Lufthansa Group Continues to Enhance Commitment to Brazilian Market

Swiss to increase capacity in Brazilian market by 55%

Brazil remains one of the most important markets for the Lufthansa Group in Latin America. In her first visit to the region after assuming the position of Head of Sales for the Hub airlines of the Lufthansa Group and Chief Officer of the Frankfurt Hub, Heike Birlenbach announced to local media the continued growth of Group carriers serving the county. “Continuing its service as a premium carrier, Swiss, a member of the Lufthansa Group, will increase capacity by 55%,” said Birlenbach. “Effective on March 9th, 2018, Swiss will begin to use the Boeing 777-300ER, its flagship aircraft, for international service to and from the region.”

Swiss now offers more comfort, capacity, and entertainment along with the use of its Boeing 777-300ER. This new aircraft offers an additional 121 seats, along with in-flight wi-fi, and a substantial reduction in carbon emission. (add quote by Annette somewhere in here).

The Lufthansa Group prides itself over strong roots in Brazil. It operates daily flights between Frankfurt and Sao Paulo, as well as Frankfurt and Rio de Janeiro, through the use of its Boeing 747 aircraft. The Lufthansa Group serves all major, Brazilian, domestic carriers while remaining the number one caterer in the world, with eight service centers in Brazil and 2,000 Brazilian employees. “The first commercial flight to Sao Paulo was in 1956. Now, with well over 50 years of commitment to the region,” said the Senior Director of Lufthansa in South America, Tom Maes, “the Lufthansa Group is enthusiastic about our increase in passenger capacity while remaining as Brazil’s leading premium airlines.”

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One of the world's largest and most prestigious airlines, Lufthansa, serving 22 North American gateways, currently flies to 211 destinations in 74 countries. The air carrier offers hubs in Frankfurt and Munich. With the Lufthansa Group acquisition of Austrian Airlines, SWISS and Brussels Airlines, additional hubs include Vienna, Brussels, and Zurich. The entire Group flew a total of 95.8 million passengers in 2016. In 2017’s summer schedule, the Group airlines offer almost 20,000 weekly frequencies to 289 destinations in 103 countries worldwide. As an industry innovator, Lufthansa has long been committed to environmental care and sustainability, operating one of the most technologically-advanced and fuel-efficient fleets in the world. Its long-haul fleet to and from North America includes the Boeing 747-8,the Airbus A380 and the Airbus A350-900, which are some of the most environmentally-friendly passenger aircraft in the aviation industry. Lufthansa is the largest European operator of the A380 and was also the launch customer for the Boeing 747-8. The Lufthansa Group currently has 180 new aircraft on order to be delivered by 2025. This year, the Lufthansa Group will take delivery of 22 new aircraft, which includes the A350, for Lufthansa alone. Known for its premium services, Lufthansa continues to build new or upgrade existing lounge facilities across its worldwide network. Lufthansa’s entire long-haul fleet now features all new onboard products in each class– bringing Lufthansa one step closer to becoming the first five-star airline in the Western Hemisphere. Additionally, the entire Lufthansa long-haul fleet is equipped with its onboard broadband wireless Internet service, FlyNet. For more information or reservations, visit LH.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat (‘lufthansa’).