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Lufthansa Offers Loser of iPhone Free Flight To Munich

Germany, Travel News — By David Chalk on April 23, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Apple software engineer Gray Powell may not be chomping at the bit to return to Munich, but Lufthansa has sent him an open letter offering him a free business class ticket.  This sordid tale of mega-corporations, marketing and beer gardens began the night of March 18 when Powell was celebrating his birthday at The Gourmet Haus Staudt, a beer garden in Munich.  Powell was working on the next generation iPhone G4 and had a prototype with him — which he left on a bar stool.  In an unprecedented leak, the prototype ended up at Gizmodo.

Seeing a juicy promotional opportunity, Lufthansa sent the letter and made the offer, making sure to plug their new Bavarian Beer Garden Business Lounge at the Munich Airport while trying to show off their corporate sense of humor.  Because obviously if Powell goes back to Munich, his first thought getting off the plane will be “Where’s the nearest beer garden?”

Here’s the letter:

As of Thursday night, Lufthansa had yet to receive a response from Powell:

“We got some hints so far from people who know him but we haven’t heard from him as well,” said Martin Riecken, a spokesman for the airline, who confirmed the authenticity of the tweet. Although no mention of accommodations was extended, Riecken said Lufthansa would “make sure he has a happy time.” Lufthansa is about to relaunch broadband connectivity on its transatlantic flights. The service was discontinued in 2006, but will resume this June, Riecken said. “So all technology subjects are of great interest to us right now,” he added, tongue firmly in cheek.

Here’s some of the highlights of Lufthansa’s new beer garden lounge at the Munich airport:

  • draught beer tapped from the barrel (in cooperation with Munich’s Franziskaner brewery)
  • Bavarian pretzels
  • traditional beer tables overlooking the scenic, Bavarian Alps
  • more than 300 seats
  • a re-designed bistro area
  • six new satellite bars
  • a large bench accommodating up to 28 passengers
  • leather-upholstered armchairs
  • 18 workstations, some equipped with integrated computer
  • two large screens in a separate TV area
  • two shower rooms, complete with hair dryers, towels and a range of toiletries

[Images: Life, Gawker]

Tags: Bavarian Beer Garden Business Lounge, beer gardens, Franziskaner, Germany, Gray Powell, iPhone, Lufthansa, munich, Munich airport, The Gourmet Haus Staudt

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