Debra Brown

Debra Brown

    Emmy Award Winning Choreographer for Cirque du Soleil and Star Alliance Gold Status

Debra Brown
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Fiona Foxon

Fiona Foxon

    Global Brand Ambassador to the Quintessentially Group and Star Alliance Gold Status
Fiona Foxon
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Ricardo Pereira

Ricardo Pereira

    Director TV GLOBO Portugal and Star Alliance Gold Status
Ricardo Pereira
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Yannick Nezet-Seguin

Yannick Nezet-Seguin

    Music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Music director of the Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest. Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal and Star Alliance Gold Status
Yannick Nezet-Seguin
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Jose Garces

Jose Garces

    Iron Chef, Restaurateur and Star Alliance Gold Status
Jose Garces
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Dave Comer

Dave Comer

    Location Scout for The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit Trilogy, and Star Alliance Gold Status
Dave Comer
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Detlev Buck

Detlev Buck

    Film Director and Lufthansa Miles and More FFP member.
Detlev Buck
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Miran Alisic

Miran Alisic

    Motorsport Commentator and Star Alliance Gold Status.

Miran Alisic
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Riken Yamamoto

Riken Yamamoto

    Architect, The Circle at Zurich Airport and Star Alliance Gold Status

Riken Yamamoto
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Buakaw Banchamek

Buakaw Banchamek

    Thai welterweight Muay Thai boxer, K-1 World MAX champion, Royal Orchid Plus Gold Member.

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Debra Brown

Debra Brown knows what it takes to put
on a great performance. She is Chief
Choreographer for Cirque du Soleil, which
has a global reputation for staging some
of the most exciting shows on earth.

Her job involves coordinating up to 100
acrobats, gymnasts and dancers and she is responsible for creating innovative routines,
ensuring each performance is flawlessly and precisely executed.

Debra has travelled all over the world to create
award winning shows and she appreciates
having an award winning network that can
really perform, creating a seamless travel
experience wherever she goes.

Watch our exclusive interview with Debra Brown and discover what she does behind the scenes of Cirque du Soleil.

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Fiona Foxon

When it comes to looking after a customer's needs, Fiona Foxon understands better than most. She's a Global Brand Ambassador for the Quintessentially Group, a global private members club offering a 24 hour luxury concierge service.

And that means always being on hand to make the lives of their members easier and stress free. Whether organising VIP access to restaurants or getting them exclusive tickets to sold-out gigs.

Fiona sees similarities in the way that Star Alliance recognises her Gold status across 26 member airlines providing the best travel experience possible.

Discover the inside knowledge about ten cities around the world, courtesy of Quintessentially Lifestyle.

Fiona's top ten recommendations

  • Hong Kong
  • Singapore
  • Mumbai
  • Los Angeles
  • Frankfurt
  • New York
  • Tokyo
  • Paris
  • London
  • Sao Paulo
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Ricardo Pereira

Like Star Alliance, Ricardo Pereira knows all about connecting people. As a journalist, he’s had the privilege of connecting with the likes of Jimmy Carter, Henry Kissinger, George Harrison and Lula da Silva during exclusive interviews. Now, as Director of the television network TV GLOBO in Portugal, he oversees all production, operation, marketing and communication activities for one of the largest TV Networks in the world, broadcasting Portuguese content to Europe and Africa.

So it seems appropriate that he should travel with the world’s largest airline alliance. In fact, TV GLOBO and the Star Alliance have something else in common - both of them are networks that connect the whole world of Portuguese speaking countries.

As part of his job, Ricardo frequently travels with Star Alliance and his favourite airline TAP Portugal between Brazil, Portugal and Africa. With Star Alliance member airlines that fly to over 1,269 destinations, Ricardo can enjoy seamless connectivity wherever he goes.

Yannick Nezet-Seguin

The art of being a successful conductor lies in being able to bring everything together - something that Yannick Nézet-Séguin is clearly very good at. He is the Music Director of the prestigious Philadelphia Orchestra and he also holds a number of highly respected, international positions.

As one of the most renowned conductors in the world, Yannick’s challenge is to blend all the different musicians into one orchestra to produce beautifully flowing music at every performance.
And that’s why he appreciates what his favourite airline Air Canada and Star Alliance do,
provide a global network to deliver a more seamless travel experience.

Find out what Yannick listens to whilst at
home or away travelling.

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    Bach: Toccata and Fugue in d minor
    / Ton Koopman, organ (Teldec)

    Which piece do you listen to, when you want to wake up energetically in the morning? And why?

    "Any music of Johann Sebastian Bach awakens my brain cells in the best and fastest possible way! It is the musical equivalent to a double-shot of Espresso!"

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    Sarah Vaughan: Autumn Leaves

    Which piece of music do you like to listen to,
    to have dinner with friends and why?

    "I am a great fan of Jazz and Soul/R&B when it comes to creating an atmosphere, whether it’s relaxing, romantic, laid-back... As a great lover of opera singers in my professional life, I am naturally inclined to great Jazz divas... Diana Krall: Fly Me To The Moon (which I had the great pleasure of performing with her and The Philadelphia Orchestra... unforgettable!)"

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    Björk: Vespertine... the whole album!!

    If you could listen to any piece of music in an airport lounge after a long day what would it be? And why?

    "Björk has always been a favorite of mine: her voice is so unique, emotionally charged as well as soothing. Add to this the ideal blend of acoustic sound and often a certain ’industrial’ feel, and you’ve got the perfect music to listen to in an airport environment!"

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    BRUCKNER: Symphony no. 8, Orchestre Métropolitain, Yannick Nézet-Séguin (Atma classique)

    If you could recommend one piece of music for a long-haul flight, to listen to. What would it be? And why?

    "The vast dimensions of any Symphony by Anton Bruckner are best appreciated when one has some time to stop, relax, reflect... exactly what we do on a long-haul flight! He is one of my favorite composers to listen to as well as to conduct, and I recommend his Eighth Symphony (at 90 minutes, his longest!)"

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    Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin (BIS records)

    If you could recommend one piece of music for a short-haul flight what would it be? And why?

    "Usually, short-haul flights are leading us to and from business destinations; therefore, a mixture of good energy and need to reflect is required. Richard Strauss wrote "A Hero’s Life" as a tribute to everyday life, its successes, its struggles, its tender moments as well as its ironic ones... at 45 minutes, it has the perfect duration for most commutes between big Canadian cities, or between Canada and American business destinations..."

Jose Garces

Maintaining high standards across all his restaurants has been the key ingredient to chef
Jose Garces growing a successful business.

Famous in the US for his Latin and Spanish influenced cuisine, Jose launched his first
restaurant in 2005 and went on to open seven
more in Philadelphia and Chicago. Jose is constantly searching for new flavours and recipes
to delight his customers, regularly travelling to Latin America, Spain and Japan for inspiration.

On his travels, often flying with his favourite airline
US Airways, Jose also expects the highest levels of service. As a Star Alliance Gold Status and US Airways Dividend Miles Chairman’s Preferred Member he receives priority treatment wherever
he goes. It gives him the time to relax in comfortable lounges and a chance to enjoy some good food
and wine.

Watch our interview with Jose to discover where he
gets his inspiration.

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Dave Comer

Finding a special place on your travels is always a memorable experience. For Dave Comer, it’s his job. As a location scout he is sent all over the world by film directors to search for the perfect location for movie projects, like The Lord Of The Rings and The
Hobbit Trilogies.

For Dave travelling all over the world has its rewards, because he is able to earn miles across all 26 member airlines on one Frequent Flyer Programme. And with all the miles he earns, he can take his family back to some of the best destinations, exploring the places he didn’t get a chance to see first time around.

See the incredible photos Dave has captured of stunning landscapes, in some of his most
memorable locations.

Dave's incredible locations

  • Central Line, Peruvian Andes
  • Dammusi Roof, Pantileria, Italy
  • Earnslaw Burn, New Zealand
  • Jokulsarlon Lagoon, Iceland
  • Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand
  • Nokomai Alpine Wetland, New Zealand
  • Ranu Raraku, Rapa Nui, Chile
  • Steamship, Puno, Lake Titicaca, Peru
  • Barossa Valley, South Australia
  • Estancia outbuilding window, Pampas, Argentina
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Detlev Buck

When making a movie, Detlev wants to make every scene count – it’s all part of telling the bigger story and giving his audience the best cinematic experience.

As one of Germany most celebrated and respected film directors, the world is something that Detlev has seen a lot of. Whether he’s shooting a movie or attending an international film festival, Detlev has travelled to many far flung destinations, from Cambodia and Malaysia, to Ukraine and Ecuador.

With such a busy itinerary, it’s important to Detlev that he can reach his shoot locations all over the world with the minimum of hassle. He appreciates that Lufthansa and the Star Alliance network offers him smoother, more seamless travel connectivity from his home airport hubs in Germany. And that means he’s often able complete his journey with our member airlines in a single ‘take’ – something that he of all people can really appreciate.

Click here to watch some of Detlev’s work.

  • Detlev film poster
  • Detlev film poster

Miran Alisic

Enthusiasm, passion and energy.
Miran Ališič is fuelled by all these as he travels round the world commentating on the biggest motorsport events.

Starting out as a sports journalist for a Slovenian national broadcaster in 1996, he became famous for his inimitable commentary style. His lively approach has won him a cult following back home. And everywhere else.

Miran’s enviable job takes him all round the world, usually starting out on his favourite Adria Airways. And with his Star Alliance Gold Status, has access to exclusive lounges, priority boarding and baggage; enjoying an elite service that always puts him in pole position.

Watch our video to find out which racing circuits are top on Miran’s list.

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Riken Yamamoto

Step out of the box and into The Circle

Like Star Alliance, Riken Yamamoto appreciates the importance of innovation.

As an architect he must consider not how we move around a building today, but how we will connect in the future.

His latest and most ambitious project is The Circle at Zurich Airport. With the ambience of a small town and the synergies of a big city, it is a peek into the future of business travel.

The Circle at Zurich Airport is due for completion in 2017. The story begins with a vision.

Watch our film to discover Riken Yamamoto’s vision behind “The Circle”

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Buakaw Banchamek

Buakaw Banchamek is one of the best known Muay Thai boxers in the world and has helped to bring the sport to a world stage.
 
He began his career at the age of 8 and has fought in around 400 career fights. He was the first person to win the K-1 World MAX title twice and has both Thai and World championship titles to his name along with a string of others.
 
Today, he has his own gym to give something back to the local community. It's here that he trains for future fights and competitions around the world. Wherever Buakaw Banchamek goes, he expects world-beating connections to get him there; that’s why he really appreciates the strength of THAI Airways the
Star Alliance network.

Buakaw’s training regime is vigorous to keep him at the top of his game.
Take a look at him in action to see what it takes to be champion.

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