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Germanwings Flight 4U9525 Plummets in French Alps, All Aboard Feared Dead

Where: France
March 24, 2015 at 12:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

A flight operated by Lufthansa's Germanwings budget airlines crashed into a remote area of the French Alps at 10:53am this morning, killing all 144 passengers including several schoolchildren and 6 crew members.

The Airbus 320 (A320) was flying from Barcelona to Dusseldorf when it suddenly dropped out of the sky. So far, there have been no reports of bad weather nor mechanical issues. However, there is some conflict over a distress call with Germanwings not sure if one had been made but France's aviation regulator said the plane lost radio contact and descended for eight minutes without explanation, thus prompting the controller to issue its own distress call.

Right now recovery efforts are underway in a fairly unmanageable section of the Alps. Making the process harder is that bad weather is expected for the area with rain and snow.

For now, Germanwings has changed their logo on social media from its usual happy orange and red to a somber black and gray.

They've also posted this statement on its site about the crash:

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Why One Kind Gesture from Lufthansa Sealed This Woman's Loyalty for Life

Where: Munich, Germany
February 19, 2015 at 11:14 AM | by | Comment (1)

In the spirit of New Years' Resolutions, we chose to be filled with love and light when it comes to airlines. So instead of focusing on the terrible TSA theater, the crappy meals served in-flight, the nickel-and-diming onboard, the exasperated attitudes at the gate or the rampant idiocy in the baggage claim, we're focusing on airlines and flight attendants doing it right. This week, longtime Jaunted contributor Julia Buckley tells us how, if you're traveling with special needs, she has nothing but love for Lufthansa.

I am a frequent flier. I also have a chronic pain condition. It isn’t an easy combination.

Longhaul flights are horrendous for me, for obvious reasons, but even shorthaul is a struggle – from dealing with luggage to being confined in a seat with no space to stretch and other passengers knocking into bits and pieces of me that are viciously hyper-sensitive. Even a flight of under an hour, if it’s a bad one, can put me out of commission for days afterwards.

I’m very careful when I fly to choose the best possible seat for my condition, book assistance, and do everything possible to make things as pain-free as they can be. Part of that is asking, wherever possible, if there’s a seat on the plane that has an empty space next to it. Some airlines, like UK regional airline Flybe, are compassionate, and block out an entire row, if it’s available. Others, like my national carrier British Airways, tell me to go swivel.

In January, I flew with Lufthansa for the first time – from Zagreb to Heathrow, via Munich. The Zagreb-Munich flight was operated by Air Dolomiti, and it was amazing – great legroom, wide seats, lovely cabin crew, and a half empty plane to spread out in. Assistance at Munich was also excellent. Nevertheless, just taking the first flight had ramped up my pain levels.

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Lufthansa is the Latest Airline to Welcome Falcons Onboard

December 15, 2014 at 10:14 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last year, we covered the fact that Emirates allows passengers in all cabins the ability to bring their pet falcon on the plane with them. Now, Lufthansa is responding to the uptick in popularity of falconry by also opening their arms to the birds of prey, even creating a nifty little stand for both bird and owner to be comfortable on a plane.

Starting later in 2015, falcons will be allowed to fly in Lufthansa cabins so long as they wear hoods and are tethered. In First Class, the birds can enjoy the Falcon Master, a perch-seat with safety and hygienic protection specifically for the bird, which secures in the tracks of Lufthansa's aircraft.

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Lufthansa, American Airlines, and Finnair Flaunt New Routes for 2015

November 14, 2014 at 11:11 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.

· Lufthansa:
Good news for those trying to get to—or from—the Sunshine State, as Lufthansa is getting ready to make Tampa one of its newest nonstop destinations. The flights are scheduled to begin on September 25 of next year, so you have quite some time to get the funds in place. Things will begin by heading back and forth four times each and every week, but then things will bump up to five times per week when the weather gets warmer. It’ll be Airbus A340s doing the flying, but just note one thing—this will be one of the first flights operated by the carrier’s new low cost carrier arm.

· Finnair:
Want to go to Finland? Finnair can take your there from all kinds of different destinations, but beginning next year Chicago becomes a new option. The plan is to start the flights beginning in June of next year, as it’ll be a seasonal affair between Chicago-O’Hare and Helsinki. Airbus A330s will do the back and forth thing, and it sounds like the flights will operate thrice weekly. Just be sure not to miss your flight, as things will end for the year on October 17.

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Oktoberfest Celebrations at Airports Across the USA

September 30, 2014 at 10:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

One of the biggest festivals of the year is now underway in Germany but, if you’re stuck at home in the nifty fifty, there are still a few spots to celebrate Oktoberfest—even at the airport.

For example, we know that Lufthansa is all in when it comes to the seasonal celebration, and this continues at the airport as well. Senator and Business Lounges around the world, including those in the US (New York-JFK, Newark-Liberty, and Washington-Dulles, Detroit).

The lounge staff might not be in traditional dress like some of the cabin crew, but a few Oktoberfest treats will be added to the food and beverage selection.

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Ein Prosit! Lufthansa's Special Oktoberfest Crew Flies Again This Week

Where: Munich, Germany
September 15, 2014 at 9:59 AM | by | Comments (0)

We've said it before and we'll say it again: Oktoberfest season is one of the best seasons! Among the many reasons is the arrival of Lufthansa flight crew dressed in traditional Bavarian costumes.

2014 is the ninth 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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Track the German Team's Celebratory Lufthansa Flight Home from Brazil

July 14, 2014 at 12:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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New Options and New Routes From American, United, and Lufthansa

June 13, 2014 at 9:46 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.

· American Airlines:
China is just a little bit closer this week thanks to the planes and people over at American Airlines. The carrier launched nonstop options to Hong Kong and Shanghai from their hub and home over at to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The flights leaving for Shanghai depart from Texas at just before 11am, and those headed to Hong Kong will depart at around 12:45pm. Best of all the flights to Hong Kong will use some of those snazzy new Boeing 777-300ERs to make the trip—the first time American will use these planes over to Asia.

· 'Ohana by Hawaiian:
Those new interisland flights from the offshoot of Hawaiian Airlines must be doing well, as ‘Ohana by Hawaiian is getting ready to offer up a few more options. It sounds like the carrier is planning to start turboprop service to spots over in Maui and the Big Island. The new options will link Kahului, Maui with Molokai, as well as between Kona and Hilo over on the Big Island. Things in and out of Molokai will start up on July 8, and those Kona and Hilo flights should start doing their thing a couple days later—on July 10.

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7 Special Airplanes Flying World Cup Teams to Brazil

Where: Brazil
June 5, 2014 at 11:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

World Cup 2014 begins in little more than a week, on June 14. Right about now the national soccer teams are either packing up to hit the skies before hitting the turf, or they're already touching down in Brazil for pre-game practice.

Seeing as how the World Cup games are played in 12 different cities throughout the month, teams not only need transportation to Brazil, but within the massive country. For this, each team relies on a private or chartered aircraft, and many take the opportunity to show off a bit of their national pride.

Here are 7 such special aircraft you'll spot in the skies over Brazil this next several weeks:

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Buy Business Class Flights to Europe for Around $1,500 Right Now (Seriously!)

April 4, 2014 at 4:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

Think fast—Business Class to Europe is on sale right now, but for how much longer, who knows?

Airfares are hovering around $1,500-$1,700 for scattered dates during this summer; this is half off (at least!) the usual price of Business Class and what you'd easily pay for Economy seats during peak summer travel. United initiated the sale, but it hasn't been publicized. Reading between the lines, this means act fast. The lowest airfares come from non-hub cities, so search for departures from places like San Jose versus San Francisco, or Boston or White Plains versus New York.

We recommend paying close attention to the itinerary before booking, and trying for a routing that includes Lufthansa from Washington D.C. to Frankfurt on the new Boeing 747-8i. It showed up for us while searching Dayton to Malta!

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Why Miss Piggy is a 'VIP' on Lufthansa Flights This Spring

April 4, 2014 at 12:26 PM | by | Comments (0)

Why is Miss Piggy greeting travelers on Lufthansa flights? Well, she's a 'VIP' (Very Important Pig) with an updated safety video that will even get the kids' attention.

It's all to celebrate the May 1st premiere in German theaters of Disney's newest Muppets movie: "Muppets Most Wanted." Rest assured, however, that Miss Piggy isn't the end-all, be-all of safety instruction on your next Lufthansa flight; she's simply an entertaining segment and a little whistle-whetter as Lufthansa flights have also added the first "The Muppets" movie to the list of available feature films on the in-flight entertainment systems.

If you're German and reading this, then you might want to check out the contest for roundtrip flights from Germany to LA for four people, plus hotel, rental car, and a tour of Walt Disney Studios.

[Video: Lufthansa]

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Cheers! These 13 Airlines Aren't Afraid to Pour the Good Champagne

January 2, 2014 at 1:36 PM | by | Comments (3)

Just because the confetti is cleaned up, Auld Lang Syne is retired in your iTunes playlist, and your outfit from New Year's Eve is at the dry-cleaners doesn't mean we still can't talk about one of the best parts of ringing in a new year: a champagne toast! Since 'popping bottles' is for such special occasions, we can't think of a better way to sip some bubbles than when on a plane heading for a new destination.

While some airlines have a knack for feeding passengers fine food like lobster and caviar, there are thankfully more still taking sparkling wines just as serious. If your 2014 travel plans include flights in First or Business Class on the following carriers, be sure to reach for that PDB (pre-departure beverage) and ask for a flute of these fine pours:

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