Lufthansa’s new Premium Economy Class

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Originally Posted: November 10, 2014

The first flights in Lufthansa’s new Premium Economy Class will take off in December. These flights are available to book now. All the aircraft in Lufthansa’s long-haul fleet are being fitted with a new, specially developed seat. Passengers will travel in significantly more comfort than in Economy Class with up to 50% more space.

With another item of baggage weight up to 23 kg, each passenger will enjoy double the free baggage allowance of Economy Class.

On board, each passenger will be greeted with a welcome drink. At their seat they will find their own bottle of water and an amenity kit containing many useful travel accessories. Meals will be chosen from a menu and served on china tableware.

Passengers will be able to enjoy the extensive in-flight entertainment programme on a screen–up to three inches bigger than the monitor in Lufthansa Economy Class. A wide selection of newspapers and magazines complements the entertainment offering.

Further information about Lufthansa Premium Economy Class can be found at

Hertz receives sustainability award

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Originally Posted: September 8, 2014

The Hertz Corporation (NYSE:HTZ), the world’s largest general use car rental brand, recently earned top honors from The GBTA Foundation, the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), and Project ICARUS in their 2nd Annual Sustainability Outstanding Achievement Awards. Hertz and Autodesk jointly received the award for their collaborative efforts to increase hybrid and fuel-efficient rental car use among business travelers.

“Hertz is always looking for opportunities to provide sustainable business value to our customers that deliver both cost and environmental savings,” commented Mark P. Frissora, Hertz Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Autodesk and Hertz’s mutual focus on improving sustainable business travel was a perfect fit for collaboration. Our joint effort to increase green vehicle utilization has been a huge success, and it’s an honor to win this award with them.”

The Hertz Corporation and world leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software and services, Autodesk, were honored this year for their work together which increased business travel usage of alternative fuel vehicles; increased overall high MPG vehicle utilization; lowered CO2 emissions; increase usage of Hertz 24/7 electric vehicles; and reduced fuel costs. These achievements resulted from a strategic green travel program implemented by both companies and Autodesk’s continued commitment to rent hybrids, fuel-efficient and electric vehicles from Hertz.

The award recognizes travel buyers, suppliers and intermediaries who can demonstrate outstanding leadership, innovation and commitment to delivering best-in-class sustainability programs, products and services across North America.

Air Canada opens Maple Leaf Lounge at LHR

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Originally Posted: September 7, 2014

Air Canada officially opened its latest International Maple Leaf Lounge at London Heathrow Airport’s new Terminal 2 (also known as The Queen’s Terminal), Departures Area 2B. It’s located at Star Alliance’s largest airport hub and Air Canada’s largest international station.

Air Canada’s new Maple Leaf Lounge is a serene, stylish oasis where eligible Air Canada and Star Alliance customers can rest, refuel or refresh before their flight. The lounge boasts an inspiring, contemporary environment that is a celebration of Canadian design, artistry and craftsmanship.

The lounge is designed by Bennett Lo, Toronto’s award-winning firm dialogue 38, who also designed Air Canada’s Frankfurt Maple Leaf Lounge. Air Canada’s Heathrow 700-square-metre Maple Leaf Lounge is a home away from home prior to flight and features:

  • A Quiet Zone comprising three reclining pods equipped with personal satellite-fed TV screens, USB ports and Sony noise-cancelling headsets
  • Spa-inspired shower area featuring showers with large rain-shower heads, ambient music
  • Business Center equipped with individual flat-screen Dell PCs, color laser printer and scanner
  • Complimentary wireless high speed Internet access throughout
  • A cooking station with chef to prepare meals upon request
  • Tended bar with Molson Canadian beer on tap along with a large selection of wines, beers and spirits
  • Canadian art and products from 2Loons, a Toronto based design and production house; laminated glass art walls from Accura Glass, Concord, Ontario; and Cloud lamp by Frank Gehry among others

Eligible customers include Air Canada Altitude Super Elite 100K, Elite 75K and Elite 50K members, Star Alliance Gold members and customers travelling in Business Class, who have confirmed same-day travel.

Air Canada’s London International Lounge is the airline’s 21st Maple Leaf Lounge, and the fourth in Europe, along with departure lounges at Paris Charles de Gaulle and Frankfurt.