Lufthansa Offers Free Trip to Man Who Lost iPhone Prototype


In airlines versus the volcano, the airlines need any public relations edge they can get to close the revenue gap caused by the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull in Iceland.

Today, Lufthansa is offering Gray Powell — the Apple employee who lost an iPhone prototype in a German-themed bar, resulting in a media firestorm — a free trip trip to Munich, Mecca of beer. For Powell was in fact at Gourmet Haus Staudt, drinking German beers when he lost the extremely valuable device.

The “tired and broken” engineer may or may not still have a job at Apple, but he’ll always have Munich, if he accepts the offer.

Here’s the full text of the open letter (via Valleywag) to Powell by Nicola Lange, Lufthansa’s head of marketing and customer relations:

Dear Mr. Gray Powell,

I recently read in the news that you lost a very special phone at a German beer bar in California.

We all know how frustrating it can be to lose personal belongings, especially when it is such a unique item.

At Lufthansa we also noted with great interest your passion for German beer and culture.

We thought you could use a break soon — and therefore would like to offer you complimentary Business Class transportation to Munich, where you can literally pick up where you last left off. Upon arrival in Munhich, feel free to check out our new Bavarian Beer Garden Business Lounge, and experience the best that Germany has to offer.

We are looking forward to welcoming you on board.

Please contact my team via Twitter at at your earliest convenience.

All the best,
Nicola C. Lange
Lufthansa German Airlines
Director Marketing & Customer Relations, The Americas