Posts Tagged ‘ Lufthansa ’

Strikes galore!

Jul 5th, 2018 | By

Strikes in France and Italy on Friday and the weekend continue a long series of disruption that travellers have had to put up with for months.



Do airlines want your business?

Nov 28th, 2017 | By

More and more I am getting the feeling that some airlines would rather I took my business elsewhere.



Saturday snippets: 26th November 2016

Nov 26th, 2016 | By
Algarve -beach vista

Prince, viagra and bulldozing BA’s HQ compete for Adrian’s attention this week as one of the largest tour operators moves into short-breaks. Are staycations on the increase next year? Cosmos seems to betting that they are.



Eurowings flies to Miami

Sep 4th, 2016 | By
image of a Eurowings tail fin

Why is this significant since they had tried a route to Boston and failed?



Who has the “cleanest” planes?

Nov 25th, 2015 | By
image of a British Airways plane

There is a claim that British Airways and Lufthansa burn more fuel and emit more environmentally damaging CO2 than any other carrier flying between Europe and the US.



Saturday snippets: 8th August 2015

Aug 8th, 2015 | By
panoramic view of Ljubjlana

Slovenia is the latest country to announce that more Brits are visiting than ever before. For the first six months of this year, visiting Brits are up by almost a quarter. Now we are their fourth biggest market after Italy, Germany and Austria. So why are we going there? Numbers would have been inflated by the Slovenia vs England UEFA Qualifying football match in Ljubljana but having new flight connections between Southend and Maribor has helped make it easier for those in East Anglia to get there.
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Saturday snippets: 4th October 2014

Oct 4th, 2014 | By
image of Stirling Castle

Adrian remebers the entreprenrial Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, records the saving of the Wedgwood Collection for our countries, and looks at how successful some places have been in enticing us to visit them.



Eating airline meals at home

Sep 22nd, 2014 | By
airline meal

Two days later, I am still recovering from reading a story in The Times on Saturday. A company is actually delivering airline meals to your home!



Keep airlines happy. Give them a donation

Feb 21st, 2014 | By

A report today from the Irish orgainsation, Airtaxback, claims that passengers haven’t claimed back over £3.4 million of their own money back from airlines.



Airline food through the ages

Oct 7th, 2013 | By

Keith Lovegrove looks at how airline food has changed since the 1920s



Vegetable Oil for Lufthansa

Dec 3rd, 2010 | By

Some time ago, CD-Traveller, mentioned that a number of airlines were testing bio-fuels in the hope that they could replace traditional aviation fuel to power their flights. Now it has been announced that Lufthansa will be the first airline to use a blend of vegetable oil and kerosene in one of the engines of its twin engine Airbus 321’s on scheduled passenger flights. From next April on the Hamburg-Frankfurt route only, information can be gathered on how this fuel will perform in a normal aviation role instead of the testing that has occurred so far. It will help to see what the effects of this mixture are on the engine over a long period. Will it require less or more maintenance for example? That it is in only one engine and contributes only half of the fuel for that engine suggests that growth in this area will be slow and carefully managed.
But is it really an alternative?



Easter Holidays

Mar 25th, 2010 | By

I was quite surprised to find yesterday that the first local school had just broken up for Easter. In my mind it was still weeks away but in fact Good Friday is only 2 weeks tomorrow.
After the winter we have had it wouldn’t surprise any of us if bookings to the Spanish resorts and warmer areas was the main appeal but personal finances being what they are, some of us will think of taking no breaks at all. And for those that do go, there could be quite a few handicaps to going away. First there are the railways. The RMT union is considering scheduling a nationwide strike because of what it says are safety issues that may occur when Network Rail lays off staff. . You probably need to be an expert to know if safety was an issue. Needless to say, Network Rail says there is no problem and you have to wonder whether if safety was the issue, the union wouldn’t have called the strike as soon as it legally could. By striking at Easter, the cynical amongst us begin to wonder.



Lufthansa, British Airways & French Air Traffic Controllers

Feb 23rd, 2010 | By

Firstly, the good news. the Lufthansa strike was called off last night as pilots and management agreed to talk to each other again. It may mean that some aircraft are out of place this morning so check with Lufthansa to see if there are any problems.
The first bit of bad news is that British Airways’ cabin crew members of Unite have voted overwhelmingly for strike action. You might remember that they voted for action before Christmas but BA management won a court action which said the ballot hadn’t been operated properly. (see CD-Traveller 21 January and 15 December). No dates have been announced for the strike and it may be significant that Unite have said that they want to talk to BA management first. (For a view from the inside see Ian’s comments at the end of the piece on 21st January.)
The second piece of bad news is that, from today, French air traffic controllers start a 4 day strike which will affect flights throughout French air space. About 50% of flights in and out of Paris Orly are expected to be cancelled and a quarter through Paris Charles de Gaulle. The strike coincides with French school holidays.



Lufthansa Strike Starts Monday 22nd February

Feb 21st, 2010 | By

For any of you flying on Lufthansa this week you should check with the airline about your flight. The pilots union is striking for 4 days and something like 1,200 flights out of 1,800 will be cancelled each day so not every flight is affected. A number of flights from Birmingham, Dublin, London City, Heathrow, Manchester and Newcastle to German destinations will be flying but you need to check the Lufthansa website, www.lufthansa.com, to see if they are still scheduled to fly. This also affects their Germanwings subsidiary,
Lufthansa has issued a special flight schedule during this week and you will find a link to this on the home page on their website. As we all know with strikes, things can change at the last minute so check as well just before you leave for the airport.
If your flight is cancelled, Lufthansa will refund your money or rebook you, free of charge, to another date.



Insuring Against the Weather

Aug 7th, 2009 | By

You have probably seen this story all over the press and TV in the last 24 hours. Lufthansa has decided to offer insurnace against it raining on your holiday. Book in the next 11 days on an economy flight going between September and the end of October and, if more than one tenth of an inch of rain falls (according to www.wetteronline.de, then you receive €20 per day for up to 10 days.
Now coming on the top of the Thomas Cook idea of letting the Germans pay up front for sun lounges that I mentioned a week or so ago, you could say that we are missing out again.



Airline Changes Come Fast

Oct 29th, 2008 | By

Developments have been announced quickly this morning.Firstly the Icelandic backed Sterling Airways which linked Gatwick with Billund, Copengagen & Stockholm said that it would file for bankruptcy. Although they have looked for buyer, no company has come forward.Unlike BMI ( who also own bmibaby) who have announced that they have been sold to Lufthansa. The Chairman of the company, Sir Michael Bishop, owned 50% of the company plus one share with Lufthansa owning 30% and SAS 20%. Now Lufthansa will have 80% and, more importantly,
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