aircraft continue landing and taking off like normal on other runways. No earplugs needed, but most runners had a camera in hand.

Registration was $25 in advance and $30 onsite. We were lazy and showed up at 7am for the 9am race to ensure we secured a last-minute spot. Come to find out that our worry was all for naught; anyone who showed up and paid was welcome to race.

The 963 participants were runners and walkers of all ages and ability levels, and even those in wheelchairs were welcome to have a pusher. We watched as one little girl, who couldn't have been older than 8, spent her time walking the runway and taking iPhone photos of planes. Very cute. Meanwhile, the serious runners were probably well into their lunches; the fastest times were just over 20 minutes while the slowest (ours) was 1 hour and 20 minutes. Yes, we proudly finished 963rd on account of all the aircraft distractions.

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