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Frankfurt Airport's Christmas Market is Worth a Long Layover

December 5, 2013 at 8:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

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 | 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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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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Easy Day Trips from Frankfurt: Architecture and More in Darmstadt

May 30, 2013 at 5:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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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Four Fun and Cheap Things to Do During a Long Layover in Frankfurt

May 14, 2013 at 5:06 PM | by | Comments (2)


Typical Frankfurt skyline

Don’t complain while in Frankfurt am Main!

Do you have a few days to kill in Frankfurt or perhaps just a few hours? Whether you're stuck with an extra-long layover or find yourself with spare hours between business in town, contrary to popular opinion Frankfurt does actually have interesting things for you to do.

Here are our easiest and cheapest suggestions within spitting distance of the Hauptbahnhof:

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Your Moment of Zen: A Time-Lapse Trip on a Lufthansa A380

December 21, 2012 at 1:49 PM | by | Comment (1)

We have a theory when it comes to enjoying seatback in-flight entertainment. You're either an Airshow person or not. By Airshow, we mean that channel that constantly rotates between the moving map and stats of your flight, like outside air temperature, speed and time to destination. Those passengers who are Airshow people could easily leave the seemingly boring channel on through the entire flight and be sufficiently entertained, whereas a non-Airshow person flips from movie to 30 Rock rerun, to playing Bejeweled.

This post goes out to all you Airshow people. The Airbus A380 is totally the plane for you. You see, it goes above and beyond the Airshow channel to offer three additional channels, each with a livestream from a camera on the exterior of the plane. One looks down to the ground below, one looks out front—a pilot's view, and the third looks over the entire plane from the rear.

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An In-Flight Drink Gone Nearly Extinct: The 'Lufthansa Cocktail'

November 30, 2012 at 7:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's been far too long since we last named an "in-flight cocktail of the month," but there's a good reason for that. You see, airlines just don't offer all the libations they once did, and a prime example of this is the classic Lufthansa Cocktail.

Though the Orange-Apricot liquor of 12 ingredients was once served to passengers onboard Lufthansa flights decades ago (sometimes even in cute mini bottles), the Lufthansa Cocktail is now so extremely rare that it can only be had in two ways:

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Inside the Newest (and Largest) Lufthansa Lounges at Frankfurt Airport

Where: Frankfurt International Airport, Frankfurt, Germany
November 28, 2012 at 5:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

What do you do when you've just built an airport addition that, in itself, is the size of a whole other airport? Well, if you're Lufthansa at Frankfurt International, you fill it with some superlatives like, say, the largest lounge in the entire system.

This is the case at FRA's brand new A-Plus Concourse, where the LH Senator Lounge on the non-Schengen departures level takes top spot. Its 23,000 square feet easily beats the 19,400 square feet of the airline's next largest lounge, which just happens to be next door in Terminal 1 proper. In total, A-Plus adds five sparkling new, sprawlingly spacious lounges to the roster: a First Class Lounge, a Senator Lounge and a Business Lounge on the EU Departures and Arrivals level and, on the non-European area (Non-Schengen area), there is a Senator Lounge and a Business Lounge.

Now that we've shown you around the rest of the A-Plus Concourse, it's time to have our boarding pass checked, grab a Frankfurter Allgemeine and a tall, cold glass of Franziskaner beer and have a good look around a couple of these spaces.

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Frankfurt Airport's New A-Plus Concourse: A Super Home for Superjumbos

Where: Frankfurt International Airport, Frankfurt, Germany
November 19, 2012 at 11:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last month, Lufthansa opened the brand-spanking-new A-Plus Concourse at Germany's Frankfurt International Airport. Why's it so special? Well, among other things, it's directly designed for the biggest, baddest airplanes out there. We're talking A340s, 747s, 747-8is, and the almighty A380. This week, we'll take you inside and all around this place through which some 6 million travelers will journey each year.

If you're an airport whose tarmac is already crawling with superjumbos and you're about to add another 6 million passengers per year, what do you need? The answer: Lots and lots of space. German efficiency. An airline with enough mega planes and super long routes to keep the place hopping. So there you go. The answer is Frankfurt and its hometown airline, Lufthansa.

Speaking of German efficiency, let's talk tech. For passengers, Pier A-Plus boasts self-scan boarding gates, which are awesome if you hate waiting in lines. For operations, the addition of A-Plus means Frankfurt International has the world's largest airport baggage handling system. All of this becomes more and more important with each day, as Frankfurt looks to have a whopping 90 million travelers annually by 2020, up from 56 million in 2011. And those flyers will be stepping into FRA from more and more superjumbo aircraft.

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Inside Frankfurt Airport's Completely New A-Plus Concourse: Six Million Travelers Can't Be Wrong

Where: Frankfurt International Airport, Frankfurt, Germany
November 16, 2012 at 1:42 PM | by | Comment (1)

Last month, Lufthansa opened the brand-spanking-new A-Plus Concourse at Germany's Frankfurt International Airport. Why's it so special? Well, among other things, it's directly designed for the biggest, baddest airplanes out there. We're talking A340s, 747s, 747-8is, and the almighty A380. This week, we'll take you inside and all around this place through which some 6 million travelers will journey each year.

0500 hours.

The seatbelt sign is on and traytables are up and locked. The Lufthansa Airbus A380 named "Tokio" is on final approach to Frankfurt International and we're inside.

Seat 15K.

It's a window, upper deck, right over the hulking wing of this superjumbo. Looking out, the airport on the horizon glows with the fluorescence of its millions of lights, pre-dawn. Usually we're not super anxious to leave a plane to experience the airport, but Frankfurt is an exception.

Wheels down.

Turning off onto the taxiway, we can already spot the many Lufthansa crane logos that adorn each Star Alliance gate. It's pretty obvious who rules this coop.

Rounding a corner, the A380 aims for its new home on the ground—a long, sleek concourse with gates and facilities designed for its massive dimensions. Whereas the plane squeezes itself into other airports, like buttoning pants two sizes too small, here it finds Frankfurt's just-opened A-Plus Concourse is tailor-made with breathing room. Once we've parked, three jetbridges stretch out to welcome over 500 passengers into these fresh digs.

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