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September 3, 2010

Pretzels and Beer in Lufthansa Lounge at Munich Airport

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It is always a tad disorienting when you get off an overnight flight to Europe. You may have slept a little, but you haven’t gotten the full eight hours.

This is true even, as in my case, when you are wonderfully ensconced in a bed-like seat in Business Class on a Lufthansa 340-600, with a nice Riesling keeping you company.

So it was kind of a “wow” moment when I walked into the Lufthansa Business Class Lounge at Munich Airport to see beer drinkers at long tables with full glasses and large pretzels dangling on pretzel holders. At 10 a.m.

I grabbed a coffee and plopped myself in a lounge chair to take in the scene, and a buxom woman in a traditional dirndl proffered a basket, so I had a pretzel with my latte.

Gotta love Munich.

Lufthansa added the Bavarian flair to its lounge earlier this year. There is indeed draft beer, tapped from the barrel , which can be enjoyed at the traditional wooden tables below painted views of the Bavarian Alps.

The beer garden is not the only thing in the Terminal 2 lounge, of course. There is also a nice workstation corner for those who need to stay connected, cushy leather seating for those like me who want to take a little snooze and tables aplenty for those who want to grab a quick bite. There are bar areas too. It’s a wonderful place to hang out before your connecting flight.

For those who don’t have lounge access – yes, I know, my job has some nice perks – there is also a Munich Airport brewery/restaurant with beer garden outside of security, open in summer.

October 26, 2009

Air France passengers get new class with more space

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Air France passengers on AF 023 from New York to Paris yesterday got to see something new. They were on the first flight equipped with the line’s new Premium Voyaguer cabin, which is not quite business class but gives passengers deeply reclining seats with 40% more space than coach.

Christine Ourmières, Vice President and General Manager of Air France and KLM in the U.S., cut the ribbon yesterday officiallyinaugurating the new cabinon the Boeing 777-200ER.

I met with Ourmières recently in Boston, and she was gleeful about the new service. The seats are separated by a curtain, so really are a new class – in addition to coach, business and first.

You can reserve the new seats online- from about $1,303, or about twice the cost of a discounted economy ticket from New York to Paris (but substantially less than the cost of business class). The seats are being added this year on other long-haul routes from the U.S. and Paris as well.

Speaking of Air France, a few years ago I wrote a column on their Phoenix Project, which basically is a (more…)

August 6, 2009

British Airways and cheese, please

A story I read while in London the other day had me saying noooo. You see, I am a fan of British Airways because a) it’s a good airline with convenient flights from Boston b) it offers easy connections through Heathrow – and the new Terminal 5 – to other parts of Europe and beyond, and  c) they serve “cheese and pickle” sandwiches (chopped cheese and chutney).

Now, apparently, my sandwiches are going away. The Times of London reports that cost-cutting has led to the decision not to serve the sandwiches any more on short haul flights. OK, I get it, who really needs a snack when you’re only traveling an hour or two from London to paris or Venice? And apparently cutting the snacks will save the carrier some $36.9 million.

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