German airline adds Portland to cities it serves.
Byline: From Register-Guard and news service reports
PORTLAND - Lufthansa said Wednesday that it chose Portland International Airport
over Seattle to add another U.S. city to its international service, beginning next spring.
The announcement by the German airline and Oregon officials was greeted with cheers by business leaders who gathered at the Portland Art Museum The Portland Art Museum (PAM) in Portland, Oregon, United States, was founded in the last days of 1892, making it the oldest art museum in the Pacific Northwest. Upon completion of the most recent renovations, Portland Art Museum became one of the twenty-five largest art museums in to welcome the return of international passenger flights to Oregon.
The only international service from Portland ended last year when Delta Air Lines eliminated its flight to Japan, resulting in a joint effort by Oregon's top political and business leaders to find a replacement to help revive a state economy that depends heavily on exports, trade and tourism.
To lure Lufthansa to Oregon, they created a `travel bank' with $10.8 million worth of advance commitments and pledges to use the service, which begins March 31.
`I have a simple message - Portland is going to be a big-league, world-class, premier business destination,' said Sen. Ron Wyden Ronald Lee Wyden (born May 3, 1949) is Oregon's senior United States Senator. He is a member of the Democratic Party. Early career and personal life
Wyden was born in Wichita, Kansas to Edith Rosenow and Peter H. , D-Ore.
Lane County officials said the flights may help the county's tourism industry. Lane County officials said they have pitched the county's scenic beauty and recreational opportunities to the German market for a number of years. Last year, 13 German travel publications or TV programs highlighted Lane County destinations, said officials at the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Lane County Oregon.
Lufthansa vice president Thomas Winkelmann said the airline hopes to build a strong business passenger service along with promoting tourist travel to the Northwest.
`The future of any significant economy is the global marketplace,' Winkelmann said. `We hope this will get you better access to that global market.'
He said Lufthansa is offering an introductory round-trip fare of $419 on the new nonstop HP's brand name for its fault-tolerant servers, which range in size from four CPUs to 4,000 CPUs. The NonStop line was created by Tandem Computers, which was acquired by Compaq, which later became part of HP. flight to its Frankfurt hub, or $479 to any other city in Europe served by the airline via Frankfurt. The offer is good from Thursday through Nov. 25 for flights from March 31 to May 31.
Mayor Vera Katz Vera Katz (born August 3 1933) was the 45th mayor of Portland, Oregon. She served from January 1993 until January 2005. She was elected in 1992 and was re-elected in 1996 and 2000. In 2004 she did not stand for re-election. joined Wyden to welcome Winkelmann and Lufthansa, noting that she had been born in Duesseldorf, Germany, but had never been back for a visit.
`But with a fare under $500, maybe it's time It's Time was a successful political campaign run by the Australian Labor Party (ALP) under Gough Whitlam at the 1972 election in Australia. Campaigning on the perceived need for change after 23 years of conservative (Liberal Party of Australia) government, Labor put forward a ,' she said.
Wyden also joked that he serves on the Senate aviation subcommittee sub·com·mit·tee
A subordinate committee composed of members appointed from a main committee.
Noun , `so let me know what policy you need to keep that fare structure.'
Wyden and Katz both said the Oregon economy is showing signs of recovery, including the announcement this week that Portland-based Freightliner, the largest heavy truck manufacturer in North America North America, third largest continent (1990 est. pop. 365,000,000), c.9,400,000 sq mi (24,346,000 sq km), the northern of the two continents of the Western Hemisphere. , had opened a new production line in Portland.
Air China announced earlier this month that it would offer nonstop air cargo air cargo: see aviation. service from Portland to China, beginning Sunday, and Toyota is expanding its automobile import dock operation at the Port of Portland.
Thomas Winkelmann (left) of the Americas of Lufthansa German Airlines presents an Airbus model to Portland officials Wednesday.