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Strange brews

There's now an app that will help you find the cheapest beer in Paris. Visitors to the City of Light have long complained about the high price of beer in bistros across the city, with tourists sometimes paying up to 14 euros (Bt620) for a half-litre glass of the brew.

However, help is on its way thanks to a new smartphone app, "Mister Good Beer" which gives an overview of beer prices in bars and bistros across Paris. Budget drinkers can even filter their selection by selecting a maximum price they will pay for their tipple.

Checking in with ease

Skyteam passengers will soon have more check-in machines to use at Tokyo's airport. The code-sharing alliance says the number of machines is being raised from 30 to 90 in the entrance hall and piers A-F in Terminal 1 North. Air France, Alitalia, Delta, Korean Air and KLM are among the airlines in Skyteam. - DPA

On your skis!

The oldest skiing race in Switzerland, the Parsenn Derby, will be run from March 7 to 9, starting in Davos. Legend has it that three locals skied from Parsennfurka to Klosters in March 1897. More and more people skied the same stretch in the following years and the first formal race took place on January 13, 1924. According to Destination Davos Klosters, both professional and amateur racers take part in the individual and team races.

Lagerfeld and loving it

The Folkwang Museum in Essen, Germany is paying tribute to designer Karl Lagerfeld with a large exhibition. The show will run from February 15 to May 11 and present Lagerfeld's creative activities in various areas such as fashion, drawings, photography, films, books, product design and advertisements. The exhibition was put together in collaboration with Lagerfeld himself. - DPA

Up in the air

Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand have agreed to form an alliance enabling Air New Zealand to fly the Auckland-Singapore route again, and Singapore Airlines to operate the Airbus A380 to New Zealand for the first time. The A380 would be operated daily by Singapore Airlines between Singapore and Auckland, progressively replacing an existing daily service with the smaller Boeing 777-300ER. Air New Zealand, on other hand, will launch daily services between Auckland and Singapore using newly refitted Boeing 777-200ER aircraft, taking over five flights currently operated by Singapore Airlines and adding two more weekly flights, increasing the frequency to daily.

MSN3 heads to Bolivia

The A350 XWB development aircraft, MSN3, is in Bolivia where it will perform a series of tests at the high altitude airfields of Cochabamba and La Paz. Cochabamba is around 2,700 metres above sea level, and La Paz is one of the world's highest airports at 3,640 metres. Operations at such high altitude airfields are particularly demanding on aircraft engines, Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) and systems. The aim of these trials is to demonstrate and validate the full functionality of engines, systems, materials as well as to assess the overall aircraft behaviour under these extreme conditions.


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