PUBLISHED : Thursday, 12 December, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 12 December, 2002, 12:00am

Broadband above the clouds: On January 15, Lufthansa will celebrate a world first by launching the first Boeing 747-400 with broadband Internet on board. Passengers will be able to access the Internet for the first time above the clouds with state-of-the-art notebook technology from Fujisu Siemens Computers. For the initial three month trial of FlyNet on flights between Frankfurt and Washington DC, the airline will be giving out 50 Lifebook S6010s on loan to its passengers. Lufthansa is also planning to make broadband Internet available in all departure lounges worldwide soon.

London luxury: Le Meridien Waldorf will complete a GBP20 million (about HK$246 million) makeover next year and, as a foretaste, 12 refurbished bedrooms will be reopened later this month giving guests a glimpse of the two new styles - contemporary and classic Edwardian. The lobby and entrance area may also be renovated. The Palm Court and Adelphi Suite will be restored to their former glory and have conference technology installed for their reopening in April. Meanwhile, Hilton is spending GBP27 million on a 233-bedroom extension at its hotel at Gatwick airport. Opening in January, the new wing means the hotel will offer 789 rooms. The rooms feature a bath tub and walk-in shower, widescreen television as well as modem connections. For business travellers, the executive lounge offers workstations with broadband Internet capability.

Beijing luck: For every purchase of a roundtrip economy class ticket from Hong Kong to Beijing with Air China or China Southern Airlines, at the special prices of HK$1,850 and HK$1,800, respectively, one complimentary room night will be granted at the Marco Polo Beijing on a twin-share basis. The single room supplement is HK$200. The Marco Polo, in the heart of Beijing, three blocks from Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. An extension night costs HK$400 per room/night (room only). This offer is valid until December 19. Book with Prince Travel. Tel: 2111 3828 Fax : 2111 9592