News Bits & Pieces: Plane Crashes Into Kangaroo, Four Seasons Seoul Now Taking Reservations, Pilot Reports Fire Where None Found & More….

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Bits & pieces of travel news and information from the past week-or-so. Some may be of interest, some may bore you to tears. You take your chances with this blog. 🙂

Lufthansa Doubles Its Lounges In Munich: Lufthansa have announced that when the new terminal building (Satellitengebäude) at Munich airport opens in April next year it will house 5 new lounges for passengers. The lounges will take up a total of 4,000 square meters (43,000 square feet) and will include a first class lounge which will take up a quarter of that space.

The first class lounge is set to include “several bedrooms and working spaces, a bar area, luxury bathrooms and a separate lounge for cigar smokers. A gourmet restaurant will provide meals Ă  la carte as well as a premium-quality buffet.”

Lufthansa Lounges

Image courtesy of Lufthansa

Flight Canceled After Plane Crashes Into Kangaroo: A small Australian airline has had an altercation with a kangaroo. A Rex Airlines flight was accelerating down a runway at a regional airport when it struck the animal and was forced to abort the take off. No one on the plane was hurt but the plane needed a new engine and, for the kangaroo, this was a hop too far.

Rex AirlinesImage: JamesDPhotography via Flickr

Four Seasons Hotel Seoul Prepares To Welcome The World This Fall: The brand new Four Seasons Seoul has started to take reservations for arrivals commencing 15 October 2015. To celebrate the opening there’s a special “opening offer” available which includes a full breakfast for 2 guests and a KRW 100,000 ($85) per night credit.

I can’t say that sound particularly amazing to me and, with prices in the region of $420/night (including tax) for a standard room I’ll need a bit more of an incentive.

Four Season SeoulThe Four Season Seoul – Courtesy of The Four Seasons 

Allegiant Air flight returns to airport after pilots report fire, but fire department finds no evidence of fire: The pilot reported an engine fire, the passengers reported hearing a “boom” and seeing flames and people on the ground reported hearing up to 7 “bangs/booms” and seeing flames from the left engine. But, after the plane made a safe landing, the fire department could find no evidence of a fire or smoke and the airline is denying a fire ever broke out….. Can aircraft engines backfire?

Best airlines, suites, seats and more: the Australian Business Traveller Awards: Unsurprisingly these are heavily skewed towards the Australian market but they make interesting reading nonetheless. No real bias towards the domestic airlines in these awards as the winners of best airline, best first class, best business class and best inflight food will attest.

Singapore Airlines Food

Image courtesy of Australian Business Traveller

Independent Lounge Opens at Heathrow T5:Finally an alternative to BA and finally an alternative for anyone flying from T5 without OneWorld status. The Aspire lounge has opened near gate A18 and “is available to all passengers using the terminal, regardless of class of travel“. The lounge is part of the Priority Pass program – good news for Amex Platinum card holders – but is pretty pricey if you’re not a PP member. (I’ll be taking an in-depth look at this lounge later this month after I’ve had a chance to try it out).

New Aspire Lounge Heathrow T5