After The War, Living In Harmony

Only five years after the end of Word War II, the mayor of Montbéliard (my hometown in eastern France) and the mayor of Ludwigsburg in western Germany started talking about making "sister cities" out of their respective localities. The choir of traditional folk singing I ended up conducting played a significant role in this local Franco-German rapprochement, by establishing a partnership with a German orchestra of accordions from Ludwigsburg.

Can you spot me in this picture, taken in western Germany's Black Forest? Here's a clue: I'm fiddling with one of my very first cameras, an Orenac 24x36.

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Premium-Economy Pivot? Airlines Adjust Seat Size, Hope For Travel Rebound

Airlines are eyeing premium economy seating options to woo money-conscious business class travelers, and possibly weary economy passengers, back to air travel.

Changing travel patterns have led to airlines offering new products and reconfiguring cabins

René Armas Maes

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SANTIAGO — Back in May, I wrote that full-service airlines should start analyzing the costs, benefits, and impact of the demand of business travel, and see whether they would profit from reducing seats in executive class cabins, and from developing products like the premium economy class, which lies between business and economy in terms of comfort and price. They should start doing this in the last quarter of 2021 — I wrote back in May — especially considering that the demand for business class seats and its revenues were unlikely to recover in the following 12 months. And that is what is happening now.

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