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Photo Gallery: Frankfurt Airport's Terrific Tarmac Tour

January 27, 2015 at 9:53 AM | by | ()

It's been the subject of many awesome time-lapse videos and even a Star Wars fan fiction-style mini production, but Frankfurt International Airport is pretty great at offering live access via their Airport Tour by Bus.

Called the Flughafen Rundfahrt in German, the tours depart from the pre-security area of Frankfurt's Terminal 1 (level 0, Airport City Mall) and go through security (no airline ticket needed) to join up with a bus for an airside drive all along aircraft at gates, at hard stands, on the Cargo apron, in maintenance hangars, and of course on the runway.

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The Little Things: How Condor Airlines Remembers Retro Style

October 7, 2014 at 1:50 PM | by | ()

In the midst of the bustle of travel, it's all too easy to overlook the details. We're talking about special touches others have stressed over just so you can enjoy a unique experience, whether you know it or not. Every so often we'll highlight The Little Things like this, so now you will know.

All too often these days, airline passengers moan that the the glamor has gone from travel. While it's true that legroom is decreasing and a full, complimentary steak dinner is no longer the norm onboard, the Frankfurt-based leisure airline Condor refuses to let every smidgeon of retro style and comfort be lost to the ages. In fact, Condor slips historical hints of the jet age into each of their flights today.

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Track the German Team's Celebratory Lufthansa Flight Home from Brazil

July 14, 2014 at 12:16 PM | by | ()

They may have been handed their medals by Emirates flight attendants yesterday, but today the National German Team (Die deutsche Fußballnationalmannschaft) and FIFA World Cup 2014 champions will enjoy the hospitality of home onboard their Lufthansa flight from Brazil to Germany.

Flight number LH 2014 is typically issued to the Munich-Dusseldorf route on an A320, but today it will be specially relegated to the charter of a Boeing 747-8i (tail number D-ABYI "Potsdam," the 1,500th 747 built) from Rio de Janeiro to Berlin-Tegel, continuing on to Frankfurt.

Rio de Janeiro is on BRT, which is one hour ahead of EST. Thus, to track the flight, tune in to Flightradar24.com for scheduled departure at 4pm BRT/3pm EST. Since this is a charter flight, however, departure could be a little early or a little late, and we think they'll be heading out a little early in order to enjoy their time flying over German territory later on.

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Ever Wonder What Frankfurt Airport Would Look Like as a Star Wars Location?

July 10, 2014 at 2:19 PM | by | ()

This was posted to YouTube last week, it swept through reddit three days ago, it landed at Laughing Squid on Monday, and on AdWeek later that day. We're only bringing it to you now and, for that, we apologize.

YouTube user Frank Wunderlich says he was flying back from the United States into Germany's Frankfurt Airport when he discovered that "the biggest german airport plays a key role as an imperial starport in the new episode" of Star Wars. Since most people can't really visualize what that means - even though the new Star Wars movie is kind of a big deal, and people have been sort of talking about the series in general for a while - he went ahead and posted the video we've embedded below.

The video - which he titled "Leaked Star Wars Episode VII Filmset Footage!" - is now inching toward 5 million views on YouTube. Because the Internet is kind of magic that way.

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Unlimited Free WiFi Finds a Home at One of Europe's Busiest Airports

July 7, 2014 at 8:17 AM | by | ()

From New York City to Atlanta, some of the busiest airports in the world are finally flipping the switch on complimentary WiFi. It's better late than never, and we’re glad airports are finally getting the message. Now that complimentary connections are continuing to expand, its time to welcome's yet another major airport to the club.

Leave your credit card digits in your wallet, as Frankfurt Airport is now offering unlimited free WiFi to passengers 24 hours a day. Previously WiFi was limited to 60 minutes, but now you’re free to continue your time wasting—or work emails—until it's time to board that flight.

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These 3 Airports Do Better Than Bars, with Biergartens

June 5, 2014 at 9:38 AM | by | ()

Yesterday we filled you in on how Nashville's Airport is becoming the place to go if you’re looking to enjoy a beer before your flight. Even though downing a cold one anywhere within the terminal is a plus, nothing truly beats a biergarten. Thankfully, a few airports have taken the hint and installed actual biergartens into their terminals.

· LaGuardia Airport.
It might not be situated in the great outdoors, but LaGuardia's Biergarten does its thing within Delta's Terminal C. It’s more of a restaurant than a full-fledged beer garden, but it does call itself Biergarten—so we kind of have to include it. Both foreign and local brews are on tap, and the menu has an emphasis on German cuisine—think knockwurst, bratwurst, and other sausage selections.

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Frankfurt Airport's Christmas Market is Worth a Long Layover

December 5, 2013 at 8:30 AM | by | ()

With security lines, crowds, and other less than awesome features—an airport isn’t necessarily the best place to welcome the holiday season. Some airports are looking to change this, however, and one in particular has embraced the holiday spirit in grand style. Germany's Frankfurt Airport is the must-visit airport for December, as they've installed a full-on Weihnachtsmarkt, or Christmas Market.

FRA is boasting decorations, trees, lights, and all of the usual holiday trimmings as they do their best to bring a traditional German holiday market atmosphere right to the terminals. The over 300 shops and restaurants at the airport are in the holiday spirit with Christmas specials and other deals and, on Christmas Eve, many of the stores will even stay open later than usual—just in case you need one more thing for that special someone.

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Lufthansa's #PilotDiary Instagram Series is a Revelation

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

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 | ()

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

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

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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Easy Day Trips from Frankfurt: Architecture and More in Darmstadt

May 30, 2013 at 5:16 PM | by | ()

Running out of things to do while in Frankfurt or have a super long layover at FRA? No problem. There are plenty of other places to explore thanks to the wonderful transit system of Germany. The U-Bahn and S-Bahn branch outwards from Frankfurt's Hauptbahnhof, making it very easy to get out of the big city for a day.

During our recent long, long layover in Frankfurt, we wanted to go somewhere different. So we simply hopped on a train and got off at the last stop, Darmstadt Hauptbahnhof.

Darmstadt is located about 18 miles south of Frankfurt and is mainly known for its contributions to modern chemical science. It is not the kind of town that would be on the “to-do list” for many travelers, however, we think that makes it worth visiting. If you want to see what it is like to spend a day in a normal German city practically void of foreign tourists, this is the place.

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Easy Day Trips from Frankfurt: Good Bier und Gutenberg in Mainz

Where: Mainz, Germany
May 28, 2013 at 3:52 PM | by | ()

Running out of things to do while in Frankfurt or have a super long layover at FRA? No problem. There are plenty of other places to explore thanks to the wonderful transit system of Germany. The U-Bahn and S-Bahn branch outwards from Frankfurt's Hauptbahnhof, making it very easy to get out of the big city for a day.

Stuck in a similar situation, we headed to Mainz with some friends for a quick and easy trip to see something different.

Mainz is a town located southwest of Frankfurt am Main. It is straight south of Wiesbaden, on the opposite side of the Rhine River. The city has a very long history behind it, both good and bad. Remnants of the Roman Empire are still visible, such as parts of the Aqueduct and theater. The majority of Mainz was leveled during some of the heaviest bombing of WWII, which led to large scale rebuilding predominantly in Bauhaus style.

Mainz is also known as the home of publishing, since it was here Johannes Gutenberg invented his printing press (and the city won't let you forget it).

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