At the Airport

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Think any airline can remove all the hassle from flying? Lufthansa is trying. On Dec.1, the Frankfurt-based carrier opened the world's first exclusive terminal for first-class and high-mileage travelers. Lufthansa's élite fliers are met at the entrance of a sleek gray sandstone-and-glass terminal in Frankfurt Airport by a personal assistant who handles all of air travel's mundane tasks—from bag check-in to seat assignments. These pampered passengers—only about 350 daily—then wait in an opulent lounge with overstuffed Italian leather chairs, a linen-tablecloth restaurant, offices and a cigar room with a selection of whiskeys. Five to 12 minutes before departure time, fliers...

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