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  • #ThankYou737: Final day of work for Lufthansa’s Boeing 737s

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/october/12/article/4703.html

    The last of Lufthansa’s Boeing 737s are leaving the fleet on 29 October, when they will be scheduled in for service for the last time. If you are lucky, you can watch the last three flights land in Frankfurt, live. Planned departures and arrivals on Saturday, 29 October, local time: LH1223 Geneva-FrankfurtDeparture GVA 17:55 / Arrival FRA 19:10 LH137 Stuttgart-FrankfurtDeparture STR 18:30 / Arrival FRA 19:20 LH153 Nuremberg-FrankfurtDeparture NUE 18:55 / Arrival FRA 19:40 But not to worry, you will still be able to see the Lufthansa B737s after 29 October at one airport or another - more information to follow.

    The last of Lufthansa’s Boeing 737s are leaving the fleet on 29 October, when they will be scheduled in for service for the last time. If you are lucky, you can watch the last three flights land in Frankfurt, live.

    Planned departures and arrivals on Saturday, 29 October, local time:

    LH1223 Geneva-Frankfurt
    Departure GVA 17:55 / Arrival FRA 19:10 

    LH137 Stuttgart-Frankfurt
    Departure STR 18:30 / Arrival FRA 19:20 

    LH153 Nuremberg-Frankfurt
    Departure NUE 18:55 / Arrival FRA 19:40

    But not to worry, you will still be able to see the Lufthansa B737s after 29 October at one airport or another - more information to follow.

    Lufthansa Passage

    Wed, 12 Oct 2016 12:56:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/october/12/article/4703.html
  • Lufthansa presents its #inspiredby homesickness campaign

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/october/12/article/4701.html

    A new social media story series explores the concept of belonging and how travel experiences can shape your identity

    This October, Lufthansa is launching a new marketing campaign which will appear exclusively on social media. Using the hashtag “inspiredby homesickness”, it will examine the concept of belonging and how travel experiences influence the development of our personalities.

    The first #inspiredby episode, entitled “#inspiredby homesickness Japan: Volcano of Our Childhood”, is about two Danish designers, Satoru and Kiyoshi Inoue, who have Japanese heritage. The video is approximately five minutes long and tells the story of their childhood through a combination of animated sequences and live-action scenes, allowing the viewer to share the brothers’ personal experiences by following them on their journey to Japan. The brothers were born and raised in Copenhagen, but the volcano in Kagoshima was always present during their childhood, becoming a symbol for their homeland thanks to their father's stories. The two fashion designers’ encounter with their late father’s legacy is striking and well documented.

    The Inoue brothers are searching for their homeland because they have always felt they belong more to their parents’ home country. “We look Japanese and that's why we're not Danes. In Japan, we are told we don’t speak or think like them”, says Kiyoshi Inoue. In the meantime, the brothers have defined homesickness as “the desire to travel to a place where you feel at home and where you can ‘be yourself’ completely”.

    Alexander Schlaubitz, Head of Marketing at Lufthansa, explains: “The story of the Inoue brothers shows how important it is for some to discover their own roots – regardless of their country or nationality. We as an airline can thus inspire people and would be delighted if the campaign encouraged people across all social media platforms to reflect on their own sense of home.”

    Questions surrounding our sense of belonging and identity are becoming increasingly complex in our globalized and hyper-networked world. Homesickness, a somewhat melancholy, typically German term, describes the longing for a place you refer to as home and is also the title of Lufthansa’s current #inspiredby campaign. The video of the Inoue brothers is a travel experience showing viewers what it is like to find one's place in life and it is intended to encourage viewers to set off on their own journey to experience what 'home' means to them.

    The release of the video about the Inoue brothers is accompanied by numerous GIFs, video clips, photo galleries with quotes and humorous anecdotes of the pair, which will be shown on all Lufthansa social media platforms around the world during the campaign. The focal and pivotal point of all this is Lufthansa’s Tumblr. The digital agency neulandherzer is responsible for the creation, production and media of #inspiredby.

    Brian Bray, Head of Creation at neulandherzer, confirms: “The Inoue brothers draw inspiration from two worlds and are the perfect protagonists for the #inspiredby homesickness campaign. We hope that the complex concepts of 'home' and 'homesickness' will be discussed, and that everyone can find their own definition of the terms so they can pursue their own personal experiences.”

    You can find downloadable images here: mediabase.lufthansa.com

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    Lufthansa Passage

    Wed, 12 Oct 2016 11:47:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/october/12/article/4701.html
  • The first A350-900 in Lufthansa colours

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/october/05/article/4699.html

    The Lufthansa Airbus was in the so-called “paint shop” in the Airbus plant in Toulouse for eleven days, and then the moment arrived – the first A350-900 with white Lufthansa paint and blue lettering was ready to go. 30 people worked on the task, painting a total surface area of around 2,100 square meters. This is the first time that the official identification code D-AIXA has been seen. The use of an “X” follows in the style of the Airbus designation “A350 XWB” (extra wide body) – the cabin width of the A350-900 measures a generous 5.6 meters and gives passengers a great feeling of space. The first ten Lufthansa Airbus A350-900 aircraft will be stationed in Munich for the coming winter. Delhi and Boston will be the first destinations to be served. The plane has space for 293 passengers – 48 in Business Class, 21 in Premium Economy and 224 in Economy Class. The A350-900 is the most modern and the most environmentally friendly long-haul aircraft in service world-wide. In comparison...

    The Lufthansa Airbus was in the so-called “paint shop” in the Airbus plant in Toulouse for eleven days, and then the moment arrived – the first A350-900 with white Lufthansa paint and blue lettering was ready to go. 30 people worked on the task, painting a total surface area of around 2,100 square meters. This is the first time that the official identification code D-AIXA has been seen. The use of an “X” follows in the style of the Airbus designation “A350 XWB” (extra wide body) – the cabin width of the A350-900 measures a generous 5.6 meters and gives passengers a great feeling of space.

    The first ten Lufthansa Airbus A350-900 aircraft will be stationed in Munich for the coming winter. Delhi and Boston will be the first destinations to be served. The plane has space for 293 passengers – 48 in Business Class, 21 in Premium Economy and 224 in Economy Class. The A350-900 is the most modern and the most environmentally friendly long-haul aircraft in service world-wide. In comparison with similar types of aircraft, it uses 25 percent less kerosene and produces 25 percent fewer emissions, and the noise “footprint” produced by the A350-900 is up to 50 percent smaller.

    Note to editorial office – Pictures of the “Roll-in” and of the blue and white paint design, as well as a photo of the freshly painted Lufthansa-A350 can be found here. Picture credit: AIRBUS

    Lufthansa Group is now also on The Newsmarket.

    Visit us at lufthansa.thenewsmarket.com for photos, video footage and additional stories.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Southern Germany

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    Wed, 05 Oct 2016 10:23:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/october/05/article/4699.html
  • Lufthansa Group to serve new holiday destinations over winter

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/october/04/article/4697.html

    Lufthansa Group airlines to fly to 255 destinations in 101 countries this winter

    The airlines in the Lufthansa group – Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Eurowings, Lufthansa and Swiss International Air Lines – will be even a more attractive option for winter holidaymakers and business travellers this winter. As always, passengers can rely on the high standard of service, quality and reliability of the Lufthansa Group. 

    In the forthcoming 2016/2017 winter flight timetable, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group will offer its customers precisely 19,838 flights each week around the world. This winter, the Lufthansa Group airlines will link 255 destinations in 101 countries via its hubs in Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, Vienna and Brussels, but also via many point-to-point routes. These services will be supplemented by more than 18,000 code-sharing flights with some 30 partner airlines, offering passengers a network which almost spans the globe. The winter flight timetables for the individual Group airlines apply from Sunday, 30 October 2016 to Saturday, 25 March 2017.

    Key news from the Lufthansa group airlines:

    Lufthansa

    Lufthansa lists a total of 194 destinations in its winter flight timetable and offers approximately 9,668 flights a week. There is some good news for travellers who love South Africa: Lufthansa is adding a service from Frankfurt to Cape Town (South Africa) to its flight timetable again this winter.  Starting on 2 December 2016, a Lufthansa aircraft will take off from Frankfurt every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday bound for the port city near Table Mountain. This year-round service expands the Lufthansa Group’s multi-hub portfolio and perfectly complements the seasonal service previously operated out of Munich and Zurich in conjunction with Edelweiss.

    Flights will also run to San Jose (USA) in Silicon Valley over winter, along with the attractive dream destinations of Mauritius, Malé (Maldives) and Cancún (Mexico). Lufthansa has significantly increased the number of connections to Nairobi (Kenya), Dallas (USA) and Poona (India).

    Funchal (Madeira) is being added to the European programme, with a once-weekly flight to the city commencing on 29 October 2016. Thanks to mild weather all year round, the Portuguese island primarily attracts walkers during the winter season.

    The list of new European destinations served out of Frankfurt also includes Tromsø (Norway) and Ivalo (Finland), with one flight to each per week. With these two new destinations and its existing twice-weekly service from Munich to Kittilä (Finland), Lufthansa will fly to three attractive tourist destinations in the far north of Europe. This region is gaining in popularity among winter sports enthusiasts and holidaymakers keen to see the northern lights. The summer destination of Tirana (Albania) will remain on the winter flight timetable, with daily flights to the city from Frankfurt. There will be an increase in the number of connections from Frankfurt to Friedrichshafen and Wrocław (Poland) over winter.

    A new year-round service to Marrakesh (Morocco) will be offered out of Munich. Lufthansa will start operating this route on 30 October, taking passengers to the Moroccan city twice a week. Denver (USA) and Tehran (Iran) will be added to the winter flight timetable as new destinations and there will be more frequent services to Los Angeles, Miami (both USA) and Tel Aviv (Israel).

    Debrecen (Hungary), Odessa (Ukraine) and Porto (Portugal) will remain on the timetable. Passengers will be able to fly from Munich to the Polish city of Rzeszów this winter for the first time. There will also be additional weekly services to Ancona (Italy) and Graz (Austria). Twice as many flights will run to Malta.

    Austrian Airlines

    In winter 2016/2017, Austrian Airlines will offer its passengers a wide range of up to 130 destinations in 56 countries. The Austrian carrier is stepping up its focus on tourist destinations over winter. For instance, a Boeing 767 will fly to the Cuban city of Havana once a week starting on 25 October. In addition, there will be direct flights from Vienna to the Maldives and Mauritius up to twice a week. The airline will offer as many as two weekly connections to Marrakesh and a once-weekly flight to Colombo in Sri Lanka in its winter flight timetable. With these additions, Austrian will address its strong seasonality and fly to an interesting range of sunny destinations in winter as well as in summer.

    Brussels Airlines

    Brussels Airlines will serve a large number of new destinations this winter. Starting on 6 March 2017, the Belgian airline will fly to the Indian metropolis of Mumbai from Brussels five times a week. The new service to Toronto (Canada), which was introduced during the last flight timetable period, will continue to run over winter.

    There is good news for anyone looking to travel to Africa. The seating capacity on flights to the popular winter destinations of Banjul (Gambia) and Dakar (Senegal) will be increased and more frequent services to Entebbe (Uganda) and Kigali (Rwanda) will make it easier to travel to East Africa. 

    Compared with last winter, Brussels Airlines has significantly expanded its flight timetable, adding services from Brussels to Porto (Portugal), Naples (Italy), Belfast (Ireland), Nuremberg (Germany) and Nantes (France). On top of this, the airline is increasing its weekly flights to Lisbon (Portugal), Málaga, Tenerife (both Spain), Edinburgh (UK) and Billund (Denmark).

    Eurowings

    Eurowings will further add to its growing list of services from Austria in the new winter flight timetable. For the first time, Eurowings Europe aircraft will fly from the new base in Salzburg to Zurich (Switzerland) six times a week, Geneva (Switzerland) three times a week, Brussels (Belgium) four times, Paris (France) five times and Hamburg (Germany) three times a week. There will be seven flights per week to Cologne-Bonn (Germany).

    A host of attractive new destinations will be served out of Vienna this winter. Eurowings passengers will be able to fly to Málaga, Fuerteventura and Las Palmas twice a week or head to the Andalusian city of Jerez de la Frontera (all Spain) once a week. Rome and Pisa will be added to the list of destinations in Italy. Passengers looking to soak up the Egyptian sun over winter can now fly from Vienna to Marsa Alam (Egypt) once a week. A new once-weekly service will also be available to Faro (Portugal). Passengers will also be able to fly to Nuremberg (Germany) eleven times a week over winter. Thanks to the expansion of the flight timetable at the new foreign base in Vienna, passengers will be able to reach 18 destinations for the first time.

    During the winter season, the long-haul programme will be expanded with a once-weekly flight from Cologne to the Cuban capital of Havana. The first winter service from Cologne to Miami (USA) and back will also be introduced. This US destination was first included in the flight timetable in summer 2016. There will be more frequent long-haul services from Cologne to Varadero (Cuba), Mauritius and Phuket (Thailand).

    The destinations of Lanzarote, Fuerteventura (both Spain) and Lisbon (Portugal) will be added to the list of flights out of Düsseldorf. Passengers will be offered new services from Hamburg to Tenerife and Fuerteventura (both Spain) this winter.

    In the new winter flight timetable 2016/2017, Eurowings will serve 91 destinations in 34 countries.

    SWISS

    In the forthcoming winter flight timetable, the new SWISS long-haul aircraft, a Boeing 777-300ER, will be used for flights to Miami and San Francisco for the first time. Starting on 3 March 2017, the new flagship will also fly to Singapore every day. This service is currently run three times a week using a Boeing 777-300ER. SWISS will also step up its weekly connections to Hamburg, Berlin (both Germany), Cracow (Poland) and Belgrade (Serbia) in winter. Between 4 and 25 February 2017, SWISS will also offer a number of new scheduled flights between Zurich, Sion (Valais, Switzerland) and London City (UK) to meet the demand for attractive services catering for winter tourism. SWISS will use larger aircraft on flights to Spain (Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia), Portugal (Lisbon) and Italy (Rome, Florence) this winter.

    In the new winter flight timetable 2016/2017, SWISS will serve 100 destinations in 44 countries.

    In addition to this, SWISS will offer connections to holiday destinations around the world in conjunction with its partner Edelweiss during the winter season 2016/2017. More frequent flights will be offered to the Canary Islands. For the first time, there will be five flights a week to Tenerife, four to Gran Canaria and two to both Fuerteventura and Lanzarote (all Spain). Passengers will also be able to fly to Seville (Spain) twice a week over winter for the first time.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

    Lufthansa Passage

    Tue, 04 Oct 2016 14:00:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/october/04/article/4697.html
  • Give someone the world

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/october/04/article/4696.html

    Cast your vote to reward a deserving person with a Star Alliance Round the World trip

    Star Alliance is offering two Round the World tickets for a good cause and is inviting members of the public to decide which of the six shortlisted nominees should be selected to travel the world with a companion.

    Each nominee was put forward by one of the travel bloggers who recently completed their own Round the World trip with Star Alliance. With a brief to select an individual or charity “deserving” of a Round the World trip, the bloggers researched and ultimately proposed individuals who have personally impressed them, and could equally serve as a source of inspiration to others.

    Food-loving video blogger Mark Wiens from @migrationology travelled the globe tasting diverse culinary delights, and has now nominated Dwight Turner for his work with underprivileged children in Bangkok through the @thecourageouskitchen (courageouskitchen.org) charity.

    Moving from food to wine, luxury travel guru Scott Eddy (@MrScottEddy) flew around the world tasting wines on six continents. He has chosen Tracy Hitchcock and Nate Walsh for their work empowering refugees and others through their “Create Common Good” (createcommongood.org) charity.

    Travel bloggers Megan and Mike from @mappingmegan have just completed a Romantic Round the World journey and would like to send Nate Evensen around the globe in memory of his beloved wife and fellow travel blogger Kimmy Hayes ( afterglobe.net/about-us/).

    For his part, diver Justin Comack from @truenomads, who flew around the world capturing underwater views from the best dive sites, has nominated Dr. Rachel Graham for her work conserving and protecting threatened marine life at MarAlliance (maralliance.org).

    The founder of @coolhunting - whose editor Karen Day recently returned from an inspirational Gap Year tour - has put forward Susan Easton and her work with global artisans #FROMTHEROAD (fromtheroad.com).

    Blogger Oneika Raymond from @Oneikathetraveller recently completed a whirlwind World Wonders trip and is nominating Masonia Traylor (www.masoniatraylor.com/lady-burgandy) for her inspirational work with women and girls suffering from HIV & AIDS. 

    Each blogger has created a short video to introduce their candidate. These can be viewed at www.facebook.com/staralliance/videos, with additional information on each candidate available at www.staralliance.com.

    Casting your vote for your favourite candidates is easy. Just go to the Star Alliance Facebook page www.facebook.com/staralliance and interact with the post(s) on your preferred nominee by latest October 31st, 2016. The candidate whose posts receive the most likes, loves and other reactions will be given a Star Alliance Round the World Premium Economy Class ticket for two.

    Travelling the world on up to 28 different airlines, with a choice of 1,300 destinations, all on a single ticket is a unique product that only an airline alliance can offer. In order to meet customers’ growing desire for more individualised travel options, Star Alliance recently launched themed itineraries. These include: World Food, World Wonders, Architecture Hotspots, Nature Trail, Aquatic Wonders, Ramsar Wetlands, Natural Wonders, Great Hotels, Sports Hotspots, Wine Tasting, Romantic Journey and Luxury Lifestyle.
    Full details can be found at www.staralliance.com/en/web/staralliance/inspiration).

    Supporting the launch of the new Round the World themes, Star Alliance and Marriott International jointly engaged seven travel bloggers who travelled on themed itineraries and reported on their journeys. Details can be found at www.staralliance.com/en/rtw-bloggers.

    To facilitate booking these new inspirational journeys, the Alliance’s online Round the World booking tool, “Book & Fly,” was recently upgraded. New features allow potential travellers to choose the airport closest to their home as the starting point for their selected themed itinerary. Customers can also now share their selected itinerary through the various social networks. Further customisation by adding, removing or exchanging destinations is also now possible. The online booking tool can be found on the Alliance’s website at www.staralliance.com/en/book-fly and is available in English, German and Japanese. Customers can plan their Round the World journey from the comfort of their own home, 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. Alternatively customers can contact any of the Star Alliance member airlines or a travel agent for booking and purchasing a Round the World ticket.

    Additional background information on Star Alliance Round the World fares can be found at: www.staralliance.com/en/background 

    About Star Alliance:

    The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Avianca Brazil, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI and United. Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 18,500 daily flights to 1,330 airports in 192 countries. 

    About Marriott:
    Marriott International, Inc., is a global leading lodging company with nearly 4,500 properties in 87 countries and territories. Marriott International reported revenues of more than $14 billion in fiscal year 2015. Founded by J. Willard and Alice Marriott and guided by Marriott family leadership for nearly 90 years, the company is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.Further information can be obtained via:

    Star Alliance Press Office

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    Fax: +49 69 96375 683

    Email: mediarelations@staralliance.com

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    Lufthansa Passage

    Tue, 04 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/october/04/article/4696.html
  • Lufthansa Airbus A350-900: Successful Cargo test loading of a Trent XWB engine

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/october/03/article/4694.html

    Joint action of Lufthansa Technik, Lufthansa Cargo und Rolls-Royce

    Lufthansa Technik AG, together with Lufthansa Cargo, has reached another important milestone in its preparations for the entry into service of the Airbus A350 at Lufthansa. In a test carried out under real-life conditions at Frankfurt airport, a Trent XWB aircraft engine provided by Rolls-Royce was loaded into a Boeing 777F freighter. The successful loading trial means that the seamless logistics of providing spare engines via air freight are now assured for the bulky Trent XWBs of the A350.

    “Over the last four months, we developed a detailed loading and rigging plan based on our experience with other capital goods that are similarly sensitive and yet difficult to handle,” says Harald Mueller, who is responsible at Lufthansa Cargo for Aircraft Handling Competence & Quality Assurance. “It’s great to see that it works in practice exactly the way we envisioned it.”

    “We’re very proud that we can now approve this important step on the way to the entry into service of the A350,” said Dean Raineri, Project Director New Aircraft and Infrastructure Development Aircraft Maintenance at Lufthansa Technik.

    When prepared for loading, the engine and its transport stand weigh 18 tons. The engine weighs seven tons (dry weight) and is five meters long; the fan is three meters in diameter. As a result, the engine could until now only be transported with ultra-large freighter aircraft like the Antonov An-124, an Airbus Beluga or a Boeing C-17. As an alternative, Rolls-Royce developed a completely new type of transport stand, which makes possible the loading into a classic freighter aircraft. The engines are divided into two large modules in order to place them on the stand.

    On this split engine stand, the large-volume fan can be separated from the rest of the engine within a single day. The individual modules are then optimally prepared for transport together with the other tools required for engine replacement, and can be loaded. The unit that results from this approach can be transported in Boeing 747 and 777 freighter aircraft.

    Lufthansa Group is now also on The Newsmarket.

    Visit us at lufthansa.thenewsmarket.com for photos, video footage and additional stories.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations

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    Group

    Mon, 03 Oct 2016 09:46:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/october/03/article/4694.html
  • Lufthansa signs letter of intent on wet-lease collaboration between Eurowings and Air Berlin

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/september/28/article/4686.html

    Negotiations on wet lease agreement of up to 40 Air Berlin aircraft for Eurowings and Austrian Airlines from the start of the 2017 summer schedule

    Today Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Air Berlin PLC signed a letter of intent on the wet lease of up to 40 aircraft which will be operated by the Air Berlin Group for the Lufthansa Group companies Eurowings and Austrian Airlines. The six-year agreement, is to start with the beginning of the 2017 summer schedule on 26 March. It would enable Eurowings to significantly expand its capacities and strengthen its position in the European point-to-point air transport market.

    Eurowings currently operates a total fleet of 90 aircraft. Under the new agreement, Eurowings is to lease in 35 further aircraft from Air Berlin which would fly in Eurowings livery. Another five Air Berlin aircraft would be leased by Austrian Airlines. As both parties are aiming for a wet-lease collaboration all up to 40 aircraft concerned would not only be provided by Air Berlin but the Airline would also remain responsible for their operations, i.e. Air Berlin would continue to provide their cockpit and cabin crews and maintenance. The leased fleet of up to 29 Airbus A320 and up to eleven A319 would fit well into the existing Eurowings fleet, which consists entirely of Airbus aircraft. 

    The new aircraft would be based at seven airports in Germany, in Vienna and in Palma de Mallorca. The five aircraft destined for Austrian Airlines are to further strengthen the carrier’s leading position at its home Vienna hub. The deployment on new services and phase out of aircraft would be staggered.

    The leases are to be agreed at competitive market rates. The final agreement is expected to be concluded in the fourth quarter of 2016. An implementation will further require the approval of the partners’ supervisory boards and the relevant competition authorities.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Lufthansa Group Media Relations

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    Financial News

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:29:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/september/28/article/4686.html
  • Lufthansa Supervisory Board approves full acquisition of Brussels Airlines

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/september/28/article/4682.html

    Remaining 55% of SN Airholding to be acquired through exercise of call option – transaction to be concluded beginning of 2017

    The Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG approved the exercising of a call option to acquire the remaining 55% of shares in SN Airholding, the parent company of Brussels Airlines, at its meeting today. The approval paves the way for Lufthansa’s full acquisition of Brussels Airlines.

    It remains the common objective of Lufthansa and Brussels Airlines to conduct the full acquisition of SN Airholding by Deutsche Lufthansa AG after the final agreement on the modalities of the exercise of the call option with the SN Airholding shareholders by the end of this year, and to conclude the transaction at the beginning of 2017. 

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Lufthansa Group Media Relations

    Group

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:31:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/september/28/article/4682.html
  • Lufthansa Aerial Services enters into a partnership with the Nordex Group

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/september/23/article/4677.html

    Partners plan to work together to develop applications for the use of drones in the wind energy sector.

    Lufthansa Aerial Services (LAS) and the Nordex Group have formed a strategic partnership to jointly develop applications for the use of drones in the inspection of wind turbines. Using state-of-the-art technology, the project will bring benefits for Nordex customers in terms of efficiency, quality, safety and innovation.

    The Nordex Group has been active in the wind industry for 30 years now and is one of the most experienced specialist companies in the industry. The group has operations in over 25 countries and is one of the leading manufacturers of wind energy turbines in the global on-shore market. Their core business includes the development of modern plants, as well as the production, construction and long term servicing of wind parks. With LAS, the Lufthansa Group is moving into a new area of business, and the company is part of Lufthansa Consulting GmbH. They provide commercial operation of drones for the inspection, surveying and monitoring of infrastructure facilities, as well as the management of data associated with this. Wind energy is one of the main sectors of industry which LAS will be focussing on.

    “The market potential for the commercial use of drones in the wind energy sector is growing rapidly. Thanks to our cooperation with a partner as strong as Nordex, we can develop innovative solutions which will meet the needs of the wind industry in the best possible way. As well as the close inspection of rotor blades, another area of application is progress monitoring during the construction of new wind parks”, explains Dr. Andreas Jahnke, managing director of Lufthansa Consulting.

    “Lufthansa Aerial Services is an ideal partner for the Nordex Group: LAS is able to draw on the many years of experience of the Lufthansa Group in aviation, especially in the maintenance of complex systems. It therefore has the expertise for us that is indispensable for professional collaboration. On the basis of the large quantity of very precise data that LAS will provide us with on the regular inspection flights we will be able to make detailed analyses as well as optimise our turbines and our service. This will bring us even closer to our target of a lower cost of energy,” says Bo Moerup, Head of Global Service at the Nordex Group.

    One of the first pilot projects carried out in cooperation between LAS and the Nordex Group was for the close inspection of rotor blades on wind energy plants using a multicopter. As with aeroplanes, the rotor blades must be inspected regularly, as they are exposed to strong winds, heavy weather conditions, and high levels of centrifugal force. Using industrial drones which are equipped with safety-related redundancy systems, the LAS drones fly along the rotor blades and, while doing so, generate a set of high resolution pictures of the surface. The photographic material produced makes it possible to make detailed inspection of, survey and document any common symptoms of wear and tear, such as cracks in the structure, or abrasion of the leading edge of the blade. In addition to this, LAS carries out a photometric preparation of data and categorisation of the damage involved. Through this, the dimensions of the area of damage, as well as the exact position on the rotor blade can be better established. Quick response and specific maintenance and repair instructions can then be made possible. Through the repeated capturing of data of an entire wind park, it is also possible for the ageing process of the facilities to be tracked. The operating company can thus determine at what interval a rotor blade needs to be inspected and serviced, and can thus carry out maintenance in a more pro-active way.

    Lufthansa Aerial Services delivers commercial drone-supported services for large infrastructure customers and institutions who have a need for aerial inspection procedures, monitoring and surveying in difficult areas, or in areas which can only be accessed with associated danger. LAS produces analyses on the basis of the pictures taken/data material collected, so that customers can be quickly provided with figures and information regarding weaknesses or defects in the infrastructure. LAS customers are finding that there are advantages in terms of data quality, speed of process and thus less downtime, costs, operational safety, as well as being more environmentally friendly – and all on the foundation of the values of the Lufthansa group brand - safety, quality, reliability, and more than 60 years of experience in flight operations and technology, as well as advisory and consulting expertise.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG

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    Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:16:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/september/23/article/4677.html
  • Lufthansa flies German Paralympic team back to Germany

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    The German Paralympic team returned from Rio de Janeiro to Germany today. At exactly 10:53 this morning, the aircraft with flight number LH 507 touched down in Frankfurt. The Boeing 747-8 with the registration D-ABYK is currently flying with the special design “Lufthansa Siegerflieger” as well as the logo of the National Paralympic Committee Germany as a special honor. On board were around 250 athletes, guide runners, trainers, doctors and support staff. Klaus Froese, CEO of Lufthansa German Airlines Hub Frankfurt, welcomed the athletes on arrival at the gate and congratulated them personally on the outstanding achievements of the entire team. You can find further image material at: http://mediabase.lufthansa.com/fra_ci_presse Deutsche Lufthansa AGMedia Relations

    The German Paralympic team returned from Rio de Janeiro to Germany today. At exactly 10:53 this morning, the aircraft with flight number LH 507 touched down in Frankfurt. The Boeing 747-8 with the registration D-ABYK is currently flying with the special design “Lufthansa Siegerflieger” as well as the logo of the National Paralympic Committee Germany as a special honor. On board were around 250 athletes, guide runners, trainers, doctors and support staff. Klaus Froese, CEO of Lufthansa German Airlines Hub Frankfurt, welcomed the athletes on arrival at the gate and congratulated them personally on the outstanding achievements of the entire team.

    You can find further image material at: http://mediabase.lufthansa.com/fra_ci_presse

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  • Lufthansa Group and Air China sign commercial joint venture

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    • Closer cooperation and strengthening of competitive position in China • Numerous benefits for customers, code-sharing connections, flight timetable coordination and common fares as part of new partnership

    The Lufthansa Group and Air China signed a wide-reaching partnership agreement in Beijing today which will enable the two aviation groups to jointly operate all connections between Europe and China as part of a commercial joint venture. This means that the two companies will successfully implement what they agreed to do as part of a memorandum of understanding in summer 2014. 

    The joint venture aims to significantly expand their mutual code-sharing connections and enhance their commercial partnership. This will allow the Lufthansa Group to continue pursuing its partnership-driven Asia strategy. Following a joint venture with the Japanese airline All Nippon Airlines (ANA) and a joint venture with Singapore Airlines, which was signed in November 2015, this is now the Lufthansa Group’s third enhanced partnership in Asia.

    “As the flag carrier, Air China is the ideal partner for the Lufthansa Group in the People’s Republic of China. This ground-breaking joint venture will fundamentally strengthen our competitive position on routes between Europe and China. The significantly enhanced partnership will enable us to create additional benefits for customers,” said Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, at the signing of the agreement in Beijing. “The Chinese aviation market is one of the most important growth markets worldwide. We want to profit from this growth together with our Star Alliance partner Air China,” added Spohr.

    “The Joint Venture with Lufthansa and the Lufthansa subsidiaries Austrian Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines is another major steps of Air China’s globalization strategy following Air China’s accession into Star Alliance in December 2007. Both parties can further strengthen our overall competitive edge in both China and Europe. Under the Joint Venture framework, we will further expand network coverage in China and Europe, enhance the flight connections in beyond markets and optimize flight schedules, enabling us to bring more and flexible flight choices, favorable fare products and seamless travel experiences”, said Cai Jianjiang, Chairman of Air China, at the Joint Venture Signing Ceremony. 

    The Lufthansa Group’s joint venture with the flag carrier of the People’s Republic of China is particularly significant as it clearly strengthens the presence of Lufthansa Group Airlines in the second-most important aviation market in the world. Together with the Transatlantic trilateral joint venture partnership with United Airlines and Air Canada, the Lufthansa Group now covers the world’s most important intercontinental markets as part of its joint venture activities. As a result, around half of Lufthansa’s long-haul flights are covered by joint ventures, securing additional benefits for customers.

    Lufthansa Group and Air China plan to cooperate more closely in the future. Their flight timetables will be better coordinated with each other, allowing them to provide customers with more convenient connections between their individual route networks. They also plan to offer common fares, modify corporate programmes to improve the products available to corporate customers and examine the opportunities for optimisation with regard to existing connections in frequent flyer programmes.

    In addition to Lufthansa and Air China, the agreement extends to the Lufthansa subsidiaries Austrian Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines. 

    The expanded code-sharing connections will enable Air China’s customers to conveniently travel on more code-sharing routes to/from various destinations in Austria, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland via the Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich and Vienna hubs. In turn, Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian Airlines will gain access via Air China to additional routes in China, the second-biggest aviation market in the world. Further destinations are set to be added soon as part of code-sharing. 

    The commercial joint venture is scheduled to commence at the start of the 2017 summer flight timetable.

    To download photos, please click here.

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  • Ten years of Lufthansa crews in national costume

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    · Lufthansa crew to wear anniversary costume on routes from Munich to Toronto and Washington from today · Further destinations include Shanghai, Hong Kong, Denver and Boston · National costume also worn on selected European routes and at passenger services

    Ten years ago we heard it for the first time: Take-off for the Lufthansa crew in national costume. Since then, a total of 20 destinations have been flown to on four continents, with national costumes from three different fashion houses introduced to the passengers during this famous time of year for Bavaria. Two days before the beginning of the Munich Oktoberfest, Lufthansa passengers will once again get to experience Bavarian tradition up in the clouds. On the occasion of the tenth anniversary, two crews will take-off in Angermaier costumes. Eleven flight stewardesses and two flight stewards will look after guests today on flights from Munich to Toronto and from Munich to Washington. Further destinations will include Shanghai and Hong Kong on 20 September, Denver on 2 October and Boston on 3 October.

    Over the past ten years, both the design of the costumes as well as the names of the designers have changed on a regular basis. However, the Lufthansa colours of yellow, blue and white have always stayed the same.

    This year’s anniversary costume was designed and tailored by the Munich national costume specialists Angermaier, which is outfitting the crews to match the largest public festival in the world for the third time in a row. The Oktoberfest dirndl for the flight stewardesses is dark blue with a silver-grey pinafore. The men wear knee-length lederhosen with a dark blue waistcoat in the same fabric as the dirndls.

    As in previous years, national costumes will be worn on flights to selected European destinations from Munich. At the beginning and the end of the Munich Oktoberfest, a crew from Lufthansa CityLine will swap their uniform for the dirndl. Destinations this year are Belgrade, Birmingham, Cluj, Nice, Olbia and Sylt.

    For Lufthansa employees at passenger services at Munich airport, it has long been tradition to welcome passengers in national costume during Oktoberfest. In addition to the Lufthansa uniform, the women wear the Lufthansa dirndl in yellow and blue and the men wear blue suits in the style of the traditional costume. The Service employees in the Lufthansa First Class Lounges wear costumes in black and gold.

     

    Photo:

    Outside and in the centre: current anniversary costume

    The other costumes from left: Traditional blue print dirndl from 2006, costume from 2009, dirndl from 2012 and the traditional dirndl from the 50s (2015 costume). Picture credit: Lufthansa/Stefan König 

    Additional images can be found here.

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  • Lufthansa Help Alliance provides medical and educational support to underprivileged children

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    Donates a bus to Aasraa Trust support over 1300 underprivileged children from slums of Dehradun

    Help Alliance, the employees’ aid organization of Lufthansa German Airlines, today donated a mini bus to Aasraa Trust which will aid over 1,300 economically disadvantaged children in Dehradun. Through this initiative, Aasraa Trust will be able to provide medical as well as educational support to children from streets and slums of Dehradun.

    Accompanied by a medical officer and equipped with basic medical amenities such as stretcher and first aid box, the bus will provide medical aid to children from 13 projects of the Aasraa Trust. Additionally, the bus will provide commute to over 800 children for the Trust’s after school support program. The bus was handed over by Wolfgang Will, Director, South Asia, Lufthansa Passenger Airlines and Sangeeta Sharma, Senior Manager, Marketing and Product, Lufthansa India at ‘Aasraa Haven’ in.

    “We are happy to strengthen our association with Aasraa Trust that has enabled us to touch young lives and provide them with an opportunity of a better future. Through our latest initiative we hope to expand our contribution to provide necessary medical aid to these children while continuing our support to their education”, said Mr. Wolfgang Will, Director, South Asia, Lufthansa Passenger Airlines on behalf of Lufthansa Help Alliance. “Lufthansa has been in India for over 50 years and India is an important market for us. As part of our social commitment, Lufthansa India will continue to focus on humanitarian activities such as health programmes and education in partnership with Help Alliance.” added Mr. Will.

    In 2015, Help Alliance collaborated with Aasraa Trust which works with children from streets and slums of Dehradun. Help Alliance helped set up a computer lab that helps more than 200 children from the age of 5 – 18 years to gain computer knowledge, study school curriculum online, research study material and research the topics of their interest.

    “Ever since I was introduced to Aasraa Trust, I was convinced that this was not just a project but a movement that would create a deep impact in society. With support of Help Alliance, Lufthansa India has been able be a part of the wonderful work done by Aasraa Trust. We are delighted to see the change being brought about at society’s grassroots.” said Sangeeta Sharma, who is also the project manager of this help alliance project on an entirely voluntary basis.

    Help Alliance is the employees’ aid organization of Lufthansa German Airlines, promoting sustainable human, social and economic development. Employees of Lufthansa in India as well as from abroad have frequently volunteered to support the several programs in India over the past few years. In 2015, Lufthansa partnered with Help Alliance for its #Diwalisurprise campaign and supported projects like Sunshine Project in Delhi, BREADS in Bengaluru, Child Sponsoring Circle in Khandwa and Prana project in Pondicherry. Other areas of support by Help Alliance in India include The Banyan project to provide medical and skill development support to people with mental illness in 2008.

    For more information please visit: www.helpalliance.org

    About Lufthansa Group

    Lufthansa Group is a global aviation group with its headquarters based in Germany, employing around 120,000 staff worldwide. The airlines operate through the Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna, Brussels and Zurich hubs. During the summer schedule 2016, Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Vienna, Brussels Airlines, SWISS jointly serve 316 destinations in 101 countries on four continents. In 2015 more than 107 million air passengers were welcomed on board. With 18 gateways in Asia/Pacific, Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Airlines and Eurowings is the leading European airline group in the region. In Asia-Pacific, Lufthansa Group flies to 18 destinations in 8 countries, offering a total of 249 weekly flights from Asia-Pacific to Europe.

    About Aasraa Trust

    Aasraa Trust is based in Dehradun, India, the capital city of Uttarakhand, in the foothills of the Himalaya. It is dedicated to the education & social advancement of slum and street children. More than thirteen hundred children now attend the various projects under Aasraa's umbrella. These children have been deprived of education, nutrition, medical attention and laughter. The aim and objective of the Aasraa Trust is to level the playing field. Aasraa Trust was established in March 2009 as an umbrella under which several different projects concerning the wellbeing of disadvantaged children and youth run. Aasraa has focused on providing supplementary education to the children of these families. Aasraa Trust is concerned with the lack of educational opportunity available to children of the poorer sections of society. For more details please visit www.helpalliance.org/projekte/computer-literacy-for-slum-children/

    For any additional information please contact:

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  • Lufthansa Airbus A380 first time visit to Sofia

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    Lufthansa is planning the very first visit of an Airbus A380 to Sofia for Sunday, on 16 October 2016. The largest passenger aircraft of the world will depart in Frankfurt as a special flight and is scheduled to touch down in Sofia around noon time. For this premiere a delegation of politicians, customers and media will get the chance to visit this two-deck aircraft, which is supposed to stay for a few hours in the Bulgarian capital. The aircraft will also be visible from various spots around Sofia and the airport during its landing approach. The whole event will take place in cooperation of Lufthansa Technik and Sofia Airport. “With today’s flying visit of our flagship aircraft we want to promote our long-haul flights with the A380 to our customers in Bulgaria”, says Alexander Tolweth, Country Manager Bulgaria Lufthansa Group. “Bulgaria and Lufthansa share a strong history over many years. The event is the perfect opportunity to introduce our A380 to customers and the general public...

    Lufthansa is planning the very first visit of an Airbus A380 to Sofia for Sunday, on 16 October 2016. The largest passenger aircraft of the world will depart in Frankfurt as a special flight and is scheduled to touch down in Sofia around noon time. For this premiere a delegation of politicians, customers and media will get the chance to visit this two-deck aircraft, which is supposed to stay for a few hours in the Bulgarian capital. The aircraft will also be visible from various spots around Sofia and the airport during its landing approach. The whole event will take place in cooperation of Lufthansa Technik and Sofia Airport.

    “With today’s flying visit of our flagship aircraft we want to promote our long-haul flights with the A380 to our customers in Bulgaria”, says Alexander Tolweth, Country Manager Bulgaria Lufthansa Group. “Bulgaria and Lufthansa share a strong history over many years. The event is the perfect opportunity to introduce our A380 to customers and the general public in this country. Bulgarians who plan to travel via our hub in Frankfurt to the US cities Los Angeles, San Francisco or Miami as well as to the Asian metropolises Delhi, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore can enjoy flying on board our A380 in one of our four modern travel classes. Moreover, this aircraft is - in relation to its size - approximately 30 percent quieter than the current generation of wide-body aircraft.”

    Carrying up to 509 passengers, the upper deck provides eight seats in First Class and 78 seats in Business Class which both can be used as full flat beds. The main deck gives space for 371 seats ones in the Economy Class, of a small number is also located on the upper floor. The new Premium Economy Class is also located at the main deck and offers 52 passengers not only 50 per cent more leg room, compared to the Economy Class, but also one free additional piece of luggage.

    It is planned that the only Bulgarian A380 Lufthansa pilot, Senior First Officer Mario Bakalov will be part of the cockpit crew flying this aircraft to Sofia on that day. 

    Lufthansa and Sofia Airport will inform the public with more details on the A380 visit in due time.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Group Communications Europe

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  • Cornelia Poletto creates children’s menus for Lufthansa

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    Kids’ jury chooses the best dishes for the on-board selection

    Having a meal on board a plane should be both fun and delicious for kids. That’s why Lufthansa has special children’s menus for their young passengers, developed by top chefs especially for these “challenging customers.” 

    The latest of these is the award-winning chef from Hamburg, Cornelia Poletto, who has created a new range of delicious dishes for young Lufthansa passengers, all suitable for children’s tastes, as well as being healthy. These will be available free-of-charge on board from February 2017, as long as you pre-book. Today she was there in person at LSG Skychefs in Frankfurt to meet a jury of ten children. The children, aged between four and ten years old, selected the best and most attractive dishes from Cornelia Poletto’s children’s menu selection and had a lot of fun doing it, too.

    Cornelia Poletto, who is herself mother of a 14-year-old daughter, is passionately interested in and involved in the area of “cooking with children”. As patron of the Altona Hospital, for example, she regularly cooks with the young patients there. In her work with the Lawaetz Foundation, she took over patronage of the Lurup district cookbook project for schoolchildren, called “Yes, we can ….cook”. On top of this, she has also paid visits to a number of different schools in connection with the big “school canteen test”.

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  • Win the globe-trotting journey of a lifetime

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    Two Star Alliance Round the World Business Class Tickets up for grabs. Let our travel bloggers inspire you.

    Star Alliance, the world’s longest serving airline alliance, is offering you the chance to embark on a Round the World trip of a lifetime. All you need to do is correctly identify the location of photos recently taken by selected travel bloggers on their individual Round the World journeys. 

    To enter the competition, simply go to http://www.staralliance.com/en/whereintheworld and correctly identify the locations of our seven bloggers’ photos. If you need clues, click through to see the exciting places our bloggers are exploring and find out even more details about each of their itineraries. Submit your completed entry online by September 30th, 2016 and with some luck, you and a companion could soon be globe-trotting on a Star Alliance Business Class Round the World ticket. To enhance the winner’s travel experience, Marriott is offering the two travellers Platinum Elite Status in their Marriott Rewards loyalty programme. Benefits extended to these customers include, for example, room upgrades and complimentary breakfast (for detailed benefits see: https://www.marriott.com/marriott-rewards/member-benefits/platinum.mi). 

    And spreading the word about the competition to your families, friends or acquaintances is easy; just use the social media sharing buttons available on the website

    The competition is open to anyone* over the age of 18, and the winning entry will be announced on October 31st, 2016.

    “Travelling the world on up to 28 different airlines, with a choice of 1,300 destinations, all on a single ticket is a unique product that only an airline alliance can offer”, said Horst Findeisen, Vice President Commercial and Business Development at Star Alliance. “We were the first alliance to introduce Round the World fares more than a decade ago, and these have since grown into our most popular fare product. In order to appeal to customers’ desire for more individualised travel options, we recently launched themed itineraries, which we hope will inspire travellers to book the Round the World trip they’ve always dreamed of.” 

    The new themed itineraries include: World Food, World Wonders, Architecture Hotspots, Nature Trail, Aquatic Wonders, Ramsar Wetlands, Natural Wonders, Great Hotels, Sports Hotspots, Wine Tasting, Romantic Journey and Luxury Lifestyle.

    Full details can be found at http://www.staralliance.com/en/web/staralliance/inspiration.

    Supporting the launch of the new Round the World themes, Star Alliance and Marriott International have jointly engaged seven travel bloggers to travel on a themed itinerary and report on their journey. Star Alliance is providing air transportation and Marriott hotel accommodation. Migrationology’s Mark Wiens is tasting culinary delights across the globe, Mapping Megan’s Megan and Mike Jerrard are on a Romantic Journey, True Nomad’s Justin Carmack is diving at underwater hotspots, Scott Eddy is tasting wines on six continents, Instagrammer Michael Schulz is photographing architectural wonders, and Cool Hunting’s Karen Day is on a whirlwind “Professional Gap Year” tour. Last but not least, Oneika-the-Traveller is exploring the wonders of the world. You can view all of their itineraries and learn more at http://www.staralliance.com/en/rtw-bloggers. Additional trip reporting, Round the World tips and further insights will also be featured at Marriott TRAVELER http://traveler.marriott.com/, Marriott’s online travel magazine, which brings the world’s greatest destinations to life through compelling storytelling, enlisting locals to share what makes their cities special, from culinary to culture, while introducing unique personalities and experiences that give a place its voice and reasons worth a visit.

    To facilitate booking these new inspirational journeys, the Star Alliance online Round the World booking tool, “Book & Fly,” was recently upgraded. New features allow potential travellers to choose the airport closest to their home as the starting point for their selected themed itinerary. Customers can also now share their selected itinerary through the various social networks. Further customisation by adding, removing or exchanging destinations is also now possible. The online booking tool can be found on the Star Alliance website at www.staralliance.com/en/book-fly and is available in English, German and Japanese. Customers can plan their Round the World journey from the comfort of their own home, 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. Alternatively customers can contact any of the Star Alliance member airlines or a travel agent for booking and purchasing a Round the World ticket.

    Additional background information on Star Alliance Round the World fares can be found at: http://www.staralliance.com/en/background

    * see http://www.staralliance.com/en/whereintheworld-tc for full terms and conditions.

    About Star Alliance:
    The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Avianca Brazil, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI and United. Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 18,500 daily flights to 1,330 airports in 192 countries.

    About Marriott:
    Marriott International, Inc., is a global leading lodging company with nearly 4,500 properties in 87 countries and territories. Marriott International reported revenues of more than $14 billion in fiscal year 2015. Founded by J. Willard and Alice Marriott and guided by Marriott family leadership for nearly 90 years, the company is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

    Further information can be obtained via:
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  • “More than just a good flight”

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    New Lufthansa TV commercial goes on air

    Lufthansa is launching a new image campaign today with an entertaining new TV commercial bearing the slogan “More than just a good flight”. In addition to the commercial, which can be seen all across Germany on television, in online video formats and in cinemas, a digital special edition of the Lufthansa magazine (LH.com/nonstop-you) will form the core of the integrated campaign. This will give passengers the chance to take a look behind the scenes at the Lufthansa Group, and tells the stories of five employees in video format.

    “Just as with ’Fanhansa’, the focus of the new campaign will be our passengers. We want to strengthen our brand awareness as a premium airline in a charming and entertaining way”, says Benita Struve, Head of Marketing Communication at Lufthansa. 

    The new TV commercial, which is in the style of a cinema trailer, tells the story of CEO Wilson, who throws the entire office staff into turmoil when she announces her unexpected visit. This is followed by a tremendous sense of relief once they find out that the dreaded boss will be travelling with “the Germans”, who ensure that even the most ruthless manager will arrive feeling relaxed. The commercial will be broadcast in 45- and 30-second slots on all high-coverage TV channels in Germany, and in a 45-second slot in cinemas. A slightly adapted version will be also shown in the US.

    In the related content special on LH.com/nonstop-you, you can now take a look behind the scenes at the aviation group. Five videos tell the personal stories of employees working in different areas of the Lufthansa Group. They show the passion of the Lufthansa staff to ensure not only the wellbeing of CEO Wilson and the others, but also of each and every individual passenger of the airline and always with the goal of creating a premium flying experience for every passenger. There are also further content pieces on topics chosen from the world of Lufthansa. The campaign featuring CEO Wilson and the five employee profiles will also be rolled out across the social media channels Facebook, Twitter and Youtube, as well as via newsletters and mailings, and will be linked to the digital special edition of the Lufthansa magazine. 

    The idea for the campaign came from Lufthansa’s lead agency Kolle Rebbe. Territory were responsible for the digital Lufthansa magazine and the five video profiles. NeulandHerzer manages all social media activities and Serviceplan One in Frankfurt supervises the BTL measures. Mindshare Frankfurt is the responsible media agency, and the production company who filmed the TV commercial was CZAR, with director Martin Werner.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

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  • Lufthansa Group connects further leisure trade partners to own booking systems

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    The airlines of the Lufthansa Group (Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa and SWISS) offer by now multiple approaches for direct connections to the Lufthansa Group’s booking systems for all customer groups, such as corporate customers as well as large and medium-sized distribution partners. More than 1,500 IATA agencies connected globally Since September last year the Lufthansa Group has continuously pursued and pushed ahead with the modernization of its supply structure. The profits via direct connections have been steadily rising with each new customer connection ever since. More than 1,500 IATA agencies are now connected globally. With the going-live of the Direct Connect of Thomas Cook, nearly all major leisure partners in Germany are now connected to the booking systems of the Lufthansa Group or are in discussions for developing an interface. New developments can also be seen in the Group's other domestic markets. TUI Suisse, for example, has had a Farelogix...

    The airlines of the Lufthansa Group (Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa and SWISS) offer by now multiple approaches for direct connections to the Lufthansa Group’s booking systems for all customer groups, such as corporate customers as well as large and medium-sized distribution partners. 

    More than 1,500 IATA agencies connected globally

    Since September last year the Lufthansa Group has continuously pursued and pushed ahead with the modernization of its supply structure. The profits via direct connections have been steadily rising with each new customer connection ever since. More than 1,500 IATA agencies are now connected globally. With the going-live of the Direct Connect of Thomas Cook, nearly all major leisure partners in Germany are now connected to the booking systems of the Lufthansa Group or are in discussions for developing an interface. New developments can also be seen in the Group's other domestic markets. TUI Suisse, for example, has had a Farelogix Direct Connect since July 2016; and is now offering a fully integrated booking process for agencies on its flight booking tool AirCruiser.

    The partners in Belgium are also satisfied: “Thomas Cook Belgium is one of the Direct Connect pioneers. We are proud to having developed the right interface for our customers with the Lufthansa Group. The Direct Connect connection to the services of the Lufthansa Group allows us to continue to provide our customers with top fares and availability, and we will be able to develop new services together in the future” says Marc De Waele, Manager Transport at Thomas Cook Belgium.

    The Lufthansa Group is also developing Direct Connect interfaces for medium-sized travel agencies. Through implementing a direct connection with TraviAustria, 600 travel agencies in Austria will have access to the established charter flight program and additionally to scheduled flights from Austrian Airlines via the touristic booking systems CETS and PowerSearch from the fourth quarter of 2016. The plan is to extend the service to include the entire group. 

    The long-term goal of the new distribution strategy is to provide attractive and comprehensive services that meet the increasingly individual and dynamic needs of distribution partners and corporate customers. The new technical solutions provide customers with additional content that could not be displayed previously, as well as additional services that are now available in a more innovative, customer-oriented way and at lower cost than before. 

    Jens Bischof, Executive Vice President Sales Lufthansa Group Airlines and Chief Commercial Officer Hub Frankfurt: “In addition to large corporate customers we have directly connected further important distribution partners. This way they can access the Lufthansa Group inventory and content using our modern sales channel ‘Direct Connect’. This is an important step on our way to a new distribution landscape in the airline industry.”

    Additonal luggage and lounge vouchers for L’TUR passengers

    As announced by L’TUR Tourismus AG in mid-August, the company is accelerating the use of the new IATA data standard NDC (New Distribution Capability) together with the Lufthansa Group. Following the installation of a Direct Connect connection to the systems of the Lufthansa Group, the exclusive product packages Comfort and Weekend can now be technically integrated into the dynamic flight-only production of L’TUR using NDC within this pilot project.  

    Customers who choose a Lufthansa flight on the flight-only website lturfly.com can now benefit from attractive additional services such as lounge vouchers (Comfort, based on the Lufthansa Economy Classic fare) or an additional item of luggage of 23 kilograms (Weekend, based on the Lufthansa Economy Light fare), which can be booked through L’TUR. 

    By using the NDC data standard offered via Direct Connect, the Lufthansa Group is able to offer new products; additionally, the company gains important know-how for upcoming projects with multiple distribution partners and the further development of the NDC standard in close cooperation with the IATA.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

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    Tue, 06 Sep 2016 08:37:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/september/06/article/4645.html
  • Lufthansa Group implements new distribution solutions for corporate clients

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    The airlines of the Lufthansa Group (Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa and SWISS) are making progress in implementing their new sales and distribution strategy. As communicated last week, Siemens is already using its individual Direct Connect solution. At the same time, a direct connection to the Lufthansa Group has been developed with Volkswagen. Among other things these companies now benefit from the cost-savings as no Distribution Cost Charge (DCC) is being charged via this direct booking channel. The new non-GDS interface was developed in close relationship with a majority holding of the Amadeus IT Group. “For us as a travel technology provider, the airlines of Lufthansa Group are very important customers and innovation partners when it comes to shaping our portfolio of airline IT solutions,” explains Guido Haarmann, Vice President Airline IT at Amadeus IT Group. “In this case, this collaboration could include connecting the Lufthansa inventory...

    The airlines of the Lufthansa Group (Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa and SWISS) are making progress in implementing their new sales and distribution strategy. 

    As communicated last week, Siemens is already using its individual Direct Connect solution. At the same time, a direct connection to the Lufthansa Group has been developed with Volkswagen. 

    Among other things these companies now benefit from the cost-savings as no Distribution Cost Charge (DCC) is being charged via this direct booking channel. The new non-GDS interface was developed in close relationship with a majority holding of the Amadeus IT Group. 

    “For us as a travel technology provider, the airlines of Lufthansa Group are very important customers and innovation partners when it comes to shaping our portfolio of airline IT solutions,” explains Guido Haarmann, Vice President Airline IT at Amadeus IT Group. “In this case, this collaboration could include connecting the Lufthansa inventory to cytric, the i:FAO group’s online-booking solution.” 

    “The Lufthansa Group is on the right track with the differentiation of the distribution of its services, and plays an active role in creating a dynamic market environment. We want to build on the progress of the past months, and we are constantly increasing our innovation speed”, says Markus Binkert, Executive Vice President Distribution & Revenue Management Lufthansa Group Airlines and Chief Commercial Officer SWISS International Airlines.

    The Lufthansa Group is currently cooperating with 17 international technology providers in order to be able to offer the broadest possible distribution solution portfolio.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

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    Tue, 06 Sep 2016 08:33:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/september/06/article/4643.html
  • Lufthansa is first European airline to offer TSA Pre✓®

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    Eligible passengers flying Lufthansa now able to have expedited screening at security checkpoints of participating U.S. airports / Trusted-traveler program participation adds to air carrier’s quality promise to its customers

    On August 31, 2016, Lufthansa German Airlines became the first European air carrier to participate in the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s TSA Pre•® program. As a result of this initiative, Lufthansa customers that are eligible will experience an expedited and efficient screening process at the security checkpoint of participating U.S. airports.

    The safety of Lufthansa German Airlines’ customers is of utmost importance and is of paramount priority. Following this, the airline’s main focus is on a premium customer experience and quality promise. With TSA Pre•®, both initiatives are addressed in that all program participants are closely vetted and held to high security standards, and once they are part of the program, will undergo an optimized travel experience with faster and more convenient passenger security facilitation at more than 180 airports nationwide. 

    “Lufthansa strives to maintain its role as one of the leading airlines in the aviation industry, and in doing so, continually aims for improvement and innovation advancements,” said Juergen Siebenrock, Vice President, The Americas, Lufthansa Group. “Together, we are pleased in advancing this important U.S. government trusted-traveler initiative, the TSA Pre•® program.  This is one of several new initiatives that adds to our commitment towards constantly enhancing the quality level of the customer experience on the overall journey with Lufthansa.”

    If TSA determines a passenger is eligible for expedited screening, information is embedded in the barcode and the TSA Pre•® imprint will appear on the passenger’s boarding pass.  When TSA scans the barcode at the security checkpoint, the passenger may be referred to a TSA Pre•® lane.  Expedited screening may allow passengers to keep on shoes, belts and light outwear, as well as leave laptops and 3-1-1 compliant bags in carry-on baggage. 

    Currently, U.S. citizens, dual citizens, and lawful permanent residents are eligible to apply to the TSA Pre•® Application Program, as well as members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Trusted Traveler programs such as NEXUS for Canadian Citizens, as well as Global Entry which is currently available for eight nationalities including Germany.

    TSA Pre✓® is also available for U.S. Armed Forces service members, including those serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, Reserves and National Guard.

    About Lufthansa
    One of the world's largest and most prestigious airlines, Lufthansa, serving 22 North American gateways, currently flies to 203 destinations in 74 countries. The air carrier offers hubs in Frankfurt and Munich. With the Lufthansa Group acquisition of Austrian Airlines, SWISS and a stake in Brussels Airlines, additional hubs include Vienna, Brussels, and Zurich. The entire Group flew a total of 108 million passengers in 2015. In 2016’s summer schedule the Group airlines offer more than 11,500 weekly frequencies to 301 destinations in 100 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 and the Airbus A380— the industries’ two most environmentally-friendly passenger aircraft. 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 251 new aircraft on order to be delivered by 2025. This year alone the Lufthansa Group will take delivery of 52 new aircraft, including two new types – the Airbus A320neo and 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.

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    Christina Semmel

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    Fri, 02 Sep 2016 15:19:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/september/02/article/4641.html
  • Training with Bayern Munich FC: Lufthansa gets its passengers fit

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    Limbering-up exercises with Kinect technology at Munich Airport with Bayern Munich players

    In future, Lufthansa will invite its passengers to take part in fitness training in Terminal 2 at Munich Airport. On large video screens, travelers will be encouraged to join in with some limbering-up exercises before their plane departs. As part of the "Flyrobic" programme, the exercises will be presented and commented on by players of Bayern Munich FC. Thanks to the so-called Kinect technology, passengers' movements will be detected via sensors and a camera and, depending on how well the traveler copies the exercises, the professionals from Bayern Munich will comment on the end result in words and gestures. The video screens will be in the Satellite Terminal, Level 04/Plaza Center and in the gate area of Terminal 2, Level 4/South Pier from 1 September 2016 to 30 November 2016.

    The workout in Terminal 2 at Munich Airport is now the second "FIyrobic" action. The video called "Sport on board" is already part of Lufthansa's inflight entertainment program on its medium and long-haul flights, and can also be found online as well as on social media channels. In a five-minute film, the players show how to loosen up one's legs and relax one's back on longer flights. The team led by Dr. Lothar Zell, Head of Health Management and Medical Services at the Lufthansa Group, was responsible for the effectiveness of the exercises.

    As an "official carrier", Lufthansa has been flying the Bayern Munich team to all its domestic and international games since 2004.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Southern Germany

    Lufthansa Passage

    Fri, 02 Sep 2016 09:17:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/september/02/article/4640.html
  • Siemens and Lufthansa Group intensify cooperation

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    On 1 August 2016, Siemens AG, together with Lufthansa, started using a bespoke Direct Connect Solution for Lufthansa Group (Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian and Brussels Airlines). In contrast to the previous set-up, Siemens AG is now able to book its desired flights directly via the LHG airlines instead of via third parties. The plan for the future is that new and tailor-made Lufthansa products are to be made available to Siemens travellers via this new channel, enabling completely new ways of cooperation. Furthermore, with this new model, the Siemens Group will benefit from commercial savings running well into the range of six figures. In mid-March, several Siemens divisions were given the go ahead to start using Direct Connect and, after a successful test phase, this new way of booking can now be used on business trips by all Siemens travellers based in Germany. “We’re thrilled to have been able to develop a technically innovative, customer-oriented solution together with our...

    On 1 August 2016, Siemens AG, together with Lufthansa, started using a bespoke Direct Connect Solution for Lufthansa Group (Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian and Brussels Airlines). In contrast to the previous set-up, Siemens AG is now able to book its desired flights directly via the LHG airlines instead of via third parties. The plan for the future is that new and tailor-made Lufthansa products are to be made available to Siemens travellers via this new channel, enabling completely new ways of cooperation. Furthermore, with this new model, the Siemens Group will benefit from commercial savings running well into the range of six figures.

    In mid-March, several Siemens divisions were given the go ahead to start using Direct Connect and, after a successful test phase, this new way of booking can now be used on business trips by all Siemens travellers based in Germany. 

    “We’re thrilled to have been able to develop a technically innovative, customer-oriented solution together with our partners, making things even better for our business travellers”, says Thorsten Eicke, Vice President for Global Mobility Services.

    Jens Bischof, Executive Vice President Sales Lufthansa Group Airlines and Chief Commercial Officer Hub Frankfurt, adds: “With Direct Connect we are able to offer business and leisure travellers a service tailored to their individual needs. This is a vital part of our new marketing strategy. I’m really delighted that, together with Siemens, one of our biggest business customers, as well as our sales partners, we’ve been able to develop an innovative solution in this area.”

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

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    Thu, 01 Sep 2016 10:09:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/september/01/article/4636.html
  • German Paralympic Team flies to Brazil with Lufthansa

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    Federal President Joachim Gauck sees off delegation at Frankfurt Airport

    This evening at 9:30 p.m., Lufthansa will fly the Paralympic team to Rio de Janeiro as the official airline of the German National Paralympic Committee (DBS). Flight LH 506 will take the 148 athletes together with 94 guides, trainers, doctors and advisers from Frankfurt directly to the venue of the Paralympic Games in Brazil. 

    Federal President Joachim Gauck will together with the Hessian ministers Peter Beuth, Minister of the Interior, and Stefan Grüttner, Minister for Social Affairs and Integration, as well as Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Lufthansa AG Carsten Spohr and DBS president Friedhelm Julius Beucher, bid a festive farewell to the German team at the boarding gate. Udo Schauss, Captain of the Boeing 747-8, and his crew are looking forward to welcoming the delegation on board.

    "Flying the Paralympic team to the games in Brazil is a matter close to our hearts. As the ‘airline of sport’, Lufthansa has been promoting popular and professional-level sport for decades", says Carsten Spohr, Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. "All Lufthansa employees wish the athletes a fair and exciting competition and will watch the games with excitement".

    Between 7 and 18 September, the German athletes will compete at the XV Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in disciplines such as swimming, athletics and new this year: canoeing and triathlon. "We are looking forward to the games in Rio and can't wait for our Lufthansa flight to depart. Our long-time partner provides all comforts and conveniences to ensure that the team arrives safely in Rio", said DBS president and head of the delegation, Friedhelm Julius Beucher. 

    Lufthansa has been a partner of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) for many years. Traditionally, this has included transporting the German team to the Olympic Games and, as a partner of the German National Paralympic Committee (DBS), to the Paralympics. The airline is a national sponsor of the Deutsche Sporthilfe foundation and as such is engaged in promoting various popular sports. The airline has also been in cooperation with the German Football Association (DFB) and FC Bayern Munich for many years.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations

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    Wed, 31 Aug 2016 10:38:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/august/31/article/4638.html
  • Cockpit Briefing: paper no longer required

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    Will the revolutionary technology work in practice? A large-scale test should provide proof

    On 1 August, the LH634 took off from Frankfurt on its way to Kuwait as the first Lufthansa flight without a paper briefing package. For the first time, the pilots are using only the eFF (Electronic Flight Folder) application for the entire briefing and flight documentation.

    During the briefing in Frankfurt, Captain Andreas Ritter and his crew loaded the briefing package on their EFB (Electronic Flight Bag) tablets, implemented the briefing and ordered the necessary aviation fuel. Everything as usual - and yet completely different: as today they do not need the usually mandatory paper documentation. Their flight is part of a large-scale test run at Lufthansa. Gradually, the digital briefing packet will become the master documentation on five long-haul city-pair flights. Will this revolutionary technology prove itself in practice? This test should provide the evidence.

    Once onboard, the briefing packet is transmitted to the EFBs installed in the airplane and used for the direct flight preparation in the cockpit. The pilots enter the flight data in the flight management system, the load sheet numbers and the route release are noted in the eFF.

    In the air on the way to Kuwait, the crew documents all details electronically. The eFF application is an in-house development and was programmed in an agile environment within the framework of the eFlightOps project. Today, the application is precisely tailored to the established Lufthansa methods and systems. The app will continue to evolve, as Heiko Freytag who, together with Sonja Schellenberg, led the eFlightOps project, emphasizes: "We will incorporate the feedback from the pilots and work daily to improve it."

    After landing in Kuwait, the crew turns on the onboard UMTS router to establish a data connection, allowing the eFF to automatically load the briefing package for the onward flight to Doha. All the important information is thus ready and available on time for arrival at the gate. Once the final documentation of the flight is entered in the eFF, the crew transfers the briefing packet via router into the electronic archive. Here all the documents are kept, in accordance with regulations, for 90 days. During the experimental phase, the completeness and quality of the documentation in particular will be carefully scrutinised by the authorities.

    No sooner has the "old" briefing package been archived, the crew seamlessly prepare for the onward flight to Doha with the new briefing package. The fact that the documents are so readily available will be of the highest importance for the introduction of paperless briefings on short-haul flights. Therefore, the station staff, parallel and as a backup, makes all data available on a USB flash drive.

    The Testingphase includes Frankfurt - Kuwai - Doha as well as Frankfurt - Tokyo, Frankfurt - Denver, Frankfurt - Bogota, Munich - Boston and Frankfurt – Lagos. Towords the end of October, the evaluations of the tests are expected to be available.

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  • Training begins: 150 new apprentices will start training with the Lufthansa Group in Frankfurt in 2016

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    A total of more than 250 apprentices and 1,400 flight attendants across Germany are to start this summer

    Once again, this summer 150 apprentices will start their professional careers in Frankfurt with the Lufthansa Group, the largest employer in the German state of Hesse. The training of young people has a special significance for Lufthansa. A total of 250 young people across Germany will be embarking on an apprenticeship or course of study in the Lufthansa Group in the new academic year.

    Lufthansa offers a wide selection with 8 study programs and 34 different apprenticeships, including training for air transport management assistants, system caterers, restaurateurs and chefs at LSG Sky Chefs, specialists for inventory administration at Lufthansa Cargo and Lufthansa Technik, as well as specialists for forwarding and logistic services – young people have a broad range of diverse career opportunities to choose from at Lufthansa.

    In addition, 1,400 flight attendants will be starting 115 twelve-month training courses at Lufthansa this year. More training courses will be offered in the coming year.

    "The large number of apprentices shows that Lufthansa continues to be a top employer, offering employment prospects with attractive conditions. We are very pleased about the broad interest in Lufthansa, since the training of young people is very important to us," says Dr. Bettina Volkens, Chief Officer Corporate Human Resources and Legal Affairs at Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

    Overall, the Lufthansa Group employs approximately 37,000 people in the state of Hesse and around 1,500 apprentices across Germany. In addition, there are further apprentices employed across the Lufthansa Group in over 80 locations abroad.

    Interested parties can find detailed information on job opportunities within the Lufthansa Group, along with qualifying requirements, on www.Be-Lufthansa.com. Lufthansa periodically offers a live chat on particular topics on this career portal, during which applicants can put their questions to experts in the area selected. Applications can only be made via the portal.

    Additional sources of information regarding career prospects in the Lufthansa Group can be found on www.facebook.de/BeLufthansa and blog.be-lufthansa.com.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations

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    Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:43:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/august/29/article/4632.html
  • Lufthansa welcomes outcome of UFO referendum on new CLAs

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    • Broad approval within cabin crew union for result of mediation process ends long-running dispute over collective labor agreement terms • Foundation of social partnership laid for longer-term CLA peace

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG welcomes the approval by the members of the Unabhängige Flugbegleiter Organisation (UFO), the union of the company’s cabin crew staff, of the terms and conditions of the proposed new collective labor agreements (CLAs) for Lufthansa’s cabin personnel. The approval promises longer-term industrial peace on the CLA front. The various changes under the new CLAs to the remuneration structure and the retirement and transitional provisions for the Lufthansa cabin crew corps will provide the Lufthansa Group with annual savings in the mid-double-digit-million-euro region; and the terms of the new accords will also remove a high triple-digit-million-euro amount from the Lufthansa Group’s occupational pension commitments. The vast majority of this will impact on group results for the current year, where it will have a correspondingly positive effect on the annual EBIT (but not on the adjusted EBIT) result.

    In return for these cost concessions, Lufthansa’s cabin personnel will enjoy increases in their remuneration and guaranteed further employment until 2021. They will also be able to use any transitional provisions which they elect not to benefit from to increase their later occupational pension entitlements. Lufthansa’s cabin personnel approved the new CLA package by a sizeable majority, in a referendum whose voting deadline expired at 18:00 tonight.

    “It’s vitally important to us at Lufthansa that we can now take this path to the future together with our cabin personnel,” says Dr. Bettina Volkens, Chief Officer Corporate Human Resources & Legal Affairs of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. “We’re firmly convinced that these new CLAs are a good compromise which both offers attractive benefits and permits savings for our company.” 

    Both negotiating parties had accepted the recommendations of mediator Matthias Platzeck, including the adoption of a new retirement and transitional provisions system which will remain in effect until the end of 2023. Under the new system, the company will move from a scheme of guaranteed benefits to one of guaranteed contributions, as has already been agreed for Lufthansa’s ground personnel.

    Lufthansa and UFO also found agreement on a 1% increase in cabin crew members’ remuneration from 1 October 2016 and a further 2% increase from 1 January 2018. 

    The new Collective Labor Agreement on Remuneration, which will remain valid until 30 June 2019, also envisages new qualification options for the company’s cabin personnel. The new bachelor’s-level training course will be offered in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce & Industry, will extend over several months and will further raise the already high qualifications and service levels of Lufthansa’s cabin crew corps. “These new qualification options were very important to both sides,” says Bettina Volkens. “And they represent a genuine personnel-policy innovation that will truly benefit our cabin crew members.”

    All Lufthansa cabin staff will also enjoy guaranteed further employment until 2021 under the new accords, with Lufthansa refraining from serving any notice on any such personnel for business-economic reasons for the next five years. The contractual parties have further agreed to adopt a number of conflict resolution mechanisms that will remain in effect until 2023. To take one example, in the event of the announcement of a full-scale strike, the company will be entitled to enlist a mediator and refer the possible industrial dispute to a binding mediation process. 

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations

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  • Lufthansa brings German Olympic team back to Germany from Rio de Janeiro

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    Swiss Olympic delegation to be welcomed in Zurich

    The German Olympic team has returned home, landing on time at 11.10 a.m. local time at Frankfurt Airport with flight number LH 511. The Boeing 747-8 with the registration D-ABYK was specially branded in a custom “Olympia Siegerflieger“ design. Around 250 athletes were on board, amongst them gold medal winners in beach volleyball Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst, double-gold canoeist Sebastian Brendel, the gymnasts who won bronze with Sophie Scheder and many others.

    After landing at Frankfurt Airport and taking a photo of their arrival in front of the plane, the German athletes went with a police escort directly to Frankfurt downtown to Römer Square, where they are welcomed by Federal President Joachim Gauck.

    More than 50 international Olympic delegations use the services offered by the Lufthansa Group. The official Swiss Olympic delegation is also travelling back today on SWISS flight LX 93 from Rio de Janeiro to Switzerland. The Boeing 777-300ER will be ceremoniously received at Zurich airport with a shower of water. Among the passengers the gold medallists in the lightweight men’s four rowing and the mountain biker Nico Schurter are on board.

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    Media Relations

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  • Lufthansa celebrates 60 years of flying to Rio de Janeiro

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    Reigning beach volleyball Olympic champions Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann visit Lufthansa Help Alliance project

    On 15 August, at the start of the second week of the Olympic Games, Lufthansa celebrates its 60th anniversary of scheduled service to Brazil. In 1956, a Lockheed Super Star with 48 first-class seats flew from Hamburg to Rio de Janeiro in a total 26 hours with three stopovers. In the meantime, the flight time with a Boeing 747-8 has more than halved with now around eleven hours.

    Lufthansa is using the occasion of this anniversary to deepen its commitment to the city and its inhabitants and to fulfil its responsibility as an internationally active aviation group. As a sign of its social corporate responsibility, employees of the Lufthansa Group are renovating the non-profit Centro Comunitário Paulo da Portela (CCCP) vocational training centre in Rio de Janeiro. The centre in Oswaldo Cruz has been sponsored by Help Alliance, Lufthansa’s non-profit employee organisation, since 2011. The renovation work is being supported by Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann, the reigning Olympic champions in beach volleyball. In the CCCP, young people will receive a vocational education and will be prepared, among other things, for university entrance examinations.

    Since its foundation by Lufthansa employees in 1999, Help Alliance has been committed to its work in Central and Latin America. Today, the association supports around 40 aid initiatives internationally. For each project, employees of the Lufthansa Group voluntarily take responsibility in cooperation with local partners who have many years of experience in development co-operation. The aid initiatives are funded solely by donations.

    Further information on Lufthansa’s 60 years of flying to Rio de Janeiro, as well as historical images, can be found at the following link: https://filexchange.lhsystems.com

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations

    Lufthansa Passage

    Mon, 15 Aug 2016 15:28:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/august/15/article/4625.html
  • Let Star Alliance inspire you to travel the world

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    New Themed Round the World Itineraries – Follow our globe-trotting bloggers

    Offering wide choice for Round the World travel on a global network is something only airline alliances can do. As the world’s longest serving airline alliance, Star Alliance has been offering Round the World fares for more than a decade. Building on this experience, the Alliance has now added themed itineraries to its Round the World product portfolio. In addition to being able to create a journey from scratch, interested travellers can now choose from a range of Round the World themed journeys. These include: World Food, World Wonders, Architecture Hotspots, Nature Trail, Aquatic Wonders, Ramsar Wetlands, Natural Wonders, Great Hotels, Sports Hotspots, Wine Tasting, Romantic Journey and Luxury Lifestyle. Full details can be found at www.staralliance.com/en/web/staralliance/inspiration.

    To facilitate booking these new inspirational journeys, the Alliance’s online Round the World booking tool “Book & Fly” has been updated to allow potential travellers to choose the closest airport to their home as the starting point for their selected themed itinerary. Further customisation by adding, removing or exchanging destinations is also possible.

    The “Star Alliance Book & Fly” tool can be found on the Alliance’s website at www.staralliance.com/en/book-fly and is available in English, German and Japanese. It allows customers to plan their Round the World journey from the comfort of their own home, 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. Those wishing to share their globe-trotting plans can do so via the integrated social media functionality. Once all flights have been booked, electronic tickets can be issued directly via the online tool. Alternatively customers can contact any of the Star Alliance member airlines or a travel agent for booking and purchasing a Round the World ticket.

    Round the World fares generally offer better value for money than individual one-way tickets on separate airlines for the same journey. The actual price varies by market as well as by distance travelled and class flown. 

    In terms of distance, customers can create an individual itinerary covering up to 26,000, 29,000, 34,000 or 39,000 miles. To put these levels in perspective, the circumference of the Earth measured at the Equator is approximately 24,901 miles.

    Customers can build their own routings within the maximum mileage of the selected fare level. Travel needs to begin and end in the same country and be in one direction, either going East or West, although some zigzagging is permitted within a single continent. Both the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean must be crossed once. 

    Layovers of at least 24 hours must be made in a minimum of three cities and the overall itinerary may include up to 15 stops. Some Economy Class fares have a maximum of five stops.

    The Star Alliance Round the World fares are available for travel in First, Business, Premium Economy or Economy Class and depending on the fare, customers can choose to travel for either up to six or twelve months. 

    Children between the age of two and 11 pay 75 per cent of the applicable adult fare, while infants under two who do not occupy a seat can be taken along for 10 per cent of the applicable adult fare.

    Customers travelling on Star Alliance RTW fares may in principle accrue miles in any of the Frequent Flyer Programmes (FFP) offered by the member airlines. The collected miles can count towards earning Star Alliance Gold or Silver status and can be redeemed for example for free flights, upgrades, hotel stays, etc.

    The Star Alliance Round the World fare has developed into the most popular of the seven Star Alliance fare products (www.staralliance.com/en/travel-centre) on offer. More than half of Round the World travellers fly in Business Class, more than a third opt for Economy Class and around eight percent for First Class.

    Follow our globe-trotting bloggers

    Supporting the launch of the new Round the World themes, Star Alliance has engaged seven travel bloggers to travel on one of the themed itineraries and report on their journey. So why not follow Mark Wiens as he tries culinary delights across the globe or check out Megan and Mike Jerrard’s romantic journey. See how Justin Carmack takes a dive into underwater hotspots or follow Scott Eddy as he tastes wines on six continents. Michael Schulz is photographing architectural wonders while Karen Day is travelling on a whirlwind “Professional Gap Year” tour. Last, but by no means least, see which World Wonders Oneika-the-Traveler explores. 

    To find out more, check out our website at www.staralliance.com/en/rtw-bloggers.

    About Star Alliance:
    The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Avianca Brazil, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI and United. Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 18,500 daily flights to 1,330 airports in 192 countries.

    Further information can be obtained via:
    Star Alliance Press Office

    Lufthansa Passage

    Thu, 11 Aug 2016 11:32:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/august/11/article/4623.html
  • Lufthansa Group lowers costs and enhances financial stability

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/august/02/article/4289.html

    2016 first-half year results • Adjusted EBIT increases by 61 million euros to 529 million euros • Higher Adjusted EBIT margin • Total costs declining faster than fuel costs • Lufthansa Passenger Airlines key driver of positive development • Greater financial stability achieved Full-year outlook • Terrorist attacks in Europe and economic uncertainties significantly burden forward bookings on long-haul routes to Europe • EBIT expected above previous year, Adjusted EBIT forecast lowered to “below previous year” • Winter timetable capacity planning further reduced by one long-haul and six short-haul aircraft • Unit costs to decrease • Consistent implementation of results-enhancing measures

    “The Lufthansa Group achieved a solid result for the first half-year,” says Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board & CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. “We are making good progress in implementing our Three-Pillar-Strategy. We see progress in all the areas where we can influence the changes ourselves. And this is particularly true for our cost structures and the growth of Eurowings, the development of which is progressing well.” 

    “At the same time, our industry has to prepare for a difficult second half-year”, Spohr continues. “The terrorist attacks in Europe and also the increasing political and economic uncertainties are having a tangible impact on passenger volumes. The forward bookings, in particular for our long-haul services to Europe have declined significantly. We expect the high pricing pressure to continue. In view of this, and as we recently announced, we expect to report an Adjusted EBIT for the full year which is below the previous year’s. This is why we will push on our efficiency increases even more consistently.”

    Total group revenue for the first half of 2016 amounted to 15.0 billion euros, a 2.1 per cent decline on the prior-year period. Despite higher passenger volumes, traffic revenue was down 4.5 per cent due to strong pricing pressures in both the airline and the cargo businesses. In spite of the lower revenues, however, Adjusted EBIT – the key indicator of economic success – increased by 61 million euros to 529 million euros. This earnings result reflects both lower fuel prices and improved cost structures. Unit costs excluding fuel costs and currency effects decreased by 1.3 per cent in the first half-year compared to the prior-year period. The fuel cost benefits amounted to 597 million euros; and the pricing pressure, which is also partly the product of the lower fuel prices, resulted in a 5.2 per cent reduction in unit revenues excluding currency effects for the first half-year. Routes to Europe from South America and Asia showed a particularly weak performance. European and North American business developed relatively stable; Europe even saw an increase in its yields excluding currency effects in the second quarter.

    Financial stability increased

    The net result for the first half of 2016 amounted to 429 million euros (prior year: 954 million euros), slightly below the prior-year result excluding one-off effects. In the first quarter 2015, the result included a positive effect amounting to 503 million euros from the early conversion of the JetBlue convertible bond. First-half cash flow from operating activities declined 13 per cent to 2.2 billion euros, reflecting consumers’ hesitancy to make forward bookings. But with investments for the period showing an even bigger decline, free cash flow still increased to 1.1 billion euros (prior year: 1.0 billion euros). The equity ratio declined to 10.4 per cent (18.0% at year-end 2015), owing largely to an increase in pension fund provisions in response to the decline of the IFRS discount rate to 1.6 per cent (2.8% at year-end 2015). At a comparable discount rate in the first quarter of 2015 (1.7%), the equity ratio of 7.5 per cent was substantially lower than its present level, which confirms the Lufthansa Group’s enhanced financial stability. The 2016 first half-year results do not yet include the impact of the agreement (following mediation) with the UFO flight attendants’ union under which employees’ retirement system will be switched from a defined benefit to a defined contribution model; the agreement is still to be ratified. The new tariff agreement will further noticeably improve the equity ratio. The EBIT, the metric which is relevant for dividend payment purposes, is still expected to be above the previous year and will be several hundred million euros above the Adjusted EBIT for the financial year 2016.

    “Our balance sheet still reflects the volatility of our pension provisions”, says Simone Menne, Chief Officer Finance of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. “But these swings were a lot weaker than they had been a year ago because we have taken advantage of our favorable earnings of the past year to add some 1 billion euros to our equity. Within the current financial year we will see further stabilization, thanks to a result that is still encouraging in a long-term comparison and the positive impact of our new collective labor agreements.”

    Lufthansa Passenger Airlines as main driver for improved earnings

    Positive developments at Lufthansa Passenger Airlines were the main driver for the overall improvement in the Lufthansa Group’s first half-year result. It was the only business unit to substantially improve its operating result in both the first and the second quarter. First-half earnings for Lufthansa Passenger Airlines increased by 281 million euros to 387 million euros, and the EBIT margin rose accordingly to 5.2 per cent, an improvement of 3.8 percentage points. Amongst others, this is due to strict capacity discipline. The best margin among the Group’s network airlines remains SWISS’s at 6.3 per cent although earnings declined by 47 million euros in the first half-year as a result of the economic effects of the strong Swiss franc. Austrian Airlines improved its result in the first half-year by 16 million euros, while the cumulative earnings result from the holdings in SunExpress and Brussels Airlines showed a decline of 40 million euros. Both subsidiaries are currently operating in very difficult markets. The first half-year result for Eurowings was 67 million euros below its prior-year level, a result attributable mainly to its ramp-up and project costs and to the challenging competitive environment.

    The biggest decline in first-half earnings – by 95 million euros – was seen at Lufthansa Cargo. Due to massive market overcapacities, yields in the airfreight sector have now declined to levels last seen during the financial crisis in 2009. In response, Lufthansa Cargo has embarked on a structural cost reduction program which is intended to save 80 million euros, twice as much as originally planned. The service companies Lufthansa Technik and LSG Sky Chefs reported first-half results that were 64 million euros and 2 million euros below their prior-year levels, respectively.

    The second half-year is set to become more difficult

    The Lufthansa Group expects to report an Adjusted EBIT for the financial year 2016 that is below last year’s level of 1.8 billion euros. In particular for the third quarter the Passenger Airline Group anticipates very weak trends. Unit revenues excluding currency effects are expected to fall 8 to 9 per cent in the second half-year. Planned full-year capacity growth is being reduced from 6.0 per cent to 5.4 per cent. On current estimates, second-half fuel costs will be around 350 million euros below their prior-year levels. For the year as a whole Lufthansa confirms its previous fuel cost forecast of 4.8 billion euros. The company is confident of lowering its unit costs excluding fuel costs and currency effects by 2 to 3 per cent for the second half-year – not including the positive impact of the new collective labor agreement with the UFO flight attendants’ union. For all other business segments, the Lufthansa Group expects to report a cumulative second-half result that is on par with prior-year levels. This forecast already includes any possible restructuring costs. 

    “We are and remain on course”

    “The present market developments affirm the importance of further implementing our Three-Pillar-Strategy”, says Carsten Spohr. “It gives us the flexibility we need to find the right responses to the significantly-changed market environment. With our network airlines we have now laid important foundations to sustainably enhance both our revenue quality and our cost structures, from continued fleet renewal to product enhancements like internet connectivity on short-haul services and the conclusion of the new collective labor agreement with the UFO labor union.” 

    “Eurowings already has competitive unit costs on comparable routes”, Spohr continues. “We aim to significantly reduce these further by 2020. And at our service companies we have introduced growth projects and efficiency programs that will raise our performance and permit sustainable and profitable growth.”

    Lufthansa Group   January  - June Change Q2 Q2
        2016 2015   2016 2015
    Revenue EUR m 15,042 15,365 -2.1% 8,126 8,392
    of which traffic revenue EUR m 11,637 12,181 -4.5% 6,402 6,734
    EBIT EUR m 518 463 +11.9% 567 607
    Adjusted EBIT EUR m 529 468 +13.0% 582 635
    Adjusted EBIT margin 3.5% 3.0% +0.5 pts. 7.2% 7.6%
    Net profit/loss for the period EUR m 429 954 -55.0% 437 529
    Gross investments EUR m 1,167 1,498 -22.1%    
    Cash flow from operating activities EUR m 2,193 2,527 -13.2%    
    Employees as of 30 June 122,799 119,357 +3,442    
    Earnings per share EUR 0.92 2.06 -55.3% 0.94 1.14

    The Lufthansa Group’s interim report for the first half of 2016 is being published simultaneously with this press release at 07:30 CET on 2 August 2016, and will be found at www.lufthansagroup.com/investor-relations.  

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Lufthansa Group Media Relations

    Financial News

    Tue, 02 Aug 2016 06:57:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/august/02/article/4289.html
  • Lufthansa Group flies athletes and sports equipment to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/august/01/article/4286.html

    • Lufthansa to see off German athletes at Frankfurt Airport's Olympic Gate • SWISS to fly Swiss Olympic team directly to Rio de Janeiro • Lufthansa Cargo to transport sports equipment with additional flights • LSG Sky Chefs to increase capacity during the Olympic Games

    Today, 1 August, Lufthansa, the official airline of the German Olympic team and co-partner of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB), will fly the German team to the Summer Olympics in Rio the Janeiro. Member of Lufthansa's Executive Board Dr. Bettina Volkens, DOSB President and Chef de Mission of the German Olympic team, Michael Vesper, and the Hessian Minister of State Peter Beuth will send the 80-person delegation off with good wishes for their long journey tonight.

    For the official farewell at Frankfurt Airport, Gate C14 has been specially decked out as the "Olympic gate". The Boeing B747-8 with flight number LH500 is scheduled to take off from Frankfurt at 22:15 and land at its final destination in Rio de Janeiro at 05:05 local time. Captain Thomas Moews and his crew look forward to welcoming the top athletes on board, including the European handball champions and other top athletes from the sports of cycling, dressage, sailing, beach volleyball and shooting.

    "With Lufthansa, we have a reliable partner at our side since many years already, so that the Olympic team can relax and lean back on their journey. We are looking forward to the flight to Rio de Janeiro and this year, for the first time ever, we will be able to keep our fans up to date digitally from the aircraft, too," said Michael Vesper, DOSB President and Chef de Mission in Rio de Janeiro. 

    Likewise today, SWISS, together with Swiss Olympic and numerous fans, will say farewell to the Swiss Olympic delegation in a formal ceremony held at Zurich Airport. SWISS is the official airline and partner of Swiss Olympic and the Swiss Paralympic team and will operate a special flight to Rio de Janeiro for them.

    Before and after the Olympics, Lufthansa Cargo will send a total of five freighters to Brazil to transport sports gear, broadcasting equipment and further items required on site. On 10 and 17 July respectively, an MD-11F flew to Rio de Janeiro. Three freighters will bring the loads back to Frankfurt on 24, 25 and 26 August.

    Even LSG Sky Chefs is gearing up to handle additional orders that will arise due to the increased number of flights to Rio de Janeiro. While the local catering facility produces around 6,000 flight meals on an ordinary day, this figure is expected to rise to between 25,000 and 30,000 per day during the Olympics. This additional production will involve extra staff and equipment for cooling and transport.

    "Lufthansa wishes the athletes successful and, above all, fair competitions”, says Dr. Bettina Volkens, Chief Human Resources and Legal Officer of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. "For Lufthansa, the topic of sports and the promotion of young talents have been important for many years, and we are pleased that we are once again able to make our contribution this year”.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations

    Lufthansa Passage

    Mon, 01 Aug 2016 12:37:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/august/01/article/4286.html
  • Audiobook upgrade on all Lufthansa long-haul routes

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    Audible and Lufthansa are offering passengers a selection of 60 audio book titles every six months

    From now on, Lufthansa passengers on all long-haul flights can choose from an even wider and up-to-date selection of audiobooks. 60 titles to suit all tastes are now available on the inflight entertainment system– from those to help shorten the flight for kids such as the German children’s book ‘Das Sams’, to those which inspire with management tips from Fredmund Malik or even those which you can immerse yourself in such as Sebastian Fitzek’s ‘Passenger 23’. This is possible thanks to a cooperation with audible, the world’s leading provider of digital, spoken audio content. The offer covers all three categories of audiobook, which are available on all Lufthansa long-haul flights: Business, Entertainment and Kids. In each category, audible offers ten German-speaking titles as well as ten English titles to select from. The audiobooks can be listened to on board free of charge.

    Something interesting for frequent flyers: After six months, the selection will be updated and 60 new titles will be added for the second half of the year as agreed for the collaboration. The range of audio books includes bestsellers by Sebastian Fitzek, J.R.R. Tolkien and Bov Bjerg. In the further training category you’ll find books by Fredmund Malik, Sheryl Sandberg and an English language course on offer, and for children there are stories such as ‘The Little Witch’, ‘Mary Poppins’ and ‘Das Sams’ to choose from.

    Lufthansa Passage

    Mon, 01 Aug 2016 07:36:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/august/01/article/4284.html
  • A very special frequent flyer story

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/august/01/article/4282.html

    Elisabeth Arenz has flown only with Lufthansa between the United States and Germany for 60 years

    Frequent Traveler, Senator, Hon Circle Member – flying a lot and earning airmiles for doing so is no longer a big thing or anything special – not now in the era of global economic and business relationships and worldwide airline alliances. Quite unlike the very special frequent flyer story that started 60 years ago when, in 1956, a young woman migrated to the United States, leaving her nieces and nephews behind in Germany. But even in the New World on the other side of the Atlantic, she found she could not do completely without her family. So visits home ensued, at least once a year for 60 years. And always with the same airline: Lufthansa. Be honest: Who can claim that he or she has flown only with Lufthansa between the United States and Germany for 60 years? Elisabeth Arenz celebrated her 90th birthday in March and is still fighting fit, as her nephew, who is already looking forward to her annual visit, assured us. But why has she always flown Lufthansa? "Because they're the best," replied the lady simply. Welcome on board!

    Lufthansa Passage

    Mon, 01 Aug 2016 07:34:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/august/01/article/4282.html
  • The FC Bayern Munich Airbus takes off

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    Airbus A340-600 with special FC Bayern Munich decals

    The FC Bayern Munich took off today on a Lufthansa Airbus A340 for an eleven-day USA trip on the “FCB Audi Summer Tour 2016”. To mark the occasion, the long-haul aircraft with the registration D-AIHK has been covered with a special FC Bayern Munich design. In addition to the FC Bayern Munich logo, ten players from the club are also pictured on the fuselage: Jérôme Boateng, Robert Lewandowski, Manuel Neuer, Douglas Costa and Arturo Vidal. Also shown in sporting action: Franck Ribéry, David Alaba, Thomas Müller, Philipp Lahm and Arjen Robben. The Lufthansa Airbus will be flying from Munich to four continents with this design for a year.

    Lufthansa has been the official carrier of FC Bayern Munich since 2004. In addition to its long-term cooperation with FC Bayern Munich, the airline also works with the German Football Association (DFB) and supports numerous popular sports. Moreover, the airline is a national sponsor of the sports foundation Deutsche Sporthilfe, and has been a partner of the German Olympic Sports Committee (DOSB) for many years. This traditionally includes flying the German team to the Olympic Games and, as a partner of the National Paralympic Committee (DBS), to the Paralympics.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Southern Germany

    Lufthansa Passage

    Mon, 25 Jul 2016 11:30:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/july/25/article/4111.html
  • Lufthansa, Honeywell and Airbus want to develop a new safety system

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/july/21/article/4108.html

    Yesterday, July 20th, the Lufthansa Group, Honeywell Aerospace and Airbus have signed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) to work jointly on the development of a runway safety solution. Lufthansa will place its expertise at the service of Honeywell and Airbus respectively by contributing to the solution design from the early stage of the development. The new system combines the Runway Overrun Prevention System (ROPS) from Airbus and Honeywell SmartLanding technologies. This cooperation aims at setting the highest standard in runway safety by combining the strengths of these two innovative and leading technologies and by making it available for several aircraft types. ROPS is an Airbus innovative, performance-based alerting system which assists the crews in preventing runway overruns. SmartLanding is a software option for the Honeywell Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS) which incorporates aural and visual advisories, increases flight crew situational awareness e.g....

    Yesterday, July 20th, the Lufthansa Group, Honeywell Aerospace and Airbus have signed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) to work jointly on the development of a runway safety solution. Lufthansa will place its expertise at the service of Honeywell and Airbus respectively by contributing to the solution design from the early stage of the development.

    The new system combines the Runway Overrun Prevention System (ROPS) from Airbus and Honeywell SmartLanding technologies. This cooperation aims at setting the highest standard in runway safety by combining the strengths of these two innovative and leading technologies and by making it available for several aircraft types.

    ROPS is an Airbus innovative, performance-based alerting system which assists the crews in preventing runway overruns. SmartLanding is a software option for the Honeywell Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS) which incorporates aural and visual advisories, increases flight crew situational awareness e.g. during landings. 

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

    Group

    Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:20:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/july/21/article/4108.html
  • Lufthansa to fly FC Bayern Munich to the US with their own aircraft design

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/july/20/article/4105.html

    Airbus A340-600 in special FC Bayern Munich deco

    The FC Bayern Munich will depart on a Lufthansa Airbus A340 on 25 July for an eleven-day USA trip on the “FCB Audi Summer Tour 2016”. To mark the occasion, the long-haul aircraft with the registration D-AIHK has been covered in a special FC Bayern Munich design. The Lufthansa Airbus will show off its “sporting outfit” for a year, departing from Munich to four continents.

    The FC Bayern Munich Airbus will take off for the first time at 13:45 on 25 July from Munich Airport for Chicago. On board will be the FC Bayern Munich players, trainers and guests. A total of three matches will take place in the US: against AC Milan (Chicago), Inter Milan (Charlotte) and Real Madrid (New York). The return flight to Munich on 4 August is expected to depart from New York/Newark at 14:25.

    Lufthansa has been the official carrier of FC Bayern Munich since 2004. In addition to its long-term cooperation with FC Bayern Munich, the airline also works with the German Football Association (DFB) and supports numerous popular sports. Moreover, the airline is a national sponsor of the Deutsche Sporthilfe sports foundation, and has been a partner of the German Olympic Sports Committee (DOSB) for many years. This traditionally includes flying the German team to the Olympic Games and, as a partner of the National Paralympic Committee (DBS), to the Paralympics.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Southern Germany

    Lufthansa Passage

    Wed, 20 Jul 2016 11:21:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/july/20/article/4105.html
  • Responsibly into the Future: Lufthansa Group publishes 22nd Sustainability Report

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/july/14/article/4099.html

    • “Changing working environment” topic focus gives insight into the fascinating world of work of the Lufthansa Group • New Diversity@LHGroup program increases diversity in the Group • Cutting-edge aircraft herald new era of eco-efficient flying • Innovative products and services guarantee sustainable travel experience • Refugee aid: Lufthansa Group focuses on sustainable integration projects

    The Lufthansa Group published its 22nd sustainability report today. For over two decades the Group has been communicating important issues of corporate responsibility under the title “Balance”. At the beginning of 2016, the Lufthansa Group once again carried out a stakeholder survey in order to prioritize and further develop the key sustainability issues in a dialogue with the numerous stakeholders. The result of the extensive survey is illustrated in the report in a so-called materiality matrix.

    Changing working environment

    As a service-providing corporation, motivated and well trained employees are essential to the Lufthansa Group. The sustainability report’s priority subject “Changing working environment” thus places employees up front and shows how the Group reacts to the ever-changing conditions with diverse ideas and programs. The aim is to continually offer an attractive working environment to those working on the ground and in the air, in order to inspire existing and future talent for the globally active aviation Group. This also includes offers which enable employees and managers to have a balanced professional and private life. More than 120,000 people currently work for the Lufthansa Group and in 2016, the aviation corporation will employ 4,000 new employees, of which 2,800 will be flight attendants.

    With the recently launched Diversity@LHGroup project, which increasingly places management in focus, the Lufthansa Group is campaigning for more variety in management levels which also includes the sustainable increase of the percentage of women in management positions. During the report year, this figure rose worldwide by 0.7 percentage points to 14.9 percent and in Germany by 0.2 percentage points to 16.2 percent. 

    Solid environmental balance – further successes in sight

    In 2015, the specific fuel consumption of the passenger airlines could be held at the previous year's record value (an average of 3.84 litres of kerosene consumption per passenger and 100 kilometres) despite a 1.1 percentage point lower load factor. The Lufthansa Group continues to work diligently on improving its environmental footprint and has, for example, implemented more than 500 fuel efficiency programs since 2013 including numerous plans to reduce weight such as, for example, 30,000 lightweight on-board trolleys. “A key point on our agenda is our responsibility to protect climate and the environment. This is reflected in the diverse programs that follow the established four-pillar strategy, which comprises technological, operative, infrastructural and economic measures”, stated Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of the Deutsche Lufthansa AG, in the foreword to the report. 

    Continuous investment in new technologies

    The most effective lever for flying responsibly in the future is investment in new technologies. In 2016 alone, the Lufthansa Group will receive 52 especially fuel-efficient and quiet aircraft. The Airbus A320neo and Bombardier CSeries aircraft models are world premieres and herald in a new era of ecologically-efficient flying. Moreover, in winter 2016, Lufthansa will receive the first Airbus A350-900, the world’s most modern and environmentally friendly long-haul aircraft. In order to improve the travel experience for Lufthansa Group passengers even further, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group have once again implemented numerous service optimizations in 2015. “Balance” also informs about “sustainability along the travel experience” and introduces measures and offers in the area of product responsibility, including electronic boarding cards, eJournals, offers for intermodality as well as voluntary CO2 compensation.

    In the area of social commitment, the focus of citizenship activities in 2015 was on helping refugees. The Lufthansa Group together with the Help Alliance employee charity organization uses a three stage concept. This comprises projects of development cooperation, concrete emergency relief and sustainable integration projects at large corporate sites in Germany. 

    Link to “Balance” special and ePaper:
    Special Balance 2016
    ePaper Balance 2016

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    Thu, 14 Jul 2016 10:15:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/july/14/article/4099.html
  • Lufthansa and Disney•Pixar send small passengers on "unforgettable journeys"

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/july/14/article/4101.html

    • Campaign relating to the movie "Finding Dory" starts on 14 July • Interactive microsite, toys on board and boarding passes for cuddly toys • Fourth cooperation between Disney in Germany and Lufthansa

    On 14 July, Lufthansa is launching a new campaign relating to the new Disney movie "Finding Dory", opening in German cinemas on 29 September. Entertaining promotions and an online competition will playfully accompany children and adults throughout the holiday season and make them eager to see the movie featuring the very forgetful blue tang fish Dory and other movie heroes from "Finding Nemo". This is the fourth cooperation between Disney in Germany and Lufthansa since 2013.

    Under the slogan of "Take off on unforgettable journeys”, Lufthansa will let visitors, both young and old, dive into a colorful underwater world online at www.LH.com/finding-dory. In reference to the movie, this interactive microsite invites users to share greetings in "whale speak" on Facebook. In addition air passengers and Nemo fans alike will find video clips from the movie, funny coloring books for download as well as valuable tips, checklists and services for a relaxing family holiday with Lufthansa.

    More promotional activities at Frankfurt and Munich airports are scheduled for the start of the summer holidays in Hessen and Bavaria on 16 July and 30 July respectively. For younger passengers, there are colorful tattoos depicting the main characters and corresponding boarding passes for cuddly animals. "Finding Dory" screen savers at the check-in machines are meant to increase passengers' anticipation of the cinema release on 29 September. In August children can also pass their time on board playing a "Finding Dory" water game. The campaign was developed for Lufthansa by the Serviceplan Frankfurt agency, with neulandherzer being responsible for the social media components.

    With Disney•Pixar’s film "Finding Dory", everyone's darling Dory makes a return to the big screen. The blue tang fish lady with no short-term memory is now living happily with Nemo and Marlin in the coral reef when a thought suddenly strikes her: Her family must still be out there somewhere! And so Dory, Marlin and Nemo set off on the greatest adventure of their lives, navigating their way across the ocean to the famous California Marine Biology Institute. Once there, Dory enlists the support of the colorful personalities at the institute: the grumpy octopus Hank, who only has seven tentacles; Beluga Bailey, who thinks his sonar skills are kaput; and the extremely short-sighted whale shark Destiny. Despite having certain handicaps, Dory and her friends surpass themselves in this fun adventure, discovering the magical power of friendship and family along the way.

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    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

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    Thu, 14 Jul 2016 10:01:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/july/14/article/4101.html
  • Martin Leutke to speak for Lufthansa

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/july/06/article/4089.html

    New Head of Lufthansa Group Media Relations comes from German TV channel ZDF

    Martin Leutke has been appointed as the new Head of Lufthansa Group Media Relations, responsible for guiding and coordinating the media activities of the Lufthansa Group worldwide. Leutke, who is 41, succeeds Andreas Bartels as of 1 October. Martin Leutke will report to Andreas Bartels who assumed his new function as Head of Lufthansa Group Corporate Communications on 1 April.

    “In Martin Leutke we have secured the services of a communications professional and a business and economics specialist who will be instrumental in shaping the further development of external communications at the Lufthansa Group,” says Andreas Bartels. “With his extensive, varied and international experience and his proven journalistic and editorial management skills, Martin will be a genuine enrichment to our team, and we look forward to working with him.”

    Martin Leutke comes to Lufthansa from German TV channel ZDF, which he has been with since 1996. He began working on the channel’s “heute” news program while still a student; and after completing his studies in economics he spent several years as a foreign correspondent, based in various countries and reporting on crisis areas and major events. He was appointed head of ZDF’s Hessen regional studio in 2009; and two years later he was named ZDF’s chief economics editor, and began to present the WISO business and consumer program. In 2014 he was additionally appointed deputy editor-in-chief of the channel’s head office for Economics, Legal Affairs, Services, Social Affairs and Environmental topics.

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    Wed, 06 Jul 2016 14:24:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/july/06/article/4089.html
  • Lufthansa and UFO negotiate long-term no-strike agreement

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/july/05/article/4087.html

    Both parties accept recommendation of mediator Matthias Platzeck: · new system for pensions and transitional payments / agreement active until end of 2023 · 1% wage increase on 1 October 2016 and additional 2% increase effective 1 January 2018 / agreement in effect until 30 June 2019 · new qualification-based compensation structure · cost monitoring until 2023 in order to ensure sustainable reduction of unit cost · conflict resolution mechanisms until 2023 · guaranteed employment for all cabin crew until 2021

    On 5 July in Berlin, Lufthansa and the independent flight attendants’ organisation UFO have announced that they are accepting the mediator’s recommendation by former Brandenburg Prime Minister Matthias Platzeck. The parties had previously spent approximately half a year negotiating all open collective bargaining agreements and a wide range of other issues. “Reaching a comprehensive agreement and ensuring that there is no need for cabin strikes in the years ahead was tremendously important for Lufthansa and all our colleagues in the cabin alike,“ says Dr. Bettina Volkens, Chief Human Resources and Legal Officer of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. “The new system for pensions and transitional payments in particular is an important step towards future-proofing our company. At the same time, we are able to continue offering our employees an attractive compensation package,” Volkens added.

    The details of the arbitration agreement:

    Long-term no-strike agreement
    The collective labour agreement will be active until 30 June 2019; the collective agreements regarding pensions and transitional payments will be active until 2023. In addition to this, the parties have also agreed upon a number of conflict resolution mechanisms which will remain in place until 2023. The company can, for example, appeal to a mediator when a total strike is announced, thereby converting a possible labour conflict into a mandatory arbitration process.

    Pensions and transitional payments
    Lufthansa and UFO have agreed upon a new system regarding pensions and transitional payments. It allows the group to shift the second-largest group of employees from a defined-benefit system to a defined-contribution system. Lufthansa and Verdi had already agreed last November to move ground staff to a defined-contribution system. This switch – from a fixed, predefined benefit outlined in the pension scheme to a fixed premium, which then bears interest on the capital market – allows the company to lower the costs and risks for the schemes. In future, Lufthansa will contribute a total of 5.2 percent of eligible income to the pension schemes of cabin staff. This is the same benefit the ground staff of the group receive. Claims that have already been acquired in the company pension scheme at the time of the transition to the defined-contribution system will be retained in full.

    The new system still makes it possible for cabin staff to retire from airline service when they turn 55. New employees will receive no contributions to pension and transitional payment schemes for the first five years of their employment, unless they have completed a specific training course on the bachelor level. New employees will not receive contributions to the transitional payment scheme, even after five years, if they do not complete this training. In future, employees can use unused transitional payment schemes to increase the benefits of their company pension scheme. Coverage for all employees in case of permanent flight disability will remain in place. The collective labour agreement will be active for 10 years as of 1 January 2014.

    Compensation
    The circa 19,000 cabin employees will receive a wage increase of one percent as of 1 October 2016, and an additional two percent as of 1 January 2018. The collective labour agreement for wages will remain in place until 30 June 2019.

    Compensation structure
    Lufthansa and UFO have agreed on a new qualification-based compensation structure for cabin staff. The company will offer an eighteen-month training course at the bachelor level in cooperation with the Chamber of Industry and Commerce. This will allow Lufthansa to further increase the already high standard of qualification and service of its staff. In future, only flight attendants who have completed this training will be eligible for compensation above level eight, which corresponds to a basic compensation of 2,150 Euros per month.

    Sustainable strengthening of competitive position through cost monitoring
    Together, Lufthansa and UFO have defined a target corridor for cabin personnel costs. Personnel costs are to be lowered by ten percent per block hour compared to the currently projected development.

    Guaranteed Employment
    Employment is guaranteed for all Lufthansa cabin employees until 2021, as the company has ruled out redundancies for the duration of five years. In addition, it has been agreed that Lufthansa airplanes may not be operated with external cabin staff until 2023. Lufthansa offers good job prospects in the cabin in any case. The company already announced in January that it intends to hire 1,400 new flight attendants this year.

    “We would like to thank Matthias Platzeck for his support. Together with him and UFO we have managed to reach a solution at the bargaining table out of the public eye,” says Volkens. “It was a struggle to reach an agreement in which it was necessary for both sides to make cutbacks from their original position. The current compromise demonstrates that the effort was worthwhile.”

    “Mr. Platzeck managed very neatly to bring our diverging interests together in the best possible way: Lufthansa has achieved economic and political security without taking anything away from individual employees at any point,” says Nicoley Baublies, the union’s chief negotiator.

    “The opportunity for the economic growth of the company, as well as the preservation of individual rights and adequate circumstances for the flight attendants are the foundation on which this arbitration result rests. I am very thankful to both parties for moving closer together over the course of the negotiations and for managing to build up trust toward each other. It was an important requirement for both sides to understand the respective motivations for the argumentation of the other party without the burden of prejudice. They agreed on mechanisms going forward that should, in the spirit of trust, offer protection from a renewed hardening of the situation and not put any strain on customers, staff and shareholders,” emphasises Matthias Platzeck, former Prime Minister of Brandenburg.

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    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

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    Tue, 05 Jul 2016 16:05:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/july/05/article/4087.html
  • With Lufthansa from Munich to Iran

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/july/04/article/4085.html

    Starting 4th July from Munich to Teheran

    Lufthansa is flying nonstop once again from Munich to Teheran. Starting 4th July, 2016, the connection under flight number LH 602 will begin three times a week at 22.10 pm, arriving at the Iranian capital at 5.20 am. The Airbus A330-300 offers Lufthansa passengers the latest cabin facilities including Premium Economy with 21 seats. With this new connection the Lufthansa Group is expanding its daily offer with a Boeing B747-400 from Frankfurt. Moreover, Austrian Airlines is flying up to twice a day from Vienna with an Airbus A320. “Due to increasing business relations, we are expecting a significantly higher demand in the future. Iran has also gained greater significance with culture tourists,“ says Thomas Winkelmann, CEO of Lufthansa’s Munich hub. The connection between Munich and Teheran had already been offered from spring 2004 to summer 2006.

    The Iranian capital is situated at an altitude of around 1,100 metres above sea-level and boasts a wealth of attractions including three ski resorts. The metropolis has more than 10 million inhabitants. Half of the Iranian industries are located in Teheran, especially the oil and gas industries. Other economic sectors are the textile, agriculture and building materials industries.

    A return flight to Teheran can be booked from as little as 429 euros. Further information and the possibility of booking Lufthansa flights are available online at LH.com or via the Lufthansa Service Center under telephone number (069) 86 799 799 (fixed net rate). Flights can also be booked with Lufthansa travel agency partners or at the Lufthansa sales counters at the airports.

    The new connection at a glance 

    Munich –  Teheran

    Airports/Three Letter Code/Time Zone (Summer)

    Munich, Terminal 2 (MUC); world time +02:00 hrs

    Teheran - Imam Khomeini Intl (IKA); world time +04:30 hrs.

    Flight Schedule (all times are indicated in the local time; (summer time)

    NEW from 4th July 2016

    Monday, Thursday and Saturday
    LH 602: Munich 22:10 hours – Teheran  05:20 hours

    Tuesday, Friday and Sunday
    LH 603: Teheran 06:55 hours – Munich 09:30 hours

    Flight Duration
    (on average)

    4 hours, 30 minutes

    Distance

    3,521 km

    Aircraft Type

    Airbus A330-300

     

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Süddeutschland

    Lufthansa Passage

    Mon, 04 Jul 2016 11:23:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/july/04/article/4085.html
  • Ulrik Svensson named new Chief Financial Officer of Deutsche Lufthansa AG

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/july/01/article/4083.html

    Current CEO of Swedish Melker Schörling AB to succeed Simone Menne

    Ulrik Svensson has been appointed to the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG to serve as the company’s Chief Financial Officer. He will assume his new duties on 1 January 2017, with a contract of employment valid until 31 December 2019. Ulrik Svensson was appointed by the Deutsche Lufthansa AG Supervisory Board when it met in Frankfurt today. He succeeds Simone Menne, who, by agreement with the Executive and Supervisory Boards, will leave the company on 31 August 2016. 

    For the interim period between Simone Menne’s departure and Ulrik Svensson’s assumption of his new duties, Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board & CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, will head the company’s Finance division in addition to his CEO duties.

    “We are delighted to have secured the services of Ulrik Svensson for this position,” says Wolfgang Mayrhuber, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. “Ulrik Svensson adds further knowledge of our industry and has previous experience as an airline CFO, and has also been successfully leading and further developing an international group of stock market-listed companies active in a wide range of fields as a CEO. With his broad international experience, his proven aviation expertise and his personality he will further strengthen our Executive Board team.”

    “Ulrik Svensson is an acknowledged financial expert who can draw on years of experience with the international capital markets,” adds Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board & CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. “We will be working with him on our Executive Board to ensure that the Lufthansa Group remains one of the world’s financially soundest aviation concerns. And I look forward to doing so.”

    Ulrik Svensson is currently Chief Executive Officer of Melker Schörling AB (MSAB), a position he has held since 2006. MSAB is a long-term-oriented and stock market-listed investment company with holdings in six companies: AAK, ASSA ABLOY, Hexagon (Leica), Hexpol, Loomis and Securitas. Svensson serves on the supervisory boards or the boards of directors and as chair of the audit committees of five of these companies and of Flughafen Zürich AG, the Zurich airport authority. Prior to his present CEO position, Ulrik Svensson served as Managing Director Finance and CFO of Swiss International Air Lines from 2003 to 2006, and was instrumental in the company’s turnaround and its acquisition by the Lufthansa Group. 

    Ulrik Svensson worked from 1992 to 2000 in senior finance positions in the two related telecom companies Millicom and Société Européenne de Communication S.A. based in Luxembourg. From 2000 to 2003 he was CFO of the British office product provider Esselte.

    Ulrik Svensson was born in Varberg (Sweden) on 27 June 1961. He is a Swedish national and graduated in business administration from the Stockholm School of Economics. Ulrik Svensson is married and has three children.

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    Fri, 01 Jul 2016 12:27:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/july/01/article/4083.html
  • First Lufthansa FlyingLab and live conference aboard the maiden flight to Silicon Valley

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/july/01/article/4081.html

    • From 1 July, Lufthansa will fly nonstop from Frankfurt to San José • Passengers test digital innovations on board the LH488 • Live conference on digital trends of Lufthansa, Instagram, Mercedes Benz and Visit San José • Passengers experience the new destination with Lufthansa at different events

    From today, Lufthansa will be offering a new direct flight to California. The Airbus A340-300 with flight number LH488 took off at 10:53 local time from Frankfurt towards the west. San José is located in the heart of Silicon Valley, famous worldwide for start-ups and high-tech industry; numerous major car manufacturers operate their research laboratories here. 

    Lufthansa is also installing a so-called FlyingLab on this flight for the first time, in which passengers can test new ideas surrounding products and services. The motto of the outbound flight is Virtual Reality, an area in which Lufthansa is the airline industry leader with its 360-degree content. On the flight to California, travellers can try out the latest digital equipment by partner Samsung, such as the virtual reality goggles Samsung Gear VR or the tablet Samsung Galaxy Tab S2. Thus, passengers can dive into 360-degree videos during the twelve-hour flight and experience powerful image content. On the return flight, with the motto “Wellbeing on night flights”, guests can test the Neuroon, among other things: this sleep mask with artificial intelligence is designed to help the wearer change to a different sleep pattern – interesting for frequent flyers with jetlag, for example. All booked passengers were able to register to test the products free-of-charge at lh.com/flyinglab.

    Independent of the destination, Lufthansa will retain the concept of the FlyingLab and will make the latest internal as well as external developments available to its customers, and is collecting feedback – on digital innovations and services to product components. Customers will thus be able to familiarize themselves with the latest technologies and products, and to test them live.

    “The aim of the FlyingLab is to try out new things quickly and easily,” says Dr Reinhold Huber, Vice President Passenger Experience Design & Ancillaries, Deutsche Lufthansa AG. “If we find an exciting product, we can thus discover quickly if it appeals to the target group. Lengthy tests can be counterproductive.”

    Speed is of particular importance in a digital world. “In the first FlyingLab, we are evaluating a live conference,” says Dr Torsten Wingenter, Head of Digital Innovations. “We are making use of the same disruptive thinking that start-ups use: to quickly test a prototype and then to decide promptly whether to introduce the idea or to discard it.” Lufthansa will broadcast four talks on board to the devices of the travellers through live streaming. The speakers will present topics on digital trends: 

    • Lufthansa, Dr Torsten Wingenter: “The Future of Travel: From Virtual Reality to the Flying Lab”
    • Mercedes Benz, Natanael Sijanta: “Digital Experiences at Mercedes Benz”
    • Instagram, Heiko Hebig: “Innovation on Instagram – A Growing Community from Zero to 500 Million”
    • Visit San José, Kyle Schatzel: “San José – The Gateway to Silicon Valley and Monterey Bay”

    Every guest can follow these contributions via their own smartphone, laptop or tablet. To do so, passengers connect via an on-board network, which broadcasts the talks. Lufthansa Systems has developed a flexible solution for this on the basis of their experience with BoardConnect in cooperation with Lufthansa Technik and Media Event Services, whereby the image and the presentation of the speakers is transmitted on a split screen: guests can use Wi-Fi to connect to the transmission via wireless access points (hotspots). Dr Torsten Wingenter: “We were able to implement the prototype for a live stream of an inflight conference to the guests’ end devices within a very short space of time. Such a system might also be viable on short-haul flights, in particular for internet streaming, for everyone who can’t be on the flight themselves. We will make a decision on whether to pursue this idea during the course of the year, on the basis of our experiences with the first FlyingLab and the status of currently available technology.”

    But passengers will not only fall under the spell of Silicon Valley during the flight. For the first time, guests are invited to a total of five events organized by Lufthansa itself. Be it the Tech Museum in San José, whale watching in Monterey, or a 4th of July barbecue – with unforgettable events, Lufthansa will celebrate its latest destination together with its guests.

    During their stay in California, passengers will also be able to test a very special service. With the travel concierge service “Mission Control”, a product of the Lufthansa Innovation Hub, guests can receive interesting tips and recommendations all about San José. They will be offered support for flight re-bookings or directions to their event – easily via Facebook Messenger.

    A return flight to San José can be booked from EUR 799. Lufthansa is offering this connection throughout the year five times a week, and guests can choose between Business, Premium Economy and Economy Class.

    The new connection at a glance

    Frankfurt – San José (California, USA) 

    Airports/

    Three letter code/

    Time zone (summer)

    – Frankfurt Airport, Terminal 1 (FRA); GMT +02:00 hours.

    – Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport (SJC);

    GMT -07:00 hours.

    Flight plan

    (all times are given are local times; daylight savings time)

    NEW from 1 July 2016

     

    Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

    LH 488        Frankfurt 10:40  – San José 13:40

    LH 489        San José 15:30  – Frankfurt 11:50  (next day)

     

    Flight duration
    (on average)

    12 hours

    Aircraft type 

    Airbus A340-300 

     

    Further links:

    Virtual Reality content by Lufthansa:
    360-Grad-Foto aus der Technik-Halle
    EM-Video: Eine Fußball-Sommer-Story in 360 Grad

    www.hellomissioncontrol.com

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

    Lufthansa Passage

    Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:37:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/july/01/article/4081.html
  • The first Lufthansa A350-900 is in Toulouse

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/june/28/article/4078.html

    Assembly at the Airbus factory/Flagship will be stationed in Munich in the winter

    The Lufthansa A350-900 leaves the Airbus production floor in Toulouse for the first time. The wing panels and landing gear are already installed on the fuselage. The Lufthansa paintwork is clearly visible on the tail unit. This is the first Lufthansa A350-900 to bear the crane logo on its tail. Even though the blue-white paintwork is completely missing from the aircraft, it still looks like the future Munich flagship. Further final assembly stages include the mounting of the engines and the fitting of the cabin interior.

    Lufthansa’s first A350-900 bears the Airbus manufacturing number MSN074 and will fly with the international identification D-AIXA. The A350-900 is regarded as the world's most modern and eco-friendly long-haul passenger aircraft. It consumes 25 percent less fuel and produces an up to 50 percent smaller ‘noise footprint’ than comparable aircraft types.

    Lufthansa will station the first ten A350-900 aircraft in Munich from the coming winter. The aircraft will offer seats for 293 passengers: 48 seats in Business Class, 21 in Premium Economy and 224 in Economy Class.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Southern Germany

    Lufthansa Passage

    Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:31:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/june/28/article/4078.html
  • Lufthansa launches internet connectivity on short- and medium-haul flights

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/june/27/article/4074.html

    Green light from EASA: Supplemental Type Certificate issued

    In October of this year, the first Lufthansa short- and medium-haul aircraft will take off with broadband internet on board. Lufthansa’s entire A320 family fleet is expected to have the innovative technology installed by mid-2018. One key milestone has already been reached: Lufthansa Technik is the first MRO company in Europe to have received the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from EASA to install a Ka-band antenna on the A320 family, i.e. the A319, A320, and A321 models. The STC serves to verify that the modifications to the aircraft (hardware or software) conform to the design specifications stipulated by EASA. Said specifications ensure aircraft’s continued airworthiness.

    The first aircraft was equipped with the technology in June. In the coming weeks, the onboard system will be tested for functionality and stability. Lufthansa passengers will likely be able to use the new internet service from October. Other airlines in the Lufthansa Group will follow at a later date.

    The future service from Lufthansa and its technology partner Inmarsat is based on the latest broadband satellite technology (Ka-band) and offers seamless, reliable coverage on short- and medium-haul flights through Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network. Passengers will be able to access the internet using their own mobile devices via Wi-Fi. In addition to basic surfing and email, other more sophisticated applications will be possible, including video streaming. At a later date passengers will be able to use their cellphones for SMS and data transfer via their own mobile accounts. 

    With its many years of experience in the aircraft modification sector, Lufthansa Technik is responsible for installing all systems and components as well as for the works required to comply with aeronautical and statutory regulations. In Europe, this was the first successful installation involving the GX communications network and the Honeywell-designed Ka-band antenna. To install the system, electrical and structural modifications were required both inside and outside the aircraft cabin. All modifications were developed and approved by Lufthansa Technik’s licensed development unit. The installed components were integrated in the cabin infrastructure in such a way that they are virtually invisible for passengers and easy to operate by the cabin crew. The work can be completed in up to four days or during regular maintenance layovers. 

    Lufthansa Systems provides the required IT infrastructure onboard the aircraft. This includes network operations as well as the innovative FlyNet portal for passengers. 

    Lufthansa Systems and Lufthansa Technik have also established a long-term partnership with global satellite operator Inmarsat in order to offer a modern, multifunctional onboard IT platform with broadband internet access to the market. Both the Lufthansa Group as well as airlines around the world will benefit from this strong partnership through comprehensive services. 

    Lufthansa carried out the world’s first scheduled flight with broadband internet access on January 15, 2003. Despite its growing popularity among passengers, the technically reliable service had to be discontinued in 2006 because the Connexion by Boeing satellites ceased commercial operations. Since December 2010 Lufthansa has once again been the first airline to provide broadband internet access on intercontinental flights. Since June 2015 FlyNet has been available on all 107 long-haul aircraft in the Lufthansa fleet. Lufthansa operates the world’s largest internet-connected long-haul fleet.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

    Lufthansa Passage

    Mon, 27 Jun 2016 13:16:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/june/27/article/4074.html
  • Simone Menne to leave the Lufthansa Executive Board

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/june/09/article/4068.html

    Early departure on 31 August at her own request

    Simone Menne has asked the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG for the early termination of her assignment to the company’s Executive Board with effect from 31 August, to pursue individual career options. Ms. Menne, who is 55, has been serving as a member of the Executive Board and CFO of the Lufthansa Group since 1 July 2012. The Supervisory Board regrets Ms. Menne’s decision but has, after careful consideration, acceded to her request to be prematurely released from her contractual obligations. 

    As a result, Ms. Menne will step down from the Executive Board by mutual agreement on 31 August. A decision on her successor will be taken shortly.

    “We take this opportunity already to offer Simone Menne our sincere thanks for all her tireless and successful endeavors,” says Wolfgang Mayrhuber, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. “Through her outstanding achievements, Ms. Menne has made a vital contribution to the further development of the Lufthansa Group in highly challenging times. She has always steered a steady course, and has never shied away from difficult decisions.”

    “In Simone Menne,” Mayrhuber continues, “we are losing an experienced executive who has proven her worth time and again in her long Lufthansa career and the functions she has held in various business areas both in and outside Germany. And for all of this I offer her my express thanks, on behalf of the whole Supervisory Board and the entire Lufthansa Group. The Supervisory Board wishes Ms. Menne all the very best for both her personal and her professional future.”      

    Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board & CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, adds: “Simone Menne has enriched the work of our Executive Board – not only with her proven expertise and her many years of experience, but also through her own personal character. Her great achievement on maintaining the Lufthansa Group’s financial strength in parallel with its further strategic development is firmly in the tradition of our company’s sound finance and investment policy, and gives us a strong foundation on which to continue our work and sustain our success.”

    Simone Menne, who was born on 7 October 1960, has been a member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG since 1 July 2012, and bears overall responsibility for the finance resort of the Lufthansa Group. A graduate in business administration, Ms. Menne began her professional career in the auditing department of ITT of the USA in 1987, before joining Lufthansa as an auditor in April 1989. Three years later she was appointed Lufthansa’s Head of Accounting for (and based in) West Africa. Between 1995 and 1999 she held a series of further positions including Head of Data Processing & User Services, head of a project to restructure the revenue and services accounting of Lufthansa Passenger Airlines and Managing Director of the Hamburg-based Lufthansa Revenue Services GmbH. In 1999 Ms. Menne assumed overall responsibility for Financial Management and Human Resources for Lufthansa in Southwest Europe; and two years later she took over the same position for all of Europe, for which she was based in London. In 2004 she was appointed Vice President Finance & Accounting at Lufthansa Technik; and she held this position until 2010, when she moved to British Midland Ltd. to become its Chief Financial Officer. In addition to her duties and responsibilities on the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Simone Menne is Chairwoman of the Supervisory Boards of LSG Lufthansa Service Holding AG and Delvag Luftfahrtversicherungs-AG, and of the Advisory Board of Miles & More GmbH. She is also a member of the Supervisory Boards of Lufthansa Cargo AG and Lufthansa Technik AG. Outside Lufthansa, Ms. Menne is a member of the Supervisory Boards of BMW and Deutsche Post.

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  • In 2016 the Lufthansa Group will offer FAM trips in cooperation with Brand USA and United Airlines

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    Travel agents can participate in a raffle until the 26th June

    Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, SWISS and United Airlines together with the North American tourism advertiser Brand USA and regional tourist bureaus are jointly coordinating a total of eight familiarization (FAM) trips in different regions of the USA.

    Under the slogan “eXperts on Tour“, 80 participants will be offered the possibility to explore different destinations in the USA during a one week seminar trip and get to know the airlines’ comprehensive product range. Until the 26th of June, employees from travel agencies in Germany, Austria and Switzerland can take part in the online eXperts USA FAM trip quiz and apply for one of the 80 places. For those who are not yet registered for the eXperts program, you can register at any time free of charge at www.lufthansaexperts.com and take part in the raffle.  

    The seminar trip begins on the 15th of September in the Lufthansa Seeheim conference hotel with a kick-off event for all participants. Groups of 10 participants will then each leave for their respective destinations in the USA. This year the destinations are Tennessee, Florida, Virginia and Maryland, Seattle and Oregon, Nevada, Houston and Louisiana, California and Hawaii. The raffle decides who travels to which USA destination. Each FAM trip will be accompanied by employees from the Lufthansa Group and United Airlines as well as a representative of the region of destination. At the end of the trips all participants will meet at an event in Washington D.C. organized by Brand USA.

    On flights of Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa, SWISS and United Airlines, the travel experts will have the opportunity to become familiar with the different travel classes. A new feature this year is that for the first time some will take the trip in rented cars and motorhomes.

    Participation in the USA FAM Trip Quiz is possible via the following link: lufthansaexperts.com/usa-famtrip.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

    About Brand USA
    In order to further promote international tourism in the USA, in March 2010, Brand USA (previously known as Corporation for Travel Promotion), whose head office is in Washington D.C., was founded. The public-private marketing organization works in close collaboration with the tourism industry in order to maximize the economic and social benefits of travelling in the entire United States. For information about travelling in the USA, please visit the website www.VisitTheUSA.de. You can find comprehensive information about the industry at www.thebrandusa.com.

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  • German football team on the way to the European Championship in France with Fanhansa

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    Lufthansa special flight LH342 took off from Frankfurt at 14:02 local time

    The German national team departed from Frankfurt Airport today with Lufthansa special flight LH342 for the European Championship in France. At exactly 14:02 local time, the “Fanhansa” aircraft, with Captain Ulrich Pade and First Officer Rafael Gabel in the cockpit, took off from runway 18 West after having left parking position at 13:49 local time. On board were the national team, coaches and team staff as well as other DFB (German Football Association) representatives. The flight from Frankfurt (FRA) to Chambery Savoie Airport (CMF) near the team accommodation takes 1 hour and 20 minutes.

    "We are proud that we, as the ‘Official Carrier’ of the DFB, may again fly the national team to another major tournament. Many Lufthansa employees are already in football fever and are keeping their fingers crossed for the German team," said Klaus Froese, CEO Lufthansa German Airlines Frankfurt Hub, at the send-off in the Lufthansa First Class Terminal in Frankfurt.

    Last week, the Boeing 737-300 aircraft type with the registration D-ABEK received special livery from Lufthansa Technik for the occasion. In addition to the well-known “Fanhansa” logo from the 2014 World Cup, the names of fans now decorate the aircraft’s fuselage. Among more than 65,000 online applications, around 300 winners were drawn to symbolically accompany the national team on their flight to the European Championship.

    "After the very emotional return from Rio with the Fanhansa Siegerflieger, we are delighted that Lufthansa has again made a special plane available to us. The support of the fans is hugely important for the team. Therefore, it is a wonderful signal that so many people have applied to co-design this fan plane" said Oliver Bierhoff, manager of the national team.

    In regular service, the aircraft has 140 seats in Business and Economy Class. For the special flight, the entire cabin is set-up in business-class standard. The catering on board has been tailored to the needs of athletes: Sandwiches with beef pastrami or vegetarian ones with cream cheese, a colourful fruit plate and the entire range of nonalcoholic beverages available on Lufthansa flights.

    For the first time in 2014, on the occasion of the World Cup in Brazil, Lufthansa traded its name for "Fanhansa" on the fuselage of part of the fleet and for a limited time. The climax of the campaign was the “Fanhansa Siegerflieger” which flew the newly crowned world champions from Rio de Janeiro to Berlin. The Boeing 747-8 still delights on its flights around the world and will continue to fly until the World Cup in 2018.

    Lufthansa is engaged as the "Airline for sport" for many popular sports. In addition to the long-standing cooperation with the German Football Association (since 2005), Lufthansa also works with FC Bayern München (since 2004) and Eintracht Frankfurt (since 2008) football clubs. In addition, the airline is a national sponsor for the German Sports Aid and is a longstanding partner of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB).

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

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  • Star Alliance determines next steps in service enhancement

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    Multi-million dollar technology projects and future operating standards given green light by Chief Executive Board

    The Chief Executives of the Star Alliance member airlines on Saturday gave the go-ahead for new technology investment and wide-ranging enhancements to operational processes to meet the evolving demands of today’s travellers.

    “Serving our customers with high standards, consistently, on a global scale has always been at the centre of our Alliance strategy”, said Air Canada Chief Executive Calin Rovinescu, who chairs the Alliance’s Chief Executive Board. “With today’s decisions, we are clearing the way to better align our industry’s complex back-end systems with the rapidly changing demands of our customers. Global trends such as personalisation and digitalisation of products and services must trigger a mind-set shift in our industry and we aim to be at the forefront of that evolution. 

    “Passengers want to have up-to-date travel information as well as attractive, customised product offerings at their fingertips, no matter where they are in the world. We must have modern, efficient and cost-effective systems and processes to satisfy these demands”, Rovinescu added. 

    As a direct result of today’s decisions, Star Alliance will invest in multi-million dollar technology projects, which will include a new Alliance IT hub for baggage. This new IT hub is scheduled to go into operation by the end of 2016 and is the latest in a series of similar “plug and play” applications which are supporting the member airlines behind the scenes. The existing IT hubs have already successfully improved the exchange of frequent flyer data and through check-in of passengers and baggage, as well as the provision of enhanced services to premium customers.

    Baggage processes are currently complicated by the fact that the relevant information resides in many different systems. In addition to those operating at the individual Star Alliance member airlines, each airport is running its own baggage system, thus making it highly complex to retrieve the current status of bags, to locate bags within the systems and to take effective remedial action if bags are mishandled. 

    “While mishandling a bag is a relatively rare case in our Alliance, despite the fact that we carry almost 1.7 million passengers every day, when things do go wrong it is highly annoying to any customer affected,” said Mark Schwab, CEO of Star Alliance. “We believe modern technology can be of tremendous assistance in significantly reducing the number of baggage issues and providing faster and more accurate information for our customer service agents. As ever, our ultimate goal is to provide the best possible service to our travellers.”

    At the same time, the Chief Executives endorsed the development of standardised processes for off-airport / self-service check-in, for fast bag drop technology at airports, for baggage self-tagging and for automated travel document validation. Once implemented, these standards will not only provide smoother service to the Alliance’s customers but also reduce infrastructure requirements and handling costs at all of the 1,300 airports the Alliance is serving today.

    “This initiative represents another industry first and is created in full support of the IATA Fast Travel mandate”, Schwab said. ”As we represent around one quarter of the world’s scheduled airline services, we believe we can contribute to the reduction of operating complexities. Our member airlines have benefited significantly from standardisation in other areas and are determined to drive this process forward now, together with airports and system providers.” 

    As the largest and longest serving airline alliance, Star Alliance has been at the forefront of introducing new operating standards from the outset. In many cases these have quickly evolved into standards for the whole aviation industry, for example, in the case of safety auditing or 2D barcode implementation.

    About Star Alliance:
    The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Avianca Brazil, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI and United. Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 18,500 daily flights to 1,330 airports in 192 countries.

    Further information can be obtained via:
    Star Alliance Press Office

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  • Star Alliance announces management change

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    Jeffrey Goh to lead the Star Alliance organisation from 2017

    The Chief Executive Board of Star Alliance today appointed Jeffrey Goh as the Alliance’s Chief Executive, effective 1st January 2017, to succeed Mark Schwab, who will retire at the end of the year, Jeffrey Goh (47) will head Star Alliances Services GmbH, the Germany-based brand and project management company which coordinates the activities of the world’s largest and most experienced airline alliance.

    “This early decision lays the groundwork for a smooth leadership transition at the top of the Alliance`s management company”, said Calin Rovinescu, Chairman of the Chief Executive Board. “Mark Schwab led the Alliance through an important period.  After more than a decade of adding new member airlines in significant and strategic markets around the globe, the focus of the Alliance has shifted to a closer integration of customer-facing services, systems and processes. 

    “With Jeffrey, we have selected an experienced aviation professional who is well-known and respected by our member airliners and will be able to lead our Alliance organisation through the fast-moving developments in this highly competitive global aviation environment in the coming years.”

    “The last five years have been an extremely rewarding experience in an aviation career that has spanned 42 years”, said current Star Alliance Chief Executive Mark Schwab. “It is a stimulating challenge to initiate change and progress in such a multi-cultural environment so as to meet the evolving needs of aviation customers globally.  I am convinced that our Alliance is well-positioned for an exciting future.”

    “I am truly honoured,” said Jeffrey Goh.” I would like to thank the Chief Executive Board for their confidence in me. It is critical that we not only deliver greater value to our member airlines but also strive constantly to improve and innovate in the interests of over 600 million customers who fly with Star Alliance member airlines every year. I look forward to carrying on the great work of my predecessors and cooperating closely with our members to ensure that we remain the leading global airline alliance.”

    Jeffrey Goh is currently Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of Star Alliance, with responsibilities including strategy and membership development, human resources, joint sourcing and fuel-related projects, as well as legal, finance and project Management. Jeffrey Goh joined Star Alliance in 2007 from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and prior to that taught and practised law. He holds a doctorate in the principles and policies of regulating airline competition and regulation.

    About Star Alliance:
    The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Avianca Brasil, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI and United. Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 18,500 daily flights to 1,330 airports in 192 countries.

    Further information can be obtained via:
    Star Alliance Press Office

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  • Lufthansa receives San Francisco International Airport/Community Roundtable Award for the “Quietest Overall Airline”

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    Carrier recognized for its efforts in lowering noise emissions

    Lufthansa, once again, has been recognized for its leadership role in environmental responsibility with receipt of the San Francisco International Airport/Community Roundtable’s Jon C. Long Fly Quiet Program Award for the “Quietest Overall Airline”. The award was presented at the Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum and Library at San Francisco International Airport on Wednesday, June 1.

    Implemented by the Aircraft Noise Abatement Office, the San Francisco International Airport’s (SFO) Fly Quiet Program is a Roundtable initiative to encourage individual airlines to operate as quietly as possible at SFO. The airline’s top scores in the “Fly Quiet” category reflect Lufthansa’s pioneering efforts to reduce its noise footprint. The initiative especially applauded Lufthansa’s continuous fleet modernization and corporate initiatives to reduce noise.

    Until 2025, Lufthansa will take delivery of a total of 251 low-noise and highly fuel-efficient aircrafts. Through this multi-billion dollar investment, the airline proactively reduces the noise burden on people living close to airports. In fact, Lufthansa is the first airline in the world to equip its Airbus A320 short and medium-haul aircraft fleet with noise-reducing components on the underside of the wings. A total of more than 200 Lufthansa jets can therefore fly much more quietly and are expected to reduce CO2 emissions by around a yearly 1,000 tonnes per aircraft. 

    In January 2017, Lufthansa will introduce the brand-new, long-haul A350 aircraft. With this addition, Lufthansa’s long-haul fleet will fly even more quietly – the A350 is one of the most environmentally-friendly aircraft. Noise reduction is also a basic part of Lufthansa pilot training, in that cockpit crews are specifically trained for low-noise takeoffs and landings. From 2008 to 2015, the Group managed to improve the fuel efficiency of the passenger fleet by 11.5 percent to 3.84 liters per passenger and 100 kilometers. By continuously modernizing its aircraft fleet and playing an active role in aviation research and development, the Lufthansa Group aims to make a major contribution to achieving the research objective of the Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe (ACARE): to develop technologies by 2020 that reduce noise emissions by 50% from their 2000 levels.

    “Environmental responsibility has been an integral part of the Lufthansa Group’s corporate culture for decades,” explained Juergen Siebenrock, Vice President, The Americas, Lufthansa Group. “From the sparing use of resources to participation in climate research to the ongoing improvement of air and ground efficiencies, the entire Lufthansa family strives to limit the environmental effects of flying, making this an award our team can be proud of throughout the company.”

    Since 1994, the Lufthansa Group has offered a comprehensive look at the company’s environmental and sustainability practices through the publication of Balance. This annual Sustainability Report presents the company’s various activities, advances and goals in the areas of social responsibility, climate and environmental responsibility and corporate citizenship.

    On July 1, Lufthansa will bring its environmentally-sound fleet to Northern California with the launch of flights between San Jose and Frankfurt.

    About Lufthansa

    One of the world's largest and most prestigious airlines, Lufthansa, serving 21 North American gateways, currently flies to 205 destinations in 75 countries. The air carrier offers hubs in Frankfurt and Munich. With the Lufthansa Group acquisition of Austrian Airlines, SWISS and a stake in Brussels Airlines, additional hubs include Vienna, Brussels, and Zurich. The entire Group flew a total of 108 million passengers in 2015. In 2016’s summer schedule the Group airlines offer more than 11,500 weekly frequencies to 316 destinations in 101 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 and the Airbus A380— the industries’ two most environmentally-friendly passenger aircraft. 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 251 new aircraft on order to be delivered by 2025. This year alone the Lufthansa Group will take delivery of 52 new aircraft, including two new types – the Airbus A320neo and 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.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Corporate Communications The Americas

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  • “Sustainability and Technological Innovations”: Lufthansa presents commitment at the ILA Berlin Air Show 2016

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    • Lufthansa with B 747-8 Fanhansa “Siegerflieger” and first A320neo visiting on Saturday • Lufthansa Group invests massively in ecological sustainability of flight operations • “Four Pillar Strategy” for climate protection will be followed rigorously • Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and Swiss offer CO2 compensation for flights

    On Saturday, June 4, Lufthansa will be a guest at the International Aerospace Exhibition public day along with two aircraft and will provide information about sustainable mobility. At 9:10 a.m. the first Airbus A320neo worldwide will land at the ILA terrain in Berlin, followed at  9:35 a.m. by the Boeing 747-8 – better known as the Fanhansa “Siegerflieger” or ‘Winner’s Plane‘. Whilst visitors to the fair can visit the aircraft cabin of the ‘Winner‘s Plane‘, the A320neo will take part in the flight program at 2:30 p.m. 

    With the presentation of the A320neo and further technological advances, such as the software program OMEGA, which was awarded the German aviation innovation prize on Tuesday, Lufthansa supports this year’s motto from the ILA – “Sustainability and Technological Innovations“. The Lufthansa Group consistently pursues the “Four Pillar Strategy“ for climate protection, which consists of technological, operational, infrastructural and economic measures. 

    Over 20 Years of Commitment to Climate Research 

    The Lufthansa Group has been committed to climate research for over 20 years. Lufthansa passenger flights travel as “flying climate research laboratories“, to analyze the intermediate air layers without generating additional emissions themselves. At cruising altitude Lufthansa collects routinely trace substances and provides the data subsequently for science. In this way, the Lufthansa Group makes an important contribution to the improvement of weather forecasts and climate models.

    Lufthansa enables CO2 Flight Compensation 

    The visit from the ‘Winner’s Plane’ and the A320neo at this year’s ILA is CO2 neutral – that is: Lufthansa compensates the emissions produced by means of a donation to the climate protection organization myclimate: The Swiss non-profit foundation belongs to the worldwide leading suppliers of voluntary emission compensation measures. 

    Lufthansa passengers have been able to offset the individual CO2 emissions caused by air travel since 2007. Following flight reservations at LH.com, it is possible to determine the individual CO2 emission for the respective route using an emission calculator; this can then be compensated on a voluntary basis. Thanks to the partnership with myclimate, it is guaranteed that the donation is transferred directly to projects for the protection of the climate, which meet the highest standards and, in addition that the CO2 reduction also contributes positively to sustainable development. The Lufthansa Group subsidiaries, Austrian Airlines and Swiss, offer their customers relevant compensation programs. 

    Lufthansa Group invests in the Ecological Sustainability of Flight Operations 

    The Lufthansa Group is presently undertaking the biggest fleet renewal program in the company’s history and invests in highly efficient and quiet aircraft. By 2025, the Lufthansa Group will have received 251 latest generation aircraft at a list price of approximately 40 billion Euros. This year alone a total of 52 brand new aircraft are to be delivered to the Lufthansa Group.  

    At the beginning of the year Lufthansa took over the first Airbus A320neo worldwide, which operates from Frankfurt. Due to the new engine technology, the 85 decibel noise contour of an A320neo at take-off, is approximately 50 percent less than the comparable contour of the previous model. Lufthansa has ordered a total of 116 aircraft of this type. Moreover Lufthansa has meanwhile fitted all models of the A320 family with so-called “vortex generators“ under the wings, so that landings within a radius of 10 to 17 kilometers from the airport are quieter by up to four decibels.  

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

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  • Lufthansa is honoured with German Aviation innovation prize

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    New analysis software OMEGA collects real flight data for the improvement of safety and efficiency

    At the opening of the International Aerospace Exhibition (ILA) in Berlin on 31 May, Lufthansa was honoured with the innovation award from the German Aviation Industry in the category of emissions reduction. The innovation award is presented under the patronage of the German Federal Ministry of Economy and Energy (BMWi) and is aimed at companies, start-ups and individuals who have facilitated innovations in the field of civil aviation. 

    The award recognises the newly developed analysis software OMEGA, which was developed together with the IT company Aviaso. The name stands for ‘Ops Monitor and Efficiency Gap Analyzer’. The IT programme uses data collected from flight operations to improve the efficiency of future flights. Amongst other things, weather, flight performance and navigation data are evaluated. After around three years of its project phase, it was successfully put into regular operation at the end of 2015. 

    The new software programme provides important data by comparing the planned, actual and optimum values during the different phases of flight in order to reduce fuel and CO2 emissions. “We have taken a great step forward with project OMEGA: Now we can evaluate the experience gained from thousands of daily flights worldwide. And with it, we can optimise flight planning and therefore save several thousand tonnes of kerosene per year. This is a significant contribution to the improvement of the ecological balance", says Dr. Joachim Schneider, Vice President of Flight Operations Standards & Projects, Deutsche Lufthansa. Pilots can take advantage of the analyses carried out in order to optimally prepare during the flight and for its arrival destination, and also use it to detect any possible deviations from the plan at an early stage.

    In 2008, the Lufthansa Group published their strategic environmental programme. Since then, the Group has managed to improve the fuel efficiency of the passenger fleet by 11.5 percent to 3.84 litres per passenger and 100 kilometres in 2015.

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    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

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  • European Flight Academy:

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    Lufthansa Group flight schools together under one roof

    The flight schools of the Lufthansa Group in Germany, Switzerland, and the United States are combining their activities under the European Flight Academy (EFA) umbrella. This was decided by the Group Executive Board in its meeting on May 24, 2016.

    EFA will offer the airlines of the Lufthansa Group (LHG), as well as in the external market, standardized pilot training of consistently high quality at competitive prices, from a single source. Training is carried out at the existing flight schools Lufthansa Flight Training Pilot School (VFS) Bremen, Airline Training Center Arizona (ATCA), Pilot Training Network (PTN), and Swiss Aviation Training (SAT).

    For the time being, new training courses will only begin at PTN, which will also take over training for a portion of the pilots of the Lufthansa Group from now on. For this purpose, the selection process, training course, and the qualification system of PTN will be adapted to that of the Lufthansa Group. New training courses at VFS Bremen can be resumed once, in particular, the collective bargaining terms have been settled. 

    From now on, graduates of the EFA flight schools will receive an airline license that meets the requirements of the Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL). With this license, they benefit from added flexibility in shaping their future career, because ATPL certification is recognized and does not require a preliminary decision regarding at which airline the career path will continue. In order to ensure high-quality training with optimal economic efficiency, EFA is also investing in the modernization and expansion of its current fleet of training aircraft as well as modern training methods. 

    “With growing airline fleets, the global demand for well-trained crews also increases,” says Rainer Hiltebrand, designated CEO of Lufthansa Aviation Training. “At the European Flight Academy, airlines will be able to meet their need for pilots – reliably and flexibly – from a pool of highly qualified pilots-to-be.”

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations

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  • Lufthansa flies from Frankfurt non-stop to Cape Town (South Africa) again in winter

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/may/27/article/4050.html

    Optimal complement to the Lufthansa Group offers to southern Africa

    Good news for all South Africa fans: This winter Lufthansa will resume operations of the Frankfurt - Cape Town route in its flight schedule. From 2 December 2016, a Lufthansa aircraft will take off from Frankfurt and fly nonstop to the port city at the foot of Table Mountain every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The connection extends the Lufthansa Group’s hub-wide portfolio and optimally complements the formerly seasonal offer from Munich and Zurich with Edelweiss. After Johannesburg, Cape Town is one of the most important markets for Lufthansa in the southern part of Africa. With its Star Alliance partner South African Airways, the airline offers attractive combination options to other destinations in that region. 

    Cape Town will be served by an Airbus A340-300, which boasts over 279 seats in Business Class, Premium Economy and Economy Class. LH576 leaves Lufthansa's Frankfurt hub at 22:10 and reaches Cape Town the following morning at 11:00. The return journey starts in Cape Town in the early evening at 18:30 and ends the following morning after about 12 hours at 05:30 at Frankfurt Airport. The departure and arrival times enable ideal connections to the entire Lufthansa route network.

    A return flight to Cape Town can be booked starting at 699 euros. For more information and to book Lufthansa flights please consult LH.com online or the Lufthansa Service Center by calling +49 (0)69 86 799 799 (landline tariff). Flights can also be booked at Lufthansa travel agency partners and at Lufthansa sales counters at airports. 

    The new route at a glance

     

    Frankfurt  –  Cape Town (South Africa)

     

    Airports/

    3 letter code/

    time zone (Winter)

    Frankfurt, Terminal 1 (FRA); world time +01:00 hour

    Cape Town International Airport (CPT); world time +02:00 hours

     

    Flight schedule

    (all times are local times;

    winter time

    FRA - CPT 3 times a week (Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, from 02.12.2016)

     

        LH576: FRA 22:10 – 11:00 +1 CPT

        LH577: CPT  18:30 –  05:30 +1 FRA

     

    Flight duration
    (on average)

    11 hours 50 minutes

     

    Distance

    9,401 km (5,076 nautical miles)

     

    Aircraft type

    Airbus A340-300 (30 Business Class; 28 Premium Economy; 221 Economy Class)

     

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

    Lufthansa Passage

    Fri, 27 May 2016 13:49:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/may/27/article/4050.html
  • Lufthansa Private Jet: Cooperation with NetJets extended

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/may/18/article/4046.html

    Exclusive service, individuality and flexibility in terms of time when travelling

    For the past eleven years, Lufthansa has been offering its passengers exclusive travel by private aircraft and customised flight schedules with Lufthansa Private Jet. Due to the success of the premium service, the airline has now extended its strategic alliance with NetJets, the world's largest provider of private jet flights.

    Jens Bischof, Executive Vice President Sales & CCO Hub Frankfurt: "Lufthansa Private Jet has established itself in the market as an integral part of our premium service and it is a perfect fit for our goal to be the first five-star airline in the Western world. We are therefore delighted to continue the fruitful cooperation with our partner NetJets in the coming years."

    Lufthansa Private Jet operates more than 1,000 flights a year. The service complements the first-class service of the Lufthansa Group within Europe and North America. Passengers often use these flights to travel to and from the Lufthansa and Swiss First Class intercontinental routes, an option that is only available from Lufthansa. Lufthansa Private Jet offers passengers a high level of flexibility in terms of time: the flights are available at short notice up to ten hours before departure in Europe and up to twelve hours before departure in North America. There are more than 1,000 destinations to choose from. Passengers can choose between small-size, mid-size and large-size aircraft, depending on the number of passengers and route. The airfares vary accordingly. 

    Lufthansa Private Jet passengers have access to the first-class terminal in Frankfurt and to all Lufthansa and Swiss first-class lounges worldwide. A limousine transfer service at the hubs Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf and Zurich are part of the service, as is VIP treatment at the major North American airports. Lufthansa Private Jet also offers a limousine service from home or office directly to the aircraft. The special Lufthansa Private Jet Sales & Service team is available around the clock to look after the needs of Lufthansa Private Jet passengers. Passengers receive 10,000 bonus miles, status or HON Circle miles for each Lufthansa Private Jet flight. Frequent travellers, Senators and Hon Circle members get an additional 25 percent executive bonus on their mileage credit.

    For more information: www.Lufthansa.com/privatejet.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

    Lufthansa Passage

    Group

    Wed, 18 May 2016 10:52:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/may/18/article/4046.html
  • Nonstop to Funchal in Madeira with Lufthansa

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/may/12/article/4042.html

    The flower island is perfect for winter hiking

    From 5 November 2016, Madeira, also known as the 'flower island' or the 'island of eternal spring', can be reached nonstop from Frankfurt in just over 4 hours. From this winter, Lufthansa will fly to Funchal (Madeira) every Saturday. 

    Its mild climate all year round means that the island, which is part of Portugal, is perfect for hiking in the winter season. Madeira's many protected areas are a true marvel for nature lovers, boasting numerous hiking trails through rare laurel forests with breathtaking mountain panoramas. Its many parks and gardens feature fascinating subtropical plants and a spectacular colorful carpet of flowers, which reaches its peak during the annual flower festival in spring. 

    Visitors to the island can also enjoy a leisurely stroll through the streets of the capital of Funchal and explore the charming historic districts and picturesque squares. Many churches and monasteries date from the 15th century – from the tiny Capela de São Vicente built into a block of basalt, to the artistic interior of the Sé Cathedral. And don't miss the opportunity to go on an exciting wicker toboggan ride.

    Flights to the new Lufthansa destination in the Atlantic will be carried out by an Airbus A321, which has more than 200 seats in Business and Economy Class. LH1170 leaves the Lufthansa hub Frankfurt at 09:40 and reaches Funchal at 12:55. The return flight leaves Funchal in the early afternoon at 14:30 and lands at Frankfurt Airport at 19:40. The departure and arrival times are ideal for connections to the entire Lufthansa route network.

    Return flights to Funchal start from 259 euros. For more information and to book Lufthansa flights online, visit LH.com or call the Lufthansa Service Center on +49 (069) 86 799 799 (landline rate). You can also book flights at Lufthansa travel agency partners and Lufthansa ticket offices at the airports.

    The new route at a glance

     

     

    Frankfurt  –  Funchal (Madeira) 

    Airports/three-letter code/time zone (summer)

    Frankfurt, Terminal 1 (FRA); world time +01:00 hour

    Aeroporto da Madeira (FNC); world time 00:00 hour 

    Flight schedule (all times are local times); winter time

    FRA - FNC once a week (Saturdays, from 05/11/2016) 

        LH1170: FRA 09:40 – 12:55 FNC

        LH1171: FNC 14:30 – 19:40 FRA 

    Flight time (on average)

    4 hours 15 minutes 

    Distance

    2,834 km (1,530 nautical miles) 

    Aircraft type

    Airbus A321

     

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

    Lufthansa Passage

    Thu, 12 May 2016 15:30:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/may/12/article/4042.html
  • Fly from Munich to Denver with Lufthansa again

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/may/11/article/4040.html

    • Direct flight to the Rocky Mountains • Five weekly flights from Lufthansa’s southern hub

    From today, Lufthansa passengers can enjoy an extended flight offering to North America:  Flight LH 480 to Denver departs at 11:45 from the new satellite terminal at Munich airport. With this, Lufthansa is expanding its daily flight offering from Frankfurt with five weekly flights. Denver was last on Lufthansa’s Munich flight plan in summer 2008. The Airbus A330-300 offers guests the choice of four classes all fitted with the latest cabin interior, including 21 seats in Premium Economy. In Denver, Lufthansa passengers can take connecting flights to around 85 destinations in North America via the hub of their Star Alliance partner United Airlines, including popular destinations such as Phoenix, Las Vegas and Seattle. “We’re really pleased to be able to offer our customers such an attractive travel destination once again. Due to its location in the Rocky Mountains, Denver is a real El Dorado for all sports and nature enthusiasts”, says Thomas Winkelmann, CEO Lufthansa-Hub Munich.

    The metropolitan region of Denver, with around 2.5 million inhabitants, lies exactly one mile above sea level and is one of the most popular regions in the USA. It is the location for many traditional mining companies and large telecommunications firms. Other important industries include energy supply and logistics.

    Denver is known to holidaymakers as the eastern gate to the Rocky Mountains, with the popular ski resorts of Vail, Breckenridge and Aspen just a short car ride away. The four national parks in the state of Colorado, amongst them the UNESCO World Heritage Site Mesa Verde National Park, can also be easily reached from Denver. 

    The return flight to Denver can already be booked starting from 799 euros. For more information and to book Lufthansa flights, go to LH.com or call the Lufthansa Service Center on +49 (0) 69 86 799 799 (fixed line rate). Flights can also be booked at Lufthansa travel agency partners, as well as at Lufthansa sales counters at the airport.

    The new connection at a glance

    Munich –  Denver (Colorado, USA) 

    Airports/Three-letter code/Time zone (summer)

    Munich, Terminal 2 (MUC); world time +02:00 hours

    Denver International Airport (DEN); world time -06:00 hours. 

    Flight plan (all times in the respective local time; summer time)

    NEW from 11 May 2016 

    Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

    LH 480: Munich 11:45 - Denver 14:30

    LH 481: Denver 16:05 - Munich 10:05 

    Flight duration (on average)

    10.5 hours

    Distance

    8.409 km (4.540 nautical miles)

    Aircraft type

    Airbus A330-300

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Southern Germany

    Lufthansa Passage

    Wed, 11 May 2016 11:45:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/may/11/article/4040.html
  • Lufthansa enters into partnership in Silicon Valley

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/may/10/article/4038.html

    Lufthansa Innovation Hub is cooperating with start-up accelerator ‘Plug and Play’

    Lufthansa Innovation Hub is the central interface between the Lufthansa Group and the global start-up scene. It is looking for innovative business models that have the potential to significantly improve tomorrow’s travel. Through their partnership with ‘Plug and Play’, one of the leading accelerators and start-up investors from Silicon Valley, Lufthansa Innovation Hub is stepping up their global search for relevant start-ups. 

    In 2016, ‘Plug and Play’ will be active on the travel market for the very first time with their Travel & Hospitality programme. The objective is to identify and promote innovative technologies and digital business ideas along the entire travel chain. Over the course of a twelve-week mentoring programme, 20 to 30 selected start-ups will receive support for the further development of their business models. They will also make contact with companies in order to talk about partnerships and joint projects as well as investment. For the programme, a broad network has been forged from start-ups and corporate partners alongside Lufthansa, including Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Panasonic Avionics and Michelin Travel & Lifestyle.

    “Those who consider travelling as a whole and are looking for the best customer solutions, must open up to the ecosystem of innovative solutions and position themselves as a strong partner. For us at the Lufthansa Innovation Hub, this is exactly our role, and with ‘Plug and Play’ we now have another strategic partner who is bringing us closer to the hotspots of international innovations within the travel sector”, says Sebastian Herzog, leading strategist of Lufthansa Innovation Hub.

    Saeed Amidi, CEO and founder of Plug & Play Tech Center, commented: “We are delighted to have Lufthansa on board with our Accelerator programme, ‘Travel & Hospitality’. If nothing else, the programme benefits from a multifaceted network of partners who will help shape the future of travelling. As one of the most renowned airlines worldwide, Lufthansa, as well as the Lufthansa Innovation Hub team with their strong entrepreneurial spirit and understanding of innovative travel products, will jointly bring along a crucial and exciting perspective to travel. We look forward to a thrilling exchange and interesting stimuli for both sides.”

    Plug and Play Tech Center is the world’s largest global technology accelerator and venture fund. Since inception in 2006, the program has expanded worldwide to include entrepreneurs from 24 countries, providing necessary resources to succeed in Silicon Valley. With more than 350 start-ups and 300 corporate partners, a unique start-up ecosystem has been created. ‘Plug and Play’ is co-investor and partner of 180 leading venture capital companies and organises more than 365 network events annually. To date, start-ups from the Plug and Play network have been able to raise more than 3.5 billion U.S. dollars in funding. Successful companies that originated from this network include Dange, Dropbox, Lending Club, PayPal, SoundHound and Zoosk. Further information regarding ‘Plug and Play’ can be found at http://www.plugandplaytechcenter.com

    Lufthansa Innovation Hub represents a further development of classical innovation approaches in companies with a distinct focus on start-ups and innovative business models. Firstly, as the interface between the Lufthansa Group and the global travel start-up scene, Lufthansa Innovation Hub initiates partnerships between the Lufthansa Group airlines and innovative travel start-ups in order to enhance the customer experience with digital solutions. First examples are ‘Roaming Hotspots to go’ or ‘Social Reading’ offers in aircraft. Secondly, innovative travel products which focus on business model innovations such as hellomissioncontrol.com or airlinecheckins.com can be self-developed as potential spin-offs. Both approaches are based on a central focus on travellers’ needs.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

    Group

    Tue, 10 May 2016 12:44:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/may/10/article/4038.html
  • The quietest member of the Lufthansa fleet – the A320neo – congratulates the port of Hamburg

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/may/06/article/4035.html

    A320neo and the Boeing 747-8 Fanhansa ‘Siegerflieger’ at the ILA 2016 in Berlin

    This year, the Port of Hamburg is celebrating its birthday not just on the water but also in the air, with the Airbus A320neo paying a special visit to the Hanseatic city. Yesterday the youngest and quietest member of the Lufthansa fleet flew directly over the port of Hamburg, which was its way of saying “happy birthday”. A second flyover by the A320neo with flight number LH20 is planned for Sunday, 8 May at around 3.45 p.m. 

    The A320neo has a very special relationship with Hamburg. The aircraft was built in Finkenwerder, and in January this year it was the first aircraft of this type to be delivered to Lufthansa. The Lufthansa fleet now includes two A320neos, and they regularly fly between their home base in Frankfurt am Main and Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel. 

    What's more, on Saturday, 4 June, the A320neo and the Fanhansa winner's plane, a Boeing 747-8, can be marvelled at this year's International Air Show 2016 (ILA) in Berlin. The A320neo will be part of the flight programme, while the B747-8 is actually open to visitors. In 2015, the jumbo flew the football world champions from Rio de Janeiro to Berlin and since then the fuselage has been decorated with the word “Siegerflieger” (winners’ plane) in big letters. 

    The A320neo features technologically innovative engines and improved aerodynamics, which significantly reduces noise and CO2 emissions. The A320neo is around 20 percent more fuel-efficient per passenger than current comparable models. The 85-decibel noise footprint of an A320neo taking off is only half that of its predecessor model, the A320. The aircraft thus actively contributes to noise protection. The Lufthansa Group has ordered a total of 116 neo aircraft. This year, three more A320neo shall be handed over to Lufthansa.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

    Group

    Fri, 06 May 2016 11:36:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/may/06/article/4035.html
  • Commitment to the bird in our logo: 25 Years of Crane Protection in Germany

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/may/04/article/4033.html

    Great success in securing breeding, resting and gathering areas / 625,000 visitors to the Crane Information Centre / Crane protection an integral part of Lufthansa Group’s social commitment / Employees work as voluntary crane rangers

    A stylized flying crane is the trademark of Lufthansa Group. It is regarded as an emissary of the skies, a lucky charm and a symbol of long life. Since as far back as the 1980’s, the company has made a sustained effort for crane protection. Ten of the 15 species in the world are threatened as the destruction of their breeding, resting and gathering areas continues.

    Therefore after re-unification, the East and West German crane protectors, together with Lufthansa, founded the “Crane Protection Germany” work group. 25 years ago in February 1991, this was followed by the charitable foundation Crane Protection Germany LLC with NABU and the WWF as shareholders.

    “We look back on a quarter century of extremely successful cooperation, which has made it possible to guarantee the protection of the Eurasian crane.  Our Crane Information Centre in Groß Mohrdorf in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania also excellently fulfills its purpose of livening up the protection of cranes – in Europe and around the world.” says Dr. Günter Nowald, Director of the Crane Information Centre and Manager of Crane Protection Germany LLC. With its diverse exhibitions, events and tours, the centre is a central point of information, research and congress for scientists, conservationists and bird lovers. In the last 25 years around 625,000 bird lovers have visited the Crane Information Centre and the neighboring lake, Günzer See.

    “The Lufthansa Group stands for responsible mobility, networking, and world-wide connections. The crane symbolizes this perfectly. It knows no limits and illustrates fascinating capabilities: With a tailwind, it can travel up to 100 kilometres an hour and can even fly up to approximately 2,000 kilometres non-stop, and extremely efficiently at that. We are proud that we have been able to make an important contribution to species protection over the last few decades. Crane protection remains an integral part of our social commitment”, says Susanne Kotysch, Director Corporate Responsibility & Event Management, Lufthansa Group.

    The latest investment of the Lufthansa Group is a contribution to the observation platform KRANORAMA at Günzer See, which was opened October 15, 2015. It offers barrier-free access to a crane feeding ground for the first time. Live broadcasting of the cranes on a monitor guarantees a direct experience of the birds, which can be up to 1.20 metres long. Constantly updated information regarding the charismatic cranes’ resting behaviour and movement are presented on further audiovisual media. The station is powered by solar energy. In order to guarantee the best possible mobility for employees of the Crane Information Centre in the far-reaching observation area, Lufthansa also delivered a vehicle to the rangers.

    The special connection for the Group to crane protection is also documented by voluntary involvement: Some Lufthansa flight managers for example are drawn to the Western Pomeranian lagoon area on the Baltic coast as crane rangers.

    Link to Media Library:
    mediabase.lufthansa.com/mediabase/

    Further information regarding crane protection in Germany:
    www.kraniche.de
    www.facebook.com/kranichschutz

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

    Group

    Responsibility

    Wed, 04 May 2016 13:36:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/may/04/article/4033.html
  • Lufthansa Group with earnings improvement in the first quarter

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/may/03/article/4028.html

    • Adjusted EBIT for first three months improved • Good result improvement at Lufthansa Passenger Airlines • Unit cost reductions compensate lower unit revenues • All business segments except Lufthansa Cargo according to guidance • Full year guidance confirmed

    “We have seen a solid start into the new business year,” says Simone Menne, Chief Financial Officer of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. “We are seeing significant pricing pressure at our passenger airlines, and even more at Lufthansa Cargo. But the substantial unit cost reduction at our passenger airlines has more than made up for the pricing declines. And we are not just benefiting from further fuel cost reductions and non-recurring effects. We have also improved our operating cost structure. This marks an important change in trend in our unit cost development.” 

    “The new Eurowings is also off to a successful start,” Simone Menne continues. “The seat load factor of its new long-haul services stood at a very encouraging 94.2 per cent in the first three months. The customer feedback has been very positive, too. Its first-quarter result is a decline on last year’s; but this partly reflects the company’s start-up costs, and we feel that the new Eurowings is well on track.”           

    Total revenues for the Lufthansa Group in the first quarter of 2016 declined by 0.8 per cent to EUR 6.9 billion. Despite significantly higher passenger volumes, traffic revenue was 3.9 per cent down, a reflection of the substantial pricing pressures faced by the Group’s passenger airlines and the cargo business. The leading financial performance indicator of the Group’s business success – its Adjusted EBIT – improved, however, by EUR 114 million to EUR -53 million. 

    This tangible result improvement in the traditionally weak quarter is attributable not only to further benefits on the fuel cost front, which totaled EUR 237 million for the period, but also to a 4.0 per cent reduction in unit costs excluding fuel and currency impacts. Group results for the first quarter of 2015 had included EUR 100 million of expenses relating to writedowns on the Venezuelan bolivar and strike action effects. This has impacted the relative development of unit costs in the first quarter of this year positively. But first-quarter unit costs for 2016 also reflect the success of cost reduction actions taken throughout the Lufthansa Group, while the growth of Eurowings had a further beneficial impact on overall unit cost levels.

    The Group’s net income for the first quarter amounted to EUR -8 million (Q1 2015: EUR 425 million). This is a EUR 70 million improvement on the adjusted prior-year result, since the 2015 first-quarter result included a EUR 503 million financial profit from the early conversion of the JetBlue convertible bond. First quarter cash flow from operating activities declined 21.5 per cent to EUR 1.1 billion. This is primarily attributable to the trend towards more short-term bookings: flights are booked closer to the departure date, which leads to a later cash-in for the company. This effect should, however, even out in the coming months provided overall bookings remain at their current levels. The equity ratio declined 3.7 percentage points to 14.5 per cent almost entirely due to an increase of EUR 1.5 billion in pension provisions based on a reduction in actuarial interest rates.

    “The continuing volatility in interest rates shows once again how important the changes to the pension system are to our long-term financial stability,” Simone Menne emphasizes. “With Verdi we have already moved our biggest employee group into the new system.” 

    Lufthansa Passenger Airlines improves EBIT by EUR 244 million

    The earnings improvement of Lufthansa Group’s in the first quarter is driven by Lufthansa Passenger Airlines and Austrian Airlines. All other operating companies in the Group reported lower results. The Adjusted EBIT of Lufthansa Passenger Airlines increased by EUR 244 million, while Austrian Airlines posted a EUR 23 million improvement. The Adjusted EBIT at SWISS was down EUR 28 million, owing largely to a decline in demand in the face of the strong Swiss franc. Eurowings, the results of which are reported separately for the first time, achieved a first-quarter Adjusted EBIT that was EUR 33 million below its prior-year level. This reflects the start-up costs of the company’s long-haul operations and the costs for its structural setup. 

    Lufthansa Cargo suffered a substantial EUR 71 million decline in its first quarter Adjusted EBIT. Sizeable overcapacity particularly on transatlantic routes and low demand led to a contraction of cargo revenues by 21.8 per cent. Lufthansa Cargo is bracing itself for a challenging financial year: the Adjusted EBIT is now expected to be significantly below its 2015 level. An additional cost reduction program was launched some weeks ago. First quarter results of the MRO and catering segments were in total EUR 20 million below their prior year levels.

    Lufthansa Group expects an Adjusted EBIT slightly above the previous year

    The Lufthansa Group’s result forecast for the year remains unchanged: the Group expects to achieve an Adjusted EBIT slightly above the previous year result of EUR 1.8 billion. This forecast does not, however, include the negative result impacts of possible strike actions. The Group does not expect to see any easing of the pricing pressures in the passenger and cargo transport sectors. Yields are under particular pressure on services to and from South America, as a result of the region’s currently weak economies. In the Asia traffic region lower booking volumes from Chinese and Japanese travel groups lead to lower volumes. In contrast, Europe and North America – Lufthansa’s biggest and most important traffic regions – are both showing more stable trends.            

    “The trends we have seen in the last few months are likely to continue throughout the present quarter,” concludes Simone Menne. “The intensity of the competition and the resulting pricing pressures will not ease – not least because of the low fuel costs. This is why it is important that we continue to work consistently on our cost positions. We remain fully committed to our goal of reducing our unit costs this year net of fuel and currency impacts.”       

    Lufthansa Group   January March Change
    2016 2015
    Revenue € m 6,916 6,973 -0.8%
    of which traffic revenue € m 5,235 5,447 -3.9%
    EBIT1) € m -49 -144 +66.0%
    Adjusted EBIT € m -53 -167 +68.3%
    Adjusted EBIT margin In %   -0.8 -2,4 +1.6pts
    Net profit/loss for the period € m -8 425 --
    Net Investments € m 524 862 -39.2%
    Cash flow from operating activities € m 1,102 1,394 -21.5%
    Employees as of 31 March 121,894 118,569 3,325
    Earnings per share -0.02 0.92 --

    The interim report for the first quarter of 2016 will be published simultaneously with this press release at 7.30 am (CET) on 3 May 2016 on www.lufthansagroup.com/investor-relations.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

    Financial News

    Tue, 03 May 2016 06:54:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/may/03/article/4028.html
  • Fanhansa is starting again

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/may/02/article/4026.html

    • Lufthansa is launching various promotions regarding the European Cup • New Fanhansa aircraft for the German national team’s flight to France • The winner's plane will continue to fly until the World Cup in 2018

    Lufthansa will once again turn into Fanhansa for the European Football Championship in France. A special aircraft will be provided for the flight of the German national team to the team's headquarters. In addition to the Fanhansa logo, which is known from the World Cup in 2014, the plane's fuselage will be decorated with the names of some 350 fans. If you would like to be part of this unusual paintwork, please apply between May 2 to 12 at www.lufthansa.com/fanhansa.

    "The motto of our European Cup campaign is 'Everyone’s Fanhansa'. The idea behind the new Fanhansa plane is that football fans will join us as we fly the national team to France on June 7. Our other promotions also focus on our football-loving customers," explains Alexander Schlaubitz, Vice President Marketing at Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

    With a little bit of luck, Lufthansa customers have the chance to win trips to France and other attractive prizes in May and June, by entering online and through social media. Passengers can also get in the mood for the European Cup at Munich airport. From June 10, the airport as well as selected public viewing events will feature a Trikomat that allows football fans to create their own personalised Fanhansa jerseys. What's more, a new commercial will be aired from May 2. It's all about football-loving passengers and humorously deals with the typical clichés about Germans.

    In 2014, during the World Cup in Brazil, Lufthansa changed its name to "Fanhansa" on the plane fuselage of part of the fleet. The highlight of the campaign was the “Fanhansa Siegerflieger” plane, which took the world champions from Rio to Berlin. The Boeing 747-8 still causes a stir as it flies around the world and will continue to do so until the 2018 World Cup.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

    Lufthansa Passage

    Mon, 02 May 2016 15:57:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/may/02/article/4026.html
  • Lufthansa AGM shareholders approve all agenda items

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/april/28/article/4018.html

    The Lufthansa Group’s 2016 Annual General Meeting in Hamburg was attended by some 1,400 shareholders

    The members of the Executive Board and the Supervisory Board were discharged from their responsibility for the conduct of business in the 2015 financial year by a sizeable shareholder majority. The Supervisory Board’s proposed election of Martina Merz to its ranks was also approved. Ms. Merz succeeds Dr. Nicola Leibinger-Kammüller, who stepped down from the Supervisory Board with effect from the Meeting. Martina Merz was CEO of Chassis Brakes International of Amsterdam (Netherlands) until 2015, and currently serves on the boards of directors of AB Volvo of Gothenburg (Sweden) and SAF-Holland SA (Luxembourg).

    Shareholders also approved the Executive Board and Supervisory Board’s proposed distribution of a dividend of EUR 0.50 per share for the 2015 business year. This amounts to a total dividend payment of EUR 232 million, and a dividend yield of around 3.5 per cent. From 2016 onwards, shareholders may also receive their dividends in the form of additional shares. The dividend for 2015 will be paid on 25 May.

    Shareholders further approved the proposed change to the system of remuneration for members of the Executive Board with effect from the 2016 business year. And the Executive Board was further empowered to issue – with the Supervisory Board’s approval – convertible bonds, warrant bonds, profit participation rights or participating bonds. Auditors PricewaterhouseCoopers were re-elected as the company’s statutory and group auditors for the 2016 business year. 

    A total of eight agenda items were voted on at the AGM. And all eight were approved by shareholders by substantial majorities.  

    Detailed information on the Lufthansa 2016 Annual General Meeting is available at investor-relations.lufthansagroup.com/annual-general-meeting

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Lufthansa Group Media Relations

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    Thu, 28 Apr 2016 15:29:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/april/28/article/4018.html
  • Lufthansa draws positives at its Annual General Meeting after a difficult year

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/april/28/article/4016.html

    • Group result one of the best in the company’s history • CEO Carsten Spohr: “After safety, future viability is and remains our paramount objective. And we made a lot of progress here.” • Strategic group development to be consistently continued • Further investments in 2016 in service and product enhancements

    “2015 was our toughest year in emotional terms, and at the same time one of the most successful in our corporate history,” says Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board & CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. The company posted a favorable result for the year and carried a record 108 million passengers. 

    Executive Board and Supervisory Board propose dividend of EUR 0.50 per share

    “After safety, future viability is and remains our paramount objective,” Spohr continues. “And we made a lot of progress here.” In its 2015 annual results the Lufthansa Group reported an Adjusted EBIT of EUR 1.8 billion and a net profit of EUR 1.7 billion on revenues of EUR 32.1 billion, thereby achieving its projections.   

    Financial stability was further enhanced, too: liquidity was raised, net indebtedness declined and free cash flow significantly increased. In view of this, the Executive Board and Supervisory Board propose to today’s Annual General Meeting of Shareholders that a dividend be paid of EUR 0.50 per share for the 2015 financial year, representing a total dividend distribution of EUR 232 million and a dividend yield of around 3.5 per cent.        

    This means that Lufthansa will have paid its shareholders a total dividend amount which is the equivalent of some 25 per cent of the company’s market capitalization since 2008. “This is the highest level of such dividend payments of any stock exchange-listed European airline,” Spohr emphasizes. “And we aim to continue to distribute dividends in the years ahead.” From 2016, shareholders should also be newly offered the option of receiving their dividend in the form of additional shares.  

    Strategic further development

    The three pillars of the Lufthansa Group are being continuously further developed. With its network airlines Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines, the company is securing its high revenue quality by offering enhanced products at all three carriers. Thanks to their new functional alignment and the closer intermeshing of their commercial, operational and administrative processes, customers will reap the benefits of the company’s swifter and more efficient further development. At the same time, the reorganization will deliver annual savings of EUR 500 million from 2019 onwards. Despite this, however, further cost reductions will be required, especially at Lufthansa German Airlines. And one contribution to this should be the conclusion of competitive collective labor agreements for the airline’s cockpit and cabin personnel, a goal that Lufthansa has set itself for the current year.

    Eurowings is being further developed as a second group brand, and is already the number-one point-to-point carrier in the home markets of the Lufthansa Group. Eurowings also has an outstanding average seat load factor of over 94 per cent on its long-haul services.

    The Lufthansa Group’s service companies should continue their profitable growth. In doing so, Lufthansa Technik is focusing on further expanding the provision of its services to the low-cost carrier segment, while LSG Sky Chefs is enlarging its product portfolio and also tapping into customer groups beyond the aviation sector.

    Actions deriving from the ‘7:1 – Our Way Forward’ program continue to be consistently implemented groupwide. Innovation is playing a key role in these endeavors: additional offers – such as new transport products, new arrival services, new hotel products and new online shopping facilities – should generate supplementary revenues of EUR 300 million a year from 2018 onwards. 

    Outlook for 2016

    New aircraft are also helping to raise overall efficiency. An Airbus A320neo, for instance, is around 20 per cent more efficient per passenger than a conventional A320. The Lufthansa Group will take delivery of 52 new aircraft in 2016 alone. As well as enhancing the environmental credentials of the group fleet, the new aircraft are further improving passenger comfort and convenience. And by offering inflight internet connectivity on its short- and medium-haul aircraft from this year onwards, the Group is providing yet another innovation for its customers aloft.

    The Lufthansa Group expects to report an Adjusted EBIT for 2016 which is slightly above their prior-year levels. “The changes will continue, in our industry and at Lufthansa,” concludes Carsten Spohr. “We’re optimistic, though. We’re on a good track; and our current successes confirm to us that we should keep consistently to it as we continue to develop the Lufthansa Group.”

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Lufthansa Group Media Relations

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    Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:55:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/april/28/article/4016.html
  • Full acquisition of Brussels Airlines not before September 2016

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/april/27/article/4014.html

    • Deadline for decision on exercising the call option to increase Lufthansa’s holding in SN Airholding from 45% to 100% extended three months • Lufthansa and Brussels Airlines working on migration concept into the Eurowings Group • Full acquisition subject to agreement on terms and migration concept

    The Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG informed the company’s Supervisory Board at its meeting today that Lufthansa and Brussels Airlines have agreed to extend by a further three months the deadline for Lufthansa to decide on the call option to fully acquire Brussels Airlines’ parent company SN Airholding. Under their existing agreement, Lufthansa was required to take this decision, through which it could acquire the remaining 55% of SN Airholding, by the beginning of June. This deadline has now been extended to the end of August. The call option could be exercised not before September 2016.

    The option has been extended in the wake of the terrorist attacks at Brussels Airport on 22 March and their repercussions. “Our colleagues at Brussels Airlines are currently devoting all their energies and resources to restoring reliable flight operations for their customers at their home airport following these terrible attacks,” says Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board & CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. “That is a major challenge under the current security provisions, and must now be the priority. And in view of this, we have agreed with Brussels Airlines to give ourselves a further three months to conclude our negotiations on the acquisition terms and devise the migration concept required.”

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Lufthansa Group Media Relations

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    Wed, 27 Apr 2016 18:13:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/april/27/article/4014.html
  • New Destinations: Non-stop to Lapland with Lufthansa

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/april/26/article/4012.html

    From Frankfurt to Tromsø (Norway) and Ivalo (Finland) in winter

    Good news for all northern lights and winter sport fans: From the coming winter, Lufthansa customers can fly non-stop from Frankfurt to two new destinations in Lapland. From November 26 2016, Lufthansa will take off every Saturday to Tromsø (Norway) and from December 17 2016, every Saturday to Ivalo (Finland). With these two new destinations and the existing connection from Munich to Kittilä (Finland), Lufthansa will fly to three attractive tourist destinations in the High North of Europe, as this region is becoming more and more popular with winter sport enthusiasts.  

    Tromsø is 350 km north of the Arctic Circle. From an aquarium and diverse museums to the most northern botanical garden in the world, there are attractions there that are anything but ordinary. Tromsø is also of course the perfect place to observe the immense spectacle of the legendary northern lights. Outdoor fans come to Tromsø as the city is but a stone’s throw from untouched nature. Hence travelers can choose between many activities such as fishing or dog sledding. The new Lufthansa destination in the region of Lapland will be flown with an Airbus A319 and 138 seats in two classes until March 25 2017. LH870 leaves the Frankfurt hub in the morning and lands in Tromsø at 13:15. The return flight takes off in the early afternoon at 14:10 and lands at Frankfurt Airport at 17:35. These take-off and landing times provide ideal connections to the entire Lufthansa network.

    The Finnish Ivalo has the northernmost airport in the European Union and is considered the “Gate to the North”.  It has one of the most beautiful winter sport areas in North Lapland. Skiers of all levels get their money’s worth on the ski hills of the High North. 

    Lufthansa customers can relax body and soul while ice fishing or search for adventure with reindeer or dog sledding. And of course the northern lights are also a highlight for travelers there. Ivalo will also be flown to with an Airbus A319 and 138 seats in two classes until March 25 2017. LH846 leaves the Frankfurt hub in the morning and reaches Ivalo at 14:10. The return flight takes off from Ivalo in the early afternoon at 15:05 and lands at Frankfurt Airport at 17:35.

    A return flight to Tromsø can be booked from 209 Euro, and to Ivalo from 239 Euro. For further information and to book Lufthansa flights, go to LH.com or call the Lufthansa Service Center on (069) 86 799 799 (fixed line tariff). Flights can also be booked at Lufthansa partner travel agencies as well as at Lufthansa counters at the airports. 

    The new connections at a glance

    Frankfurt – Tromsø
    Airports/Three letter code/ Time zone (Summer) Frankfurt, Terminal 1 (FRA); World time +01:00 Hr.
    Tromsø-Langnes (TOS); World time +01:00 Hr.
    Flight plan (all times are the respective local time; summer time) FRA - TOS (1) Once per week (Saturdays, 26.11.16 – 25.03.17) LH870: FRA 9:50 – 13:15 TOS
    LH871: TOS 14:10 – 17:35 FRA
    Flight length (on average) 3 Hours 25 Minutes
    Distance 2.253 km (1,216 nautical miles)
    Aircraft Type Airbus A319
    Frankfurt – Ivalo
    Airports/Three letter code/Time zone (Summer) Frankfurt, Terminal 1 (FRA); World time +01:00 Hr.
    Ivalo Airport (IVL); World time +02:00 Hr.
    Flight plan (all times are the respective local time; summer time) FRA – IVL (1) Once per week (Saturdays, 17.12.16 – 25.03.17) LH846: FRA 9:40 – 14:10 IVL
    LH847: IVL 15:05 – 17:35 FRA
    Flight length (on average) 3 Hours 30 Minutes
    Distance 2.303 km (1,243 nautical miles)
    Aircraft Type Airbus A319

     

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

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    Tue, 26 Apr 2016 14:37:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/april/26/article/4012.html
  • Verdi strike to affect tens of thousands of travelers

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/april/25/article/4007.html

    Lufthansa informing customers this evening of flight cancellations on Wednesday

    The Verdi union has called for token strikes in the areas of ground handling, passenger checks and (partly) airport fire services at Frankfurt, Munich, Düsseldorf, Cologne/Bonn, Dortmund and Hanover airports on Wednesday 27 April. As a result, there will be extensive cancellations of flights on Wednesday at Lufthansa’s home Frankfurt and Munich hubs. Disruptions and delays must also be expected at all the airports involved.

    The impact of these strikes is likely to vary, given the differing announcements on their lengths and the operations affected at the airports concerned. For Munich Airport, Verdi has called for a full day of strike action, while the Frankfurt strike should end at 15:00. The vague statements about the areas affected – ground handling, passenger checks and airport fire services – add to the difficulties of replanning flights in response.

    Based on current information, Lufthansa has issued a special timetable this evening to provide booked travelers with as much of a planning foundation as possible for their Wednesday travel arrangements. 

    Since an extensive full-day strike must be expected for the airport’s security checks, few passengers from Munich would have a chance of making their flights. In view of this, all intercontinental services from and to Munich on Wednesday 27 April are being cancelled. On German domestic and European routes, too, it will probably be possible to handle only a small number of flights. As a result, Lufthansa will only be able to offer around 90 flights from and to Munich on Wednesday. 

    In Frankfurt the security checks are likely to be only partially affected by the strike action. As a result, Lufthansa plans to operate most of its international flights from and to Frankfurt, even during the strike period of 04:30 to 15:00. In view of the reduced handling capacity, however, most German domestic services and numerous flights within Europe will also have to be cancelled during the Frankfurt strike period. Lufthansa services from and to Frankfurt should revert to scheduled operation once the strike action ends at 15:00. 

    Düsseldorf, Cologne/Bonn, Dortmund and Hanover airports will also suffer flight cancellations as a result of the Verdi strike.

    The special timetable was due to be published on Lufthansa’s LH.com website at 20:00 this evening. Travelers with a booking for 27 April are urged to check the status of their flight on LH.com. Lufthansa will also be actively informing such travelers of any changes to their flight by email or text message, provided the customer has supplied the relevant contact details.     

    Customers affected by the cancellation of domestic Lufthansa flights as a result of this strike action will be able to use the rail services of Deutsche Bahn instead. To this end, they can exchange their air ticket for a rail ticket on LH.com or at any check-in desk. Travelers with bookings on any Lufthansa Group airline’s flight to, from or via Frankfurt, Munich, Düsseldorf, Cologne/Bonn, Dortmund or Hanover on 27 April may rebook (once) free of charge, regardless of whether their flight is affected by the Verdi strike action.

    “The Wednesday strike called by the Verdi union confirms once again the urgent need for certain ‘rules of play’ on industrial action in the aviation field,” says Dr. Bettina Volkens, Chief Officer Corporate Human Resources & Legal Affairs of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. “We want to see binding mediation or conciliation procedures here before such strike action can be taken.” 

    “Once again,” Volkens continues, “our travelers will be affected by industrial action that is being taken in connection with collective bargaining negotiations in which Lufthansa is totally uninvolved. This is a clear case of using aviation for token strikes because of its high media profile, and even though the associated negotiations will be continued the very next day.”  

    Long waits and further travel inconveniences can be expected at Frankfurt and other German airports as a result of the Verdi strike. The usual care and assistance services may also be unavailable to their full extent. In view of these regrettable circumstances, Lufthansa advises travelers with restricted mobility to rearrange their travel if possible and rebook their flight accordingly free of charge.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Lufthansa Group Media Relations

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    Mon, 25 Apr 2016 18:45:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/april/25/article/4007.html
  • New satellite terminal redefines standards for quality, comfort and convenience neue Maßstäbe bei Qualität und Ambiente 22.04.2016

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/april/22/article/4003.html

    Historic milestone for Munich Airport

    Another chapter in the history of Munich Airport will begin on April 26, 2016: with the launch of the new satellite terminal – Germany's first midfield terminal – Europe's only five-star airport is again setting new standards for excellent service, passenger comfort and sustainability. The satellite terminal is also a continuation of the successful joint venture between Munich Airport and Lufthansa. As in Terminal 2, the partners have joined forces to design, build and finance the new passenger handling facility on a 60:40 basis. The Munich architectural firm Koch + Partner was selected for the design and general planning.

    The new facility will give Munich Airport 27 new gate positions where passengers can board aircraft directly without bus transportation. With the new satellite facility, the capacity of Terminal 2, which is used by Lufthansa and its Star Alliance partners, will be increased by 11 million to 36 million passengers per year. As one of the world's most advanced passenger facilities, the satellite terminal will offer passengers pleasant surroundings with a wide range of shopping and dining options in attractive and spacious areas flooded with natural light. Passengers will also have five new Lufthansa lounges to choose from.

    The satellite has no direct landside transportation links. Check-in will take place in Terminal 2. Passengers will then undergo passport screening and hand baggage checks before boarding the airport's own underground transport system that will take them to the satellite terminal in barely a minute. Here they will experience the same high standards of quality they have come to expect in Terminal 2. Of course they will have free access to the airport-wide Wi-Fi network, and can plug their devices into USB and power outlets in the waiting areas.

    Awaiting passengers in the satellite terminal is an entirely new dining and shopping experience, with 15 retail areas, seven restaurants and cafes and three duty free zones in a spacious, 7,000 square meter setting. The architecture, the shopping options and the wide variety of foods and drinks available reflect the Bavarian lifestyle and Munich's unique character. The satellite also features plenty of services to meet the needs and desires of the modern traveller, including quiet areas with reclining chairs, play areas for children, changing tables in the men's and women's washrooms, and four showers. All services are situated at the center of the new building for quick and convenient access by customers. From here the five new Lufthansa lounges are just steps away. With an area of 4,000 square meters, this nearly doubles the total area of the Terminal 2 lounge facilities. The new concept features a roof terrace, panoramic windows and a bar overlooking the airport apron.

    Forming the heart of the new passenger facility is the central marketplace, which is flooded with natural light. Market stands, each with a theme, are an authentic tribute to the Viktualienmarkt, Munich's renowned open-air market.

    The satellite also sets new standards for environmentally friendly operations and energy efficiency. Advanced building materials and innovative heating, cooling and lighting technologies reduce energy consumption to a minimum. A 40 percent reduction in CO2 emissions in the new facility as compared with the airport's existing terminal buildings is achieved partly through special "climate-optimized facades": These 4.5 meter wide zones separate the air conditioned interior of the satellite from the outdoor space, acting as a climate buffer while providing usable space with escalators for passengers to change levels. The facade is made of a newly developed type of glass with a special coating that allows sunlight to enter while keeping out the heat.

    The satellite terminal was built within budget and on schedule: Total investments in the satellite terminal amount to about 900 million euros, including the costs for the new building itself, the expansion of the baggage sorting facility and the construction work on the ramps and taxiways near the terminal. The costs for the building and expanding the baggage sorting facility are being shared on a 60:40 basis by Munich Airport and Lufthansa, The entire cost of the improvements to the ramp was covered by the airport.

    Preparatory work for the new passenger building started in the summer of 2011. The cornerstone was laid on April 23, 2012, and the topping-out ceremony took place on September 12, 2013. Construction of the building itself was completed in the fall of 2015. This was followed by the operational testing phase, with extensive trials involving more than 3,000 participants playing the role of passengers. 

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    Ingo Anspach
    Tel: +49 89 975- 4 11 00
    Fax: +49 89 975- 4 10 06
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    Fri, 22 Apr 2016 16:12:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/april/22/article/4003.html
  • 1,900 guests in attendance at official opening of the Munich Airport satellite terminal 22.04.2016

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/april/22/article/4001.html

    A spectacular start for Munich Airport's new satellite terminal: Suspended from aerial silks 20 meters above the floor of the new facility's central market square, a group of acrobats performed their own daring and graceful airborne choreography. The dazzling display was witnessed by the 1,900 guests from Germany and abroad, encircling the apron tower at the heart of the satellite. The show was kicked off by the "kings of the castle". Pulling symbolic thrust levers to give the satellite a fitting launch were Dr. Markus Söder, the Bavarian minister of finance and the chairman of the airport's Supervisory Board, Norbert Barthle, the parliamentary secretary of state of the German federal ministry of transport, Dieter Reiter, Munich's mayor, Carsten Spohr, the CEO of Lufthansa, Thomas Winkelmann, who is in charge of Lufthansa's Munich hub operations, Dr. Michael Kerkloh and Thomas Weyer, the CEO and CFO of Munich Airport, and Norbert Koch, the architect responsible...

    A spectacular start for Munich Airport's new satellite terminal: Suspended from aerial silks 20 meters above the floor of the new facility's central market square, a group of acrobats performed their own daring and graceful airborne choreography. The dazzling display was witnessed by the 1,900 guests from Germany and abroad, encircling the apron tower at the heart of the satellite.

    The show was kicked off by the "kings of the castle". Pulling symbolic thrust levers to give the satellite a fitting launch were Dr. Markus Söder, the Bavarian minister of finance and the chairman of the airport's Supervisory Board, Norbert Barthle, the parliamentary secretary of state of the German federal ministry of transport, Dieter Reiter, Munich's mayor, Carsten Spohr, the CEO of Lufthansa, Thomas Winkelmann, who is in charge of Lufthansa's Munich hub operations, Dr. Michael Kerkloh and Thomas Weyer, the CEO and CFO of Munich Airport, and Norbert Koch, the architect responsible for the design and general planning of the project.

    "As one of the world's most advanced terminal buildings, the satellite is an infrastructure development for the future. Its annual passenger capacity matches the entire traffic handled by a mid-sized German airport. Once again, Munich is setting new standards. For the state of Bavaria it is an enormous gain in terms of mobility and competitiveness that will make us the envy of other regions in Germany and Europe," said Markus Söder.

    Munich Airport's CEO Michael Kerkloh sees the satellite as a key element in the successful ongoing development of the airport. "With the satellite, we will not only maintain our justly renowned standards of service and overall airport experience: We will actually take them to a higher level. That starts with the comfortably appointed waiting areas, and extends to the attractive marketplaces with the charming restaurants and the 27 pier-served aircraft stands which, in most cases, will eliminate the need to move passengers by bus."

    The CEO of Lufthansa, Carsten Spohr, also commented on the quality improvements through the increased capacity: "The expansion of Terminal 2 with the new satellite building will make the Lufthansa Group airlines operating in Munich a better and more attractive option for passengers from all over the world. With twice as many pier-served stands for boarding and deplaning, five new lounges with more than 4,000 square meters of floor space and state-of-the-art gates, passengers at our five-star hub will enjoy even more comfort and higher standards of quality. Our investment in premium-quality facilities is a visible commitment to the continuation of our success story in Munich."

    Norbert Barthle, from the German federal ministry of transport stressed the importance of the Munich hub for the entire country: "Today's opening of the satellite building represents the continuation of Munich Airport's success story. It creates new handling capacity for 11 million passengers per year. This will reinforce Munich's position as one of the world's largest and most passenger friendly hubs. But Munich Airport will need to keep developing in the future as well. The further expansion in the form of a third runway, for which a building permit is in place, is a transportation infrastructure project of national importance."

    In the words of Munich's mayor, Dieter Reiter, the opening of the satellite is "yet another milestone in the success story of Germany's second-largest airport." He added: "This will benefit not only the investors and those who run the airport, but above all the passengers. Completing a construction project this complex on time and within budget is not something you can take for granted. For that reason I would like to express special thanks to everyone who was involved."

    After the official program, the guests had time to get to know the satellite terminal with its dining and shopping options, featuring premium brands alongside Bavarian local color. At the stages set up at various locations, Munich Airport and Lufthansa offered information on the airport, the airline, the satellite's sustainable energy concept, hub traffic and destinations and the global Star Alliance airline partnership.

    Exterior and interior photos of the new satellite terminal as well as photos from the event are available under the following link:

    PIN code: 8AMCWXSB8CE6
    http://munich-airport.celumimagine.com/pindownload/login.do?pin=8AMCWXSB8CE6

    Broadcast-quality video material on the construction of the satellite terminal and photos of the building today are available under the following links:

    https://we.tl/n7bTSpwL3y
    https://we.tl/H9M7U4bLwQ (preview)

    Flughafen München GmbH
    Head of the Press Department

    Ingo Anspach
    Tel: +49 89 975- 4 11 00
    Fax: +49 89 975- 4 10 06
    www.munich-airport.de

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Southern Germany
    Klaus Gorny/Bettina Rittberger
    Tel:  089 / 977 -  2900
    Fax: 089 / 977 -  2999
    http://www.lufthansagroup.com/de/presse

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    Fri, 22 Apr 2016 16:05:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/april/22/article/4001.html
  • Sports on board with Bayern Munich

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/april/22/article/4005.html

    • New Flyrobic video on the inflight program of medium and long-haul flights from June • Exercises developed by Lufthansa’s medical service • First presentation at the opening of the satellite terminal in Munich

    In order for Lufthansa passengers to arrive relaxed even after longer flights, a new Flyrobic video will be shown on the inflight entertainment program of medium and long-haul flights from June 1, 2016. The five-minute film shows some nifty ways of getting rid of minor twinges and does so with celebrity support. Bayern Munich team members, such as Thomas Müller, Jérôme Boateng or Javi Martinez, will show passengers how to loosen up their muscles on the plane.

    The Flyrobic exercises were developed by Lufthansa marketing together with the team under the direction of the company’s medical service, Lothar Zell, who also attended the shoot as an advisor. Kolle Rebbe was responsible for creating the film. To present the fitness element in an entertaining way, Lufthansa’s lead agency staged the action on board in the style of a soccer match.

    Under the direction of Horst Czenskowski the Bayern Munich players pair up in various combinations to sit in Lufthansa seats and demonstrate the exercises. Thomas Müller effortlessly loosens up his legs. Jérôme Boateng rotates his shoulders, Rafinha joins Juan Bernat in torso stretching and Javi Martínez rotates his head to relieve stress. Béla Réthy provides the authentic stadium atmosphere. In his inimitable way the sports commentator describes the individual training sessions like the scenes from an exciting soccer match. This turns the sporting subject matter into appealing entertainment that motivates people to take part. 

    The Flyrobic video is to be presented to the public for the first time today at the Lufthansa stand during the opening ceremony for the satellite terminal at Munich Airport. From June onwards, it will then be included in the inflight entertainment program but also on Lufthansa’s social media channels.

    As the official carrier, Lufthansa has been flown the Bayern Munich team to Bundesliga matches, DFB Cup games and to international matches, such as in the Champions League since 2004. Lufthansa is also an official partner of the DFB, the German Olympic Sports Confederation, the National Paralympic Committee and German Sports Aid.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

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    Fri, 22 Apr 2016 16:00:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/april/22/article/4005.html
  • Lufthansa secures long-term financing through promissory note loans

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/april/14/article/3996.html

    Group issues promissory note loan of 475 million euro

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG has taken advantage of the currently highly attractive promissory note market to place a promissory note loan. The promissory note was issued in tranches with terms of four and five and a half years. The Group therefore secured further long-term financing on April 6.

    Due to the very positive demand, the originally set volume of the promissory note loan was increased from 300 million euro to 475 million euro. More than 80 investors took part in the transaction, in which non-European investors provided more than half of the volume. This underlines the confidence in Lufthansa as a borrower and the Group’s positive international reputation.

    Lufthansa has a rating of BBB- (stable outlook) from S&P and Ba1 (positive outlook) from Moody's. The issue was arranged by the Landesbanken Baden-Württemberg and Hessen-Thüringen.

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  • Lufthansa shares on the stock exchange for 50 years

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/april/13/article/3992.html

    Initial listing on 14 April 1966 was the prelude to privatization

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG is celebrating the anniversary of its initial listing on the stock exchange on Thursday April 14 2016: The shares of the long-established company have been traded on the stock market for 50 years since its introduction to the eight German stock exchanges on April 14 1966. The first listing was the preliminary larger partial privatization of the former state-owned-company. Lufthansa passed into private hands completely in 1997 when the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) sold the remaining share of more than 35 percent belonging to the German government.

    The first trading day proved to be particularly successful for Lufthansa shareholders: The official market price was set at DM 2,920. As the share was issued at a nominal value of DM 1,000, this meant a spectacular gain of 192 percent on the first day of trading. The IPO took place during a period of strong business growth with high investment needs. In 1966, Lufthansa had some 3.7 million passengers, revenues of DM 1.06 billion (€0.54bn) and more than 17,000 staff. For comparison, in 2015, the Lufthansa Group transported 107.8 million passengers, generated sales of €32.1bn and had approximately 120,000 employees.

    With the IPO, the federal government had offered shares worth DM 42 million for sale as part of a larger capital increase. This corresponded to about ten percent of the share capital of DM 400 million. The volume of the subscription orders from home and abroad exceeded the supply several times over. Due to the high demand, subscribers were each allocated a maximum of two shares. With the high issue price of DM 1,000, the federal government was aiming to attract an upscale share of the general public. At the time, Lufthansa spoke of a "people's share for the upper middle class". These days, the shares are all owned by diverse shareholders. On the last balance sheet date, 53.9 percent of the shares were held by institutional investors and private shareholders accounted for the remaining 46.1 percent.

    Lufthansa stock has been a member of the index of the most important German stock market values ever since the DAX 30 started in 1988. The first dividend was paid out in 1969. Since then, the company has paid out €4.5bn to its shareholders, €2.9bn of that since the year 2000.

    To mark the stock exchange anniversary, Simone Menne, CFO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, will ring the bell to start the trading at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange at 09:00 tomorrow morning (Thursday). The ceremony will be broadcast via the following link as of 08:50 tomorrow morning: www.lufthansagroup.com/boersenjubilaeum

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  • New name for the Lufthansa Training & Conference Center

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/april/13/article/3993.html

    Officially renamed "Lufthansa Seeheim"

    The Lufthansa Training & Conference Center on Bergstrasse in Seeheim-Jugenheim is being rebranded, and will in future be known officially by the name that is already much used at the moment of "Lufthansa Seeheim – More than a Conference Hotel".

    The opening of the modern new building in 2009 completed the dawning of this new era, and launched a future-orientated concept for this innovative conference hotel. The then new name "Lufthansa Training & Conference Center" and establishment of an independent company set a clear framework for positioning the hotel even more successfully. The aim was, and still is, to develop all the services in the new ambience away from the image of the former training centre and on to that of a premium international conference hotel.

    The hotel reflects this very claim with today's standards of quality, and has even set new benchmarks for the industry in many areas. Different room categories in the unique Lufthansa design, various conference and seminar areas, its own catering concept – from a buffet restaurant to exclusive banquet service – and exceptional event locations make this venue unique. 

    The brand appearance shows the company as self-confident and future-orientated, and well able to convince with "Lufthansa Seeheim" as a well-known brand name for this exclusive conference hotel. At the same time, the new brand positioning is a clear commitment to Seeheim-Jugenheim as a location. The addition of "More than a Conference Hotel" is a play on the unique features, the high level of flexibility and the countless options for the widest range of event forms.

    Lufthansa Seeheim will also be a place of networking and communication for staff of the Lufthansa Group and external guests in the future – whether for seminar, conferences or private events. 

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  • Lufthansa Group and Singapore Airlines expand their collaboration

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/april/05/article/3986.html

    New codeshare connections for SIA, Lufthansa and Swiss travelers - Various further customer benefits

    The new commercial joint venture which was concluded between the Lufthansa Group and Singapore Airlines in November 2015 is bearing its first fruit. Collaboration partners Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Swiss International Air Lines (Swiss) are expanding their codeshare agreements. As a result, customers of all three airlines are now offered even more destinations and even more connections.

    In addition to the Lufthansa Group’s Frankfurt hub, SIA’s expanded codeshare connections now offer customers more than 20 convenient codeshare routings via the Group’s Munich and Zurich hubs to and from various points in Austria, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland. 

    Lufthansa and Swiss, meanwhile, are adding the following new codeshare connections in Southeast Asia and the Southwest Pacific to their timetables:

    Lufthansa from Frankfurt via Singapore now also to: 

    Indonesia:

    • Denpasar
    • Jakarta

    Swiss from Zurich via Singapore now also to:

    Australia:

    • Adelaide
    • Brisbane
    • Melbourne
    • Perth
    • Sydney

    Indonesia:

    • Jakarta

    Malaysia:

    • Kuala Lumpur

    New Zealand:

    • Auckland
    • Christchurch

    Travelers to these destinations can now fly Lufthansa from Frankfurt or Swiss from Zurich to Singapore and then change seamlessly onto their connecting Singapore Airlines flight with a Lufthansa/Swiss flight number. Any registered baggage checked-in in Germany or Switzerland will be checked right through to their final destination. And, as before, travelers can earn and redeem miles with the partner airline concerned under Miles & More and other Star Alliance frequent flyer programs.

    Further information:

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    Tue, 05 Apr 2016 09:58:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/april/05/article/3986.html
  • Lufthansa doubles lounge offer in Munich

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/april/04/article/3998.html

    Five new lounges in the new satellite buildings

    A roof terrace, panorama windows and a bar with a view of the airfield: Lufthansa customers will soon be able to bridge the time until their flight in a particularly pleasant ambience. First and Business Class passengers and HON Circle members, Senators and Frequent Travellers will have access to a total of five new lounges with a total area of over 4,000 square metres from the opening of the new satellite building on April 26, 2016. Thus, Lufthansa is doubling its lounge offer in Munich once again. All lounges are located in the central area of the new building and are easily and quickly accessible for customers.

    The new First Class Lounge with an area of approx.1,000 square metres is situated on the top level. First Class passengers and HON Circle members can relax here in a luxurious atmosphere. As the world's first lounge in the Lufthansa network, guests can benefit from a spacious roof terrace. Comfortable couches and a spectacular view of the apron invite you to linger a while. In addition, the lounge features a range of sleeping and working areas, a bar area, exclusive bathrooms and a separate cigar lounge. A gourmet restaurant offers à la carte menus as well as a quality buffet. A separate passport control in the lounge provides for a comfortable entry and exit. If a flight departs or arrives from an apron location, a limousine service brings you directly into the First Class Lounge or the aircraft.

    The Senator and Business Lounges on the non-Schengen level offer a special treat: A bar with bartender extends along the panoramic window across both lounges which, besides hot and cold drinks, serves specialty coffees and cocktails. At the buffet, the famous Munich Senator Lounge warm meat loaf with pretzels and potato salad is just as present as regularly changing hot dishes or a hearty breakfast in the morning. Business Lounge guests can enjoy a sojourn in a bistro area where armchairs invite rest and relaxation. At over 3,000 square metres, the Senator and Business lounges also offer separate work areas, a TV area and comfortable shower rooms.

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    Mon, 04 Apr 2016 15:51:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/april/04/article/3998.html
  • Lufthansa Express Rail now from Dortmund to Frankfurt

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/april/04/article/3984.html

    15 years of successful intermodal cooperation between Lufthansa, Deutsche Bahn and Fraport

    Lufthansa Express Rail is offering Dortmund as a new destination for Lufthansa passengers. Five ICE trains with own flight number and separate Lufthansa seating area connects the main railway station in Dortmund (DTZ) with the station at Frankfurt airport (FRA) and seven times a day in return. In this way, passengers can easily and directly reach their connecting flight.  

    The train connection together with the Lufthansa ticket can be booked online at LH.com, via mobile on the Lufthansa App or in a travel agency. Passengers can benefit from a connection and transfer guarantee as well as a mileage voucher for Miles & More. Passengers can check in comfortably on line or by mobile from 23 hours up to 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure of the train and automatically receive all boarding passes for the trip, which are simultaneously valid as a train ticket. Lufthansa passengers may hand in their luggage directly upon arrival in the AiRail Terminal at Frankfurt airport. This is located in the passage between the railway station and Terminal 1 of the airport. Passengers who are only travelling with hand luggage may proceed directly to their departure gate. Passengers in Business Class, HON Circle Members and Senators may use the DB-Lounge at the railway station of Frankfurt airport. 

    Lufthansa has now been offering this intermodal service with partners Deutsche Bahn and Fraport for 15 years. In 2001 the first Lufthansa AIRail route was created with Stuttgart. In recent years this has been continually expanded under the new brand name ‘Lufthansa Express Rail’ to include the present five cities within Germany: Cologne, Dusseldorf, Karlsruhe, Mannheim and most recently Dortmund. Every year around 300,000 Lufthansa passengers use this offer on one of the 25,000 connections.  

    Further information can be found at LH.com/de/en/Lufthansa-Express

    Overview of the new Dortmund connections starting 1st April 2016:

    Flight No. Days of Service Departure Main Railway Station Dortmund (DTZ)* Arrival
    Frankfurt Airport Railway Station
    (FRA)*
    Duration 02:12
    LH 3603 daily 05:37 07:49
    LH 3605 06:37 08:49
    LH 3609 08:37 10:49
    LH 3619 Mo-Fr, Su 13:37 15:49
    LH 3625 daily 16:37 18:49
    Flight No. Days of Service Departure Main Railway Station Dortmund (DTZ)* Arrival
    Frankfurt Airport Railway Station
    (FRA)*
    Duration 02:12
    LH 3600 daily 07:09 09:21
    LH 3606 09:09 11:21
    LH 3506 10:25 12:30
    LH 3614 13:09 15:21
    LH 3622 17:09 19:21
    LH 3628 20:09 22:21
    LH 3632 22:09 00:33

    *All information given in local time

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    Mon, 04 Apr 2016 14:26:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/april/04/article/3984.html
  • Lufthansa receives second Airbus A320neo

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/march/31/article/3982.html

    Dusseldorf next destination for new aircraft model effective 1 April

    Today, on the 31 March, Lufthansa has received another A320neo. The aircraft with the registration D-AINB is therefore its second A320neo in the Lufthansa fleet. The aircraft flew this afternoon to its future base airport, Frankfurt am Main. The first scheduled commercial flight is planned for 1 April and will fly as LH072 to Dusseldorf, making Dusseldorf another destination for the A320neo together with Hamburg, Berlin and Munich.

    The A320neo has new engines and improved aerodynamics enabling a significant advance in terms of noise and emission reduction. Due to the new technology of the PW1100G engines, the A320neo is 15 percent more fuel-efficient than current comparable models and per passenger produces 20 percent less cost. The 85 decibel noise contour of a starting A320neo is only half that of an A320 in the existing fleet, thus making a significant contribution to active noise protection. 

    The Lufthansa Group has ordered a total of 116 aircraft in the neo version, 45 of these as the larger A321neo version. The new aircraft are intended for Lufthansa and Swiss. According to the list price, this order involves an investment of USD 13.3 billion. This year a total of five A320neo should be delivered to Lufthansa and stationed in Frankfurt. 

    Further images can be found at http://mediabase.lufthansa.com/.

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    Thu, 31 Mar 2016 14:37:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/march/31/article/3982.html
  • New travel experience in the A350-900

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/march/30/article/3979.html

    More passenger comfort in all classes

    The A350-900 provides Lufthansa passengers with a comfortable traveling experience. With its wider cabin passengers have more room and a generous sense of space. A self-service section in Business Class provides more passenger comfort, plus new seats in economy and larger monitors. Thanks to a special lighting concept, passengers arrive at their destination feeling more rested. “We want our customers on board to feel comfortable and to arrive relaxed even after long flights. This is why we have improved passenger comfort even more in the A350-900”, says Thomas Winkelmann, CEO Lufthansa Hub Munich.

    For the first time, Lufthansa will offer its customers a new service on the A350-900. Passengers in Business Class will be able to serve themselves refreshments between meals. In a specially designed self-service area passengers can enjoy a variety of snacks. A refrigerator is also provided with cold drinks. 

    Passengers in Economy will in future be seated in ergonomically designed seats which also appear in a new color scheme. In future there will also be more room to stow personal items. 

    In all classes passengers will benefit from the latest FlyNet technology and improved web surfing above the clouds. The larger screens provide the most advanced user interface. 

    Thanks to the special design of the A350-900, the cabin pressure during flight is pleasant, so passengers arrived more rested. This is comparable with an altitude of 1,800 meters, versus 2,400 meters of altitude with comparable aircraft. The effect is also enhanced by an innovative lighting concept with a total of 12 light scenarios. These can be deployed in such a way that passengers can adapt their biorhythm better to local time at their destination. 

    Lufthansa is stationing the first ten Airbus A350-900 aircraft at Munich starting January 2017. Initial destinations are likely to be Delhi and Boston. The aircraft will provide seating for 293 passengers: 48 in Business, 21 in Premium Economy and 224 in Economy.

    The A350-900 is the world’s most modern and environmentally friendly long-haul aircraft. It consumes 25 percent less fuel and produces an up to 50 percent less noise footprint than similar aircraft types.

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    Wed, 30 Mar 2016 12:05:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/march/30/article/3979.html
  • Strategic realignment progressing well: Lufthansa Group increases profit for 2015 significantly

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/march/17/article/3973.html

    2015 • Adjusted EBIT increased by 55 per cent to EUR 1.8 billion • Passenger airline profits doubled due to higher revenues and lower fuel costs • Germanwings and Eurowings make positive earnings contribution • Strong revenue and earnings growth at Lufthansa Technik and LSG SkyChefs • Dividend proposal of EUR 0.50 per share 2016 • Adjusted EBIT expected to be slightly above the previous year • Slight increase in earnings expected for passenger airlines • Unit costs excluding fuel and currency impacts to be reduced • Targeted expansion of Eurowings

    “With the Germanwings tragedy, 2015 was an emotionally very challenging year for the Lufthansa Group,” says Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board & CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. “The numerous strikes were a further burden. Nevertheless, we continued to successfully work on our Group’s future viability. And our strategic realignment is progressing well.” 

    “2015 was a good year in economic terms,” Spohr continues. “The doubling in the passenger airlines’ result is not only due to lower fuel costs, but also to the favorable developments in our passenger volumes and to our capacity discipline. The result also confirms that our focus on quality in both the premium and the point-to-point segment is the right approach. And the very good results from Lufthansa Technik and LSG Sky Chefs further affirm that the Lufthansa Group is on the right track.”

    “For 2016 we are aiming to increase our result for the Lufthansa Group again,” Spohr adds. “We aim to enhance the profitability of our hub airlines by further modernizing their fleets and further increasing efficiency. We will only grow capacity where our cost structures are competitive. We will expand Eurowings substantially and enlarge the route network. We will foster innovations in all business areas and make travel for our customers even more pleasant and simpler through digitalization and corresponding new offers.”

    In 2015, the Lufthansa Group generated revenues of EUR 32.1 billion, a 6.8 per cent increase on the previous year. The Adjusted EBIT, the leading indicator of economic success, increased by 55 per cent to EUR 1.8 billion. Hence, the result sits within the forecast range defined last October, even including some EUR 100 million earnings impact as a result of strikes in the fourth quarter. With the exception of Lufthansa Cargo, all business segments contributed to the significant earnings improvement. The Adjusted EBIT for the Group’s passenger airlines more than doubled, and the two biggest service companies, Lufthansa Technik and LSG SkyChefs, both posted double-digit percentage earnings growth.

    The Lufthansa Group further improved its financial stability in 2015. The year-end equity ratio stood at 18 per cent. Liquidity increased, net indebtedness declined, free cash flow increased significantly to more than EUR 800 million and Deutsche Lufthansa AG’s ratings were confirmed. Return on capital employed (ROCE) also improved significantly to 7.7 per cent. As a result, the Lufthansa Group created value of EUR 323 million in 2015.           

    Earnings of the Passenger Airline Group doubled

    The Lufthansa Group’s good result is mainly attributable to the significant increase in it’s passenger airlines’ earnings. The Adjusted EBIT of the Passenger Airline Group amounted to EUR 1,5 billion (compared to EUR 701 million for 2014), doubling the Adjusted EBIT margin to 6.1 per cent.

    The Adjusted EBIT of Lufthansa Passenger Airlines increased by 143 per cent to EUR 970 million. Results for Eurowings (including Germanwings) are also consolidated in these numbers. Eurowings alone (which will be reported separately from 2016 onwards) achieved an Adjusted EBIT of EUR 8 million on revenues of EUR 1.9 billion – a performance which not only meets but exceeds the ambitious 2015 target of a break-even for the Group’s point-to-point business. SWISS International Air Lines achieved earnings of EUR 429 million, an increase of 54 per cent, and an EBIT margin of 9.4 per cent. Austrian Airlines also posted clearly positive earnings of EUR 52 million (compared to EUR 9 million in 2014).

    Cargo weaker, service companies continue to grow

    The earnings contribution of Lufthansa Cargo declined 40 per cent to EUR 74 million. The airfreight market had seen sizeable overcapacities from the beginning of the 2015 summer flight plan onwards, with a correspondingly negative impact on Lufthansa Cargo’s load factors and yields. Cargo earnings were also depressed by the strike actions at Lufthansa Passenger Airlines in the important fourth-quarter period. Lufthansa Technik and LSG SkyChefs continued their growth. Excluding gains from exchange rate movements, both companies raised their revenues by almost 10 per cent. Lufthansa Technik posted earnings of EUR 454 million, up 19.5 per cent; and LSG SkyChefs’ earnings rose 12.5 per cent to EUR 99 million.

    Dividend of EUR 0.50 per share proposed

    On 28 April 2016, the Supervisory Board and Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG will propose to the Annual General Meeting that a dividend of EUR 0.50 per share be distributed for the 2015 financial year. This would represent a total dividend payment of EUR 232 million, which is in line with the company’s general dividend policy. “Our dividend policy is clear and comprehensible,” says Simone Menne, Chief Officer Finance of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. “We are committed to making continuous dividend payments to our shareholders in the years ahead.”

    Forecast for 2016

    The Lufthansa Group expects to again slightly improve its Adjusted EBIT in 2016. The forecast does not, however, include any earnings impact from possible strikes. Once again, the Group’s passenger airlines are expected to be prime drivers of such earnings growth. With the sizeable expansion of Eurowings’ long-haul operations and intensified competition, yields are likely to decrease significantly. But cost reductions are also expected, largely due to the low oil price, but also in the form of lower unit costs at constant currency excluding fuel costs. “We will not be unduly influenced by the current low fuel costs,” emphasizes CFO Simone Menne. “They will provide a welcome tailwind for our 2016 results, too; but cost discipline remains one of our paramount tasks. We must lower the unit costs at our hub airlines. This is and remains the key to maintain our competitiveness.” One major driver in this respect will be the further enhancements to the efficiency of the aircraft fleet: this year alone, the Lufthansa Group will take delivery of 52 new, state-of-the-arts and fuel-efficient aircraft.

    Lufthansa Passenger Airlines expects to post a slightly-improved Adjusted EBIT for 2016. SWISS International Air Lines expects its 2016 EBIT result to be slightly down on the previous year, owing primarily to the currency situation of the Swiss franc. Austrian Airlines again expects a significant improvement in its earnings performance. And the Eurowings Group is expecting a slightly negative result for the year, largely because of the present investments in its growth activities.  

    Lufthansa Cargo expects to report slightly improved earnings for 2016. With growing pricing pressure and costs for growth projects, Lufthansa Technik anticipates a significant decline in its earnings for the year owing to increasing cost pressure and costs for growth projects. And LSG SkyChefs also expects a slight decline in earnings, as a result of the expenditure required to realign its business model. The Group’s other segments are likely to post significantly better results compared to the previous year.

    “We will consistently press ahead with the the further development of the Lufthansa Group throughout 2016,” says Carsten Spohr. “The Lufthansa Group stands on three strong pillars now: Europe’s leading hub airline system, the leading point-to-point airline in our home markets, and the world’s strongest aviation service companies. This all gives us more strategic options than any other aviation group. That is a strong starting point from which to benefit in a wide range of ways from the future growth of the global air transport sector. As long as we can further align our cost structures to market levels, the Lufthansa Group has great prospects in all its business segments.” 

    The Lufthansa Group   January - December January - December Change 4th Quarter 4th Quarter
        2015 2014   2015 2014
    Total revenue EUR m 32,056 30,011 + 6.8% 7,752 7,387
    of which traffic revenue EUR m 25,322 24,388 + 3.8% 5,935 5,928
    EBIT1) EUR m 1,676 1,000 + 67.6% 13 -48
    Adjusted EBIT EUR m 1,817 1,171 + 55.2% 124 183
    Adjusted EBIT margin   5.7% 3.9% + 1.8pts. 1.6 2.5
    Net profit for the year EUR m 1,698 55 + 2,987.3% -50 -427
    Capital expenditure EUR m 2,569 2,777 - 7.5%    
    Cash flow from operating activities EUR m 3,393 1,977 + 71.6%    
    Employees as of 31 December   120,652 118,781 + 1,871    
    Earnings per share EUR 3.67 0.12 + 2,958.3% -0.11 -0.93

    1) Prior-year result restated to reflect revised reporting principles.

    The 2015 Annual Report of Deutsche Lufthansa AG will be published simultaneously with this media release at www.lufthansagroup.com/investor-relations at 07:30am CET on Thursday 17 March. Our Annual Results Media Conference will be held at 11:00am CET, and will be broadcast live online at www.lufthansagroup.com.

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  • Lufthansa Group offers new summer vacation destinations

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/march/11/article/3966.html

    Group member airlines serve 316 points in 101 countries in 2016 summer schedules; numerous new and additional services for the benefit of air travelers

    The airlines of the Lufthansa Group – Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Eurowings, Lufthansa and SWISS – will be even more attractive this summer for business and leisure travellers alike. And, as always, customers can be assured of the top-notch service, the high quality and the reliability of the Lufthansa Group.

    In the coming 2016 summer schedules, which enter into effect on 27 March, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group will offer one of the most comprehensive networks of air services in the world, with over 23,140 weekly flights. Via their Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, Vienna and Brussels hubs, and also with numerous point-to-point connections, the Group’s airlines will serve 316 destinations in 101 countries (compared to 321 destinations in 103 countries in Summer 2015).  

    This vast range of services will be further supplemented by over 18,000 codeshare flights offered in collaboration with some 30 partner airlines to provide Lufthansa Group customers with a virtually worldwide air travel network. The 2016 summer schedules of all the member airlines of the Lufthansa Group are valid from Sunday 27 March to Saturday 29 October. 

    The main innovations, airline by airline:

    Lufthansa

    Lufthansa will serve 205 destinations with a total of around 10,712 weekly flights in its 2016 summer schedules. New to the intercontinental network is San Jose (USA), which receives five-times-weekly service from 1 July. The San Jose metropolitan region is home to some 3.3 million people. It is also located in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley, the domicile of countless top-flight companies from the IT and Internet world. Many major corporations in the biotech, pharmaceuticals and medicinal sectors are also based in the region, which is further home to the research laboratories of several car manufacturers.  

    San Jose is not only attractive to business travelers, though. It is also an ideal starting point for exploring Northern California. And as such it is an appealing alternative to San Francisco, which is just 70 kilometers away. 

    Lufthansa is also adding two new European destinations to its Frankfurt-based network: Alicante (Spain), which receives a new weekly service, and Tirana (Albania).

    In addition to its Frankfurt services, Lufthansa will be offering new long-haul flights to Denver (USA) and Tehran (Iran) from its Munich hub. Denver will receive five weekly services from 11 May, while Tehran will enjoy thrice-weekly service from 4 July. 

    Lufthansa Munich is adding further leisure destinations this summer, too. The coming 2016 summer schedules bring new services to Santorini and Corfu (Greece) and Porto (Portugal). Porto will receive four-times-weekly service from 24 April, while the two Greek islands will each enjoy one weekly flight from Whitsun onwards. 

    Demand for travel to and from Eastern Europe is clearly on the rise. And in view of this, Lufthansa will be offering its first flights from Munich to Debrecen (Hungary) and Rzeszów in Southeast Poland. Odessa (Ukraine) also returns to the Munich-based network, served with two weekly flights from 31 March. Tallinn is yet another new destination available from Munich. Flights to the Estonian capital are being offered twice a day in conjunction with Adria Airways.

    Lufthansa also plans to further expand its network in collaboration with its partner British Midland. In future, Lufthansa customers will be able to reach Southampton (UK), Norrköping (Sweden) and Bergamo in Lombardy (Italy) non-stop from Munich. And Rostock (Germany) will now receive six weekly flights. 

    Austrian Airlines

    Austrian Airlines will offer its customers an extensive network of 130 destinations in 55 countries in its 2016 summer schedules. Services include almost daily flights to all North American destinations: seven times weekly to New York, Washington, Toronto and Chicago, and six times weekly to Miami.

    Austrian Airlines will also operate 31 weekly non-stop services from Vienna to Asia in its summer schedules: a five-times-weekly Boeing 767 service to Beijing, up to daily Boeing 777 services to Shanghai, Bangkok and Tokyo, and five weekly flights to Hong Kong.

    Brussels Airlines

    Brussels Airlines will serve no fewer than nine new destinations in its summer schedules. Toronto (Canada) joins the growing long-haul network, served five times a week from the end of March. The new service also offers numerous onward domestic connections from and to Toronto, thanks to Brussels Airlines’ close collaboration with Star Alliance partner Air Canada. Accra (Ghana), to which service was launched this winter, remains in the network for the summer schedules. 

    Closer to home, Brussels Airlines continues to expand its summer services to holiday destinations and European regional airports. The new additions here for Summer 2016 include Nantes (France), Heraklion and Thessaloniki (Greece) and Jerez, Tenerife and Gran Canaria (Spain). The new service to Belfast (UK) City Airport, meanwhile, is a first within the Lufthansa Group. 

    Last but not least, Brussels Airlines will also have a new German destination, with a new six-times-weekly service on the Brussels-Nuremberg route. All in all, Brussels Airlines will operate some 815 European and 95 intercontinental flights a week this summer with its 50- aircraft fleet.  

    Eurowings

    Eurowings will serve 130 points in 41 countries in its 2016 summer schedules from its Berlin (Tegel), Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Hanover, Cologne/Bonn, Stuttgart and Vienna operating bases. Seven of these points are intercontinental destinations.

    New to the Eurowings long-haul network will be Boston (USA) and Mauritius, both served from Cologne. The further long-haul destinations of Bangkok and Phuket (Thailand), Punta Cana and Puerto Plata (Dominican Republic) and Varadero (Cuba) also receive their first summer Eurowings service. 

    New services will further be introduced from Cologne to Varna (Bulgaria), Mahon (Spain) and Brindisi (Italy), which will all be newly served from Düsseldorf, too. Two new points in Turkey – Bodrum and Samsun – will be served from Cologne, while Hanover-Antalya and Düsseldorf-Kutahya Zafer further expand Eurowings’ summer coverage of the Turkish travel market. 

    Eurowings Stuttgart will offer a new route to Pula (Croatia), while Cagliari (Italy) will be newly served from both Hamburg and Berlin. The Italian market will be further served by flights on the Vienna-Rome and Hamburg-Pisa routes. Summer-schedule destinations from Hamburg include Ibiza (Spain), while Eurowings Düsseldorf offers services to Edinburgh and East Midlands (UK), and to Lisbon (Portugal) and Kavala (Greece)

    In further developments, Alicante (Spain) and Bastia (France) will be newly served from Düsseldorf and Vienna this summer. And flights from Vienna to Faro (Portugal) and Valencia (Spain) further supplement Eurowings’ extensive 2016 summer schedules.

    SWISS

    SWISS will be further adjusting its range of services from Zurich and Geneva in its 2016 summer schedules. Alicante (Spain) receives a new thrice-weekly service from Zurich, while the vacation destination of Lamezia Terme (Italy) will be served weekly from Geneva. The new schedules also see frequencies increased to various existing European and intercontinental destinations. And SWISS’s new flagship Boeing 777-300ER will be introduced onto a number of routes in the course of the timetable period. SWISS will serve 102 destinations in 46 countries in its new summer schedules. 

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
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    Lufthansa Passage

    Fri, 11 Mar 2016 10:58:00 +0100 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/march/11/article/3966.html
  • Lufthansa Group successfully positions distribution strategy in the market

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/march/10/article/3962.html

    • Expansion of direct connections with major B2B partners. • 14 technology providers have already joined. • Google Flights partnership will be extended. • First pilot project of the new NDC data standard.

    The Lufthansa Group airlines (Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines) have extended their direct connections, successfully positioning their current distribution strategy in the market.

    "The most significant factor of our strategy is a progressive presentation of our high-quality products in the B2B distribution channels, which now includes considerably more information," said Jens Bischof, Executive Vice President Sales and Chief Commercial Officer Hub Frankfurt , today at the world's largest travel fair, the ITB in Berlin. Since the strategic realignment, which began in June 2015, the Lufthansa Group has achieved more significant successes. Bischof added: "Through our initiative we have achieved more substantial progress with our B2B direct connections in the last six months that in the past five years."

    The following B2B distribution partners are already using direct booking interfaces (Direct Connect) to the Lufthansa Group for ticket sales as an alternative to the existing booking channels:

    • In addition to Germany's largest ticket wholesaler (Consolidator), AERTiCKET, FTI-Ticketshop (subsidiary of the FTI Group) has now also put into operation their direct connection to the Lufthansa Group. 
    • The business travel agency chain Lufthansa City Center is currently in its test phase with direct connection. The connection to the first agencies is planned for the end of March. An extension of around 300 offices is planned for the entire Lufthansa City Center Franchise system.
    • Furthermore, Lufthansa Group and Hogg Robinson Group are working jointly on a Direct Connect Solution for both their Global Travel Management Division (HRG) and Technology Division (Fraedom). 
    • In the tour operator segment, new partnerships are also being formed. L’TUR uses its own direct connection for the creation of travel packages with flights from the Lufthansa Group for both its local and online business. 
    • Vtours, one of the leading, dynamic tour operators in German-speaking countries, has already put its direct connection to the Lufthansa Group into operation.
    • TUI has confirmed its plans for the alternative distribution channel Direct Connect, and is preparing for the acquisition of flights with Lufthansa via a direct connection.

    The Lufthansa Group is also in talks about possible solutions with many major companies, travel agents and tour operators. With Thomas Cook, for example, there is a constructive exchange taking place regarding the possibility of a direct connection.
    The industry partners are already being supported by 14 different technology providers, which are listed on a website set up for this purpose: www.lufthansagroup-directconnect.com/de/. More providers will soon be added to the list.

    Significant progress is also being made in the business travel market, with the development of Direct Connect Solutions with international companies. International corporations such as Andritz and ArcelorMittal have stated that they would actively promote a direct connection to the Lufthansa Group systems. A possible separate connection is also being discussed with Bayer.
    Business travellers who prefer to make their bookings via the distribution portal www.LH.com, can now transfer their booking information into their own billing systems using the software of the American IT providers Traxo.

    The B2C partnership commenced in November last year with Google Flights in the USA was very successful, which is why the pilot project was expanded (since 7 March) to include the countries France, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Poland as well as Canada in North America. The 'Book on Google' function enables the customer to make his Lufthansa booking within Google user experience. This integrated approach allows customers to benefit from all options and services available at LH.com.

    Just in time for ITB in Berlin was the launch of a pilot project with a direct connection to a major German tour operator, based on the new IATA data standard ‘New Distribution Capability’ (NDC) being put into action for the first time. In the first quarter of 2016, SWISS also launched a NDC pilot project in cooperation with the technology provider Datalex. The NDC Standard was developed by IATA with the support of the Lufthansa Group and many other industry partners in order to provide considerably more product information and available options at the time of booking and in B2B sales by means of a more efficient data format.

    "We have thus created the essential building blocks for the basis of our distribution strategy through our cooperation with technology providers, through the direct connections to important B2B partners and with the new data standard NDC" Bischof concluded. 

    "The Lufthansa Group is implementing a number of further Direct Connect projects with key partners, we are working on further IT solutions and developing additional options designed to facilitate a direct connection to the Lufthansa Group. We will continue along this path together."

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    Thu, 10 Mar 2016 09:46:00 +0100 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/march/10/article/3962.html
  • Lufthansa Focuses on Big Data and Analytics Technology

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/march/10/article/3960.html

    Lufthansa is making travel easier and more enjoyable in 2016 with useful digital applications

    Lufthansa is driving digitalization in air travel forward. Its aim is to always be on the scene to support customers and make their trip more enjoyable with the Lufthansa app - at the airport, the lounge, and at the gate. To do this, Lufthansa is the first airline at the Munich hub to test so-called location-based services. If the customer has activated the location-based services on their smartphone, Lufthansa can refer them via the Lufthansa app to exactly the offers and services relevant to their current location and that will make their stay more comfortable.

    In the test phase, customers in Munich receive an offer for entry into the Business Lounge for 25 euros. This personalized push message is sent to the passenger located in the vicinity of a lounge, if they don't yet have automatic lounge access through customer status or booking class. This works via so-called “iBeacons,” installed at relevant points in the terminal. An extension of location-based services into other airports is also planned in the coming months. The Business Lounge offers the customer food and drinks „all inclusive“ as well as a pleasant atmosphere for working and relaxing.

    Another convenience is the personalized offer for a Lufthansa Economy Class customer to be able to purchase an upgrade to Business Class. This has already been implemented in short and medium-haul flights, and is currently being tested on five long-haul flights: from Munich to Los Angeles and Seoul, and from Frankfurt to Delhi, Shanghai and Toronto.

    The further development of the electronic baggage receipt in the Lufthansa app is another example of how Lufthansa is progressing in digitization and use of big data and analytics technologies. Most recently, Lufthansa guests can use their digital baggage receipt to see where their baggage is currently located. Upon arrival, the app informs the guest of the exact baggage carousel. This service is currently available at the airports in Frankfurt, Munich, Stuttgart, and Milan, will be rolled out further.

    The SMILE program – Surpass My Individual Lufthansa Experience - is attending to this development. It ensures that an offer is only presented to those customers who could potentially be interested in it. 

    “With SMILE, we want to become better acquainted with our customers’ needs and offer them customized and personalized products, services, and communication, according to their preferences, along the entire travel chain,” says Program Director Marcus Casey. “That way, we don't just serve changing customer needs, but also create sustainable added value for customers.”

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    Thu, 10 Mar 2016 11:11:00 +0100 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/march/10/article/3960.html
  • Lufthansa Expands Digital Luggage Service Offers

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/march/10/article/3958.html

    • New service options in the Lufthansa app simplify air travel • Digital luggage data acquisition RIMOWA Electronic Tag is launched • Test run for self-printed baggage tags begins

    Under the slogan "Flying. Reimagined," Lufthansa is providing its passengers with increasingly customized products and service offers along the entire travel chain. Now, the airline has further developed its digital luggage services. Passengers can use a link on their mobile boarding pass in the Lufthansa app to track where their luggage is currently located. Upon arrival at their destination airport, the app informs the guest of the specific baggage carousel and (starting in June) the exact time of the delivery of their luggage. That way, for instance, they can use any possible waiting time to get a drink in the lounge or to make purchases in the airport. This service offer will initially be available in Frankfurt, Munich, Stuttgart, and Milan, and then gradually extend to include other airports. If, in exceptional cases, their luggage hasn't all come on the same flight, the passenger receives a notification and can quickly and easily send a forwarding order via a filled out form over a link in the Lufthansa app. Wait time at the baggage carousel and the trek to the Lost and Found desk become unnecessary, as the luggage will easily arrive later at home or their place of stay. 

    Another innovation in baggage handling is Lufthansa's cooperation with RIMOWA. The RIMOWA Electronic Tag is the first digital and fully integrated mobility solution. It makes flying with luggage faster, more comfortable, and more secure. While today’s suitcases and travel bags must still be checked in by hand and labelled with “paper tag”, with the RIMOWA Electronic Tag Lufthansa passengers will soon be able to also check their luggage from home or on the road with the Lufthansa app. Using their digital boarding pass, they can submit data from their smartphone with just one tap, via Bluetooth, to their luggage equipped with the RIMOWA Electronic Tag. The luggage data will immediately appear on the data module integrated into the case. The checked suitcase must then only be placed on the conveyor at the Lufthansa Baggage Drop-off desk. The luggage data displayed on the electronic display corresponds in size and appearance to current paper tags. Important information is protected from humidity, heat, cold, falls, and jarring, and cannot be torn off. After successful tests with customers since fall of last year, launch will begin on March 14, 2016.

    In parallel, Lufthansa is introducing home- “printed baggage tags” as part of a test with the European Commission. Passengers for flights within the EU can print their “baggage tag” at home on standard paper and place them in a transparent sleeve attached to the case. Baggage handling at the airport then functions quickly and comfortably at the Self Bag-Drop machines or at the Check In desk.

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    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

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    Thu, 10 Mar 2016 11:06:00 +0100 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/march/10/article/3958.html
  • Lufthansa Aviation Center to be first lit up during Luminale in Frankfurt

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/march/10/article/3964.html

    Lufthansa headquarters to “turn night into day” with independent lighting – energy and resource efficiency in the focus of Lufthansa Group

    On the evening of March 15 and 17, the Lufthansa Aviation Center (LAC) at Frankfurt airport will glow in a special light. Impressive lighting effects will illuminate the building as part of Lufthansa Group’s first-ever participation in the Luminale. The installation, which was developed specially for the festival of light, brings out the Lufthansa headquarters’ clear and transparent architecture, which comprises atria and impressive garden landscapes as well as artworks in its interior rooms.

    The reason to participate in the Luminale this year is the 10-year anniversary of the LAC- The administrative building, which was designed as a low-energy building, was built in 2006 and received the EU Green Building certification for exemplary energy efficiency in February 2009. The low-energy concept, which comprises a modern lighting system, reduces the building’s CO2 emissions by 1,200 tons per year. 

    Responsibility for the climate and environment is an important goal of Lufthansa Group. The company does not only invest in modern, low-consumption aircraft but in ground operations as well. Lufthansa has considerably reduced its energy usage for and CO2 emissions of artificial lighting, for instance, by using the efficient LED technology in aircraft maintenance hangars and many workshop areas. The modern LED spotlights used in the Airbus A380 maintenance hangar in Frankfurt alone avoid CO2 emissions of 500 tons a year, making an active contribution to protecting the environment.

    What is more, Lufthansa Group successfully participates in the development of innovative lighting technologies, for instance for exterior and cabin lighting in aircraft. The escape-route marking system GuideU, developed by Lufthansa Technik, absorbs light energy from its surroundings and releases it again in darkness for up to 22 hours – independently of the power supply and without requiring maintenance.

    Those interested can find out more about the topic “light” at Lufthansa Group on 15 and 17 March. At 7:00 pm and 8:30 pm on both days, Lufthansa is offering guided tours around the Lufthansa Aviation Center, turning night into day inside the building. A shuttle has been arranged, leaving from Terminal 1, bus platform 23 for the Lufthansa Aviation Center.

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    Thu, 10 Mar 2016 12:21:00 +0100 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/march/10/article/3964.html
  • First results of in-flight measurements in Lufthansa A380 and A321 prove that cabin air quality is high

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/march/09/article/3955.html

    Lufthansa has been actively investigating smell events in aircraft for many years. This includes an intensive and cross-disciplinary investigation into whether these incidents could cause a health risk to passengers and crew members. Lufthansa has so far invested more than EUR 500,000 in large-scale projects as part of efforts to investigate and get to the bottom of said incidents in a transparent way. This level of commitment is unprecedented among airlines, with Lufthansa going above and beyond industry standards. The first results of a long-term measurement series in cooperation with the Institute for Occupational Medicine at Hanover Medical School (MHH) show that cabin air is of high quality and comparable to indoor air quality on the ground, such as in offices. MHH published the first results on aldehydes from a test series on cabin air quality in the international "Journal of Chromatography B" in September 2015. These results clearly show that cabin air quality is...

    Lufthansa has been actively investigating smell events in aircraft for many years. This includes an intensive and cross-disciplinary investigation into whether these incidents could cause a health risk to passengers and crew members. Lufthansa has so far invested more than EUR 500,000 in large-scale projects as part of efforts to investigate and get to the bottom of said incidents in a transparent way. This level of commitment is unprecedented among airlines, with Lufthansa going above and beyond industry standards.

    The first results of a long-term measurement series in cooperation with the Institute for Occupational Medicine at Hanover Medical School (MHH) show that cabin air is of high quality and comparable to indoor air quality on the ground, such as in offices. MHH published the first results on aldehydes from a test series on cabin air quality in the international "Journal of Chromatography B" in September 2015. These results clearly show that cabin air quality is good. In 64 measurement flights with 11 different Airbus A380 as well as 44 measurement flights with 15 different Airbus A321, there were no indications of elevated aldehyde levels. Lufthansa carried out these specific measurements between April 2013 and May 2015. Additional measurement flights with Lufthansa planes have been performed as part of an European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) study recently.

    None of the samples in the whole measurement series contained traces of ortho-tricresyl phosphates (o-TCP), which are neurotoxic to humans. The readings for all investigated substances are below German and international standard values. This also includes measurements during documented on-board odor incidents. No link with TCP could be established in the investigated odor incidents.

    Lufthansa Technik and the MHH developed a measurement kit that was specifically designed for the on-board investigations. The kit can detect around 200 substances that can potentially be present in cabin air by actively taking samples that are then analyzed in the lab, with methods including isotope dilution analysis. A data logger constantly records all climate data, such as temperature, air pressure and humidity, while an aerosol spectrometer measures dust content. The kit’s other components measure levels of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, ozone and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). In total, over 150 VOCs, an additional 15 aldehydes – such as formaldehyde, acetaldehyde and hexanaldehyde – and 19 organophosphates such as TCP are monitored. Screening analysis was also carried out to identify unknown substances in cabin air. 

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

    Lufthansa Passage

    Wed, 09 Mar 2016 15:50:00 +0100 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/march/09/article/3955.html
  • Five Female Crews en Route to New York

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/march/08/article/3953.html

    • On International Women’s Day, five of the Lufthansa Group’s long-haul flights with (almost) entirely women-only crews head for New York • 63 women and one man are taking care of the passengers on board of the flights from Frankfurt, Munich, Geneva, Vienna, and Brussels.

    On March 8th, five flights of the Lufthansa Group with 63 female and one male crew member will depart Frankfurt, Munich, Geneva, Vienna, and Brussels for New York. Lufthansa, SWISS, and Brussels Airlines flights will have women-only crews, while on Austrian Airlines flight OS087, all but one crew member will be female.  Although Austrian Airlines employs female captains, there currently is none flying the Boeing 767 deployed on the route to New York.

    “We hope that, in the future, more young women will take an interest in careers that up until recently have been considered a male domain,” says Dr. Bettina Volkens, Member of the Executive Board, Chief Officer of Corporate Human Resources and Legal Affairs of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

    Even though the number of male pilots dominates the industry, women in the cockpit is no longer considered unusual. Women have been flying scheduled service with Lufthansa since 1988. 2010 saw a debut in the worldwide air cargo sector when a Lufthansa cargo aircraft took off with a women-only crew. Today, approximately six percent of pilots in the Lufthansa Group are women, and that figure has been rising steadily in recent years. To reflect the increase, Lufthansa had the term “capitaine”, which translates to “women pilots”, approved by the German Language Society.  In cabin crews, around 80 percent of employees are women. 

    Increasing the proportion of women in management is also an objective of the Lufthansa Group. “We were able to attain tangible results by taking concrete measures such as the introduction of a transparent job posting process and the implementation of diversity criteria in hiring procedures,” states Volkens. 

    Together with other major German companies, in 2011 Lufthansa voluntarily established target quotas in order to increase the proportion of women in management. By 2020, this should increase by 30 percent in relation to 2010.

    Lufthansa Flights take off from Frankfurt and Munich

    At 10:50 in Frankfurt Flight LH400, a Boeing 747-8, will take off with 16 female crew members in the cabin and three female pilots. LH410, an Airbus A330-300, will take off 55 minutes later from Munich with two women in the cockpit and 11 amongst the cabin crew. The five Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Airlines, and Brussels Airlines flights will land at Kennedy Airport in New York between 1:20 p.m. and 3:50 p.m. local time.

    Please see images for the flights here: http://mediabase.lufthansa.com/mediabase/Access.do?lnk=1&cid=25721&chk=91fec57ff77d727ca565d7d81921dedf

    Flight Place of Departure Place of Arrival Time of Departure
    (MET)
    Time of Arrival  (local) Cockpit Cabin
    SN501 Brussels New York 10:30 13:20 2 pilots (f) 8 flight attendants (f)
    OS087 Vienna New York 10:45 14:45 1 pilot (f), 1 pilot (m) 8  flight attendants (f)
    LH400 Frankfurt New York 10:50 13:50 3 pilots (f) 16  flight attendants (f)
    LX022 Geneva New York 11:45 14:40 2 pilots (f) 10  flight attendants (f)
    LH410 Munich New York 12:15 15:50 2 pilots (f) 11  flight attendants (f)

    Further information about gender diversity and opportunities for women can be found here:

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/responsibility/social-responsibility/gender-diversity.html 

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    Tue, 08 Mar 2016 14:15:00 +0100 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/march/08/article/3953.html
  • Lufthansa begins new Frankfurt-Panama City service

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/march/02/article/3948.html

    New route further raises Lufthansa’s presence and profile in Latin America; extensive codeshare agreement concluded with Copa Airlines

    Lufthansa commenced its new non-stop service between Frankfurt and Panama City today. Flight LH 484 departed from Frankfurt (FRA) at 10:15 local time, and is scheduled to arrive at the Aeropuerto Internacional de Tocumen in Panama City (PTY) at 16:40 local time this afternoon. Eastbound flight LH 485 will leave Panama City at 18:45 local time this evening, and is due to land in Frankfurt at 11:35 local time tomorrow (3 March). Lufthansa will be operating a five-times-weekly service on the new route all year round. 

    Panama, which is located between Costa Rica and Colombia, has experienced strong and accelerating economic growth in the last few years. In addition to the world-famous Panama Canal, the country’s substantial banking sector, its favorable geographic location and its well-developed infrastructure are all key reasons for business and leisure travellers to visit this Central American country. With its unspoilt beaches and its large number of national parks featuring rainforest, mangroves and a unique underwater world, Panama offers vacationers in particular an unforgettable stay.        

    Panama is also an ideal starting point for exploring various Central American countries and the islands of the Caribbean. And in this regard, Lufthansa’s new bilateral codeshare agreement with Copa Airlines, on of Central America’s leading air carrier, which is based in Panama City, offers a wide range of advantageous onward travel options.

    Under the new codeshare accord, Lufthansa travellers can fly on with Star Alliance partner Copa Airlines from Panama City to any of 73 further destinations in Ecuador, Venezuela, Peru and Costa Rica, many of them bookable under Lufthansa flight numbers. In return, Copa Airlines customers gain access to the global network of the Lufthansa Group, which currently extends to 261 destinations in 101 countries. 

    Since both partner airlines are members of Star Alliance, their customers can also earn and redeem miles on both carriers under the ConnectMiles and Miles & More programmes. As a further benefit of the new partnership, Lufthansa travellers can check their baggage right through to their final Copa Airlines destination, obtain all their boarding passes for the trip at their first airport of departure and enjoy lounge access at Panama City Airport.

    While Panama City is a new addition to the Lufthansa route network, the Lufthansa Group is no stranger there. LSG Sky Chefs opened a state-of-the-art new production facility at Aeropuerto Internacional de Tocumen in March 2014, replacing the previous facility, which had been in use since 1963. The new development is part of a broader airport expansion that has been prompted by the substantial growth in passenger numbers in the last few years. The facility currently employs some 500 personnel, who produce an average of 27,000 meals a day for around 200 flights. 

    The new service in brief

    A round-trip Lufthansa flight between Frankfurt and Panama City is currently available for as little as EUR 799. For further information and reservations visit LH.com or call the Lufthansa Service Center on +49 69 86 799 799 (landline rates apply). Flights can also be booked with any Lufthansa travel agency partner or at any Lufthansa airport sales desk. 

    Frankfurt – Panama City (Panama)

    Airport/three-letter code/time zone

    – Frankfurt Airport, Terminal 1 (FRA); UTC +1 hour
    – Aeropuerto Internacional de Tocumen (PTY); UTC -5 hours

    Schedule (all times local summer time)

    NEW from 2 March 2016

    Every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
    LH 484  depart Frankfurt 10:15 – arrive Panama City 16:40
    LH 485  depart Panama City 18:45  – arrive Frankfurt 11:35 (next day)

    Flying time (average)

    11 hours 20 minutes

    Flight length

    9,070 km (4,897 nautical miles)

    Aircraft type

    Airbus A340-300
    (298 seats: 18 Business, 19 Premium Economy and 261 Economy)

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    Wed, 02 Mar 2016 12:26:00 +0100 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/march/02/article/3948.html
  • Lufthansa flying more quietly in Munich

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/february/26/article/3944.html

    Lower noise emissions/Up to four percent in fuel saving thanks to wingtip extensions

    Even before introducing the A350 long-haul aeroplane with an up to 50 percent smaller noise footprint, in future Lufthansa medium-haul planes will also be flying more quietly. This is because the Airbus A320 fleet is being fitted with ‘sharklets’, which are 2.40-metre-tall wingtip extensions. Depending on the length of the route, they bring about fuel savings of up to four percent and correspondingly low CO2 emissions. Thanks to the sharklets, the plane’s climbing performance improves, reducing noise emissions during take-off. “We are in a good position regarding sustainability in Munich. The fact that our fleet is getting quieter and quieter is good news for people who live near the airport in particular”, says Thomas Winkelmann, CEO Lufthansa Hub Munich.

    Nature is the model for the sharklets. Large birds, such as the crane or the condor, bend their outer feathers upwards and thus fly in a much more energy-efficient way. The sharklets reduce the lift-dependent resistance and improve the aerodynamics at the wingtips. According to Airbus, the kerosene savings achieved, and thus reduced CO2 emissions, are around 1,000 tonnes per plane per year, which roughly corresponds to the CO2 emissions of 200 cars with average use.

    The first Airbus A320 with sharklets has already been delivered to Munich, the second is to follow in the next few days. In total, 12 planes of this type will be stationed in the southern Lufthansa hub by the middle of next year, and there will be 20 planes in Frankfurt. They will all replace older medium-haul planes. Currently, Lufthansa deploys 50 planes of the types A319, A320 and A321 in Munich. 

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    Fri, 26 Feb 2016 11:39:00 +0100 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/february/26/article/3944.html
  • Airbus A350 fleet is coming to Munich

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/february/17/article/3941.html

    First ten aircraft for Munich / Most advanced and eco-friendly long-haul aircraft / First destinations

    The first ten aircraft of the type Airbus A350-900 will be based in Munich from January 2017. This will equip Lufthansa's second-largest hub with the world's most modern long-haul passenger aircraft. The A350-900 is also one of the most environmentally friendly aircraft. 

    "We are delighted that we are able to offer the most modern aircraft type to our long-haul passengers flying out from Munich. The A350 also constitutes an active step towards noise protection", says Thomas Winkelmann, CEO of the Lufthansa Hub Munich. Delhi and Boston are expected to be the first destinations of the A350. The aircraft will accommodate 293 passengers: 48 guests in Business Class, 21 in Premium Economy and 224 in Economy Class.

    The A350-900 will gradually replace the A340-600. Lufthansa has ordered a total of 25 Airbus A350-900 aircraft with a list price of around 310 million US dollars each. The deployment of the remaining 15 aircraft has yet to be decided. Next summer the fleet in Munich will consist of 26 long-haul aircraft, 19 of which type A340-600, and 7 aircraft of the type A330-300.

    The A350-900 marks the entry into the 2-litre class: it is more economical to fly than any other type of aircraft. On average, the new aircraft will consume only 2.9 litres of kerosene per passenger and 100 kilometres flown. That is around 25 percent less than the models currently used. The latest Rolls Royce Trent XWB engines and an aerodynamic design reduce noise emissions to levels well below the currently prescribed limits. As a result, the noise footprint generated by the aircraft is up to 50 percent smaller than that of comparable aircraft. Furthermore, new insulation methods and sound-absorbing materials make the aircraft cabin particularly quiet. 

    Technical data

    Engine

    RR Trent XWB-84

    Length

    65.26 m

    Wingspan

    64.75 m

    Height

    17.05 m

    Wing area

    443 m2

    Max. takeoff weight

    268 tons

    Engine performance

    2 x 84,000 lbs

    Tank capacity

    138,000 l

    Cruising speed

    0.85 Mach

    Cruising range*

    approx. 9,500 km

    Fuel consumption

    approx. 2.9 l/100 pax kilometres

    * at max. useful load

     

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  • E-PORT AN initiative: Fraport and Lufthansa Group receive “Eco-company Partnership of the Year” award

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    U.S. aviation magazine Air Transport World acknowledges pioneering role and commitment to promoting greater use of electric vehicles on the ground

    At the Frankfurt Airport global hub, airport operator Fraport and the Lufthansa Group are working hand-in-hand on the initiative E-PORT AN, aimed at introducing more electric vehicles into the aircraft handling process, thus reducing the environmental impact of airport operations. The renowned U.S. aviation industry magazine Air Transport World (ATW) has acknowledged this commitment with the “Eco-company Partnership of the Year” award, which was conferred on February 15, 2016 at the 42nd Annual Airline Industry Achievement Awards in Singapore.

    “Lufthansa Group and Fraport demonstrate how working together can be a win, win for both companies as well as for the environment. I sincerely congratulate them for this initiative and their achievements,” says ATW’s Editor-in-Chief Karen Walker.

    Alongside Fraport and the Lufthansa Group, the State of Hesse and the Rhine-Main Model Electro-mobility Region are also involved in E-PORT AN. Thus, the award can be seen as an acknowledgement of the efforts of all partners involved in the initiative.

    Aircraft handling involves up to 20 different vehicles. The step-by-step replacement of individual handling processes by electrically-driven technologies does not just reduce the carbon footprint, but also leads to improved working conditions on the ground. There are currently three hybrid aircraft tugs – known as TaxiBots – at Lufthansa LEOS, the Group’s ground support company. Moreover, Lufthansa LEOS is carrying out certification tests on an eSchlepper (eTug), which is the first vehicle in the world able to manoeuvre aircraft up to the size of an Airbus A380 entirely under electrical power.

    Electric vehicles are especially suited for use at airports, where the majority of journeys are short. Around 10% of Fraport AG’s 3,000+ motorized vehicles are electrically-powered. This includes vehicles used in aircraft handling such as conveyor belt vehicles, pallet loaders and small baggage tractors. Moreover, electric cars and minibuses are not just used by ground crew – they also find use in employees’ carpools.

    To raise public awareness of electric vehicles in the eyes of passengers, the partners of the E-PORT AN initiative opened the world’s first “Green Gate” at Lufthansa Gate A15 at Frankfurt Airport on October 12, 2015. Here, travelers can see by way of models, information boards and animations, how electric vehicles can help to make aircraft handling more environmentally efficient.

    E-PORT AN is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure via the Rhine-Main Model Electro-mobility Region. The model electro-mobility regions are nationally coordinated by the NOW GmbH National Organisation for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology. The regional coordination lies at the project management centre of the Rhine-Main model region, which in turn is located at the Stadtwerke Offenbach Holding GmbH. Through the integration of E-PORT AN in the “Strom bewegt” (“Power moves”) initiative by the state of Hessen, the visibility of the project of the airport environment and beyond is ensured. 

    In 2013, the German federal government awarded E-PORT AN as a lighthouse electro-mobility project and supported the plans with a total of €8.1 million. In 2014, the project received the prestigious GreenTec Award in the aviation category. More information and images can be found at: www.e-port-on.com 

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  • Lufthansa takes delivery of the world’s first Airbus A320neo as launching customer

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    Lufthansa, Airbus and Pratt & Whitney holding a delivery ceremony in Hamburg – First scheduled A320neo flights with better fuel efficiency and more passenger comfort achieved through quieter engines - 40 years of partnership between Lufthansa and Airbus – Lufthansa Technik gains expertise in maintenance of the A320neo

    Lufthansa, together with Airbus and the Pratt & Whitney engine manufacturer, celebrates the delivery of the world’s first Airbus A320neo. Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Lufthansa Group, Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Brégier and the President of Pratt & Whitney Robert Leduc invited 700 guests and media representatives to the official delivery at Hamburg-Finkenwerder. Following the ceremonial handover, the first two new-type airplanes were presented to the public. The first A320neo, with the registration D-AINA, has already flown scheduled service since January. The second “neo” is expected to complement the Lufthansa Airbus fleet soon. The first experiences with the A320neo clearly show that the 15 percent lower fuel consumption mark has not only been achieved but even slightly exceeded. The significantly quieter engines also increase customer comfort on-board and provide relief to residents near airports by reducing noise emissions.

    The development and introduction of the quietest and most fuel-efficient aircraft on short and medium distances is further evidence of the successful cooperation in the aviation industry at European level. “Europe has been a leader in this fascinating industry since the early days of aviation,” says Carsten Spohr. “Lufthansa and Airbus have developed a trusting and productive 40-year partnership. Together we have pushed ahead and brought to market many innovations and contributed to the success of the European aerospace industry. With new and efficient aircraft, such as the A320neo and the A350 XWB, we set new standards for our passengers, while reducing the impact on the environment and, not least of all, on the people living near airports.”

    “On behalf of everyone at Airbus, I congratulate Lufthansa on being the A320neo launch customer. Together, we’re opening a new chapter in commercial aviation and I am confident that the A320neo will support Lufthansa objective to raise its environmental performance. The A320neo not only cuts emissions at every operational stage but also halves its noise footprint compared to previous generation aircraft,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO.

    “At Airbus we are have been proud to support Lufthansa’s growth over the past four decades with our partnership now spanning almost the entire Airbus family, from the A320 right up to the A380.”

    "Pratt & Whitney is proud to build on its long and deep history with Lufthansa and Airbus by together marking a new era in commercial aviation with the delivery of the A320neo equipped with ultra-high bypass ratio Geared Turbofan engines," Pratt & Whitney President Robert Leduc, said. “We applaud Lufthansa for being the first to enjoy the many benefits this aircraft and engine technology affords in terms of fuel efficiency and in reducing noise and emissions.”

    This afternoon, the A320neo will take off from the Airbus facilities in Hamburg-Finkenwerder as a special flight with flight number LH9917 with guests and media representatives on board and fly with a short stop in Hamburg’s City Airport Fuhlsbüttel towards Frankfurt. The A320neo was fitted with a special logo. “First to fly A320neo - Less noise. Less fuel. Less CO2“ adorns the rear fuselage of the Lufthansa aircraft.

    Another cause for celebration is the 40-year partnership between Lufthansa and Airbus. On 9 February 1976, Lufthansa received the first Airbus A300 at Hamburg-Finkenwerder. The airlines within the Lufthansa Group have ordered a total of 582 Airbus aircraft in the past 40 years. Lufthansa is the largest Airbus customer with currently 392 aircraft from the European manufacturer, including 284 aircraft from the A320 family and 14 A380.

    The Lufthansa Group has ordered a total of 116 A320neos and A321neos, to be delivered in the next years. 60 aircraft will be delivered with the new PW1100G-JM engine from Pratt & Whitney. A special intermediary 3:1 gear conversion system ensures optimum speed of the 2.06 meter-cross-section fans and the turbine inside the engine. The new engines and improved aerodynamics allow a significant noise and emission reduction. With the new engine technology, the 85-decibel noise footprint of a new A320neo is only about half the size as a comparable aircraft of the existing fleet. In addition, the A320neo is at least 15 percent more fuel efficient than the previous A320 version. Calculated per-seat, this efficiency advantage increases to as much as around 20 percent, because the A320neo, through improved use of space in the cabin, allows more space in the business class compartment and two more rows with twelve additional seats on board.

    Just in time for the adoption of the first A320neo, Lufthansa Technik is also ready for maintenance of the new airplane type and its systems. In the preparatory phase, Lufthansa Technik has laid out all technical, operational and personnel foundations for complete technical support of the A320neo. In the first step, employees at the Frankfurt mechanics hub were trained in Hamburg and Munich and equipped with the necessary resources. The training subsidiary of Lufthansa Technik has been certified by the Federal Aviation Authority. Currently, Lufthansa Technik has about one third of the world’s A320 fleet under exclusive component supply contracts.

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  • Star Alliance Gold Card holders enjoy free upgrades on Heathrow Express trains

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    Star Alliance and Heathrow Express (https://www.heathrowexpress.com/) have teamed up to offer Star Alliance Gold Card holders a special benefit when travelling on Heathrow Express trains – a free upgrade. Making use of this offer is very simple. Customers just need to purchase a standard class single or return ticket for the Heathrow Express, the fastest rail link between the airport and London Paddington Station. Once on the train, customers can choose any available seat in Business First Class and show both their train ticket and Star Alliance Gold Card to the attendant. Amenities in Business First include complimentary newspapers and magazines, more leg room, wider seats, a personal table, a power socket at each seat and on-board TV. This special promotion is open to all frequent flyers holding Gold Status in any of the 21 Frequent Flyer Programmes offered by the Star Alliance member airlines. The offer will run from February 15th until further notice. Full details of this offer...

    Star Alliance and Heathrow Express (https://www.heathrowexpress.com/) have teamed up to offer Star Alliance Gold Card holders a special benefit when travelling on Heathrow Express trains – a free upgrade.

    Making use of this offer is very simple. Customers just need to purchase a standard class single or return ticket for the Heathrow Express, the fastest rail link between the airport and London Paddington Station. Once on the train, customers can choose any available seat in Business First Class and show both their train ticket and Star Alliance Gold Card to the attendant. Amenities in Business First include complimentary newspapers and magazines, more leg room, wider seats, a personal table, a power socket at each seat and on-board TV.

    This special promotion is open to all frequent flyers holding Gold Status in any of the 21 Frequent Flyer Programmes offered by the Star Alliance member airlines. The offer will run from February 15th until further notice.

    Full details of this offer can be found at: http://heathrowt2.staralliance.com/offers

    The Star Alliance network currently has 24 airlines serving Heathrow: Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India*, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI, and United. In total they offer over 120 flights per day to 47 destinations in 26 countries from Heathrow, allowing customers to connect to the full Alliance network of more than 18,500 daily flights to 1,330 airports in 192 countries.

    Star Alliance moved into the purpose-built Terminal 2 – The Queen’s Terminal – in 2014 and has since been offering its more than 12 million annual passengers using the airport a vastly improved travel experience. Latest technology is deployed throughout the terminal, giving passengers greater control of their journey. The check-in area has been specially designed for speed and efficiency, with airlines grouped in zones. The 80-plus common use self-service kiosks are available to any passenger for check in and/or bag-tag printing before handing their luggage to an agent at the fast bag drop. Full-service traditional check-in desks are provided for First Class, Business Class and Star Alliance Gold passengers. This passenger group can also make use of the dedicated Gold Track lane when clearing security and relax in any of the four different lounges, operated by Air Canada, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines and United.

    * currently operating from T4.

    About Star Alliance:
    The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Avianca Brazil, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI and United. Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 18,500 daily flights to 1,330 airports in 192 countries.

    Further information can be obtained via:
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  • Dr. Roland Schütz named Chief Information Officer (CIO) of all Lufthansa Group airlines - effective immediately

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    Accelerating the digital transformation of all airlines in the Group

    Effective immediately, Dr. Roland Schütz has been appointed Chief Information Officer (CIO) of all Lufthansa Group airlines. Alongside the premium hub airlines Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and Swiss, are the flight operations of the second brand, Eurowings, which is to be developed into the number 3 in European point-to-point traffic.

    In this new role, Schütz (47), to date CIO of Lufthansa Passage operative business, will consolidate all relevant digitalization programmes in the IT sector. Thus the digital transformation of all airlines in the Lufthansa Group is to be accelerated. The aim is to serve customers of all airline brands with the most modern digital interfaces, mobile applications and comfortable booking and handling processes.

    Schütz has worked for the Lufthansa Group since 2005. The Doctor of Physics was first 

    Chief Operating Officer Infrastructure Services at Lufthansa Systems, a Lufthansa Group IT subsidiary. In 2010 he took responsibility for the IT sector of the cargo subsidiary - Lufthansa Cargo, before being appointed CIO of the largest business area of Lufthansa Passage in 2014. 

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  • Carsten Wirths named Managing Director of Lufthansa CityLine

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    Wirths and Jörg Eberhart form new management team of the airline

    From March 1st Carsten Wirths will be the new Managing Director and Labour Director at Lufthansa CityLine GmbH with headquarters in Munich. The decision was taken by the Board of Directors of the Lufthansa Group Company. In his function, Wirths is responsible for all commercial aspects, the IT sector, as well as HR management for approximately 2,200 employees. He succeeds Stephan Klar, who will in future lead a strategic corporate project in Frankfurt. Jörg Eberhart will continue to be responsible for the operative business, especially flight operations and aircraft maintenance. With around 60 aircraft, Lufthansa CityLine connects over 75 European and intercontinental destinations with Lufthansa hubs in Frankfurt and Munich.

    Carsten Wirths was born July 11, 1968 in Cologne. After finishing his professional training at a bank and subsequent military service, he studied business administration at Cologne University and completed his studies in 1996 with a Master's degree. After his studies Carsten Wirths worked as a management consultant for Andersen Consulting (now: Accenture) in Düsseldorf before becoming Senior Supply Chain Manager at Lufthansa Cargo AG in Frankfurt in January, 1999. Since then he has held various management positions in the Lufthansa Group; he was, among other things, head of operations for Düsseldorf and North-Rhine Westphalia. On June 1, 2011 Carsten Wirths was named Vice President for Europe and Africa at Lufthansa Cargo, where he was responsible for the sales and handling at around 120 locations in more than 90 countries. Carsten Wirths is married with two children.

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  • Lufthansa and Fraport launch joint digital shopping experience for travelers at Frankfurt Airport

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    Expanded online shopping and ordering options at airport lounges and in-flight

    Both Lufthansa and Fraport in partnership are creating new digital shopping possibilities for passengers at Frankfurt Airport. Throughout the entire travel time, more comfort, quality and choices will be available to them online in the future. With "Lounge Shopping", Lufthansa and Fraport now offer the first joint service platform. Accordingly, travelers in selected Lufthansa lounges at Frankfurt Airport can purchase exclusive products from in-airport shops on iPads put at their disposal, and have them delivered within half an hour. The online product range extends from fine delicacies and spirits to fashionable accessories to practical travel goods and leather goods. 

    In the coming months, the available product range will also be expanded. In addition, delivery to lounges for departing passengers will be extended during the first quarter of the year to "Inflight Shopping" services appropriate for incoming travelers. On long-haul flights to Frankfurt, Lufthansa passengers can already buy exclusive products from airport stores while in flight and collect them at the arrival gate immediately after landing. 

    With the new Gourmet Service “Taste & Travel", Lufthansa and Fraport will also explore new digital possibilities. Shortly iPads will be available for this at the check-in area and near the security checkpoint, on which Lufthansa passengers can choose menus for delivery to the departure gate. These are then delivered in high quality and heat-insulating packaging, even enabling the passenger to enjoy the chosen meal while on board.

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  • Lufthansa Group to concentrate aviation training in Munich

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    The present companies responsible for pilot and cabin crew training within the Lufthansa Group are to be amalgamated into a single organization based at Munich, the Group’s second-biggest hub, the Deutsche Lufthansa AG Executive Board decided yesterday. The new Munich-based Lufthansa Aviation Training GmbH will provide a single management for the two currently largely independent companies of Lufthansa Flight Training and Swiss Aviation Training. In addition to the overall management of all such training activities, Lufthansa Aviation Training will be responsible for corporate strategy and commercial management. The new company should be established by the end of this year. The aim of these endeavours is to better exploit synergies in a highly competitive market, respond more flexibly to increased customer demands and sustainably improve market position by ensuring a unified market presence. The new company will be a fully-owned subsidiary of Lufthansa Commercial Holding GmbH. And...

    The present companies responsible for pilot and cabin crew training within the Lufthansa Group are to be amalgamated into a single organization based at Munich, the Group’s second-biggest hub, the Deutsche Lufthansa AG Executive Board decided yesterday. The new Munich-based Lufthansa Aviation Training GmbH will provide a single management for the two currently largely independent companies of Lufthansa Flight Training and Swiss Aviation Training.

    In addition to the overall management of all such training activities, Lufthansa Aviation Training will be responsible for corporate strategy and commercial management. The new company should be established by the end of this year. The aim of these endeavours is to better exploit synergies in a highly competitive market, respond more flexibly to increased customer demands and sustainably improve market position by ensuring a unified market presence.

    The new company will be a fully-owned subsidiary of Lufthansa Commercial Holding GmbH. And with its customer portfolio of more than 200 airlines and its 12 training facilities, it will be one of the global leaders in the flight training field. The training activities for the various airlines of the Lufthansa Group will continue to be performed at their present locations.

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  • Barbara Schädler accepts new professional duties

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    Andreas Bartels to become Head of Corporate Communications

    The Head of Corporate Communications of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Barbara Schädler, is leaving the company at her own request on March 31, 2016, to take on a new professional challenge. Schädler has been in charge of Corporate Communications since July 2013.

    The Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG has appointed Andreas Bartels, the current Head of Media Communications, her successor. "We thank Barbara Schädler for her outstanding services: She successfully headed and consistently further developed Corporate Communications in times that were especially difficult for Lufthansa," said Carsten Spohr, CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. "My fellow board members and I wish her all the very best for her private and professional future," Spohr continued.

    With Andreas Bartels, he said, Lufthansa has a successor from within its own ranks who enjoys great confidence both inside and outside of the company and is regarded as an expert on Lufthansa. Andreas Bartels has worked for Lufthansa since January 1, 2007, holding various functions in Corporate Communications. He worked previously as a press officer at Deutsche Bank AG.

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  • Lufthansa Aerial Services division inks deal with drone-maker DJI

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    Lufthansa Aerial Services and DJI join forces to develop commercial applications for drone technology

    Lufthansa Aerial Services, a division of Lufthansa Consulting, today signed a deal with DJI to use the world’s leading drone-maker’s aerial platforms to develop commercial applications for its key customers. Using DJI’s drones and open onboard systems, Lufthansa will integrate hardware and software, manage operation of the technology and facilitate data analysis. The two companies will work together to optimize the technology for special requirements sought by Lufthansa Aerial Services customers.

    “Lufthansa Aerial Services is a perfect partner for DJI for joint market development of commercial UAV-applications,” said Martin Brandenburg, DJI’s European Marketing Director. “The feedback from Lufthansa’s clients is of great value for the further development of our products.”

    “The market potential of commercial drone applications is growing inexorably thanks to the continuously improving regulatory situation and speed of technological progress in the market and innovation that DJI as the global leader has initiated. This includes a variety of commercial applications such as for infrastructure inspection, measuring and monitoring purposes,” says Christian Hartmann, program director of Lufthansa Aerial Services.

    Lufthansa Aerial Services e.g. recently completed a pilot project with a wind-turbine manufacturer, using DJI equipment to inspect rotor blades on wind turbines. The task previously required manual inspection using a steeplejack – a more-dangerous and time-consuming method. In addition to the safety factor, drones can collect data that can be used later for analysis, such as how frequently a rotor blade needs inspection and maintenance.

    Lufthansa Aerial Services is also involved in aviation-industry projects at and around airports, as demonstrated through recent tests with Fraport and DFS on Frankfurt International Airport, but also carrying out joint inspections of Lufthansa aircraft surfaces with sister company Lufthansa Technik.

    Beyond these mentioned example use cases, LAS also plans to deploy drones equipped with thermal-imaging systems that can facilitate day-to-day inspections of infrastructure, such as wind power and photovoltaic systems, electricity and railroad lines and pipelines laid above ground. Aerial technology also makes it easier to monitor crops, construction and extraction sites. 

    Though commercial drones are readily available, many of LAS’s key clients and manufacturers choose not to operate them by themselves, because it is not their core business. Many clients also prefer to outsource due to the technology’s complexity, knowledge of regulatory frameworks and quality and safety-management issues. 

    “Lufthansa will offer clients a one-stop UAV-shop,” says Andreas Jahnke, Managing Director of Lufthansa Consulting. “This includes everything from application consulting and drone operation with data analysis, to training and certification of drone pilots at Lufthansa Flight Training, or even the provision of drone insurance solutions through Delvag, Lufthansa’s in-house insurer.”

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  • Three-month countdown to the official opening of the T2 satellite

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    New passenger facility at Munich Airport to open on April 26 2016

    The new satellite facility for Munich Airport's Terminal 2 will be commissioned on April 26, 2016 – exactly three months from today. That date has now been finalized by Munich Airport and Lufthansa. The additional handling capacity for a total of 11 million passengers per year will boost the overall capacity of Terminal 2 to 36 million. As one of the world's most advanced airport terminal facilities, the satellite will transform the passenger experience and offer a new level of comfort. Over the last three months, the final preparations will proceed full speed ahead. The sprint to the finish line will include the installation of technical equipment and interior work in the retail and dining areas. Next, in mid-March, businesses and government agencies will start moving into their stores and offices in the satellite terminal. This means transporting an estimated 5,400 cubic meters of furnishings and materials into the building – enough to fill 900 moving vans. Before the launch of operations, the various zones in the building must gain the status of secure areas, subject to the same regulations and access controls as the existing terminals. 

    Until mid-March, "integration test operations" will also be taking place.  This will involve 20 days of testing to simulate all passenger handling processes with a total of about 2,800 test passengers. For each of the two biggest test runs, 500 "extras" will be on hand to play the role of airline passengers. The tests will evaluate such aspects as ease of navigation for passengers finding their way in the new building, completion of the boarding and transfer process in the envisaged time frame, and the effectiveness of the signage. The lessons learned from the test operations will be used during the final preparations to eliminate any glitches or other issues in the lead-up to the official launch.

    Like Terminal 2, Munich Airport and Lufthansa are jointly responsible for the satellite's construction, financing and operation in a 60:40 joint venture. The Munich architectural firm Koch + Partner, which designed the original Terminal 2, was again selected for the design and general planning of the satellite. The new facility will give Munich Airport 27 new gate positions where passengers can board aircraft directly without bus transportation.  As the first midfield terminal at a German airport, the new satellite has no public access. Check-in will take place in Terminal 2. Passengers will then undergo passport screening and hand baggage checks before boarding an underground personal transport system that will take them to the satellite terminal in less than a minute. There they will find the full range of services and passenger handling facilities as well as extensive shopping and dining options.   

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    Tue, 26 Jan 2016 11:36:00 +0100 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2016/january/26/article/3914.html
  • First Lufthansa A320neo lands in Frankfurt

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    The world's first Lufthansa Airbus A320neo has been transferred to Frankfurt today. The A320neo, with the registration D-AINA, took off with the flight number LH9922 at 13.34 pm from the Airbus factory site in Hamburg-Finkenwerder and landed safely 40 minutes later at 14.14 pm at its future home airport in Frankfurt. With this, the A320neo makes its first arrival at the Rhine-Main Airport. The first regular flight is scheduled for Sunday 24th January at 10.00 am from Frankfurt to Hamburg with the flight number LH010. The A320neo’s new engines and improved aerodynamics enable a significant advance in terms of noise and emissions reduction. With the new PW1100G engine technology, the A320neo is 15 percent more fuel-efficient than today's comparable models. The 85-decibel noise contour of a new A320neo is only half as great as the comparable contour of an A320 from the existing fleet. The A320neo was delivered to Lufthansa last Wednesday and will fly initially from Frankfurt...

    The world's first Lufthansa Airbus A320neo has been transferred to Frankfurt today. The A320neo, with the registration D-AINA, took off with the flight number LH9922 at 13.34 pm from the Airbus factory site in Hamburg-Finkenwerder and landed safely 40 minutes later at 14.14 pm at its future home airport in Frankfurt. With this, the A320neo makes its first arrival at the Rhine-Main Airport. The first regular flight is scheduled for Sunday 24th January at 10.00 am from Frankfurt to Hamburg with the flight number LH010.

    The A320neo’s new engines and improved aerodynamics enable a significant advance in terms of noise and emissions reduction. With the new PW1100G engine technology, the A320neo is 15 percent more fuel-efficient than today's comparable models. The 85-decibel noise contour of a new A320neo is only half as great as the comparable contour of an A320 from the existing fleet. 

    The A320neo was delivered to Lufthansa last Wednesday and will fly initially from Frankfurt to two destinations within Germany, Hamburg and Munich. Another four A320neo deliveries are scheduled to follow this year.

    Note to photo editors:

    For press photos from the flight see mediabase.lufthansa.com/mediabase

    Included is an infographic on the compared noise contours

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  • Lufthansa and UFO sign Arbitration Agreement

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    Arbitration talks began on 19th January / Obligation to maintain industrial peace until 30th June 2016 / Secrecy agreed on during process / Collective wage agreement concluded

    Lufthansa and the Independent Flight Attendants’ Organization (UFO) have agreed on arbitration. The arbitration talks will continue until 30th June 2016. For this period industrial peace will be obligatory. The arbitration will be led by the former Prime Minister for Brandenburg, Matthias Platzeck.

    Prior to the arbitration, the social partners had already agreed on a new collective wage settlement as well as a new agreement for the future pensions and transitional benefits of Lufthansa cabin staff. The collective wage agreement will be valid until 30th September 2016. For 2015 the approximately 19,000 cabin staff will receive a single payment in the amount of EUR 3,000. Wages will increase by 2.2 percent effective 1st January 2016.

    The social partners have also already signed an agreement regarding the future pensions and transitional benefits of cabin staff. Details which are still in dispute must be negotiated by 15th February. Should no agreement be reached on these details, the pending issues will be brought to arbitration.

    During the arbitration such items as the remuneration conditions as from 1st October as well as other pending issues from the collective wage agreement will be negotiated.

    In parallel to the arbitration, pending issues will be discussed which do not form part of the arbitration, such as the conditions under which cabin staff within the Lufthansa Group may switch to another airline in Germany.

    Parallel to the arbitration, talks have also begun between the management of Eurowings and UFO regarding work conditions in the low-cost segment. 

    “We are very pleased to start the arbitration and to work towards a common goal. This is an important sign for our employees, customers and shareholders,” says Dr. Bettina Volkens, Chief Officer Corporate Human Resources and Legal Affairs of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

    “By means of this method we have been successful in developing a mechanism to resolve all pending issues and provide sufficient planning security to the employees during this period,” declares Nicoley Baublies, a member of the UFO Board.

    The social partners and the arbitrators have agreed to secrecy during the arbitration period and will make no further comments on the organization, content and progress of the arbitration. “The motto is: conciliate and remain silent”, emphasized Matthias Platzeck.

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  • Lufthansa takes possession of the first Airbus A320neo in the world

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    Quieter and more efficient: Noise footprint reduced by nearly 50 per cent – 15 per cent less fuel consumption and CO2 emissions – First destinations Hamburg and Munich – New cabin arrangement for more efficient use of space and up to 180 seats

    Today, on January 20, Lufthansa took possession of the first Airbus A320neo. Carsten Spohr, CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Airbus CEO Fabrice Brégier as well as Robert Leduc, the President of Pratt & Whitney and David Hess, Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer Aerospace for United Technologies made a special trip to Hamburg-Finkenwerder to celebrate the handover of the world's first A320neo. The deployment of the Airbus A320neo marks another step Lufthansa is taking towards a "three-liter fleet" (per passenger and 100 kilometers) and significantly contributes to noise reduction.

    "We are pleased to be the first airline in the world to take possession of the Airbus A320neo today. The cutting-edge technologies of Airbus and Pratt & Whitney make the A320neo the most efficient and quietest aircraft for short- and medium-haul flights by far.

    The lower fuel consumption results in lower CO2 emissions and gives the A320neo a significantly improved carbon footprint. The new engine technology also makes the aircraft significantly quieter," says Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. "Today we are proving once again that we as an aviation and airline group are pioneers in the development and introduction of technological innovations. This year alone Lufthansa will take possession of a total of 52 new aircraft for the group’s airlines" says Spohr.

    What makes the A320neo stand out are the new engines and improved aerodynamics. The addition of "neo" stands for "New Engine Option". The aircraft is 15 percent more fuel efficient than today's comparable models. It also shows impressive figures in terms of noise reduction: the 85 decibel maximum noise-level contour of a starting A320neo is around 50 per cent lower than that of the current A320. In accordance with certification standards, the cumulative noise emissions are about 29.8 dB below the applicable ICAO limits, which represents a significant advance in terms of noise and emissions reduction compared to the current fleet. 

    This is possible thanks to the new engine technology. The PW1100G engines feature so-called "Geared Turbofan" technology, which leads to a significant reduction in noise levels and fuel consumption through the transformation of drive power. 60 neo-aircraft with PW1100G engines will be delivered to the Lufthansa Group.

    In addition to the new engine technology, all new A320neo and A321neo aircraft will already be equipped with vortex generators on delivery, which have an additional noise- reducing effect. The wings are fitted with the recently newly developed wingtips. The 2.4 meter long winglets (sharklets) lead to less fuel consumption due to the resulting aerodynamic advantages. 

    The first Lufthansa Airbus A320neo with the registration D-AINA (MSN 6801) is expected to be transferred to its future home base in Frankfurt later this week, before the aircraft will be used for its first commercial flight to Hamburg on 24 January. In addition to Hamburg Munich will also be one of the first two destinations of the A320neo.

    The A320neo has a total of 180 seats for Business Class and Economy Class passengers. Inside the cabin, the galleys and lavatories in the front and back of the aircraft have been newly arranged, allowing for a more efficient use of available space. Business Class passengers therefore benefit from greater legroom in the front rows, and the new arrangement also creates room for a further two rows with 12 additional seats in Economy Class.

    The Lufthansa Group has ordered a total of 116 neo-type aircraft, 45 of them the larger A321neo version. These new aircraft are intended for Lufthansa and Swiss. This order represents an investment of 13.3 billion US dollars according to list price. By the end of 2016, a total of five A320neo aircraft should have been handed over to Lufthansa and also be in use at the Lufthansa hub Frankfurt. The Lufthansa Group fleet is currently undergoing a fundamental renewal. The Group’s order shows a total of 251 brand-new aircraft at a list price value of about 40 billion euros to date. These are to be delivered by 2025.

    Note to editors: photos can be found at http://mediabase.lufthansa.com/mediabase/Access.do?lnk=1&cid=25530&chk=f079867640f66de88af83ac20f60c724

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  • Passengers can reserve online for inflight shopping

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    Lufthansa WorldShop offers as of now “Preflight Shopping”

    Shopping above the clouds will become easier and more convenient for Lufthansa passengers. As of now leisure and business travelers can reserve their desired items from the Inflight-Shopping-selection of Lufthansa WorldShop online at www.LH.com/preflight-shopping before their Lufthansa flight. A free “preflight shopping” reservation is non-binding and can be made up to four days before take-off. Flight guests can look at their pre-reserved products on board and acquire them by paying with cash, credit card or Miles & More miles. In contrast to ordering online, inflight shopping gives customers the chance to examine the desired products before purchasing them and to seek advice from trained flight attendants if they like. 

    Around 180 premium products are on offer, for example from technology and entertainment items to exclusive cosmetic articles and perfumes, as well as watches and children’s toys.

    Dr. Reinhold Huber, responsible for customer experience and -innovation explains the following advantages of the new service offer: “On board sales are very popular with our passengers due to the attractive prices and the exclusive and high-quality product selection. Our new Preflight Shopping allows our guests to choose from our on board sales assortment at home at their leisure. Through the preflight reservations they are assured that the desired products are available on board.”

    As of today the new service is available on all intercontinental Lufthansa flights, as well as on selected inner-European flights with inflight shopping.

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  • Lufthansa Group achieves record number of passengers in 2015

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    Seat load factor of 80.4 per cent is a historical high

    The airlines of the Lufthansa Group transported 107.7 million passengers in 2015, which is a new record. The Group carried 1.6 per cent more passengers than in the previous year. At the same time the company carried out more than one million flights and achieved the highest ever seat load factor of 80.4 per cent. This corresponds to an increase in capacity utilization of 0.3 percentage points compared to 2014.

    The Lufthansa Group has invested heavily in the improvement of its offers and services throughout the past few years. As part of this, 17 new aircraft were taken into service by the Lufthansa Group last year. The Lufthansa Group airlines’ fleet will be amended by a further 251 jets over the next ten years. Additionally, the comfort of travel has been noticeably enhanced through cabin refurbishment in all classes, improvements in on-board services and the availability of the FlyNet® broadband internet connection. With these improvements, the Group was able to markedly increase demand and to convince more customers than ever before to fly with one of its airlines.

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  • “Your announcement please!”

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    Lufthansa is looking for the best child announcer

    At the beginning of the New Year, Lufthansa is launching an exciting competition for children who love flying. The winning child can step into the shoes of a member of the cabin crew aboard a Lufthansa flight and make an announcement live on board. On this basis the airline has started up a family competition where the child with the most imaginative announcement can win a flight within Europe for themselves and two accompanying adults.

    The procedure is easy: Between 11 and 29 January 2016, children interested in applying who are between six and ten years old can register on the website www.LH-kidsonboard.com, with their parents permission, and upload a video or audio recording of an on board announcement that they have come up by themselves. In a preliminary selection a panel of judges consisting of Lufthansa experts will select the best 15 announcements. The winning clip will then be determined by an online public vote. After the winner’s announcement, the new “crew member” will make their announcement live on board a flight with their parents to a European destination of choice. 

    Children are an important customer group for Lufthansa. In the past year the crews welcomed more than 750,000 children and adolescents on board. Lufthansa shares many useful tips and tricks for flying with children at www.LH.com/Family. There you will also find even more information about the Lufthansa kids’ apps “Departure” and "Super JetFriends” as well as the JetFriends website.

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  • Lufthansa hires more than 4,000 new employees in the New Year

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    • 2,800 flight attendants wanted at various locations. • Eurowings and Austrian Airlines are hiring 240 pilots. • More jobs for ground staff and trainees with airlines and Lufthansa Group service companies.

    The Lufthansa Group is hiring more than 4,000 new employees in 2016, giving the organization a top position amongst the leading German companies. “We are proud that yet again this year the companies of the Lufthansa Group are able to offer many people an exciting new outlook and attractive working conditions in the aviation industry. For many applicants the Lufthansa Group is a dream employer. We are therefore even more pleased that we can fulfill this dream for 4,000 people,” says Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

    Flight Attendants  

    The main focus of the new recruiting will be the flight attendant training. In 2016 approximately 2,800 flight attendants will be hired in various locations and for different airlines of the Lufthansa Group:

    • Lufthansa 1,400 (800 in Frankfurt and 600 in Munich)
    • SWISS 800 (in Zurich)
    • Eurowings 360 (in Vienna, Düsseldorf and Hamburg)
    • Austrian Airlines 200 (in Vienna)
    • Lufthansa CityLine 30 (in Munich)

    Interested parties can find more information at the following link:
    https://www.be-lufthansa.com/en/jobs-and-apprenticeship/flight-attendant-mf/ 

    Lufthansa Flight Attendants 

    Lufthansa flight attendants will start in the Frankfurt and Munich hubs on short, medium and long- haul destinations. Basically Lufthansa offers two kinds of entry-level contracts:

    • A permanent position with a part time factor of 83 percent in which flight attendants fly full time in summer and part time in winter.  
    • A two year contract with a part time factor of 50 percent which can be extended once every two years. In this model flight attendants work full time in summer followed by six months free time. Entry to this type of contract is possible from November to January. 

    In both models salary and social insurance are paid over twelve months. New employees take training courses over twelve weeks in order to become flight attendants. Interested parties who are at least 18 years old and who have completed their secondary education may apply directly to www.be-lufthansa.com

    Flight Attendants for Eurowings Europe in Vienna

    The newly founded Eurowings Europe starts off the year with modern A320 jets flying to attractive locations in Europe. Under the umbrella brand Eurowings the new airline with its headquarters in Vienna will in future offer an attractive flight program. Interested parties who are at least 18 years old and who have passed their secondary school examinations may apply to:
    www.aircrew-service.de/eurowings_karrierecenter/ 

    Pilots for Eurowings and Austrian Airlines

    This year the Lufthansa Group is hiring 240 pilots, of which 140 will be for Eurowings in Austria and Germany and 100 for Austrian Airlines. Both first officers and captains are wanted. Further pilots are needed for SunExpress in Germany. The joint subsidiary of Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines operates long-haul flights on behalf of Eurowings. Interested parties will find information about requirements and may apply for a place in the cockpit at the following links:
    www.career.aero/eurowings/
    www.career.aero/sunexpress 

    Service Staff at Munich Airport

    This year the Lufthansa Station in Munich is looking for 150 new employees for their passenger service at Munich Airport. The new colleagues will be deployed in taking care of passengers at the check-in or at the Lufthansa transfer and ticket counters in the multiple award winning Terminal 2. Lufthansa will hire station employees for one year on a full time basis. Interested parties with an intermediate school leaving certificate and a good knowledge of both spoken and written English may find further information here:
    https://www.be-lufthansa.com/en/jobs-and-apprenticeship/customer-service/ 

    Further Vacancies and Apprenticeships 

    Just as it does every year, in 2016 Lufthansa will be giving numerous apprentices a start in their professional career. The beginners will be trained in over 30 different careers at different locations. Moreover the organization is also looking for more employees in various areas of the company. Interested parties may find detailed information about possibilities to enter the Lufthansa organization and requirements under www.be-lufthansa.com. Applications may be sent exclusively via the career portal.

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  • Santa Flies with Lufthansa

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/december/21/article/3874.html

    LH 2460 from Munich to Kittilä / a Christmas Story

    At the weekend, the Lufthansa flight from Munich to Kittilä had a special passenger and precious cargo: Santa flew back to Lapland with bundles of Christmas wishes. As everyone knows, Santa’s home lies north of the Arctic Circle, in the city of Rovaniemi. The International airport at Kittilä is located 170 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle. So it was that the Finnish Santa, along with tourists and winter sports enthusiasts from all over the world, returned to Lapland. Kittilä and the nearby skiing areas of Levi and Ylläs make up Finland’s largest centre for winter sports; it has been crowned as Finland’s best skiing area on several occasions. Even before the flight, Santa was handing out gingerbread hearts to passengers, assisted by flight attendant Riccarda Riedel. Santa also wished his fellow passengers a Merry Christmas over the cabin intercom.

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  • Camera Drone Test Flight over the North Runway

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    Lufthansa Aerial Services, Fraport AG and DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH run successful tests of drone technology at Frankfurt Airport

    In a test of remote-controlled camera drone technology at the beginning of December, Lufthansa Aerial Services (LAS), Fraport AG and DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH successfully gathered initial operational experience for the potential use of drones at the airport. For these purposes, test flights were carried out during a two-hour time frame in the area of the north runway. This area was temporarily not in use for operational air traffic while the test flights were being conducted. 

    As a drone operator, Lufthansa Aerial Services was able to gain important insights for future participation in a dynamically growing market. LAS is a project currently being expanded with the help of Lufthansa Consulting GmbH, with the aim of establishing itself on the market as a commercial operator of unmanned aircraft for large infrastructure clients. Possible areas of deployment include inspection, measurement and surveillance, as well as the corresponding data processing, of various infrastructure facilities and equipment – for example the visual surveillance of windmill facilities, railroad tracks, above-ground pipelines and construction sites with high-resolution cameras. These fields of application include the deployment of drones at airports and their surroundings, as tested.  

    For Fraport, the possible use of drone technology to check the runways and taxiways for unauthorized foreign objects is of great interest; at the moment automotive vehicles are used for this very important and essential task. In addition, drones could be deployed for the surveying of airport topography. This application was tested using an airport fire department building which is located near the north runway. The test drone flew over and around the building multiple times.   

    DFS has been active in research projects relating to drone technology since 2006. These projects include, for example, the establishment of safe air-space corridors to be used by unmanned aviation systems. This recent test investigated the extent to which the drone, equipped with a transponder, is visible on air and surface movement guidance systems, to help ensure its safe integration with air traffic.

    All test flights were carried out during periods of low airport traffic, so that flight operations were not delayed or hindered at any time. Because the operation of drones in the direct vicinity of airports falls under strict legal boundaries, it was necessary to obtain the absolute approval of all involved stakeholders before any tests were carried out. Thanks to the participation of DFS, which is the company responsible for air traffic control in Germany, as well as Fraport AG, in charge of operations at Frankfurt Airport, all the relevant partners were involved in the process from the beginning. On the legal side, the State of Hessen Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport and Regional Development, responsible for aviation in Hessen, and the Regional Council of Darmstadt, as the executive agency, were both involved in the approval process.

    Lufthansa Aerial Services, DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH and Fraport are currently analyzing the results of the successful test run. The next test phase will expand upon these results; further tests should provide insights for the development of market-capable solutions and areas of application for implementation in sensitive airport environments. 

    Images related to this topic are available here.

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  • New Lufthansa Traffic Control Center in Frankfurt since four weeks at full work

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    Integrated Operations Control Center brings together the various departments involved in traffic control

    Lufthansa’s new traffic control center at Frankfurt Airport – otherwise known as the Integrated Operations Control Center (IOCC) – has now been operational for one month. The new IOCC was officially opened by German Chancellor Angela Merkel on 16 November. Operations and Hub Control staff are now working together from one room in the IOCC for all Lufthansa Group flights to, from and through Frankfurt. “I’m very pleased that all the traffic and passenger control experts will be together under the same roof. With the most up-to-date technology, it’s possible to react to operational changes quickly and to direct Lufthansa’s global operations in the most efficient way possible,” says Klaus Froese, responsible for Frankfurt Hub and Operations.

    The former Operations Control Center (OCC) and the Hub Control Center (HCC) have been merged in the same space of the new traffic control center. The main task of the OCC is to direct Lufthansa German Airlines’ worldwide flight operations from and into Frankfurt, where about 200 aircraft are based. In 2014, at its home hub alone, Lufthansa recorded around 38 million passengers, 74 per cent of whom were making connecting flights. The HCC is responsible for ensuring the smooth movement of large numbers of passengers at the Frankfurt hub as well as for the supervision and scheduling of the aircraft ground handling. It also looks after Lufthansa passengers in the case of any problems.

    The building of the IOCC is a significant building block of the Lufthansa project known as “Future Ops Control”, which is intended to optimize internal processes, IT and the management of Lufthansa’s operations. As well as the OCC and HCC, the most important interface partners, both within and outside the Group, such as Fraport, Lufthansa Technik, LSG Sky Chefs and Lufthansa LEOS will also be represented in the new IOCC.

    At Lufthansa’s Munich hub, all operational departments work together in a central unit. The Hub Operations Center (HOC) was set up there three years ago. The close collaboration with Munich Airport, in particular the joint operation of Terminal 2, as well as the integration into the HOC of other airport partners, makes fast reaction times possible, and it increases reliability for passengers who fly via Munich. 

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  • Lufthansa Express Carsharing and car2go connects airports and cities

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    Travel to and from many German and European airports with the smart fortwo – Lufthansa guests can make the most of preferential conditions with car2go

    Lufthansa Express Carsharing has been launched throughout Europe today, 15 December 2015. In cooperation with the worldwide operating carsharing company car2go, Lufthansa passengers can make the most of preferential conditions when using the car2go service. The service will be launched in Germany at Berlin-Schönefeld, Berlin-Tegel, Cologne/Bonn, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich and Stuttgart Airports. The first European airports to offer the carsharing service will include Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Madrid, Stockholm and Vienna, as well as the Italian destinations of Florence, Milan, Rome and Turin.

    With the new brand Lufthansa Express, passengers can find various options for comfortable and convenient travel to and from the airport – along with their flight – all in one place. In addition to buses, trains and even helicopters, Lufthansa Express Carsharing offers passengers yet a further option for easy transport to the airport. This is a particularly attractive service for passengers travelling alone or as a pair. At the airport, passengers can park the smart fortwo vehicles provided by Lufthansa's partner car2go in specially designated parking spaces near the terminal. When using car2go, Lufthansa passengers save not only the parking fees by leaving their own cars at home but for bookings made until 15 June 2016, they also do not have to pay the airport charge or the additional car2go registration fee of 19 euros. Customers who have already registered for car2go will also save the additional airport charge if they place their booking via LH.com. In Germany the fee lies between 4.90 Euro and 12 Euro (Munich).

    Customers can register for the service by visiting LH.com/carsharing. Lufthansa guests will then be redirected to the car2go homepage. After they have presented their driver's license and further identification at one of the specified validation points, customers can use the app or the website to locate the nearest vehicle and reserve it for as long as they want. Once they have signed up for car2go via Lufthansa Express, customers can also use the carsharing service for other journeys in the city. Fees for the service are calculated according to vehicle use by the minute. The Daimler subsidiary currently offers its service at a total of 31 locations in Europe and North America and operates a fleet of more than 14,000 vehicles used by over 1 million customers.

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    car2go Group
    Press Relations Officer car2go Europe

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    Tue, 15 Dec 2015 12:27:00 +0100 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/december/15/article/3867.html
  • Lufthansa Adds Three New Long-Haul Dream Destinations – All in the Same Week

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/december/11/article/3863.html

    Direct flights to Cancún, Malé and Mauritius a big success

    Even at Lufthansa, this doesn’t happen very often: by adding flights from Frankfurt to three new long-haul destinations to the network in a single week, Lufthansa passengers now have the opportunity to fly directly with Europe’s biggest airline from Frankfurt to the dream destinations of Cancún, Mexico, Malé, in the Maldives, and Mauritius. 

    Things kicked off on 8 December, when flight LH 514 departed Frankfurt for Cancún. This was followed on Wednesday, 9 December with flight LH 704 to Malé. The week was rounded off on 10 December with flight LH 708 to Mauritius.

    Lufthansa has tailor-made these flights to suit private travellers, which has paid off: the inaugural flights were very well booked and the advance bookings for the upcoming Christmas and holiday weeks are looking very good.

    Cancún, Malé and Mauritius are just three of several new holiday destinations Lufthansa has added to its network in the last few months, with Tampa, Florida and Nairobi, Kenya being added in late September and late October respectively. In March 2016, flights to Panama City, Panama will begin.

    The aircraft used for these flights – equipped with a FlyNet broadband connection – is the Airbus A340-300, with seats spread over three different travel classes. Out of a total of 298 seats, 18 are in Business Class, 19 in Premium Economy and 261 in Economy.

    Further information, as well as the facility to book flights, can be found on the internet at LH.com or by calling the Lufthansa Service Center on +49 69 86 799 799 (fixed line tariff). Flights can also be booked via Lufthansa-approved travel agencies or at Lufthansa sales desks at airports.

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    Fri, 11 Dec 2015 15:06:00 +0100 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/december/11/article/3863.html
  • Munich: Expansion of Airbus A350 logistics

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/december/08/article/3860.html

    Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services GmbH (LTLS) invests into warehouse Sub-Headline

    Lufthansa Technik AG is stepping up its capacities for the support of the Airbus A350: a symbolic groundbreaking marked the beginning of the expansion of a highly modern warehouse for the spare parts supply at the Munich location. 

    The ceremony took place on December 8, 2015, in the presence of Dr. Thomas Stüger, member of the executive board of Lufthansa Technik, Dr. Christian Langer, Managing Director of LTLS, and Thomas Weyer, Managing Director of finance and infrastructure of Munich Airport GmbH.

    The existing warehouse of Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services (LTLS) is being expanded by 3,200 square meters of floor space and optimized for the A350 support amongst other things.The currently limited warehousing capacity of LTLS in Munich in connection with the expanded material supply for a new aircraft type necessitated the expansion. 

    “What simply looks like a hall actually is an important cornerstone in our approach to supporting the Airbus A350,” said Dr. Thomas Stüger. “A highly modern and technologically advanced aircraft such as the A350 places high demands on us. Today proves that we are well on the way to offer a comprehensive and punctual support for the A350.”

    “The expanded warehouse will be equipped with the most modern and innovative storage technologies. This allows us to create the highest efficiency and optimize the utilization of both floor space and room height,” explains Dr. Christian Langer.

    The warehouse expansion offers significant efficiencies for internal transports. Material flows and transport ways are optimized and synergies are created by centralizing the operative business. Decentralized stocks are given up.

    An automated block storage system AutoStore is being established at the first floor of the new warehouse. The expansion’s first stage allows to store 15,000 bins. The system can be expanded by another 7,000 bins. The expanded facility offers room for a further narrow-aisle rack, a pallet rack for wheels, a platform system with shelving racks for small parts and battery preservation as well as a cantilever racking system for oversized and long goods components.

    Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services

    Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services (LTLS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lufthansa Technik, is a leading provider of logistics solutions for the aviation industry. The wide spectrum of services ranges from transport management including engine and AOG transport through to complete warehouse management. Founded in 1998, the company now has a workforce of more than 1,300 employees. LTLS recorded a turnover of some 215 million euros in 2014. 

    About Lufthansa Technik:

    The Lufthansa Technik Group, with more than 30 subsidiaries and associates and over 26,000 employees worldwide, is one of the leading providers of technical services for the aviation industry. Its portfolio encompasses the entire spectrum of services for commercial aircraft: maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification and conversion, engines and components.

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  • Lufthansa Adds a Second Hungarian Destination

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/december/07/article/3858.html

    Three times per week from Munich to Debrecen

    With the start of the summer schedule, Lufthansa will offer passengers a second connection in Hungary: from 11 April 2016, Debrecen – like Budapest – will receive three flights per week by Bombardier CR9 jets. “Lufthansa’s hub at Munich is well-known for the number of connections it has to other European cities, and with Debrecen we’re adding another highlight,” says Thomas Winkelmann, CEO of the Munich hub. With five million people living within its catchment area, Hungary’s second-biggest city plays host to a number of noteworthy German and international businesses. The historic Old Town, the proximity of the Hungarian Puszta and noted wine regions make the new destination of equal interest to holidaymakers. 

    Return fares to Debrecen start at €169. Further information and the booking of Lufthansa flights are available at lh.com or by calling the Lufthansa Service Centre on +49 69 86 799 799 (fixed line tariff). Flights can also be booked at Lufthansa-partner travel agencies as well as at Lufthansa sales counters at airports.

    The new connections at a glance

    Airports/

    Three-letter code/

    Timezone (winter)

    Munich, Terminal 2 (MUC); GMT +2hrs

    Debrecen (DEB); GMT +2hrs

    Schedule

    (all times given refer to local time)

    MUC – DEB (Mo, We, Fr)

     

    LH 1686: MUC 0730 – 0905 DEB

    LH 1687: DEB 0945 – 1125 MUC

     

    Flight time (average)

     

    Munich – Debrecen 1h35m

     

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    Mon, 07 Dec 2015 13:54:00 +0100 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/december/07/article/3858.html
  • Lufthansa and the German trade union ver.di entered into a collective labour agreement regarding pension scheme and remuneration

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/november/28/article/3851.html

    • One-off payment in the amount of 2,250 euros for 2015, 600 euros for apprentices • In 2016 and 2017, increases in remunerations of 2.2 per cent each year • Introduction of an attractive DC system for new employees • A reformed pension scheme for current staff members

    Lufthansa and the German trade union ver.di agreed on an increase in remunerations for about 30,000 staff members from Lufthansa, Lufthansa Cargo, Lufthansa Technik and LSG Sky Chefs. As part of a comprehensive package, they also entered into a fundamentally reformed collective labour agreement regarding the corporate pension scheme.

    Remuneration

    From April 2015 up until December 2015, a one-off payment amounting to 2,250 euros has been agreed. Apprentices will receive a one-off payment amounting to 600 euros. In 2016 and 2017, the remuneration for employees and apprentices will increase by 2.2 per cent on the 1st January each year. 

    “With this one-off payment our employees will benefit from this year’s anticipated good corporate results. The 33-month term from 1st April 2015 up until 31st December 2017 will create planning security and harmony between the bargaining parties,” said Dr Bettina Volkens, Member of the Executive Board and Corporate Chief Officer for Human Resources and Legal Affairs of the Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

    Corporate Pension Scheme

    For newly recruited staff as of the 1st January 2016, they succeeded in agreeing on a pension scheme within a Defined Contribution Model. Lufthansa will pay an employer’s contribution amounting to 5.2 per cent of the salary, and in addition, the employees will contribute a co-payment of one per cent.  

    Furthermore, Lufthansa and ver.di have agreed that employees, who have been or will be hired up to the 31st December 2015, will have the opportunity to stay within a modified Defined Benefit System which offers Defined Contribution Elements which are new for all employees. With an additional co-payment of one per cent contributed by the employees, the current level of the company pension can also be achieved in the future.

    “I am glad that we can continue to offer an appropriate pension scheme to our employees with this agreement. At the same time, we are able to reduce our risks and costs regarding the pension scheme on a long-term basis due to this new collective labour agreement”, stressed Dr Volkens. “In cooperation with ver.di we succeeded in agreeing on a comprehensive collective labour agreement package for our biggest staff group which represents a fair compromise between the interests of the employees and the necessity to enter into more competitive cost structures”, continued Dr Volkens.

    The bargaining parties have agreed on a cooling-off period.

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  • Travel agents can book groups online themselves

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/november/23/article/3847.html

    Groups of more than ten passengers can be booked directly and instantly with the new online portal "Book a Group"

    The booking of travel groups is now much easier with a new online tool for travel agents and tour operators. Using "Book a Group”, travel agents can directly and independently arrange all steps of their group bookings in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Japan for the first time. This new portal allows the registered IATA agency to find suitable flights, request availability and prices, book with instant confirmation, and what’s more, to change and manage existing bookings. The travel agent remains the contact person for the travel group’s customers who have booked with them, because the agent can independently manage all of the processes. The travel agency can also make enquiries in real time to check on flight connections with the Lufthansa flight number, to be able to offer interested customers what they want without delay. The online features are intuitive and easy to use. In addition to all regular rates, special rates will also be available. The new portal will be up and running in all retail markets for over 12,000 travel agencies by the end of the year. A one-time registration is needed at www.lh-bookagroup.com.

    Until now travel agents have used an online form or sent an email to Lufthansa to enquire about offers for groups. Therefore, the offer could only be created after a time delay and usually included only one travel option and one rate. On the new portal, travel agents can independently manage each process up to departure and can immediately comply with all customer requirements with different options available on the portal. "Book a group", which can be used in 14 languages, provides time-saving features like increasing or deceasing the number of passengers in a group and a practical upload of the passenger names directly from an Excel list. 

    A tour group must consist of at least ten persons that take at least one journey together, either outbound or inbound. As the participants of a group booking are usually not yet definite, it is possible to change the group members and their names, even after booking.

    A video about Book a Group (1’min 20‘‘) can be found at the following link: http://lufthansaexperts-training.com

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    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

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    Mon, 23 Nov 2015 13:03:00 +0100 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/november/23/article/3847.html
  • Lufthansa Help Alliance Supports the City of Munich with 100,000 Euros for Refugee Relief

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/november/19/article/3842.html

    • Patroness Vivian Spohr presents a check for interpretation services to Social Policy Advisor Brigitte Meier • Lufthansa employees get involved as volunteer interpreters

    By the end of the year approximately one million displaced persons will enter Germany. This will continue to have consequences for Munich: Every week around 480 refugees arrive and must be housed and taken care of in the Bavarian state capital. Many are in need of interpretation services with regard to registration, accommodation and administrative procedures, hence there is tremendous demand for interpreters and translators. 

    Help Alliance, Lufthansa employees' aid organization, would like to help to close this gap. This is why patroness Vivian Spohr presented a check for 100,000 euros to Brigitte Meier, the Social Policy Advisor of the city of Munich yesterday. On top of this, Help Alliance also called on Lufthansa Group employees to offer their services as interpreters on a voluntary basis. More than 50 colleagues have already responded to this appeal.

    "Lufthansa and Help Alliance are delighted to be able to support the city of Munich in taking care of the arriving refugees. Language plays a decisive role in these efforts. As an internationally active company with employees from over 140 countries and a strong attachment to the Bavarian capital city of Munich and to our southern hub, it is our special concern to help in this area,” said Vivian Spohr, Patroness of Help Alliance. 

    “Precisely in this acute situation, it is especially important to establish trust in people’s native tongues. With its generous donation for interpretation services, Help Alliance is contributing enormously here by breaking down linguistic barriers and hence building up understanding,” Brigitte Meier, Social Policy Advisor of the state capital Munich, emphasized.

    Regardless of age and origin, every refugee in Munich receives support from interpreters. Amongst other things, interpreters are used at first contact, when doing applications, at advisory conversations, and for visits to doctors and therapeutic treatment. 

    Within the Lufthansa Group the willingness to help refugees is immense. In the past few weeks for example, Lufthansa Group catering expert, LSG Sky Chefs, distributed 5,000 bottles of water, 10,000 snacks, and 18,000 blankets and sleep masks to refugees all over Germany. In addition to this, together with the German Red Cross, Lufthansa Cargo transported 15,000 folding cots on a total of twelve flights from Washington to Frankfurt.

    However, Help Alliance is also thinking long-term and providing sustainable support to projects for the integration of young migrants in Hamburg, Düsseldorf and Flörsheim. In addition, there are also educational programs in world crisis regions, to give people a chance for a better life in their home countries. More information at: www.helpalliance.org 

    Image (from left to right): Joachim Steinbach, General representative of help alliance e.V.; Vivian Spohr, patroness of help alliance; Brigitte Meier, Speaker of the Social Services Department of the capital of Munich (Sozialreferentin); Rita Diop, Chairperson of help alliance.

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    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

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    Thu, 19 Nov 2015 11:57:00 +0100 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/november/19/article/3842.html
  • Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel opens the new Lufthansa Integrated Operations Control Center in Frankfurt today and names Airbus A380 “Deutschland”

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/november/18/article/3839.html

    Today Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel visited the Lufthansa Group in Frankfurt. The visit to the facility was occasioned by the opening of the new traffic control center (Integrated Operations Control Center – IOCC), an exchange with apprentices, as well as the naming ceremony of an Airbus A380. Angela Merkel began her visit by officially opening Lufthansa’s new traffic control center in Frankfurt. The Integrated Operations Control Center (IOCC) unites traffic control with the coordination of ground operations at Lufthansa’s home hub in Frankfurt. Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of the Lufthansa Group, presented the new traffic control center to the Federal Chancellor; in the IOCC a total of 160 employees per shift supervise and control flights, passenger flow and ground events day and night. Dr. Merkel then met apprentices training in various occupations at a Lufthansa Technik training aircraft in a hangar. With approximately 37,000 employees, the...

    Today Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel visited the Lufthansa Group in Frankfurt. The visit to the facility was occasioned by the opening of the new traffic control center (Integrated Operations Control Center – IOCC), an exchange with apprentices, as well as the naming ceremony of an Airbus A380.

    Angela Merkel began her visit by officially opening Lufthansa’s new traffic control center in Frankfurt. The Integrated Operations Control Center (IOCC) unites traffic control with the coordination of ground operations at Lufthansa’s home hub in Frankfurt. Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of the Lufthansa Group, presented the new traffic control center to the Federal Chancellor; in the IOCC a total of 160 employees per shift supervise and control flights, passenger flow and ground events day and night.

    Dr. Merkel then met apprentices training in various occupations at a Lufthansa Technik training aircraft in a hangar. With approximately 37,000 employees, the Lufthansa Group is the largest employer in Hesse; year for year young people receive training in more than 30 occupations. In this summer alone 250 apprentices started apprenticeships with various Lufthansa Group companies, 150 of those in Frankfurt. This year Lufthansa will also hire 1,400 flight attendants, who have either already finished their training in 2015, or who are currently still in training.

    The highlight of Federal Chancellor Angela Markel’s visit was the naming of an Airbus A380. During a festive ceremony the Federal Chancellor named the A380 - which is the 14th such aircraft in Lufthansa’s fleet and is registered under D-AIMN - “Deutschland”. The Chancellor poured champagne on the hull of the aircraft and spoke a few ceremonial words to mark the occasion. This was followed by the Federal Chancellor and Carsten Spohr signing the naming certificate. Tomorrow the freshly named A380 “Deutschland” will take off at 10:20 CET enroute to San Francisco.

    Download images. Source: Lufthansa Oliver Rösler

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  • Lufthansa Apprentices Show Their Support for the Olympics

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/november/17/article/3837.html

    Lufthansa Technik and Lufthansa Industry Solutions are supporting Hamburg’s application to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024

    Voting day is getting closer. On 29 November, citizens of the Free Hanseatic City will decide whether or not their city will apply to be host of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024. There is wide support amongst the population, and business is united in favour of the application. This is also true of Lufthansa Technik and Lufthansa Industry Solutions which are both based in Hamburg. Along with many other enthusiasts, apprentices from both companies participated in an event at Hamburg Airport, to show their support for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

    Using just pure muscle power, approximately 100 participants pulled a 35 ton Lufthansa Boeing 737 about 100 metres on a closed-off section of runway towards the symbolic goal of “Hamburg 2024”. Apart from the apprentices, Michael Neumann, Senator for Internal Affairs, Culture and Sport in the Free Hanseatic City of Hamburg, top HSV athletes, along with the Hamburg Freezers took part in the campaign involving the Lufthansa Boeing aircraft.

    Since the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Lufthansa has flown German athletes to the Games – and since 2008 the Paralympic Team as well. Lufthansa is a partner of the German Olympic Sports Federation and the Association of German Disabled Sports.

    A multi-media display with comprehensive information about Lufthansa’s commitment to sports can be found at: www.lufthansagroup.com/sport.

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    Tue, 17 Nov 2015 15:34:00 +0100 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/november/17/article/3837.html
  • A Friendly Match as a Gesture of Thankfulness

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/november/12/article/3833.html

    Lufthansa and Germanwings have invited the emergency personnel of the 4U9525 catastrophe to the international football match in Paris –French volunteers honored with the Federal Cross of Merit

    Approximately eight months after the tragic crash of Germanwings flight 4U9525, Germanwings and Lufthansa would like to thank more than 1,200 French and German voluntary helpers and emergency personnel. The companies are therefore inviting the helpers to a friendly match between the French and German national football teams. The international match will take place at the “Stade de France” in St. Denis near Paris tomorrow, the 13 November at 21:00 CET.

    “The untiring efforts of all these volunteers in France, as well as the intensive care of next of kin in the past months are worthy of the highest praise. We would like to express this with our invitation to the friendly match, as a gesture of thankfulness,” said Carsten Spohr, CEO / Chairman of the Executive Board of Directors of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

    Germanwings and Lufthansa have invited the volunteers to a reception at the Cité du Cinéma, to take place before the international match in Paris. Thomas Winkelmann, the former CEO of Germanwings, will be there to thank them personally. Simultaneously French volunteers will be awarded with the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany to for their special commitment after the tragic crash. 

    The invited guests include representatives of the prefecture, as well as those of different ministries, the gendarmerie, the fire brigade, rescue and security forces, public authorities, as well as mayors and volunteers of the affected municipalities.

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  • Lufthansa returns to almost normal operations from Saturday onwards

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/november/12/article/3832.html

    Company wants to offer its customers the usual service as soon as possible

    After the end of the longest strike in the company’s history, Lufthansa will already return to almost normal operations on Saturday and will offer its customers the usual service as soon as possible. All scheduled long-haul connections will be able to operate on Saturday. Furthermore the long-haul connections from Frankfurt to Hong Kong, Singapore, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo, which were scheduled to take off on late Friday evening, will be delayed to Saturday morning. Thus a cancellation of these connections can be avoided. Lufthansa will also return to almost normal operations on short- and medium-haul flights on Saturday. Due to operational reasons, there can be occasional flight cancellations, if the aircraft or crews are not yet at the site of operation. 

    Lufthansa would like to sincerely apologize again to all customers, who have been affected by the strike of the Independent Flight Attendant’s Union (UFO) during the past days. The company has done its utmost to keep the effects on their customers as low as possible.

    Altogether the company was forced to cancel approximately 4,700 flights during seven strike days. Affected by these cancellations were approximately 550,000 passengers. 

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  • SIA and Lufthansa Group forge extensive partnership involving JV on key routes

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/november/11/article/3829.html

    • New Singapore-Düsseldorf flights included in wide-ranging agreement • Partnership also includes expansion of codeshare ties, schedule co-ordination and joint fare promotions

    Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Lufthansa have signed a wide-ranging partnership agreement1 that will see the two airline groups operating key routes between Singapore and Europe on a joint-venture basis, in addition to significantly expanding codeshare ties and deepening commercial co-operation.

    Flights between Singapore and both Frankfurt and Munich, as well as flights between Singapore and Zurich, are to be operated under revenue-sharing arrangements. New SIA-operated flights between Singapore and Düsseldorf, which are to be launched in July 2016, will also be covered under such arrangements.

    The two airline groups also intend to co-operate in key markets in Europe, Southeast Asia and Australia, co-ordinating schedules to provide customers more convenient connections between route networks, offering joint fare promotions, aligning corporate programmes to strengthen the proposition to corporate customers, and exploring enhancements to existing frequent-flyer programme ties.

    In addition to SIA and Lufthansa, the agreement includes SIA subsidiary SilkAir, and Lufthansa subsidiaries Austrian Airlines and Swiss.

    The expanded codeshare ties  will provide SIA customers with convenient access to and from points in Austria, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland, via the transfer hubs of Frankfurt, Munich and Zurich, with more than 20 new codeshare routes. Lufthansa and Swiss will in turn codeshare with SIA and regional arm SilkAir on more routes serving destinations in Southeast Asia and the Southwest Pacific. Codeshare co-operation is expected to be expanded to more destinations in future.

    Some of the benefits of the agreement will be introduced in the coming months, such as the new codeshare services. Other elements of the agreement that require additional levels of regulatory approval may be implemented progressively through 2016.

    “We are very pleased to have reached agreement for this extensive partnership, which will bring about significant benefits to consumers through enhanced connections and more codeshare destinations. Singapore Airlines has had longstanding ties to Lufthansa, which is an ideal partner with an excellent network and strong customer focus. This agreement deepens ties with the wider Lufthansa Group, providing a solid foundation for numerous commercial co-operation opportunities,” said Singapore Airlines CEO Mr Goh Choon Phong.

    “This is yet another example of how partnerships can result in more for our customers, as we can jointly provide benefits that we would otherwise not be able to provide on our own.”

    Added Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG: “We can look back already on a long and fruitful partnership with Singapore Airlines. And we’re now intensifying this close collaboration between two world-leading premium air carriers with a new joint venture that is in the best interests of all our customers, in Europe and in Southeast Asia. Because by working even closer together, we can both offer even better connections and even better services.”

    Mr Spohr continued: “Our intensified partnership with Singapore Airlines is an excellent addition to our global joint venture network, and is a cornerstone of our Asia Strategy. And all these strategic partnerships will help the Lufthansa Group further consolidate its leading position in all key markets.”

    For further information, please contact:

    Singapore Airlines Public Affairs

    Lufthansa Group
    Corporate Communications Asia-Pacific

     

    1 Elements of the agreement are subject to approval in various jurisdictions.

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    Wed, 11 Nov 2015 10:31:00 +0100 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/november/11/article/3829.html
  • The board of directors makes flight attendants a better offer

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/november/09/article/3824.html

    An immediate strike-stop would result in a 3,000 euro increase in the one-time payment – UFO is invited to a summit meeting with the board on Tuesday – Adjustment to fleet development will be necessary from 2016 onwards. The board of directors of Deutsche Lufthansa AG has decided to make a renewed attempt to resolve the bargaining disagreement with the UFO union.

    The company already offers its 19,000 flight attendants remuneration and employment benefits that are far above industry averages, and are hardly matched in any other airline worldwide.

    “In spite of this, since last Friday the UFO union called for its members to go on a continuous strike, something which is irresponsible and at the same time without precedent in Germany. The walkout is being carried out at the expense of millions of passengers and more than 100,000 Lufthansa Group employees.  In view of this situation, we are doing everything we can to find a solution and end this strike.  In the hope that our customers will not suffer any further harm due to the effects of the strike, we have made up our minds to improve our offer yet again.  At the same time, fleet development must be subject to a critical analysis”, said Dr. Bettina Volkens, member of the board responsible for personnel and legal affairs of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

    In order to take up talks with UFO again, the Board, in an extraordinary meeting today, has decided the following:

    Conclusion of a Collective Remuneration Agreement

    Lufthansa is offering a total remuneration package with an improvement of a total of more than six percent:

    • Lufthansa will significantly raise the commitment of a one-time payment to all 19,000 Lufthansa flight attendants and Lufthansa German Airlines employees from 2,000 Euro to 3,000 euros. The one-time payment would thus be an increase of 50 percent more than the previous offer.
    • Over and above this, Lufthansa is offering all Lufthansa German Airlines flight attendants a salary increase of 1.7 percent, effective January 1st, 2016, as well as a salary increase of a further 1.7 effective at the beginning of 2017.

    Retirement Scheme starting at 55 Years of Age
    Lufthansa accepts the demands of the UFO with regards to a retirement scheme that begins at age 55.  This shall be applicable without exception to all presently active cabin employees of Lufthansa German Airlines.  This would provide every one of the 19,000 flight attendants in the future with retirement benefits that are unrivalled in the aviation industry.

    With this offer package, Lufthansa materially fulfills all essential demands of UFO for all 19,000 cabin employees.  Alternatively, UFO was offered the unchanged continuation of the current valid agreement for transitional care for all existing employees.  However the union had turned this down.

    Pension Scheme of Future Employees
    Lufthansa also offers employees hired after January1, 2016 an attractive pension scheme that is unrivalled in the industry.

    Further Open Issues
    Lufthansa is ready to begin negations immediately concerning all further issues – including where a mediator is involved.

    Summit Meeting of Company`s Board of Directors, in Order to Discuss Further Steps
    Under the condition that all strike measures are ended immediately, Lufthansa has invited the leadership of UFO to a summit meeting with the chairman of the board of directors, Carsten Spohr, as well as Board Members Dr. Bettina Volkens and Karl Ulrich Garnadt tomorrow Tuesday, November 10, in order to discuss the details of the improved offer.

    “Improving our offer again is a difficult step for us” said Karl Ulrich Garnadt, member of the board and chairman of the Lufthansa German Airlines board.  “It is clear to us, that with this new concession, the urgent and necessary improvements in our cost and competitive position cannot be reached, and the gap between us and our relevant competitors will get larger.”

    Adjustments to Fleet Development from 2016 on
    With this background, the board of directors has unanimously decided to re-evaluate the development of Lufthansa German Airlines capacity and routes for 2016 and to re-assess them for the following years.  In view of the as yet unsolved structural cost problems, the low-yielding Lufthansa German Airlines routes, especially to Asia, Africa and South America, will be subject to review.

    “After this improved offer for all 19,000 flight attendants, we now expect a clear signal from the UFO.  We are calling on the union to end the strike immediately”, stressed Karl Ulrich Garnadt.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

    Group

    Lufthansa Passage

    Mon, 09 Nov 2015 23:37:00 +0100 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/november/09/article/3824.html
  • Lufthansa top management to resolve next steps in UFO union dispute

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/november/08/article/3820.html

    The Executive Boards of the Lufthansa Group and Lufthansa German Airlines will decide tomorrow (Monday 9 November) on the ramifications of present strike action by the UFO union of cabin personnel, which is without precedent in Lufthansa history. Lufthansa Group staff and the public will be informed of the decisions taken immediately thereafter, around 18:00 tomorrow evening.

    Lufthansa today reiterated its willingness to resume discussions with the UFO union. The company last invited UFO to talks on Thursday 5 November, at which it presented the union with a modified offer in which, for the sake of its employees, it agreed to all the union’s demands.

    In its modified offer of 5 November Lufthansa offered to compensate any employee ceasing gainful employment before reaching the statutory retirement age for the corresponding reduction in their state retirement pension – a pension provision unparalleled at any other company. Lufthansa also accommodated the union’s demands by making an alternative offer on the investment returns assumed for retirement pension funding purposes.

    The present pension system at Lufthansa permits cabin personnel to retire voluntarily from flight duties from age 55 onwards. Anyone who does so will then receive up to 60 per cent of their last salary as a “transitional pension”. Under its offer to UFO, Lufthansa proposed to enhance the present transitional pension provisions by making these transitional pensions non-forfeitable: any employees choosing not to draw any parts of them could have the amounts involved credited to their retirement pensions – pensions which are already far higher on average than those at other DAX companies.

    In a sample cabin crew career, this would have meant that a purser choosing to continue flying until the age of 65 would have increased their subsequent company retirement pension from the EUR 960 a month of today to EUR 3,210. So together with their state retirement pension, they would have enjoyed a total retirement pension amounting to 96 per cent of their final basic salary, or around EUR 4,800. Lufthansa’s offer to UFO also included the further option of having the undrawn transitional pension amount paid out in lump-sum form – a payment which could have totaled as much as EUR 380,000.

    Lufthansa’s retirement and transitional pension provisions are already based on remuneration at the company that is well above the industry average. A full-time cabin crew member starting work at Lufthansa will earn an average of EUR 2,200, variable salary components included. 

    The cabin crew member’s salary rises rapidly in the first few years, with their basic remuneration automatically increased. Cabin crew members who joined the company on or after 1 January 2013 receive an average automatic salary increase of 3.2 per cent a year in their first ten years. And cabin crew members employed before 1 January 2013 receive an average automatic salary increase of as much as 4.8 per cent a year over the same period. And these figures do not include the improvements to the present remuneration tables that Lufthansa has also offered UFO in the course of the current negotiations.

    As a result, a purser can earn over EUR 80,000 a year. And the average annual salary of a full-time Lufthansa cabin crew member amounts to EUR 50,000. As a consequence of this, and of the company’s current retirement and transitional pension provisions, Lufthansa’s gross personnel costs are almost twice as high as those of any of its German-based competitors.

    A full-time Lufthansa cabin crew member will fly a maximum of 87 hours a month. And anyone flying more than 70 hours in a particular month will also receive a so-called “Mehrflugstundenvergütung” or “high-flight-hours allowance”. The training for a Lufthansa cabin crew member lasts a little under three months. 

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Lufthansa Group Media Relations

    Group

    Sun, 08 Nov 2015 17:32:00 +0100 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/november/08/article/3820.html
  • Lufthansa Group: despite the strikes, the majority of the approximately 3,000 flights will run in Frankfurt, Munich and Dusseldorf.

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/november/08/article/3821.html

    • Group Airlines Germanwings, Eurowings, Lufthansa CityLine, SWISS, Austrian Airlines, Air Dolomiti and Brussels Airlines will not be on strike • Flight operations at the hubs Zurich, Vienna and Brussels will fly as scheduled

    Lufthansa regrets that the cabin union Unabhängige Flugbegleiter Organisation (UFO) has called the flight attendants to strike, tomorrow morning the 9th of November, 2015 from 4:30 am to 11:00 pm in Frankfurt and Dusseldorf and from 4:30 am until midnight in Munich. Lufthansa apologises to customers who will be affected by this strike tomorrow. The company will inform its customers of developments as soon as possible and, if possible, offer them alternative travel options. Passengers who have registered their contact information will be informed on the hour by e-mail and SMS regarding the status of their reservations. The special flight schedule for the strike period is published on the website LH.com.

    Overall, 70 per cent of all flights of Lufthansa Group will be carried out tomorrow in spite of the cabin union strike. From a total of 3,000 planned connections, 929 flights to and from Frankfurt, Munich and Dusseldorf will be cancelled. Approximately 113,000 passengers will be affected by the cancellations. The company is making every effort to minimize the impact of the strike as much as possible for its passengers.

    Group Airlines Germanwings, Eurowings, Lufthansa CityLine, SWISS, Austrian Airlines, Air Dolomiti and Brussels Airlines are not on strike. Flights to and from Frankfurt, Munich and Dusseldorf that are carried by Group Airlines are also not affected by the strike. Flight operations at the Zurich, Vienna and Brussels hubs will be run as scheduled.

    Lufthansa asks all customers, as a precaution, to inform themselves on LH.com of the status of their flights prior to travelling to the airport. In addition, Lufthansa will inform all passengers who have entered their contact information in their customer profiles of any cancellations, via e-mail or SMS. In addition, customers in Germany can inform themselves via the free service hotline on 0800 850 60 70.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

    Group

    Lufthansa Passage

    Sun, 08 Nov 2015 17:08:00 +0100 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/november/08/article/3821.html
  • Despite the strike today, the Lufthansa Group will be able to operate most of their 3,000 scheduled flights as planned

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/november/06/article/3817.html

    • Germanwings, Eurowings, Lufthansa CityLine, SWISS, Austrian Airlines, Air Dolomiti and Brussels Airlines will not be affected by the strike • Flight operations at hubs in Munich, Zurich, Vienna and Brussels will run as scheduled

    Lufthansa regrets that the Independent Flight Attendant’s Organization (UFO) cabin worker’s union has called a strike for all flight attendants today, 6 November 2015, between 14:00 until 23:00 in Frankfurt and Dusseldorf. Lufthansa apologizes to all customers who are affected by today’s strike. The strike tactics chosen by the UFO, with particularly last-minute announcements of the location and duration of the strike, make it particularly difficult for the airline to inform its customers in the timeliest manner possible and to provide alternative travel options. Passengers who have registered their contact information are currently being be informed by e-mail and SMS about the status of their reservations. The special flight schedule for the strike period between 14:00 and 23:00 has been published on the website LH.com. 

    A total of almost ten per cent of all flights of the Lufthansa Group have to be cancelled due to the union’s strike today. Out of a total of 3,000 planned connections, 290 flights are cancelled, including 15 intercontinental flights to and from Frankfurt and Dusseldorf. Approximately 37,500 passengers are affected by the flight cancellations. The company is making every effort possible to minimize the impact of the strikes for its passengers.

    The Group Airlines Germanwings, Eurowings, Lufthansa CityLine, SWISS, Austrian Airlines, Air Dolomiti and Brussels Airlines are not on strike. Flights to and from Frankfurt and Dusseldorf, which are flown by the Group Airlines are also not affected by the strike. Flight operations at the hubs in Munich, Zurich, Vienna and Brussels will continue as scheduled.

    As a precaution, Lufthansa asks all customers to go to LH.com to check on the status of their flights prior to traveling to the airport. In addition, Lufthansa will notify all passengers who have completed their contact information in the customer profile of any cancelations by e-mail or SMS. Furthermore customers in Germany can call the free service hotline at 0800 850 60 70.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

    Group

    Fri, 06 Nov 2015 14:00:00 +0100 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/november/06/article/3817.html
  • Lufthansa agrees to all UFO union demands on pension provisions for its cabin personnel

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/november/05/article/3813.html

    Lufthansa offered to meet all the demands made by the UFO cabin staff union on Monday 2 November with regard to its cabin crew members’ retirement and transitional pension provisions when the social partners met for talks today. The company decided to take this step to avert the planned UFO strike action and the associated disruption for its customers. Lufthansa also offered to provide employer-funded retirement pension provision for new cabin crew members which is in line with those provided at other DAX 30 companies. UFO has rejected this latest Lufthansa offer, too. The company will now focus on assisting and supporting its customers, and on planning the next steps to resolve the present industrial dispute. Deutsche Lufthansa AGLufthansa Group Media Relations

    Lufthansa offered to meet all the demands made by the UFO cabin staff union on Monday 2 November with regard to its cabin crew members’ retirement and transitional pension provisions when the social partners met for talks today. The company decided to take this step to avert the planned UFO strike action and the associated disruption for its customers.    

    Lufthansa also offered to provide employer-funded retirement pension provision for new cabin crew members which is in line with those provided at other DAX 30 companies.   

    UFO has rejected this latest Lufthansa offer, too.

    The company will now focus on assisting and supporting its customers, and on planning the next steps to resolve the present industrial dispute.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Lufthansa Group Media Relations

    Group

    Thu, 05 Nov 2015 16:25:00 +0100 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/november/05/article/3813.html
  • Lufthansa Group airlines suspend all flights to Sinai until further notice

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/november/05/article/3812.html

    Customer return flights planned; close consultation with authorities

    The airlines of the Lufthansa Group have suspended their commercial flight operations to and from the Sinai Peninsula until further notice. The precautionary action has been taken in view of the current Sinai situation. The Lufthansa Group will coordinate all its further actions in this regard in close consultation with the authorities. The action affects two planned weekly flights to and from Sharm el-Sheikh, operated by Edelweiss and Eurowings. 

    The Lufthansa Group airlines will also be working closely with their governments’ foreign affairs departments and the tour operators involved to look after customers currently vacationing in the Sharm el-Sheikh region and arrange their return flights home.  

    The Lufthansa Group’s member airlines have been avoiding the airspace over Sinai since last Saturday (31 October). Cairo continues to be served, and is not affected by these actions.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Lufthansa Group Media Relations

    Lufthansa Passage

    Thu, 05 Nov 2015 14:40:00 +0100 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/november/05/article/3812.html
  • Lufthansa Group with New Partners for Direct Connect and Direct Sales

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/november/04/article/3808.html

    Direct connections will complement existing distribution channels / Google Flights can now book Lufthansa flights directly at LH.com

    The airlines of the Lufthansa Group (Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa und SWISS) are improving their distribution offering together with new partners. The aviation group has concluded important cooperative agreements with major distribution partners from different sectors of the industry. The long-term goal is to create attractive and diverse offers, which will meet the increasingly individualized and dynamic requirements of distribution partners and business clients. Direct access to exclusive offers from Lufthansa Group airlines was created to complement existing distribution channels. In future this access will, with new technical solutions, make the process of booking tickets on the Lufthansa Group airlines more innovative, cheaper, and more customer-oriented.

    Bucher Reisen, a German tour operator, as well as AERTiCKET, Germany's largest ticket wholesaler (consolidator), have already gone live with their respective interfaces now forming a “Direct Connect” to the Lufthansa Group reservation system. The independent travel agency chain Lufthansa City Center has agreed to develop an alternative distribution channel based on a Direct Connect. This new channel provides direct access to the exclusive offers of the Lufthansa Group airlines without the application of the Distribution Cost Charge (DCC).

    With the implementation of the first direct connect solutions, a further milestone has been reached in the Group’s new distribution strategy. “We are delighted to have achieved the first direct connects with important sales partners. Through this, we are able to work towards a modern, independent and customizable range of offers,” said Jens Bischof, member of the Lufthansa German Airlines Board and Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. “As a complement to our existing channels Direct Connect offers our technology partners a wide range of perspectives for more individual and varied offers for our joint customers.”

    Furthermore, direct connect solutions with additional partners are in the works. The airlines of the Lufthansa Group are collaborating with several technology providers in order to provide a connection directly to sales partners. These IT service providers check the requirements for each individual direct interface and provide support in planning and implementation. 

    Easier Booking of Lufthansa Flights with Google Flights 

    Technological innovation is also being introduced within the metasearch business. Today Lufthansa and Google Flights will launch the function ‘Book on Google’ for users in the U.S. This allows customers to make a LH.com booking directly within Google Flights on desktop and mobile, thus providing a seamless and easier booking experience for the customer without the need to change websites. 

    “The partnership with Google will facilitate online bookings particularly on mobile devices,” says CCO of Lufthansa Jens Bischof. “With ‘Book on Google’ users have a seamless booking experience on Google Flights. Lufthansa is the first legacy carrier world-wide to which Google Flights offers this direct booking function. With ‘Book on Google’ we will strengthen ticket sales in this channel. This is an important step in realizing Lufthansa’s new sales and distribution strategy, which strives to modernize existing booking processes as well as to develop new and alternative distribution channels.”

    In order to inform sales partners in detail about the new opportunities available through Direct Connect and about existing technology providers, the Lufthansa Group has created a new website accessible via the following link: http://www.lufthansagroup-directconnect.com/en/

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

    Lufthansa Passage

    Group

    Wed, 04 Nov 2015 10:15:00 +0100 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/november/04/article/3808.html
  • MUC satellite terminal – new standards of comfort and child-friendly travel

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/november/03/article/3806.html

    New services and amenities for the utmost in passenger comfort and convenience

    Quiet zones, showers near the gates and baby changing tables in the men's and women's restrooms: A wide range of new and attractive services and amenities will await passengers in Munich Airport's new satellite terminal, which is due to open in April 2016.

    All of the waiting areas are tailored to individual needs, for example with quiet zones featuring comfortable reclining seating. And those who want to use the time productively will appreciate the free WLAN access as well as the plentiful electric outlets and USB connections. For families with children, the well-marked play areas will let the little ones expend their excess energy before boarding. Fathers will also appreciate the baby changing tables installed in the men's restrooms. In addition, the satellite terminal offers shower facilities outside the Lufthansa lounges for the first time. The four showers in the gate area are accessible to all passengers. They are located on the Non-Schengen level for those who wish to freshen up before departing on long-haul flights. 

    Passengers with mobility restrictions can relax in their own lounge in the satellite terminal. For peace and quiet, the lounge has four special reclining lounge chairs, each in a separate space. Entertainment is available in the form of a selection of newspapers and magazines as well as television. A further convenience: fully accessible toilets and a shower. As in Terminal 2, access to all aircraft is barrier-free. The elevators can be operated with no difficulty by passengers with disabilities.

    The new terminal also has a special lounge for unaccompanied minors – i.e. young people traveling alone – with all the comforts of home, including a foosball table, two networked PCs, a play corner and numerous big cushions for stretching out.

    For questions or assistance, 24 Lufthansa service desks are at the ready with information or help with connecting flights. Special machines will enable transit passengers to print out their own boarding cards with no waiting time.

    All services are situated at the center of the new building for quick and convenient access by customers. From here the Lufthansa lounges are just steps away.

    When the satellite terminal opens in April 2016, passengers traveling in first or business class, HON Circle members, Senators and frequent travelers will have five new lounges to choose from with a total area of more than 4,000 square meters. This will once again double the size of Lufthansa's lounge facilities in Munich. Now under construction on the top level, in a 1,000+ square meter space, is the new first class lounge, which offers the utmost in comfort for first-class passengers and HON Circle members. A special feature of the Senator and Business lounges on the Non-Schengen Level: a bar serving cold and hot beverages, specialty coffees and cocktails extends along the panoramic windows connecting the two lounges, which also offer buffets, separate working areas, a TV zone and comfortable showers in a total space of more than 3,000 square meters. 

    Flughafen München GmbH
    Head of the Press Department

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Southern Germany

    Lufthansa Passage

    Tue, 03 Nov 2015 11:14:00 +0100 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/november/03/article/3806.html
  • Thomas Winkelmann

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/november/02/article/3804.html

    CEO Lufthansa Hub Munich

    Since 1 November 2015, Thomas Winkelmann has been acting as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Hub Munich and will be in charge of the southern Lufthansa hub. In this function, he will be responsible for the following areas in the new group structure: commercial management, station management, ground infrastructure and processes, and hub development. Winkelmann is also responsible for the operative planning and steering of all flights to and from Munich. Thomas Klühr, who was previously in charge of the Munich hub, will move to Zurich as CEO of Swiss International Air Lines.

    Thomas Winkelmann was born in Hagen in 1959. He studied Linguistics and Ancient History at the Free University Berlin and at Münster University. Following his state examination, he became a postgraduate in Business Administration at the Free University Berlin. In 2004, Thomas Winkelmann successfully completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in Boston. During his career, Thomas Winkelmann has held a range of responsible management positions, including at the Deutsche Reisebüro GmbH and at Kaufhof AG. In 1998, he joined the Lufthansa Group and took over various senior management positions for Lufthansa in the USA: he began as Head of Area Management for Latin America and the Caribbean, and from September 2000, he held the position of Vice President of the Americas at the New York HQ for the entire Lufthansa organization in North and South America. This included responsibility for all operative functions, sales, marketing, and airports. From 1 September 2006, Thomas Winkelmann was appointed to corporate management at Germanwings as spokesman for the executive board. 

    Thomas Winkelmann is married and has two children.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Süddeutschland

    Group

    Mon, 02 Nov 2015 11:38:00 +0100 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/november/02/article/3804.html
  • Airlines of the Lufthansa Group are leaders in sustainability

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/october/30/article/3798.html

    Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian Airlines awarded a gold rating by the Focus Magazine study “Mit gutem Gewissen” (with a clear conscience) for responsible corporate governance

    The airlines Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian Airlines have been named as three of the most sustainable airlines by consumers in Germany. This is the result of the representative survey “Mit gutem Gewissen” (with a clear conscience) carried out by the economic magazine Focus Money together with Deutschland Test and the analysis company ServiceValue. Those surveyed rated Lufthansa as the brand with the highest level of responsibility in the “Airlines” category, thus rating it the most sustainable airline. Alongside Lufthansa, the Group airlines Swiss (2nd place) and Austrian Airlines (3rd place) were awarded a gold rating for particularly responsible conduct in the areas of ecology, economy and social issues.

    The latest survey results acknowledge the commitment of the Lufthansa Group towards operating with responsibility in all areas, and honour the target-oriented investments of the airline group with regard to sustainable corporate governance. Already in early 2015, the Lufthansa Group received the renowned award “Eco-Airline of the Year” by the US trade journal Air Transport World for the second time.

    To name one example of the Lufthansa Group’s activities in the area of climate and environmental responsibility: The group is working vigorously on making the transport of passengers and freight as eco-friendly as possible. The passenger fleets of the Lufthansa Group only used an average of 3.84 litres of kerosene in 2014 to carry a passenger a distance of 100 kilometres (2013: 3.91 l/100 pkm). With this, as in previous years, the Lufthansa Group has managed to reach the demanding industry goal of an annual efficiency increase of 1.5 percent. By investing billions of euros in particularly fuel-efficient aircraft, a further reduction in brake specific fuel consumption is expected. Moreover, the group has been actively committed to improving noise protection for many years. Thus, the latest investments in sound-reduction vortex generators for the Lufthansa A320 family have led to a significant improvement in noise pollution for residents in the proximity of airports.

    The study “Mit gutem Gewissen” (with a clear conscience) is the largest survey from consumers’ perspective on brand-related sustainability. The opinions of 500 citizens on 1,000 brands from 56 sectors of industry were collected in 33 surveys with regard to social, ecological and economic responsibility.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

    Responsibility

    Fri, 30 Oct 2015 11:50:00 +0100 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/october/30/article/3798.html
  • Lufthansa Group’s strategic realignment reaps first rewards

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/october/29/article/3793.html

    Nine-month Adjusted EBIT up 71% to EUR 1.7 billion / full year forecast refined to EUR 1.75 to 1.95 billion / Germanwings reached break-even / passenger airlines, Lufthansa Technik and LSG Sky Chefs all report significant increases in revenue and earnings

    The Lufthansa Group is on course for a significantly improved full-year result. After the first nine months of 2015, the Adjusted EBIT increased by 71.4 per cent year on year to EUR 1.7 billion. The significant earnings improvement is mainly attributable to strong summer business at the Group’s passenger airlines and continuing low oil prices. The service companies Lufthansa Technik and LSG Sky Chefs also posted significant improvement in earnings. On the basis of these pleasing developments, Lufthansa refined its forecast for the full-year results to an Adjusted EBIT between EUR 1.75 and 1.95 billion. This forecast does not incorporate any strike-related costs which might be incurred between now and year-end.

    “We are delighted to be able to present these encouraging results, which confirm that we are on the right track, and that our chosen strategy is having its desired effect,” says Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board & CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. “The realignment of the Lufthansa Group is now being reflected in good results, too. There is no question that the low oil price helped us to achieve these. But our improved earnings rest on more than this alone. We recorded outstanding passenger volumes this summer and significantly improved load factors, too. In the third-quarter we completed the most comprehensive product and service upgrade in the history of our company, and our guests are clearly honoring our enhanced quality levels. The strong development at our airlines is closely linked to the enhancements we have made to our products and services. At the same time, Germanwings has not just reached break-even, but clearly exceeded this target. We have also made ourselves more efficient, not least through our rigorous capacity discipline: We have deliberately refrained from further growth, and currently have 25 fewer aircraft in service than we planned to have at this time back in 2012.”

    Total revenue for the Lufthansa Group for the nine months until 30 September 2015 amounted to EUR 24.3 billion, up 7.4 per cent on the previous year. Of this amount, EUR 19.4 billion (up 5.0 per cent) are traffic revenues. Key drivers for this were the positive development of volumes and favorable exchange rates. Capacities for the period were more extensively utilized, though the 2.8% increase in the passenger airlines’ unit revenues was only achieved through the euro’s relative weakness. Excluding currency effects the unit revenues decreased by 3.3 per cent. In the third-quarter, however, significant improvement in unit revenues adjusted for currency effects was being reached.      

    In addition to the sizeable fuel cost declines, the Lufthansa Group achieved its originally-forecast full-year Adjusted EBIT for 2015 of over EUR 1.5 billion after just nine months in particular due to the strong demand in July and August. The nine-month Adjusted EBIT margin amounts to 7.0 per cent, some 2.6 percentage points above previous year’s level. And the same margin was as high as 13.7 per cent for the third-quarter. Net profit for the period more than tripled to EUR 1.75 billion, including some EUR 500 million from the sale of the equity stake in JetBlue in the first half year.         

    “Our third-quarter business performance is particularly good as we were able to improve a number of our key performance indicators,” adds Simone Menne, Chief Officer Finance & Aviation Services of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. “There is one cause for concern in all of this, though: if we exclude the fuel cost and currency factors, our unit costs saw a further increase in the third-quarter. And we cannot be satisfied with this trend.”     

    Lufthansa Passenger Airlines made the greatest contribution – with a rise of more than half a billion euros – to the Group’s increased nine-month earnings. The Adjusted EBIT for the period increased by EUR 533 million to EUR 853 million, which Germanwings accounted for a double-digit million-euro amount. Nine-month earnings at SWISS rose by EUR 163 million to EUR 375 million; and Austrian Airlines also posted a positive EBIT for the period – in contrast to last year – of EUR 61 million. Lufthansa Cargo saw a continuation of the weaker development since May in the third quarter. Adjusted EBIT was almost halved to EUR 35 million. Both Lufthansa Technik and LSG Sky Chefs posted strong increases in both revenue and earnings. Lufthansa Technik reported nine-month earnings of EUR 398 million (up EUR 50 million), while the nine-month Adjusted EBIT at LSG Sky Chefs totaled EUR 76 million (up EUR 19 million). In both cases the improved earnings stemmed primarily from additional business generated outside the Lufthansa Group.

    Largely as a result of these positive earnings trends, the Group’s operating cash flow stood at EUR 3.2 billion after the first nine months of 2015, some EUR 1.1 billion up year on year. After deducting net capital expenditure of just under EUR 2 billion, this results in a free cash flow of EUR 1.2 billion. Due to the very good earnings development  in combination with stable interest rates the equity ratio increased by 1.1 percentage points in the third-quarter to 18.6 per cent at the end of September. 

    The refined Adjusted EBIT forecast for the full year reflects the strong third-quarter performance and the anticipated relief in fuel costs. Lufthansa expects pricing in its passenger airline business to worsen again in the fourth quarter of the year. Demand has deteriorated noticeable again in the last few weeks. But in view of the further falls in oil prices over the past few months, Lufthansa now expects to report total fuel costs for 2015 of EUR 5.7 billion, some EUR 300 million less than forecast after the first six months.

    “We cannot expect to fly for too long with a tailwind of low oil prices,” warns Carsten Spohr. “So we must continue to work hard on the competitiveness of our cost structures. And here we have already identified cost savings of around EUR 1 billion for 2016. We are making good progress at all levels in securing the Lufthansa Group’s future, and our new group alignment is now clearly taking shape. The establishment and operational start of our point-to-point carrier Eurowings is fully on track. We now need to make our German hub airline capable of further growth, together with our social partners, to give our core business, too, additional aircraft and new prospects and perspectives again in the interests of all our employees there. Our aim here is not to have to further adjust our network to our costs, but to give ourselves a competitive cost structure that will enable us to once again open up new routes and tap new markets.”

    The Lufthansa Group January – September Change
     2015  2014
    Total revenue EUR m 24 304 22 624 + 7.4%
       of which traffic revenue EUR m 19 387 18 460 + 5%
    Result from operating activities EUR m 1 547 954 + 62.2%
    Net result for the period EUR m 1 748 482 + 262.7%
    EBIT EUR m 1 663 1 048 + 58.7%
    Adjusted EBIT EUR m 1 693 988 + 71.4%
    Adjusted EBIT margin In % 7.0% 4.4% + 2.6 pts.
    Investments (net) EUR m 1 931 2 235 - 13.6%
    Cash flow from operating activities EUR m 3 160 2 052 + 54%
    Employees as of 30 September   119 391 119 023 + 368
    Earnings per share EUR 3.78 1.05 + EUR 2.73

     

    The Interim Report for January - September 2015 will be published on the www.lufthansagroup.com/investor-relations website simultaneously with the issue of this press release at 07:30 CET on Thursday, 29 October.

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    Thu, 29 Oct 2015 06:53:00 +0100 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/october/29/article/3793.html
  • Flights from Munich to Iran with Lufthansa

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/october/28/article/3791.html

    Starting in April from Munich to Tehran

    In the coming summer flight schedule Lufthansa will once again fly direct from Munich to Tehran.The connection with flight number LH 602 begins 14 April 2016, and will depart three times per week at 22:10 from Munich, reaching the Iranian capital at 5:20 in the morning. The Airbus A330-300 offers Lufthansa guests a selection from one of four classes with the latest cabin equipment, including 21 Premium Economy seats. With the new connection, the Lufthansa Group complements its daily offering with a Boeing B747-400 from Frankfurt. On top of this, Austrian Airlines also flies up to twice a day from Vienna with an Airbus A320. “Following the reduction of sanctions and the re-activation of economic ties related to these, we expect a strong increase in demand for business travel. For cultural travellers Iran will become increasingly interesting as well,” said Thomas Klühr, Member of the Lufthansa German Airlines Board, Finances & Hub Munich. The flight route between Munich and Tehran was previously offered between April 2004 and the summer of 2006.

    The Iranian capital lies at approximately 1,100 metres above sea level and has an abundance of sights including three ski resorts. The metropolis has more than 10 million inhabitants. Half of Iran’s industry is located in Tehran, especially the oil and gas industries.  Further economic sectors include the textile industry, the agricultural sector and the construction materials industry.

    A return flight to Tehran can be booked for as little as 429 euros. For further information and to book Lufthansa flights please go to LH.com or call the Lufthansa Service Centre on +49 (0) 69 86 799 799 (land-line tariff).  Flights can also be booked at Lufthansa travel agency partners, as well as Lufthansa sales desks at airports.

    The New Connection at a Glance

    Munich –  Tehran
    Airports/Three-Letter-Code/Time Zone (Summer) Munich, Terminal 2 (MUC); World Time +02:00 Hrs.
    Tehran - Imam Khomeini Intl (IKA); World Time +04:30 Hrs.
    Flight Schedule (All times are local times; Summer Time) NEW from 14 April 2016
    Monday, Thursday and Saturday
    LH 602: Munich 22:10 – Tehran  05:20
    LH 603: Tehran 06:55 – Munich 09:30
    Flight duration (on average) 4 Hours, 30 Minutes
    Distance 3,521 km
    Aircraft Type Airbus A330-300

     

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Southern Germany

    Lufthansa Passage

    Wed, 28 Oct 2015 14:45:00 +0100 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/october/28/article/3791.html
  • Lufthansa to bring all its road, rail and helicopter airport transport options under the “Lufthansa Express” banner

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/october/26/article/3789.html

    AIRail and Airport Bus given new brand names; further services with Lufthansa Express Helicopter, Lufthansa Express Shuttle and Lufthansa Express Chauffeur

    All the road, rail and helicopter services that Lufthansa provides to get travelers to and from their airport of departure or arrival are to be operated under a single “Lufthansa Express” brand name. Be it with high-speed ICE trains, modern long-distance buses, limousines or helicopter services, Lufthansa and its various transport partners offer customers a wide range of travel options to or from the airport to further enhance their overall travel experience.     

    By bringing these various services under a single brand name, Lufthansa is offering a wide range of local or regional travel options from a single source that customers can book individually in addition to their Lufthansa flight. In concrete terms, the current AIRail service will now be known as Lufthansa Express Rail, Lufthansa Airport Bus becomes Lufthansa Express Bus and the present Airport Shuttle Service will now be publicized as Lufthansa Express Shuttle. The new brand will further be home to Rail & Fly in collaboration with Lufthansa Express, to Lufthansa Express Helicopter and to Lufthansa Express Chauffeur. A further new service – Lufthansa Express Carsharing – should also be added soon. 

    “Our intermodal strategy is designed to provide our customers with a travel process that is as smooth and seamless as possible, from their region of origin right through to their final air destination or vice versa,” says Markus Pauly, Lufthansa’s Director of Infrastructure & Development at its Frankfurt hub. “In doing so, we can tangibly enhance their overall travel experience, by offering them all the mobility options they need within our service portfolio.”            

    In addition to the planned expansion of the current Lufthansa Express Bus services to and from Munich Airport, Lufthansa also plans to provide inbound travelers with a new Express Shuttle service to and from alpine ski resorts. And with Lufthansa Express Helicopter, customers can make their onward journey even faster and more individually by air. 

    In expanding and further refining its range of mobility options to and from the airport, Lufthansa Express is also working closely with strong system partners. The Lufthansa Express Chauffeur facility, for instance, is provided in collaboration with Fraport, with the limousine service ferrying up to four persons from home to their departure gate inclusive baggage check-in for as little as EUR 129. 

    All Lufthansa Express services can be booked online at LH.com, via the Lufthansa app or with any travel agency. 

    Further information on all these services will be found at LH.com/Express

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Lufthansa Group Media Relations 

    Lufthansa Passage

    Mon, 26 Oct 2015 15:46:00 +0100 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/october/26/article/3789.html
  • Eurowings Europe is looking for flight attendants

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/october/23/article/3786.html

    Lufthansa's new secondary brand is offering attractive career prospects in Vienna

    This week, Austria-based Eurowings Europe, which is part of the new Eurowings, published job postings for flight attendants with and without work experience. From the start of flight operations in Vienna in March 2016, the company will initially have a need for the recruitment of approximately 18 new flight attendants and six experienced flight attendants per month. Eurowings Europe offers attractive career opportunities and a pay that is in line with market levels.

    The company is looking for women and men who are strongly customer-service oriented and who want to shape the future of aviation in Europe. Successful candidates can expect a position on board the Airbus A320 family. With a rapid expansion of flight operations, the new Eurowings will be number three in European point-to-point traffic.

    Interested applicants can find more information on the Eurowings Europe career page: www.aircrew-service.de

    They can also apply directly online. The position is initially limited to two years.

    Interested candidates can find other interesting career prospects as a flight attendant with other Lufthansa Group airlines at different locations at: www.be-lufthansa.com

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    Fri, 23 Oct 2015 13:45:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/october/23/article/3786.html
  • Lufthansa Adds New Flights from Munich to Denver

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/october/22/article/3782.html

    The direct flights to the Rocky Mountains will be operated alongside the airline's existing program of flights from Frankfurt

    From summer 2016 onwards, Lufthansa passengers can make the most of an expanded program of flights to North America, with Lufthansa introducing new non-stop flights from Munich to Denver on 11th May 2016. The connection has been allocated flight number LH 480 and will take off from Munich at 11:45am five times a week, and the return flight from Denver will arrive in the Bavarian capital at 10:05am.These flights will be operated alongside Lufthansa's existing program of daily flights from Frankfurt. 

    The Airbus A330-300 offers guests a selection of seats in four different classes with state-of-the-art cabin features, including 21 Premium Economy seats. In Denver, Lufthansa passengers can use the hub of Star Alliance partner, United Airlines, to access flight connections to approximately 85 destinations in North America, including popular locations such as Phoenix, Las Vegas and Seattle. "With Denver, we are offering our customers an extremely attractive travel destination. Denver is a paradise for sports fans and nature lovers. The city was also awarded the title of best metropolis for ’Business and Careers’", declared Thomas Klühr, the Member of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Passage responsible for finances and the Munich hub.

    Denver’s metropolitan region, which is home to around 2.5 million residents, lies precisely one mile above sea level and is one of the most popular regions in the USA. A number of mining companies and major telecommunications groups are based in Denver, where other important industries include the energy supply and logistics industries.

    Denver is well-known among private travelers as the eastern gateway to the Rocky Mountains. The popular skiing resorts of Vail, Breckenridge and Aspen are only a short drive away from the city. The four national parks in the state of Colorado, including Mesa Verde National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are also easy to reach from Denver.

    You can find more information and book Lufthansa flights online at LH.com. Flights can also be booked via our Lufthansa travel agency partners and at the Lufthansa sales counters at airports.

    The new connection at a glance:Munich - Denver (Colorado, USA)
    Airports/three-letter code/time zone (summer) Munich Airport, Terminal 2 (MUC); Universal Time +02:00 hours
    Denver International Airport (DEN); Universal Time -06:00 hours
    Flight schedule (all times are local times; summer time) NEW from 11th May 2016
    Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
    LH 480:Munich 11:45 - Denver 14:30
    LH 481: Denver 16:05 - Munich 10:05
    Flight duration (average) 10.5 hours
    Distance 8409 km (4540 nautical miles)
    Aircraft type Airbus A330-300

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations in Southern Germany

    Lufthansa Passage

    Thu, 22 Oct 2015 15:10:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/october/22/article/3782.html
  • Lufthansa offers cabin personnel continued top remuneration and top pension provision

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/october/19/article/3779.html

    • Pension provision: cabin staff who choose to fly longer to receive significantly higher pensions (or substantial lump-sum payment) • One-off EUR 20 million payment by Lufthansa into company pension fund for cabin personnel • All 19,000-odd cabin personnel of Lufthansa German Airlines to remain entitled to transitional pension provisions • Remuneration offer: one-off EUR 2,000 payment for 2015 for all cabin personnel; 1.7 per cent increase in all cabin staff salaries for 2016; further corps-wide 1.7 per cent salary increase for 2017

    After months of negotiations on various collective labor agreement issues, Lufthansa today made its Unabhängige Flugbegleiter Organisation (UFO) cabin crew union a further comprehensive offer addressing all the currently-open negotiation items – particularly the remuneration and the pension provisions for the 19,000-odd cabin personnel of Lufthansa German Airlines.

    Retirement and transitional pension provisions

    Under the new Lufthansa offer, any cabin crew member who elects to remain longer in flying service should be able to substantially increase their future company retirement pension, by ensuring that the transitional pension provisions which are no longer required through their decision to continue working are put towards their future retirement pension. As a result, the employee can secure themselves a retirement pension amounting to up to 100 per cent of their final basic salary.

    As an alternative to this, the employee may opt to have any part of their transitional pension entitlement which they do not make use of paid out in lump-sum form. This payment could amount to up to several hundred thousand euros per employee (see accompanying chart), and would represent a substantially more flexible and more advantageous alternative to the present pension system.

    Lufthansa and UFO have already agreed that the company pension fund for cabin personnel should be transformed from the present defined-benefits system to the kind of defined-contributions system which has long been the norm at most DAX 30 corporations. The new system will see Lufthansa pay-in a specific amount to finance the future retirement pensions of each cabin crew member, which will then generate interest on the capital markets. A long-term average return of 5.5 per cent a year can realistically be achieved here: last year’s return on the capital amounts invested for future pension provision amounted to 6.5 per cent.

    Lufthansa is further proposing to UFO that cabin personnel should still be able to retire from flying duties at age 55 and benefit from top transitional pension provisions. The pension system proposed is designed to ensure that with an annual pension savings return of 5.5 per cent, the employee would be entitled to a transitional pension that matches today’s levels from age 56 onwards – one of UFO’s prime demands in the current negotiations. Lufthansa would also be prepared to pay contributions for such future transitional pension provision for any new cabin personnel joining the company in the next ten years.

    Lufthansa has further offered to make a one-off EUR 20 million payment towards cabin crew members’ future retirement and transitional pension provision. Lufthansa and UFO would jointly decide how this additional amount could most effectively be used. 

    Lufthansa’s latest offer on the retirement and transitional pension provisions for cabin personnel would ensure that the cabin crew members of Lufthansa German Airlines continued to enjoy one of the most beneficial occupational pension schemes in the entire airline sector.

    Remuneration

    Lufthansa’s latest offer makes major concessions towards UFO not only in pension provision terms, but also on the remuneration front. Lufthansa already guarantees its cabin personnel some of the highest remuneration in the airline industry. But the company is now further improving on this to offer a range of financial enhancements over the next three years that include: 

    • a lump-sum payment of EUR 2,000 for every cabin crew member for 2015 (part-time employees will receive a corresponding pro rata amount);
    • a 1.7 per cent increase in the salary table benchmarks from 2016 for all cabin personnel who joined the company before 1 January 2013;
    • a further 1.7 per cent increase in the salary table benchmarks from 2017 for all cabin personnel who joined the company before 1 January 2013.

    Lufthansa is also prepared to meet UFO’s demand for the establishment of an “Employees’ Fund” for its cabin personnel. This fund would offer additional resources to help finance relocations, further training, profit sharing and more.

    Infographic

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    Mon, 19 Oct 2015 19:59:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/october/19/article/3779.html
  • “First goodnight and then good flight”

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/october/16/article/3775.html

    “Bedtime Stories”, a new customer campaign – new microsite with innovative activities

    From now on, all parents on business trips can be back at home for a common evening ritual – and help their children off to sleep with a bedtime story. Until the end of this year, the “Bedtime Stories” installation will be available as a mobile recording studio at the boarding gates of the two Lufthansa hubs in Frankfurt and Munich. In a speaker box designed in the shape of a moon, all parents can choose a bedtime story, record it directly and send it to their children at home via e-mail or text message. The children then only have to click on a link in the sent e-mail or text message, which directs them to the microsite. Here, the stories are available to download or to listen to directly. In this way, family members can feel at home for a few minutes, even when they are travelling.

    Thanks to the support of renowned publishing companies, parents will have a large selection of popular children’s books to choose from. If time is short at the gate, there are pre-recorded stories to choose from, which can be sent home as audio books. Every recording can be personalized further with individually written goodnight wishes and a photo on the cover. Travellers can thus board their plane with the warm feeling that they have given their families a nice surprise. Many features of this unique service can also be used outside the airport. This is made possible by the microsite LH.com/bedtime-stories. Here, there are some very special bedtime stories: The famous German actor Axel Prahl reads aloud its favourite children’s books, a great surprise for the loved ones at home.

    “Travelling is always an emotional experience: Farewell and greeting, a change of place and culture, wanderlust and homesickness,” says Alexander Schlaubitz, Head of Marketing at Deutsche Lufthansa AG. We want to make every passenger feel as though they are in good hands. The new Bedtime Stories installation continues the series of innovative and surprising ideas for our passengers. Popular among our passengers are the already-introduced, specially-designed family desks with small steps for our little passengers, or the colour printers, with which airport guests can print out personalized greetings for arriving passengers.“

    The individual campaigns are accompanied by traditional adverts, via the different social media channels and the Lufthansa Magazine Family. All personal stories about flying with Lufthansa have been posted on the microsite LH.com/lufthansa-stories. Here, employees provide detailed insights into their workplaces and provide a look behind the scenes. For example, the “Number of the Day” is designed to generate interest in informative and entertaining facts from the world of flying.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

    Lufthansa Passage

    Fri, 16 Oct 2015 16:01:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/october/16/article/3775.html
  • Lufthansa to launch new San Jose (USA) service

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/october/16/article/3773.html

    First non-stop flights to Silicon Valley from Europe

    Lufthansa is to introduce a new non-stop service between Frankfurt and San Jose, California (USA). The new service, which will commence on 29 April 2016, will be the first non-stop flights to the state’s Silicon Valley from a European airport. The five-times-weekly service will be operated using Airbus A340-300 equipment.

    The new westbound LH 488 service will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, departing from Lufthansa’s Frankfurt hub in the morning and arriving in San Jose in the early afternoon after a 12-hour flight. The corresponding eastbound LH 489 service will operate as a night flight, leaving San Jose in the afternoon and arriving in Frankfurt the following morning. The schedules have been designed to provide the best possible connections with other Lufthansa services from and to Germany, Europe, Asia and Africa at the Frankfurt hub.

    The San Jose metropolitan region has a population of around 3.3 million and lies in the heart of Silicon Valley, the major site of high-tech start-ups and corporations. Alongside many of the most famous names in the internet world, the area is also home to several leading companies in the biotech, pharmaceuticals and medical sectors. And a number of major car manufacturers have their research labs there, too.

    San Jose is also an attractive tourist destination, serving as an ideal starting point to explore Northern California. Big Sur, Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe and other key attractions are all close by, making San Jose a genuine travel alternative to San Francisco, which is just 70 kilometers away.

    Lufthansa is the first airline in Europe to offer non-stop service to San Jose, whose airport is increasingly developing into an international hub. Since its new international terminal was completed, the airport has welcomed new non-stop services to various destinations, including Tokyo and Beijing. 

    Lufthansa travellers to and from San Jose will have three seating classes to choose from: Business Class, Premium Economy and Economy. And a round-trip ticket will be available for as little as EUR 899. For further information and/or bookings visit LH.com or call the Lufthansa Service Center on +49 69 86 799 799. Flights can also be booked via Lufthansa’s travel agency partners and at any Lufthansa airport sales desk.

    The new service at a glance

    Frankfurt-San Jose (California, USA)
    Airports/three-letter codes/time zones (summer) – Frankfurt Airport, Terminal 1 (FRA); UTC + 2 hours
    – Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC); UTC - 7 hours
    Schedule (all times local; summer time) NEW from 29 April 2016 Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
    LH 488 dep Frankfurt 10:40 – arr San Jose 13:40
    LH 489 dep San Jose 15:20 – arr Frankfurt 11:35 (the next day)
    Average flight length 12 hours
    Distance 9,132 kilometers (4,931 nautical miles)
    Aircraft type Airbus A340-300

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    Lufthansa Passage

    Fri, 16 Oct 2015 10:50:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/october/16/article/3773.html
  • Low emission ground services: „Green Gate“ at Frankfurt Airport opened

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/october/12/article/3767.html

    From „Airport to E-PORT“: The E-PORT AN initiative partners are driving electric mobility on the apron forward and making projects visible to passengers

    The E-PORT AN initiative partners; Fraport AG, Lufthansa Group, the State of Hesse and the Rhine-Main model electro-mobility region, opened the first "Green Gate" at Frankfurt Airport today. At Lufthansa Gate A15 passengers can now inform themselves about the numerous electric mobility projects at Germany´s largest airport. As an important project component, the "Green Gate" presents aircraft ground services which in the future can be largely carried out with electric vehicles. The partners present their activities using models, information panels and animations, including solar-powered passenger airstairs, electric conveyor belt vehicles, hybrid aircraft tugs and electric pallet trucks.

    Up to 20 different vehicles are used to service an aircraft. As a first step E-PORT AN is consolidating existing electric vehicles and integrating new electrically driven developments into the aircraft servicing process. Emissions and noise will thus be reduced, improving both the environmental footprint and working conditions on the apron. In addition, the effect of large-scale use of electric vehicles on the airport´s power grid is being considered. The aim of all E-PORT AN participants is to deploy more electric vehicles and thus come closer to the vision of a "green" aircraft ground servicing. 

    Quotes from the participants

    Norbert Barthle, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure:

    "The use of electric vehicles in aircraft servicing and rolling and towing traffic can substantially reduce noise and emissions at airports. This protects the environment and the staff on the ground. As part of the Rhine-Main model electro-mobility region, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure is funding the E-PORT AN project with a total of eight million euros. I am delighted that from today passengers on the spot can inform themselves about this `Green ground service´. Simultaneously incentives for imitation are created, because the added value of electro-mobile aircraft servicing for the future is obvious."

    Tarek Al-Wazir, Hessian Minister of Economics, Energy, Transport and Regional Development (HMWEVL):

    "As a transit state in the middle of Germany and Europe, Hesse is highly dependent on mobility and this mobility must be sustainable. Therefore, we welcome and support the commitment of the Frankfurt Airport to reduce the noise and pollutant emissions in air traffic. E-PORT AN is a pioneering project that deserves to be made visible. Practical concepts for the sustainable mobility of tomorrow are essential for Hesse as a business hub."

    Dr. Stefan Schulte, CEO of Fraport AG:

    "In addition to the energy optimisation of the terminal, the use of electric vehicles at the airport is an essential starting point for us to reduce CO2 emissions. Electrically powered vehicles are principally ideal for use at airports with, as here is the case, short-haul traffic. This is especially true for special vehicles for aircraft servicing, such as towing vehicles, ground support equipment or pallet trucks. We want the proportion of special electric vehicles used here on-site to further increase."

    Klaus Froese, Board Member, Operations & Hub Frankfurt, Lufthansa German Airlines:

    "We are pleased to present our electric mobility projects at the ‘Green Gate’. Thus our passengers can enjoy not only the usual Lufthansa quality on their flight, but beyond that also experience a green ground service. In addition to our investment in particularly efficient and low-noise aircraft, we are also engaged in innovation on the ground. With the TaxiBot, for example, we have a worldwide unique aircraft tug with hybrid drive, which can be controlled on its way to the runway by the pilot himself. Since he pulls the plane without running engines to the takeoff runway, our ground processes will be not only quieter, but we also save fuel and protect the environment."

    E-PORT AN 

    E-PORT AN is funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure via the Rhine-Main model electro-mobility region. The model electro-mobility regions are nationally coordinated by the NOW GmbH National Organisation for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology. The regional co-ordination lies at the project management centre of the Rhine-Main model region, which in turn is located at the Stadtwerke Offenbach Holding GmbH. Through the integration of E-PORT AN in the state "Strom bewegt" (“Power moves”) initiative the visibility of the project of the airport environment and beyond is ensured. 

    The German Federal Government awarded E-PORT ON the title of "lighthouse electromobility project” (Leuchtturmprojekt) in 2013 and is supporting the project with funding totalling 8.1 million euros. In 2014, the initiative won the renowned GreenTec Award in the Aviation category and in 2015, it was listed as one of the ATAG 100 Aviation Climate Solutions. For more information and images, please visit: www.e-port-on.com

    Press contacts:

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    Rhine-Main Model Electromobility Region
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    Corporate communication
    www.modellregion-rhein-main.de

    Fraport AG
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    www.fraport.de

    Hessian Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport and Regional Development

    www.wirtschaft.hessen.de
    www.strom-bewegt.de

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    Mon, 12 Oct 2015 13:06:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/october/12/article/3767.html
  • Interior work for satellite facility progressing rapidly

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    Comprehensive testing and intensive "dress re-hearsals" as the official opening approaches

    Seen from the outside, Munich Airport's new satellite terminal looks close to completion. Inside, however, crews are working full speed ahead to complete the interior. Before the building goes into full operation in April of the coming year, a series of tests and extensive trial operations are scheduled.

    With 4,000 staff members representing the full range of airport functions, the new facility will offer passengers smooth, reliable and punctual service. Along with employees from Lufthansa and Munich Airport itself, these will include a large workforce from Lufthansa's Star Alliance partners, public authorities such as the German Border Patrol and other companies operating in the new facility.

    For the future "satellite crew", the building will be new territory. To ensure that they can find their way around and understand all of the processes on their first day at work, they will undergo intensive training in the coming months.

    All aspects of operations in the satellite must be tested down to the last detail before the official opening. The trial operations will begin in November with basic testing, which involves testing the functionality of the various sections of the new terminal. Next, the integrated test operations will start in January 2016. This involves testing the interaction between all of the processes involved in the handling of arriving and departing passengers. It will rely on the help of hundreds of "extras" acting as passengers for maximum realism. This highly realistic simulation of real-world operations will help those in charge to assess such aspects as how easily passengers find their way around the new building, whether boarding and transfer process can be completed in the envisaged time frame, and the effectiveness of the signage.

    The lessons learned from the test operations will be used during the final preparations to eliminate any glitches or other issues in the lead-up to the official launch in April 2016. To round off the test operations, all handling processes in the satellite building will undergo four days of live testing under realistic conditions in March 2016.

    The personal transport system (PTS) linking the satellite to Terminal 2 via a 400-meter tunnel will also be tested extensively before final certification to carry passengers. Bombardier, the Canadian manufacturer of the system, has already delivered eight of the 12 cars that will make up the three trains. 

    All of the mobile passenger bridges have been in position since the end of July. Now the technical acceptance process is underway. This will include tests and training for the 400 bridge operators. Before the satellite starts handling passengers, which will make it part of the airport's secure zone, the entire building will be searched. Perishable goods for restaurants and the Lufthansa lounges will not be delivered until just before the official opening.

    Like Terminal 2, the satellite will be operated through a joint venture of Munich Airport and Lufthansa, which will hold 60% and 40% ownership, respectively. With the new passenger terminal, the airport's annual capacity will be increased by 11 million passengers. At the same time, the expansion will more than double the number of Terminal 2 pierside aircraft positions from 24 to 51. This means that, once the facility is open, passengers will be able to board aircraft directly, with no bus transfer required – a real improvement in passenger comfort and the quality of service at Munich Airport.  

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Southern Germany

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    Tue, 13 Oct 2015 12:23:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/october/13/article/3766.html
  • Lufthansa Group opens up new winter holiday destinations

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    Eurowings flight schedule now available – Lufthansa Group Airlines offer 261 destinations in 101 countries – Leisure travelers benefit from additional flights

    The Lufthansa Group Airlines – Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Germanwings, Eurowings, Lufthansa and SWISS – will become even more attractive for leisure travellers this winter, as the airlines are adding more destinations that appeal to tourists and leisure travelers to their schedules. As always, passengers can trust in the first-rate service, the quality and the reliability of the Lufthansa Group.

    With the introduction of the new winter schedule on 25 October 2015, the Lufthansa Group Airlines will offer their customers one of the densest route networks worldwide, featuring more than 20,380 flights per week. This winter, via their hubs in Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, Vienna and Brussels, as well as via many point-to-point routes, the Lufthansa Group Airlines will serve 261 destinations in 101 countries (previous year: 260 destinations in 100 countries). Furthermore, in cooperation with 30 partner airlines, more than 18,000 codeshare flights will round off the respective flight offering, giving passengers access to an almost global network. The winter schedules of the individual Group airlines will apply from Sunday 25 October 2015 until Saturday 27 March 2016.

    From today, the new price concept on domestic German and European routes will also apply to Austrian Airlines and Lufthansa. In Economy Class, travellers can individually choose between the three graded fare options “Light”, “Classic” and “Flex”. These options vary mainly with regard to the possibility of making advance seat reservations, re-booking or cancelling flights, and permitted free luggage allowances. Since tickets went on sale last July, the new low-priced “Light” fare option has proved popular with customers. For all options, the Lufthansa Group Airlines as a premier airline still permits one free item of hand baggage. Passengers are also offered free snacks and drinks on board, fixed seat allocation at the check-in counter as well as bonuses for “award miles”, “status miles” and “select miles”.

    The most important news from the Lufthansa Group Airlines:

    Lufthansa

    This winter, Lufthansa will serve 197 destinations and operate a total of 9,900 flights per week. With the introduction of the winter schedule, Lufthansa is expanding its new

    intercontinental flight offering, which is tailored to the needs of leisure travelers. Tampa (Florida), a new destination since 25 September, is the first of several new holiday destinations due to be added to the Lufthansa route network from Frankfurt in the coming months.

    From the end of October, Nairobi (Kenya) will be included in the Lufthansa flight schedule, and at the beginning of December, Cancun (Mexico), served mainly by charter flights, Malé (Maldives) and Mauritius will follow, with Panama City rounding off the new timetable in March 2016.

    Good news for all Airbus A380 fans: this winter, for the first time, Lufthansa will operate its flagship on the Frankfurt-Hong Kong route. Services from Luxembourg will also be expanded, and with 28 weekly flights from Frankfurt and 24 flights from Munich, the Benelux countries will be served much more frequently than before.

    The new winter timetable will offer passengers an hourly connection from Munich to Dusseldorf and Berlin-Tegel. The easy-to-remember flight times, which already apply to connections from Munich to Frankfurt and Hamburg, will now be extended to Dusseldorf and Berlin. Lufthansa flights from Munich to Berlin will take off on the hour, and to Dusseldorf at half past the hour.

    This winter, Cape Town will once again be connected with the Munich hub. From 25 October, the Airbus A340-600 in a four-class configuration will take off daily for South Africa. Lufthansa customers can also escape the cold winter weather and fly to new destinations in the Canary Islands. On 25 October, the new connection between Munich and Fuerteventura will be launched; on 31 October Tenerife will follow. Travelers in search of a new, cooler winter destination will also be able to fly non-stop from Munich to Finland’s largest and most famous winter sports center. From 19 December 2015, Lufthansa will take off every Saturday to Kittilä, 170 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle. The nearby skiing resort of Levi is the largest winter sports center in Lapland.

    Germanwings and Eurowings

    In the 2015/2016 winter timetable, Germanwings and Eurowings will offer a wide range of flights to 100 destinations in 36 countries, including intercontinental destinations. Germanwings flights to Berlin-Schönefeld will complement the carrier’s existing services to Berlin. A total of 35 flights per week will take off from Cologne/Bonn and Stuttgart to Berlin-Schönefeld Airport. Germanwings will thus be the only airline flying from Cologne/Bonn and Stuttgart to Berlin’s Tegel and Schönefeld airports.

    This winter, for the first time, the new Eurowings will take off from its new Austrian base in Vienna, from where it will operate non-stop services to Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca and London. In November 2015, the airline will launch long-haul flights from Cologne/Bonn Airport with the Airbus A330-200 aircraft. The first of six intercontinental destinations will be Varadero in Cuba. Further destinations will be Phuket and Bangkok in Thailand, Dubai as well as Puerto Plata and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. 

    SWISS

    This winter, the new SWISS flagship, the Boeing 777-300ER, will enter scheduled service on routes from Zurich. From January 2016, the new long-haul aircraft will be deployed on the Zurich-New York route. With the introduction of the winter timetable, SWISS will boost frequencies on its routes to Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Miami (Florida), and will also expand its services from Geneva to destinations in Russia and Portugal in order to meet seasonal demand. In total, SWISS will thus fly to 105 destinations in 49 countries this winter.

    Austrian Airlines

    In the 2015/2016 winter season, Austrian Airlines will offer its passengers a wide range of flights to as many as 130 destinations in 59 countries. The airline will focus on tourist destinations such as Miami (Florida), which will be served five times a week. From October, it will also offer flights to Mauritius and Colombo (Sri Lanka), and from November, to Marrakesh (Morocco). In response to seasonal demand, Austrian Airlines will thus offer its passengers an attractive range of sunny destinations in the winter as well as in summer.

    Brussels Airlines

    Once again, Belgium’s leading airline is underlining its position as the Africa specialist with the launch on 26 October of a new connection between Brussels Airport and Ghana. From that date, the Ghanaian capital Accra will be served four times a week. The flight schedule offers ideal connections to Germany, France, the UK, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Scandinavia, and the USA.

    This winter, Brussels Airlines is also expanding its European flight schedule. The airline will fly to Bremen five times a week, while Zagreb (6 flights/week) and Billund (12 flights/week) will be served for the first time. Last but not least, Brussels Airlines has good news for sun-lovers. The Canary Islands Tenerife and Gran Canaria will be connected twice a week with Brussels Airport. As well as introducing new destinations, Brussels Airlines will increase frequencies on existing routes. During the winter months, more flights will therefore be available to Monrovia (Liberia), Freetown (Sierra Leone), Lomé (Togo), Cotonou (Benin) and Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso).

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

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    Fri, 02 Oct 2015 11:12:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/october/02/article/3753.html
  • Help Alliance launches integration project in Hamburg

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    Lufthansa employees support young migrants on the way forward to employment / Enormous readiness to help refugees from all parts of the Lufthansa Group

    For the Help Alliance – the staff charity of the Lufthansa Group – today marks the start of a mentoring project in Hamburg that intends to offer young migrants improved access to the labour market. In cooperation with Hamburg-based organization ”basis & woge e.V.”, fifteen Lufthansa employees from Lufthansa Technik will be accompanying fifteen pupils with a migrant background from a graduating class of the State Technical School for Structural Engineering on their way forward into the career world. Their role is to advise and encourage the students according to their individual abilities and interests.

    The Help Alliance is also involved in looking after migrant families in Flörsheim, a town in the Rhine-Main area. Together with Lufthansa’s long-time partner “Stern des Südens e.V.”, volunteers and honorary members are focusing in particular on teaching children German and on pursuing the strategy of introducing them playfully to the language. In this case, specially developed teaching methods enable targeted language learning and help children integrate into society.

    Another priority of the Help Alliance’s activities is located in North Rhine-Westphalia. Together with “Chancenwerk e.V”, the Lufthansa Group’s staff organisation is working on a support approach which will be implemented in three Düsseldorf schools and have a special focus on socially critical issues. Older pupils receive 90 minutes of intensive learning support each week from students in a subject of their choice. In return, they agree to support their younger classmates as tutors and mentors.

    “The tradition of supporting the cause of less privileged people and working directly in the interests of creating a better society has long been established at the Lufthansa Group. Therefore the Help Alliance not only supports acute refugee assistance but is also deeply committed to projects in Hamburg, Düsseldorf and Flörsheim integrating young migrants in the long term with the aid of a carefully thought-through and sustainable strategy ,” stresses Vivian Spohr, patron of the Help Alliance e.V.

    The willingness to help refugees is enormous within the Lufthansa Group. Its fast and uncomplicated work always takes place in close consultation with local and regional authorities: this is the only way to ensure assistance tailored to people’s needs. To take just one example, LSG Sky Chefs, the Lufthansa Group’s catering specialist, has distributed about 5,000 bottles of water and 10,000 snacks to refugees in Munich over the past few weeks. In Vienna, Austrian Airlines and the Help Alliance have issued thermal sleeping mats to refugees.  (Furthermore), Lufthansa Cargo has transported 15,000 field beds from Washington to Frankfurt on a total of twelve flights arranged in cooperation with the German Red Cross.

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    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

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  • Lufthansa starts new Frankfurt-Tampa service

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    New Florida destination becomes 18th point served in the USA; flights to operate with three-class Airbus A340-300s specially configured for the leisure travel market

    Lufthansa launched its new non-stop service to Florida’s west coast today. Flight LH 482 left Frankfurt (FRA) at 11:00 local time, and is due to land at Tampa International Airport (TPA) later today at 15:50 local time. The corresponding eastbound flight LH 483 will depart from Tampa at 17:20 local time, and is scheduled to touch down in Frankfurt at 08:45 tomorrow (Saturday 26 September).

    Lufthansa will be offering five weekly flights on its new Frankfurt-Tampa route until October under the present summer schedules. This will change to four weekly services with the start of the 2015/16 winter schedules on 25 October. Tampa is the Lufthansa’s third Florida destination, joining Miami and Orlando. With the addition of its new service, Lufthansa now serves a total of 18 US destinations.

    “We are pleased to initiate our new program of intercontinental services geared specially to leisure travelers today,” says Karl Ulrich Garnadt, Member of the Lufthansa Group Executive Board and CEO of Lufthansa German Airlines. “And Tampa is the first of a number of new vacation destinations that we will be adding to our network over the next few months.” These will include Nairobi (Kenya) at the end of October, Cancun (Mexico), Male (the Maldives) and Mauritius in early December and Panama City (Panama) in March of next year.  

    “Our new long-haul services will make Lufthansa even more attractive for vacationers and other leisure seekers,” Garnadt continues. “These new destinations are primarily popular with tourists and private travelers; and we will be offering them all the full Lufthansa air travel experience, with our outstanding service on the ground and in the air and an advanced cabin that features the latest Business Class seats, our new Premium Economy Class and our regular Economy Class.”    

    The Airbus A340-300s which will be used on the new services are all equipped with FlyNet broadband internet facilities, and will be operated in a three-class configuration:  an 18-seat  Business Class, a 19-seat Premium Economy Class and a 261-seat Economy Class, giving a total capacity of 298 seats.

    A round-trip flight from Frankfurt to Tampa can be purchased for as little as EUR 739. Further information and booking facilities are available online at LH.com or at any Lufthansa Service Center (phone [069] 86 799 799; fixed-line rates). Flights can also be booked through Lufthansa’s travel agency partners or at any Lufthansa airport sales desk. And Lufthansa further offers attractive all-in travel packages for Tampa (including flights and hotel) on www.lufthansaholidays.com 

    The new service at a glance

    Frankfurt-Tampa (USA)

     

    Schedule

    (all times local; summer timetable period)

    NEW from 25 September 2015

     

    Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays

    LH 482        dep Frankfurt 11:00 – arr Tampa 15:50

    LH 483        dep Tampa 17:20 – arr Frankfurt 08:45 (the following day)

     

    Schedule

    (all times local; winter timetable period)

    NEW from 26 October 2015

     

    Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays

    LH 482        dep Frankfurt 11:00 – arr Tampa 16:20

    LH 483        dep Tampa 18:00 – arr Frankfurt 08:50 (the following day)

     

    Flying time
    (average)

    10 hours 50 minutes

     

    Flight distance

    7,721 kilometers (4,169 nautical miles)

     

    Aircraft type

    Airbus A340-300
    (298 seats in total: 18 in Business Class, 19 in Premium Economy Class and 261 in Economy Class)

     

     

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    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

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    Fri, 25 Sep 2015 11:40:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/september/25/article/3746.html
  • Lufthansa to offer broadband Internet on board short and medium-haul flights from 2016 onwards

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    The airline group extends its position as an innovation leader for digital services

    From early summer 2016, Lufthansa will be the first network airline in Europe to offer broadband on board its short and medium-haul flights. This will enable passengers on continental flights and flights within Germany to enjoy the full freedom to communicate and to use the Internet with a wide bandwidth above the clouds. The first aircraft will be fitted with the new technology in early summer 2016.

    Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, comments: "Lufthansa has always been a pioneer of Internet services on board its aircraft. Having equipped all planes in the Lufthansa intercontinental fleet with our successful FlyNet® system, we are now continuing our success story by providing Internet on board our short and medium-haul flights. We are therefore the first airline in Europe able to offer its guests an Internet surfing experience boasting the same quality and speed as they are used to at home."

    The new service from Lufthansa and its technology partner Inmarsat is based on the most modern broadband satellite technology from Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network (Ka-band) and offers seamless, reliable coverage on short and medium-haul flights. Inmarsat recently successfully launched the third satellite in this global constellation and Lufthansa will be its first aviation customer. The service will enable passengers to make the most of broadband Internet access on their own mobile devices via a wireless network. They will not only be able to use simple e-mail services, but also superior applications and even streaming. On top of all this, passengers will also be able to use their mobile phones to send and receive text messages and for the transfer of data based on their own mobile phone contract. Telephone calls on board, however, will still not be allowed due to customer preference. 

    Lufthansa Technik will integrate all systems and components into the aircraft thanks to its many years of experience in the field of plane modification. This work will not only include installation activities, but also all tasks required in terms of aviation and licensing law. 

    Lufthansa Systems will provide the technical infrastructure needed to establish a well-functioning Internet connection on board. This work will include tasks such as setting up network operations in the aircraft, which is the main technical requirement for a wireless network on board and providing the software required for the operation of an Internet portal.

    Lufthansa Systems and Lufthansa Technik are additionally planning a long-term global partnership in order to also be able to offer other airlines a modern on-board IT platform (BoardConnect) with broadband Internet access that can be used for a number of different purposes. Both the Lufthansa Group and future clients in the third-party market will benefit from the additional services and lower risks provided by this strong partnership. 

    With regard to the future, Lufthansa is also committing to a flight trial programme for a new hybrid network being developed for Europe. The European Aviation Network combines an S-band satellite from Inmarsat with a complementary LTE ground network being provided by Deutsche Telekom. This promising and innovative technology offers potential in terms of costs and can be flexibly adapted to suit the broadband transmission demands of the future. From 2017 onwards, Lufthansa will commence a flight trial program of the new technology.  

    Lufthansa operated the world's first scheduled flight with broadband Internet access on 15th January 2003. Although it was increasing in popularity among passengers, this technically reliable broadband Internet connection via a wireless network had to be suspended in 2006 because the necessary satellites were no longer in operation. Since December 2010, Lufthansa has again been the first airline to offer broadband Internet access on its intercontinental flights. FlyNet® has been available on all 106 long-haul aircraft in the Lufthansa fleet since the beginning of this year. Lufthansa therefore boasts the world's largest long-haul fleet with broadband Internet access.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Lufthansa Group Media Relations

    Lufthansa Passage

    Mon, 21 Sep 2015 11:07:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/september/21/article/3737.html
  • Lufthansa Group to be reorganized to enhance synergies and strengthen customer focus

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    Supervisory Board gives green light to new group alignment and new division of business on Executive Board / Harry Hohmeister and Dr. Bettina Volkens reappointed as Executive Board members for five further years / product enhancements reap rewards: group airlines report record load factors and very positive business trends for the summer months.

    Reorganization details: commercial management of the network carriers from a single Executive Board position / new Group Executive Board position of Eurowings and Aviation Services focusing on growth markets / numerous changes to management functions / reduction of management levels from four to three to reduce complexity and increase decision-making speed / reorganization should add around EUR 500 million to annual earnings once fully implemented.

    As part of its ‘7 to 1: Our Way Forward’ program, the Lufthansa Group is to adopt a new organizational structure with effect from 1 January 2016 to strengthen its position as a leading aviation group. The new organization will enable the Group’s member airlines and service companies to align structures and processes even more consistently to the needs of their customer groups. The new alignment will also raise the Lufthansa Group’s overall efficiency, reduce complexity and increase decision-making speeds.

    The restructuring will further give the group organization a more functional alignment and thrust and more closely intermesh the Group’s commercial, operational and administrative functions throughout all its business segments. This will include managing the Group’s network carriers using aligned processes, to offer customers a consistent and integrated travel experience throughout all its premium airlines and their operating hubs. 

    At the same time, the new alignment of the Lufthansa Group will lay vital foundations on which to establish and develop the new Eurowings as a secondary European brand and position it as a market-leading point-to-point airline in the Group’s home markets. The Group is also strengthening its service companies, which are leading in their respective global markets, by enabling them to actively exploit further growth opportunities in the cargo, catering and financial services fields.  

    “We are making good progress in all seven fields of action of our ‘7 to 1: Our Way Forward’ program,” confirms Carsten Spohr, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. “The new alignment of the Lufthansa Group that we have today resolved to adopt will strengthen our airlines and our service companies. And our customers will feel the tangible benefits of this, because a process-oriented organization will be focused even more closely than before on their specific needs. Our new group organization should make us more efficient and more responsive, too; and this in turn should sustainably strengthen the position of the Lufthansa Group in its various markets and business segments.” 

    This further refinement of the Group’s organizational structure will entail changes in the division of duties on the Executive Board. The team of Board members with Carsten Spohr, Karl Ulrich Garnadt, Harry Hohmeister, Simone Menne and Dr. Bettina Volkens will remain unchanged. But its members will have the following duties from 1 January 2016 onwards: 

    Chairman & CEO: Carsten Spohr

    Hub Management: Harry Hohmeister

    The commercial management of the Lufthansa Group’s hubs and premium airlines Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines will be entrusted to Harry Hohmeister, who was also reappointed to the Executive Board for a further five years by the Supervisory Board today.

    Eurowings and Aviation Services: Karl Ulrich Garnadt
    The Group’s point-to-point air services, along with overall responsibility for the Eurowings Group, will be in the hands of a new Group Executive Board position which will be assumed by Karl Ulrich Garnadt. Mr. Garnadt will also be responsible for the development of further airlines and service companies. 

    Finance: Simone Menne
    Group finances will continue to be entrusted to Simone Menne. Ms. Menne also assumes responsibility for the Group’s IT in the new organization.

    Human Resources & Legal: Dr. Bettina Volkens
    The Group’s HR and legal affairs remain the responsibility of Dr. Bettina Volkens, who was also reappointed to the Group Executive Board for a further five years by the Supervisory Board today.

    The Lufthansa German Airlines Board which currently serves as the overall management of Lufthansa German Airlines will not be retained in the new group structure.

    The office of Group Chairman & CEO Carsten Spohr will also be supplemented by Dr. Detlef Kayser, currently a partner at management consultants McKinsey, with effect from 1 January 2016. Dr. Kayser will serve as Executive Vice President Strategy & Fleet, in which capacity he will also bear overall responsibility for the ‘7 to 1: Our Way Forward’ program.

    The new Hub Management position is designed to ensure the more aligned and process-oriented commercial management of the Group’s premium airlines. More specifically, commercial functions such as Network & Fleet Planning, Product and Distribution should in future be more closely coordinated among all the Group’s network airlines and hubs, under the overall functional charge of Harry Hohmeister. 

    As a result of this development, Harry Hohmeister will be stepping down as CEO of Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) on 1 January 2016. In view of this, the SWISS Board of Directors appointed Thomas Klühr, currently Head of Hub Munich & Finance on the Lufthansa German Airlines Board, as the new SWISS CEO. Mr. Klühr should assume his new Zurich-based duties, succeeding Harry Hohmeister, on 1 February 2016.

    Within Hub Management, Jens Bischof will take over as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) and assume commercial responsibility for Lufthansa’s home Frankfurt hub. Mr. Bischof will also bear global responsibility for the worldwide distribution of all three network carrier. Steffen Harbarth will assume commercial responsibility and CCO for Lufthansa’s Munich hub, along with process responsibility for the marketing of all three network airlines, in which capacity he will also be responsible for further developing the Lufthansa brand. Mr. Harbarth is currently Head of Sales for Lufthansa Group Airlines in the Asia-Pacific region. 

    Dr. Andreas Otto, CCO at Austrian Airlines, will assume commercial responsibility for the Vienna Hub and take over the process responsibility for the product management of Lufthansa’s Hub Carrier. Markus Binkert, CCO of Swiss International Airlines, will be in charge of the commercial steering in Zurich and the process ”Distribution and Revenue Management” – also for all network Airlines of the Lufthansa Group.

    The Eurowings Group will be developed as independently as possible, to ensure its strategic and operational flexibility in the particular markets it serves. A new Executive Board will also be established to provide overall management of the Eurowings Group. This body, which will assume its new duties on 1 November, will feature the divisions of ‘Commercial’, ‘Operations’ and ‘Finance’, which Oliver Wagner, Michael Knitter and Dr. Jörg Beissel are being respectively proposed to head to the relevant supervisory Board. The Eurowings Group will also be joined by Dr. Max Kownatzki, former Chief Strategist of the Australia-based Jetstar Group, who will be in charge of Business Development for the Eurowings Group’s point-to-point services. 

    Lufthansa Cargo and the global market-leading Lufthansa Technik and LSG Sky Chefs service companies will continue to be independently managed, to ensure that they remain as customer-focused as possible within their specific markets. To the same end, the new Lufthansa Group structure will also continue to provide these companies with the degrees of entrepreneurial freedom they need to achieve the further growth desired and further extend their leading market positions. The new group structure envisages functional management at their interfaces with the Group’s airlines and for their financial and personnel processes. 

    The present four management levels below the Group Executive Board will be reduced to three in the new group organization. This will enable decisions to be taken more quickly, while simultaneously expanding the decision-making scope of individual management members. The adoption of the new group organization is expected to reduce the overall number of management positions by around 15 %. The new organization will gradually be adopted from 1 January 2016 onwards.

    The business goal of the realignment of the Lufthansa Group is to add some EUR 500 million a year to the Group’s earnings results, through the cost and revenue synergies that the new organization should provide once it is fully adopted.

    In addition to submitting its group reorganization proposals, the Lufthansa Group Executive Board also reported to the Supervisory Board today on the conclusion of the most comprehensive cabin refurbishment program in Lufthansa’s history. From this week onwards, every Lufthansa aircraft in line service on the company’s short-haul and long-haul networks will feature the latest cabin interiors. Over the past three years 106 Lufthansa long-haul aircraft have been fitted with state-of-the-art new Business and Economy Class cabins and seats. And 76 aircraft have been provided with a new First Class cabin, too. The program to install the new Premium Economy Class – which has proved extremely popular with customers – will also be completed on all 106 Lufthansa long-haul aircraft by this autumn. Elsewhere, SWISS, Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines have also been investing substantially in advanced aircraft and cabin interiors.

    “The modernization of our aircraft fleets and their cabins is being well received by our customers,” says Carsten Spohr. “We have seen record load factors and record results for July and August. The unit revenues continue to be above the level of the second quarter. We are hence optimistic to compensate the strike costs of the first three quarters and still achieve our full year guidance of more than EUR 1.5 billion comfortably. Having brought our fleets and our cabins up to the latest standards,” he continues, “we now want to realign our organization and our processes, to make the Lufthansa Group a success for our customers, our employees and our shareholders and, in the process, make it even more successful and sustainably viable, too, for the years ahead. All of our businesses and airlines have chances to expand as long as the parameters for profitable growth are given.”

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

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    Wed, 16 Sep 2015 14:39:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/september/16/article/3731.html
  • Today's Lufthansa Crew Takes Off in Traditional Anniversary Dress

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/september/16/article/3727.html

    From Munich to Charlotte / Dirndls from the 1950s / Vancouver and Dubai as further destinations

    Three days before the start of the Oktoberfest in Munich, it's time for the Munich crew to 'take off' in traditional dress. The eleven flight attendants in the crew are accompanying today's flight number LH 428 from Munich Airport to Charlotte in the USA. This year, the crew is wearing traditional anniversary dress for the first time, with Lufthansa using its 60th anniversary as an occasion to reproduce the traditional dirndl worn in the 1950s. Other flights featuring crew members in traditional dress will take place on 21st September to Vancouver and 29th September to Dubai. 

    The traditional costumes from the 1950s were designed by the fashion boutique Angermaier Trachten in Munich. The Oktoberfest dirndl worn by the flight attendants is based on the style of the 1950s and features a light blue design with an embroidered beige pattern. The apron is beige with discreet light blue dots. When crews wore these outfits back in the 1950s, a newspaper report stated that: "Lufthansa stewardesses in genuine dirndls are currently accompanying passengers on board the Super Constellation from New York to Hamburg and on Lufthansa-Convair aircraft flying from London to Munich".

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations in Southern Germany

    Lufthansa Passage

    Wed, 16 Sep 2015 14:21:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/september/16/article/3727.html
  • Edda Huther in line to become Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/september/15/article/3725.html

    The aid fund set up by Germanwings and Lufthansa supports relatives of the victims of flight 4U9525 and projects from their environment

    Subject to the approval of the other members, Edda Huther is in line to become the Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees responsible for deciding on the fair and transparent allocation of money from the aid fund. Ms Huther herself has asked the Board of Trustees to approve this appointment. The aid fund is the product of the voluntary and long-term commitment of Germanwings and Lufthansa following the disaster of flight 4U9525. The funding promised by Germanwings and Lufthansa amounts to an overall total of up to 15 million euros. The Board of Trustees will also consider the aspect of the international equity of compensation payments when allocating funds. 

    Edda Huther was previously the President of the Constitutional Court of the German Free State of Bavaria and the Higher Regional Court of Munich. She boasts an excellent reputation as an experienced, competent and independent facilitator. Alongside Huther, a relative of the victims from Germany, Spain and one other country respectively will be members of the Board of Trustees. Representatives from Germanwings and Lufthansa will also be appointed as members.

    One of the purposes of the aid fund is to provide individual support for relatives and their environments on a long-term basis. In concrete individual cases, children and young people who lost one or both parents in the crash can receive, for example, financial support for their education extending past the compensation stipulated by law that they are already entitled to receive. Suggestions for the use of the money in the fund should come from the victims' private spheres. 

    Plans are in place for the Board of Trustees for the aid fund to begin its work in October. By establishing the Board of Trustees, Germanwings and Lufthansa are also accepting responsibility for the consequences of the crash of flight 4U9525 on a long-term basis.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

    Group

    Tue, 15 Sep 2015 11:55:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/september/15/article/3725.html
  • Europe’s leading airline – Lufthansa receives World Travel Award 2015

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    Frankfurt’s first class lounges also rank on top position in Europe

    Lufthansa has been named “Europe’s Leading Airline” for the fifth time in a row at the World Travel Awards on September 5 in Sardinia. Travel and tourism experts worldwide also honoured Lufthansa with the award of “Europe’s Leading Airline Lounge” for the lounges at Frankfurt Airport. 

    “It is an honour to recognise Lufthansa as Europe’s Leading Airline once again this year. During our 22-year history, the carrier has consistently been one of the most innovative, forward-looking airlines in European aviation, and it is no surprise our voters have recognised their achievements once again this evening”, said Graham E. Cooke, President and Founder of the World Travel Awards during the gala event in Sardinia. 

    Jens Bischof, Member of the Lufthansa German Airlines Executive Board and Chief Commercial Officer of the Lufthansa Group, is delighted to receive the awards: “From this year onward our passengers can enjoy the full benefit from our multi-billion investments in quality, equipment and services. This enables us to continue to further expand our leading position in the group of international premium airlines”.

    Swiss International Air Lines were also named “Europe’s Leading Airline Business Class” which includes both short-haul and long-haul flights.

    Recently, Lufthansa has been presented with other important awards as well. During the World Airline Awards in June, they came top in the categories “Best Airline Transatlantic” and “Best Airline in Western Europe”. The airline also received the award for “World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge”. Business Travel Awards 2015 honoured Lufthansa with the title of “Best short-haul Airline”. With innovations such as the Premium Economy Class and the new Restaurant-Service in Business Class, Lufthansa have taken further important steps to becoming a 5-Star Airline. 

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Corporate Communications Europe

    Group

    Sun, 13 Sep 2015 10:02:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/september/13/article/3722.html
  • Lufthansa and Rimowa awarded innovation prize for “Best Baggage Initiative”

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/september/11/article/3720.html

    Electronic “luggage tag” enhances the smooth travel experience

    At the airline industry conference “FTE – Future Travel Experience” held in Las Vegas, Lufthansa and Rimowa were yesterday jointly awarded the prize for “Best Baggage Initiative” for the new “Rimowa Electronic Tag”. The annual awards ceremony serves to recognize companies for their forward-thinking ideas and initiatives that create a more comfortable travel experience for flight passengers. A panel of industry experts honors the most innovative, ambitious, and successful initiatives and organizations.

    The "Rimowa Electronic Tag" is the first digital and fully integrated mobile solution for luggage and makes flying with luggage more comfortable, quicker and safer. While standard practice in the airline industry today still involves affixing a paper luggage tag to bags by hand, Lufthansa passengers will soon be able to check in their luggage from home or on the go with the Lufthansa App by using the “Rimowa Electronic Tag”. With one click, they will be able to transfer the data from their electronic boarding pass from their smartphone to their item of luggage equipped with the “Rimowa Electronic Tag” via Bluetooth. The luggage data will be shown immediately on the data module integrated into the suitcase. A suitcase checked in in this way only needs to be placed on the belt at the Lufthansa Baggage Drop Off counter. Lufthansa will be the first airline to provide this service for its passengers.

    The luggage data indicated on the electronic data module is the same size and shape as today’s paper tags. The important information is protected against humidity, heat, low temperatures, impact, and concussion, and cannot be torn off.

    The product launch of the "Rimowa Electronic Tag" is expected for early next year, after completion and evaluation of the recently implemented test phase.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

    Group

    Fri, 11 Sep 2015 11:50:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/september/11/article/3720.html
  • Updated response to Labor Court ruling

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/september/09/article/3716.html

    Lufthansa welcomes the decision of the Hessen Labor Court in Frankfurt am Main to prohibit the strike action by the Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) pilots’ union with immediate effect. The Court described the VC’s strike action as “evidently unlawful” in that, for the VC, the strike was clearly motivated not only by the official reason stated, i.e. pilots’ transitional retirement provisions, but also by the Wings Concept of the Lufthansa Group. This was not, the Court found, a valid strike objective. The Court further noted that the VC was not prepared to enter into overall mediation unless the Wings Concept was included therein. The Court’s ruling does not permit recourse to any further legal channels. Lufthansa will offer its customers flight schedules that are virtually back to normal from tomorrow onwards, together with its usual reliable service. For planning certainty reasons, today’s special timetable will remain in effect. Lufthansa remains willing to...

    Lufthansa welcomes the decision of the Hessen Labor Court in Frankfurt am Main to prohibit the strike action by the Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) pilots’ union with immediate effect. 

    The Court described the VC’s strike action as “evidently unlawful” in that, for the VC, the strike was clearly motivated not only by the official reason stated, i.e. pilots’ transitional retirement provisions, but also by the Wings Concept of the Lufthansa Group. This was not, the Court found, a valid strike objective. The Court further noted that the VC was not prepared to enter into overall mediation unless the Wings Concept was included therein. 

    The Court’s ruling does not permit recourse to any further legal channels.    

    Lufthansa will offer its customers flight schedules that are virtually back to normal from tomorrow onwards, together with its usual reliable service. For planning certainty reasons, today’s special timetable will remain in effect.

    Lufthansa remains willing to resume its negotiations on all open collective labor agreement items with the VC’s Group Collective Labor Agreement Committee at any time. “Our goal is still to work with the VC to find a joint solution to all the open CLA issues through the negotiating process,” confirms Dr. Bettina Volkens, Chief Officer Corporate Human Resources of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Lufthansa Group Media Relations

    Group

    Lufthansa Passage

    Wed, 09 Sep 2015 16:48:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/september/09/article/3716.html
  • Vereinigung Cockpit strike on Wednesday: 2,000 of 3,000 planned Lufthansa Group flights expected to operate

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/september/08/article/3704.html

    1,000 Lufthansa flights cancelled; 140,000 travellers affected

    The Vereinigung Cockpit pilots’ union has called on its members to take strike action tomorrow (Wednesday 9 September) affecting Lufthansa short- and medium-haul services from Germany. Lufthansa deeply regrets the resulting inconvenience to its customers.

    All in all, the Lufthansa Group had some 3,000 flights planned for tomorrow. Of these, 1,520 flights with 180,000 travellers booked on them were to have been operated by Lufthansa. And 1,350 of these are short- and medium-haul services. Despite the strike action, over 500 Lufthansa flights will be able to operate tomorrow. The services of Germanwings, SWISS, Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines are not affected, and will operate as scheduled.

    Any customers whose flight is cancelled as a result of the strike will be able to rebook or to cancel their booking free of charge or penalty. All travellers holding a Lufthansa ticket for a flight from, to or via Frankfurt, Munich or Düsseldorf on 9 September will also be able to make one free rebooking online at LH.com under “My Bookings”. Travellers within Germany whose Lufthansa flight is cancelled as a result of the strike will be able to use the trains of Deutsche Bahn instead, by converting their air ticket into a rail ticket either online at LH.com (“My Bookings”) or at a Lufthansa check-in machine.

    Lufthansa’s long-haul network will also see some cancellations tomorrow. Fifty-two of the 176 long-haul services planned for Wednesday 9 September will have to be cancelled as a result of the strike action, partly because – as a consequence of today’s strike – the aircraft concerned are not yet back where they need to be to operate tomorrow’s services as scheduled.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Lufthansa Group Media Relations

    Lufthansa Passage

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    Tue, 08 Sep 2015 15:45:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/september/08/article/3704.html
  • Lufthansa to take legal action against Vereinigung Cockpit’s Group Collective Labor Agreement Committee

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/september/08/article/3702.html

    The response from the Vereinigung Cockpit pilots’ union to the numerous proposals and offers of talks submitted by Lufthansa has been further strike action, which today is affecting long-haul services and tomorrow will affect all the company’s short- and medium-haul routes, and thereby again subject its customers to unacceptable inconvenience. For the past two years, right up until yesterday, Lufthansa has been approaching the Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) Group Collective Labor Agreement Committee with constructive proposals, offers and concessions. In doing so, the company has made concrete proposals on every open collective labor agreement issue, with a view to working together with the VC to jointly ensure the future viability and competitiveness of the company as a whole and of Lufthansa German Airlines in particular. In addition, Lufthansa has also demonstrated a willingness to discuss issues with the VC Group Collective Labor Agreement Committee that extend far beyond the...

    The response from the Vereinigung Cockpit pilots’ union to the numerous proposals and offers of talks submitted by Lufthansa has been further strike action, which today is affecting long-haul services and tomorrow will affect all the company’s short- and medium-haul routes, and thereby again subject its customers to unacceptable inconvenience.

    For the past two years, right up until yesterday, Lufthansa has been approaching the Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) Group Collective Labor Agreement Committee with constructive proposals, offers and concessions. In doing so, the company has made concrete proposals on every open collective labor agreement issue, with a view to working together with the VC to jointly ensure the future viability and competitiveness of the company as a whole and of Lufthansa German Airlines in particular. In addition, Lufthansa has also demonstrated a willingness to discuss issues with the VC Group Collective Labor Agreement Committee that extend far beyond the latter’s responsibility and authority.  

    Since it is evidently impossible at present to engage in constructive negotiations, Lufthansa has now resolved that:

    1. The existing rights and benefits held by the cockpit personnel already at the company under their present Group Collective Labor Agreements (CLAs) will be frozen at their current levels until such time as any new Group CLA is concluded. In view of the company’s current inability to compete, however, no more new pilots will be employed under these Group CLA conditions at Lufthansa German Airlines, Lufthansa Cargo or Germanwings. As a result, the natural employee turnover within the present cockpit corps will lead to gradual reductions in these companies’ aircraft fleets. At the same time, every present cockpit crew member at these companies will retain their position.

    2. Any future discussions with the VC Group Collective Labor Agreement Committee will be limited to those issues within its responsibility and authority. These are in particular the Compensation CLA, the Umbrella CLA, the CLA on Transfers and Promotions, the CLA on Old Age Provisions, the CLA on Employee Representation and the CLA on Transitional Retirement Provisions. 

    3. Lufthansa will carefully consider whether all the agreements between the company and the VC Group Collective Labor Agreement Committee on which notice has not yet been served can be meaningfully maintained. 
    4. Lufthansa will submit a claim for compensatory damages against the Vereinigung Cockpit to the Frankfurt Labor Court. This claim will be based on the unlawfulness of the pilots’ strike of April 2014, when the Vereinigung Cockpit ordered strike action against Lufthansa Cargo even though the corresponding CLA was still in force. The damage caused to the Lufthansa Group as a result of the April 2014 strike totaled around EUR 60 million.

    5. Lufthansa is considering what possibilities (if any) the German Collective Bargaining Act (“Tarifeinheitsgesetz”) offers to prevent further harm to the company and its customers. In taking these actions Lufthansa is assuming responsibility for the future competitiveness and viability of the entire company, for its customers (who are currently being subjected to unacceptable inconvenience) and for its 120,000 employees from all personnel groups whose jobs are directly dependent on the company’s future.

    “We would have liked to finally resume our CLA negotiations with the Vereinigung Cockpit instead of having to respond with this further escalation,” says Bettina Volkens, Chief Officer Corporate Human Resources & Legal Affairs at Deutsche Lufthansa AG. “I also appeal to our pilots to live up to their personal responsibilities. With the strike plans outlined by the VC for the time between now and the end of this year, the financial damage to our company would exceed 100,000 euros per pilot. It is high time we sat down and found a solution here.”

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Lufthansa Group Media Relations

    Group

    Lufthansa Passage

    Tue, 08 Sep 2015 13:18:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/september/08/article/3702.html
  • Lufthansa publishes special timetable for tomorrow: more than half of all planned long-haul flights to operate

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/september/07/article/3699.html

    Special timetable now available online – travellers proactively informed – 84 of 1,500 planned Tuesday flights cancelled – 90 intercontinental passenger services and all cargo flights to operate thanks to volunteer pilot

    Lufthansa has published a special timetable for its services tomorrow Tuesday 8 September. The action has been taken following a call by the Vereinigung Cockpit pilots’ union (VC) for its members at Lufthansa German Airlines and Lufthansa Cargo to take strike action.

    A total of 1,500 passenger flights (including some 170 long-haul services) and seven cargo flights were scheduled to be operated during the planned strike period tomorrow.

    With a relatively large number of cockpit personnel indicating their willingness to fly, the airline will be able to operate more than half of its intercontinental passenger services despite the VC’s strike call. All in all, 84 long-haul services from or to Frankfurt, Munich or Düsseldorf will have to be cancelled, while 90 such flights can be operated.

    The willingness of many pilots to work despite the strike call will also permit all seven scheduled cargo flights for Tuesday to be performed. Lufthansa Cargo will thus be able to maintain its full flight program.

    A small number of inbound intercontinental flights to Frankfurt, Munich and Düsseldorf will also have to be cancelled today, to ensure that flight operations can resume as smoothly as possible on Wednesday after the strike.

    Any customers whose flight is cancelled as a result of the strike will be able to rebook or to cancel their booking free of charge or penalty.

    Lufthansa is doing its utmost to minimize the impact of this strike action on its customers. All Lufthansa customers holding tickets for long-haul travel from or to Frankfurt, Munich or Düsseldorf are urged to check the latest status of their flight on LH.com well in advance of their scheduled departure.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Lufthansa Group Media Relations

    Lufthansa Passage

    Group

    Mon, 07 Sep 2015 14:49:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/september/07/article/3699.html
  • 60 years of Lufthansa: Lufthansa Crew takes off in anniversary folk costumes during Oktoberfest

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/september/01/article/3696.html

    From Munich to Charlotte, Vancouver and Dubai / In costume at the airport and on selected European flights / “Culinary Oktoberfest” in the lounges and on board

    In just a few weeks, it will be "take off" time for the Munich folk costume crew during Oktoberfest. This year, the crew will appear in anniversary costumes: Lufthansa is taking advantage of its 60th birthday to recreate the traditional costume from the 1950's. The fourteen flight attendants will be taking off starting in mid-September to destinations in North America and the Arabian Gulf. On 16 September, they will be off to Charlotte (USA), on 21 September to Vancouver and on 29 September to Dubai. “It is for the ninth time already that our costume crew will carry Bavarian tradition throughout the world. Our passengers will be particularly pleased with this year’s anniversary costume”, says Thomas Klühr, member of the Lufthansa German Airlines Board Finance & Munich Hub.

    The 1950’s costume was recreated by Munich-based fashion house Angermaier Trachten. The flight attendants’ Wiesn-Dirndl has been recreated in the style of the times, light blue with woven patterns in beige. The apron is beige with discreet light-blue dots. A newspaper report at the time wrote: “Lufthansa stewardesses in real Dirndls will look after passengers on board the Super Constellation from New York to Hamburg, as well as on Lufthansa- Convair planes from London to Munich during the Munich Oktoberfest.”

    On selected European flights, a Lufthansa CityLine Crew will once again swap their uniforms for Bavarian costumes. The three flight attendants will also wear Dirndls from Munich-based Angermaier Trachten Fashion House. The bodice is yellow with blue flower prints, the skirt has blue and white stripes. In addition, the ladies will wear blue silk aprons.

    Lufthansa associates at Munich airport’s passenger service will be wearing Dirndls and jackets this year which were designed by Munich-based fashion company Schustermann & Borenstein exclusively for Lufthansa. During Oktoberfest, many station employees will also be wearing the Lufthansa costume.

    The Munich Lufthansa Lounges will be supporting the “fifth season” with culinary highlights. The First Class Lounge will offer Bavarian delicacies in the Oktoberfest- decorated restaurant. Specialties, like baked oxtail pralines and wheat beer tiramisu, will be freshly prepared by our cooks. In the Senator Lounges, guests can enjoy apple strudel, a cold platter and pretzels.

    Guests of Lufthansa First Class can also enjoy selected specialties on board during the Oktoberfest. So for example, on the flight to and from Charlotte, a number of culinary highlights will appear on the menu, including the “Tegernseer Schnitzel” or a “Bavarian Oktoberfest Duck." An iced Kaiserschmarrn or a lukewarm apple strudel will round off the menu.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations South Germany

    Lufthansa Passage

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 09:03:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/september/01/article/3696.html
  • Lufthansa Group to expand direct booking channel options

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/august/31/article/3694.html

    - Broad interest in alternative distribution channels; numerous collaborations with technology providers - More transparent and balances pass-through of costs of bookings via global distribution systems from 1 September

    The airlines of the Lufthansa Group – Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa and SWISS – have reached a major milestone in their endeavors to modernize their present product structures. A number of collaborations with various partners in the airline distribution segment have been successfully pursued over the last few weeks. 

    The efforts to develop and establish new “direct connect” booking channels are generating strong interest among the industry partners. “The market is clearly ready for innovations and developments of this kind,” confirms Jens Bischof, Member of the Executive Board and Chief Commercial Officer of Lufthansa German Airlines. “Our realignment of our distribution has prompted an intensive exchange of views and experiences within our industry.” 

    “This process has had its share of controversy, too,” Bischof concedes. “But we are still as convinced as ever that offering advanced and, at the same time, substantially cheaper additional booking channels – that also allow us to better present our products – is in our customers’ best interests. And that’s why we consistently pursue the further development of our distribution channels.”

    As planned, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group are now taking a further major step in implementing their new commercial strategy by ensuring that from tomorrow  (1 September), the costs of bookings made via global distribution systems (GDSs) are met more fairly and transparently by the users involved. To this end, a new “distribution cost charge” (DCC) of EUR 16 will now be applied to any ticket issued via GDS.

    Customers of the Lufthansa Group can obtain their tickets without having to pay the new DCC by making their bookings via the member airlines’ websites, via an airline service center or at an airport ticket desk. Travel agents may also use the dedicated www.LHGroup-agent.com online portal as a booking alternative. 

    Corporate customers can continue to make their bookings at their individually-agreed contractual rates (i.e. with no DCC) via www.LH.com. Lufthansa has also concluded a new agreement with technology provider Concur, an SAP company, under which Concur will provide the Lufthansa Group’s corporate customer travel management units with special programs for managing these www.LH.com bookings from next year onwards.

    “We want to work together with the travel agents and the global distribution systems to make the sale of air tickets more up-to-date, more inexpensive and more customer-minded,” Lufthansa CCO Bischof emphasizes. “And to this end we have swiftly developed a range of IT solutions that will be offered to our customers in the near future.” 

    The airlines of the Lufthansa Group have been particularly active devising solutions together with key technology partners that will enable them to develop and offer new “direct connect” booking channels. Parallel to this, the airlines are working on providing booking platforms for key-account corporate clients which will give them and their corporate travel agencies direct access to the air travel products of the Lufthansa Group.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Lufthansa Group Media Relations

    Lufthansa Passage

    Mon, 31 Aug 2015 16:01:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/august/31/article/3694.html
  • Worldwide customer services from Berlin Tempelhof

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/august/27/article/3691.html

    Lufthansa Service Center’s move into the Ullsteinhaus at Tempelhofer Hafen signals Lufthansa Group’s growing commitment to Germany’s capital

    A little anniversary was marked by a great relocation. Bursting at the seams, the headquarters of Lufthansa’s “InTouch Service Center”, one of Berlin’s biggest service centres, have now relocated from Adlershof to Tempelhof. Nearly five hundred employees moved into new offices with state-of-the-art communications technology at the Ullsteinhaus, a building steeped in tradition at the Tempelhofer Hafen. The official inauguration of the global service centre’s Berlin headquarters was accompanied by celebrations held to mark its fifteenth anniversary. 

    “After many decades, the new site of the Lufthansa InTouch head office is a sign that Germany’s flagship airline has once again returned to the Berlin Mitte district – the place where Lufthansa first saw the light of day,” said Cornelia Yzer, Berlin's Senator for Economics, Technology and Research. Lufthansa’s predecessor first launched its flight services at the former Berlin Tempelhof airport in the spring of 1926, almost ninety years ago. Yzer added that the presence of about five hundred employees at the Lufthansa InTouch headquarters pointed to the healthy growth of a large service company and signalled the Lufthansa Group’s clear commitment to Berlin as a good place to do business.

    The Berlin service centre employees serve Lufthansa customers and those of the Group airlines such as SWISS and Austrian Airlines seven days a week, right around the clock. “Our customer advisers offer passengers from all over the world an excellent, personalised service on the phone or via email, chat and social media,” explained Lufthansa InTouch General Manager Erik Mosch. The customer advisors issue tickets, handle re-bookings, provide information about baggage or Miles & More and act as points of contact for travel agencies. Lufthansa InTouch also lends a helping hand when things occasionally don’t quite go according to plan, such as cancelled flights because ofthe weather or delays caused by overloaded airports. 

    “We’re delighted that a key part of Lufthansa’s modern operations has now moved to Tempelhof,” commented Thomas Kropp, the authorised representative of Lufthansa’s executive board for Berlin. “The fact that Lufthansa’s global service centre network now operates out of Berlin Tempelhof underscores the strong and continually growing commitment of our Group to the capital’s metropolitan area”. Since its re-emergence in 1955, Deutsche Lufthansa has been based in Cologne and has based its biggest hub at Frankfurt am Main Airport.

    Lufthansa’s Berlin Service Centre was first established under the name Lufthansa Global Tele Sales (LGTS) in Schönefeld, back in 2000. Within five years the workforce grew from fifty to some two hundred and eighty employees, so it first moved to Adlershof in 2005. Lufthansa InTouch now has almost 500 employees on its Berlin payroll. Spread over four floors, its new offices in Tempelhof can easily be extended in accordance with operational requirements. The Berlin operation also manages and monitors Lufthansa’s global network of six further service centers distributed over four continents: in Brno (Czech Republic), Dublin, Istanbul, Cape Town, Melbourne and Peterborough (Canada). The geographical spread enables Lufthansa InTouch to provide seamless round-the-clock service 365 days of the year for all airline customers all over the world.         

    90 markets, 35 languages, 200 services

    Every year, the seven Lufthansa InTouch service centres throughout the world perform some eleven million customer transactions, 2.6 million of them in Berlin alone. Altogether, 1,600 advisers serve clients from over ninety countries in more than thirty-five languages and offer two hundred different services. And the range of services continues to grow, as Mosch was keen to point out: “We’re constantly enhancing the Lufthansa customer service portfolio. In particular, and in keeping with customer demand, we’re expanding our services which we now offer via social media channels.”

    Lufthansa InTouch is one of nineteen subsidiaries and associated companies owned by the Lufthansa Group on the River Spree. Today, Europe's largest airline – which was only permitted to resume flights to Berlin at the end of October 1990 – has based its extensive range of aviation services in Berlin/Brandenburg. Among others, Lufthansa Technik, Lufthansa Systems and Lufthansa Flight Training have their offices in Berlin. The Lufthansa Group employes over three thousand people between Tegel and Schönefeld, making Lufthansa one of the largest private-sector employers in the surrounding area of Germany’s capital.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Corporate Communications

    Group

    Lufthansa Passage

    Thu, 27 Aug 2015 12:34:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/august/27/article/3691.html
  • Eurowings pilot positions now open to external applicants

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/august/26/article/3689.html

    High number of applicants from Lufthansa Group airlines responding to internal advertisements

    Eurowings Europe is opening up its positions for new cockpit staff to external applicants as of today. The openings have been advertised within Lufthansa Group since 11 August – and there is an abundant number of applicants. Numerous internal applications have been received from pilots working for airlines within the Lufthansa Group as well pilots undergoing training at Lufthansa’s flight school in Bremen. The number of internal applications for first officers has already met existing needs for the first year while demand for additional staff at different starting dates remains strong.

    As planned the internal recruitment process continues to run in parallel to the external advertisement. Preference will continue to be given to internal applicants. 

    “We’re delighted that our internal offer was met with such an enthusiastic response right from the start. In fact we are now confident we can fill the vacancies with highly qualified pilots,” commented Karl Ulrich Garnadt, Member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Chairman of the Board at Lufthansa Passage.

    Established in Austria, Eurowings Europe offers new pilots attractive career opportunities and competitive compensation packages. Successful candidates can look forward to working in an Airbus A320 cockpit environment. As of March 2016, Eurowings Europe will recruit approximately twelve new pilots per month. With a rapid expansion of its flight operations the new Eurowings strives to become the third largest low-cost carrier in Europe. 

    Applications can be submitted on the Eurowings’ Europe career site: www.career.aero/eurowings/

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

    Germanwings
    Press Office

    Group

    Lufthansa Passage

    Wed, 26 Aug 2015 14:51:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/august/26/article/3689.html
  • "Tante Ju" becomes a "flying memorial"

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/august/22/article/3686.html

    Worldwide unique award for the Lufthansa traditional airplane Ju 52

    It is one of the oldest passenger planes in the world still flying. Its many admirers at home and abroad lovingly call it "Tante Ju" (Auntie Ju) or more respectfully, the "Grande Dame of the skies”. Now the ”old-timer”, built in 1936 in the Junkers aircraft plant in Dessau has been honored as no passenger plane has ever been before. Being its first and only historic commercial aircraft, Lufthansa's Ju 52 has been placed under protection by the Office of Historic Monuments of the Hamburg Cultural Authority. The presentation of the official plaque signifying the Protection of Historic Monuments took place on August 22, 2015 at the Airport Days in Hamburg. At a ceremony attended by 50 distinguished guests, Hamburg's Lord Mayor, Mr. Olaf Scholz, presented it to Dr. Jürgen Weber, Honorary Chairman of the Board at Deutsche Lufthansa and to Mr. Bernhard Conrad, CEO of the Deutsche Lufthansa Berlin Stiftung (DLBS). The Stiftung (foundation) is the operator of the aircraft. This award is also an acknowledgement of Hugo Junker's life work and achievement.

    The Ju 52 is an important and well-loved testimonial which is evident every year during the summer months when some 9,000 passengers enjoy the many sightseeing and regular flights offered across Germany and Austria allowing themselves to be taken back to the pioneering days of passenger flights. The title "Movable Monument” awarded by the Office of Historic Monuments of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg emphasizes the significance of the Ju 52 as an evidence of architecture as well as construction and aviation history whose use and preservation are for public benefit.

    The recognition as a "Movable Monument" presupposes the meeting of basic requirements as well as strict criteria which are determined in the Heritage Protection Law. The minimum age requirement of 30 years is of course fulfilled by Ju 52. The required share of original material also exists. Moreover, it had to be proven to the heritage protectors, that the Ju 52 has a special significance making its conservation a subject of public interest. Successful in proving these: "The Tante Ju is of great aviation-historic importance, being one of the last and well-preserved examples of a novel motorized aircraft type in regards to its construction which at the time was a big seller and success model", Dr. Christine Onnen of the Hamburg Office of Historic Monuments explains.

    “It is a great honour and at the same time an obligation for the Deutsche Lufthansa and the Deutsche Lufthansa Berlin Stiftung (DLBS) that our Ju 52 has been included in the list of “Movable Monuments," said Dr. Jürgen Weber. Special thanks go to the engineers and technicians of DLBS and Lufthansa Technik as well as to the pilots and flight attendants, "who with a lot of love and commitment ensure that this flying monument is filled with life and that every year thousands of people can enjoy the flight experience as in the days of their grandparents." Weber promised: "We will do our best that our Tante Ju will remain fit for many years to come; our next milestone is the centenary!"

    More Photos of the Ju 52 for download are to be found on website www.dlbs.de.

    About the Airport Days in Hamburg 2015:
    The Airport Days are an aviation party for the whole family taking place on August 22 and 23, 2015 and organized by the Lufthansa Technik and Hamburg Airport. Under the motto “Discover the world of flying", around 100 modern jets as well as oldtimers from 100 years of aviation history are presented on the premises of the Lufthansa base in Hamburg. At this event, other aviation companies from Hamburg introduce their innovations in a hands-on and participating manner and an exciting program entertains adults as well as children.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

    Deutsche Lufthansa Berlin-Stiftung
    infodlbs@dlh.de

    Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg
    Kulturbehörde/ Denkmalschutzamt
    http://www.hamburg.de/kulturbehoerde/denkmalschutzamt/

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    Sat, 22 Aug 2015 12:17:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/august/22/article/3686.html
  • New Eurowings proving popular with customers

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/august/11/article/3643.html

    Ticket sales for attractively-priced long-haul flights off to a promising start; cockpit and cabin crew recruitment for European services getting under way

    The new Eurowings looks all set for a successful launch of its attractively-priced long-haul services. Three months ahead of its first such flights – to the Caribbean, Thailand and Dubai – Lufthansa’s new budget-fare subsidiary reports promising booking levels. “As the customer demand confirms, what we’re offering here is a highly attractive long-haul air travel product,” says Karl Ulrich Garnadt, Member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG and CEO of Lufthansa German Airlines. “Our strategy of offering our further Eurowings brand, which is aimed particularly at price-sensitive leisure travellers, clearly meets a market need. And our decision to commence these operations in Cologne and the North Rhine Westphalia region has proved a prudent one, too.”     

    Eurowings is offering a number of specially low fares to launch its new services, such as Cologne/Bonn to Dubai for as little as EUR 99.99. Further initial long-haul destinations include Bangkok and Phuket in Thailand and several points in the Caribbean such as Varadero in Cuba and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. 

    The new intercontinental services will be operated with Airbus A330-200 equipment. The first two aircraft are already being prepared to enter revenue service at the beginning of November. The Eurowings long-haul fleet will then gradually be expanded to seven Airbus A330s.        

    The new Eurowings is adopting the business and marketing concept that has already proved successful with its sister carrier Germanwings, which has firmly positioned itself as an innovative quality low-cost airline. While Germanwings is focused on the German air travel market, Eurowings will now expand the concept throughout Europe, and will further extend it to intercontinental city and vacation destinations. 

    Eurowings will be opening its first operating base outside Germany in Austria. In collaboration with fellow Lufthansa Group carrier Austrian Airlines, Eurowings will offer European services from and to Vienna using Airbus A320 equipment – one aircraft from the 2015/16 winter schedules, and a second from March 2016. Both aircraft will be operated by Austrian Airlines.                   

    The new Eurowings Europe GmbH was founded in Austria on Monday 10 August. The company will serve as the starting point for further growth, which will see the establishment of several more operating bases throughout the European continent. Eurowings Europe is currently setting up its flight operations, which includes creating its own cockpit and cabin crew corps.

    The new Eurowings cockpit crew positions are initially being advertised internally within Lufthansa, to give priority to existing pilots from the Lufthansa Group and those who have completed their flight training in Bremen and are awaiting suitable vacancies. The pilot recruitment process should then be extended to outside applicants in the second half of August. The cabin crew recruitment process will begin in the second half of September.              

    The remuneration systems at Eurowings Europe will be aligned to those already in place at other airlines within the Lufthansa Group. But they will also pay due regard to the particular conditions and challenges of the low-cost airline sector, particularly in terms of productivity levels and seasonal demand fluctuations. 

    The new remuneration packages will also feature attractive occupational pension benefits. As well as offering an employer’s retirement savings contribution amounting to 2% of the employee’s basic salary, Eurowings will increase this contribution to 2.5% for any employee who undertakes to make their own employee’s savings contribution of 1.0%.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Lufthansa Group Media Relations

    Germanwings
    Media Relations

    Group

    Lufthansa Passage

    Tue, 11 Aug 2015 11:33:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/august/11/article/3643.html
  • Lufthansa and UFO continue negotiations

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/august/09/article/3639.html

    The bargaining parties want a total package by November

    After the strategy meeting with board members of Deutsche Lufthansa AG and the Independent Flight Attendant Organisation (UFO) late last week, Lufthansa is confident that an agreement will be possible if negotiations continue.

    That is why a proposal put forward by Lufthansa to continue negotiations until 1 November has now been agreed – even for the Alliance for Growth and Employment whose negotiations were scheduled to run until 1 September. Among other things, the retirement and transitional benefits and the remuneration of cabin staff at Lufthansa Passenger will also be on the negotiating table.

    Lufthansa and the union have also agreed to bring an external, independent auditor into the talks to assess the costs and savings of the offers and demands. Moderation of the discussions at a later date will also be possible.

    "The negotiations and package proposed by UFO are very extensive and with some issues we are still clearly very wide apart as regards contents. We have already found a good basis for further negotiations with other points. But we have a serious commitment to reaching settlements – in the interests of our customers, our employees and the entire company," says Dr Bettina Volkens, Chief Officer Corporate Human Resources and Legal Affairs at Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

    "I am convinced that we can find constructive solutions. This includes common solutions to increase our competitiveness. Because it's all about securing the success of our company in the long term and thus the jobs of our employees permanently," Volkens stresses.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG

    Group

    Lufthansa Passage

    Sun, 09 Aug 2015 15:49:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/august/09/article/3639.html
  • Lufthansa successfully placed hybrid bond

    http://investor-relations.lufthansagroup.com/fileadmin/pm/20150804/en/index.php

    • Financing of EUR 500m raised • Transaction supports credit profile of Lufthansa Group

    Financial News

    Tue, 04 Aug 2015 15:45:00 +0200 http://investor-relations.lufthansagroup.com/fileadmin/pm/20150804/en/index.php
  • Star Alliance named Best Airline Alliance at Australian Business Traveller Awards

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/august/04/article/3633.html

    Star Alliance, the world’s longest serving and most comprehensive airline alliance, has been named Best Airline Alliance by Australian Business Traveller, Asia-Pacific's leading website for business travellers and frequent flyers. Australian Business Traveller Editor David Flynn said the inaugural awards program recognised "trend-setters and game-changers in the highly-competitive business travel market". “With 28 member airlines under its wing, Star Alliance can take business travellers almost everywhere they need to go," said Flynn. "Our readers especially value unique benefits such as the ability to use frequent flyer points or miles to upgrade across all member airlines. “Star Alliance is also continuing to find new ways to enhance the business travel experience - from its growing network of branded airport lounges and the opening of the state-of-the-art Terminal 2 at Heathrow Airport, to the ongoing roll-out of Gold Track priority lanes that allow...

    Star Alliance, the world’s longest serving and most comprehensive airline alliance, has been named Best Airline Alliance by Australian Business Traveller, Asia-Pacific's leading website for business travellers and frequent flyers.

    Australian Business Traveller Editor David Flynn said the inaugural awards program recognised "trend-setters and game-changers in the highly-competitive business travel market".

    “With 28 member airlines under its wing, Star Alliance can take business travellers almost everywhere they need to go," said Flynn. "Our readers especially value unique benefits such as the ability to use frequent flyer points or miles to upgrade across all member airlines.

    “Star Alliance is also continuing to find new ways to enhance the business travel experience - from its growing network of branded airport lounges and the opening of the state-of-the-art Terminal 2 at Heathrow Airport, to the ongoing roll-out of Gold Track priority lanes that allow travellers to move through airport security more smoothly.”

    "With ANA flying to Australia later this year and with Turkish Airlines planning to fly to Australia as soon as possible, subject to fleet availability and other operational considerations, Star Alliance will be an even better option for Australian business travellers."

    Currently 10 Star Alliance member airlines operate services to Australia, including: Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, Asiana Airlines, EVA Air, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, THAI and United. A number of offline members are also active in the market, including, Austrian, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines and SWISS.

    Mark Schwab, CEO Star Alliance commented that the Best Airline Alliance Award was testament to the dedication of Star Alliance member airlines in Australia.

    “We are delighted to win this important award. With more airlines serving this market than any other alliance we offer our customers a significant choice of flights and transfer connections. It shows that by working together, even without a domestic presence in Australia, our member carriers can deliver genuine benefits to the country’s international business travellers.”

    Australian Business Traveller Awards were judged by a panel of business travel experts, with honours presented across 33 categories, including first class suites and business class seats, airport lounges, frequent flyer programs, inflight food and wine and travel technology.

    About Australian Business Traveller:
    Launched in 2010, Australian Business Traveller (www.AusBT.com.au) is the Asia-Pacific region’s leading website for business travellers and frequent flyers. With over 500,000 unique monthly visitors and 1.6 million page views, Australian Business Traveller also ranks as Australia’s largest independent travel website.

    About Star Alliance:
    The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Avianca Brasil, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI and United. Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 18,500 daily flights to 1,330 airports in 192 countries.

    Further information can be obtained via:
    Star Alliance Press Office
    Email: mediarelations@staralliance.com
    www.staralliance.com

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    Tue, 04 Aug 2015 13:59:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/august/04/article/3633.html
  • Lufthansa doubles its lounges in Munich

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/august/04/article/3631.html

    Five new lounges in the newly developing terminal building, the Satellitengebäude

    Panoramic views and a bar overlooking the apron; in future, Lufthansa passengers can pass the time while waiting for their connection in an extremely relaxed atmosphere. At the opening ceremony for the Satellitengebäude in April 2016, five new lounges with a total area of 4,000 square metres will be available for first class and business class guests as well as Lufthansa HON-circle members, passengers with Lufthansa Senator status and frequent travellers; thus, Lufthansa will double their lounges in Munich once again. “The new Lufthansa lounges in the Satellitengebäude are a further quantum leap forward to more quality and a five-star service. The light atmosphere and direct views over the apron will capture our customers’ imagination”, says Thomas Klühr, Lufthansa Passage board member for finance & hub Munich. All lounges will be located in the central area of the new building and will be quickly accessible and conveniently situated for the customers.

    On the top level, (an area of more than 1,000 square metres) the new first class lounge is currently being developed. Here, first class passengers and HON-circle members can relax in a luxurious atmosphere. The lounge will offer several bedrooms and working spaces, a bar area, luxury bathrooms and a separate lounge for cigar smokers.  A gourmet restaurant will provide meals à la carte as well as a premium-quality buffet. Separate passport control within the lounge will cater for a convenient arrival or departure. If passengers leave from or arrive at an apron position a limousine service will bring them directly to an aircraft or the first class lounge.

    For the Lufthansa Senator and business lounges on the Non-Schengen level along the panoramic windows of both lounges, a special feature is available; a bar with barkeeper will provide cold and warm drinks as well as coffee specialities and cocktails to our customers. For the Munich Lufthansa Senator lounges, the famous warme Leberkäs mit Brezn und Kartoffelsalat is a must, slices of a warm meatloaf with lye pretzel and potato salad will be available at the buffet, as well as a changing menu with hot dishes or a comprehensive breakfast in the morning. Guests in the business lounges will enjoy their waiting time in a bistro area where armchairs invite them to stay and relax. Additionally, an area with more than 3,000 square metres, Lufthansa Senator and business lounges offer separate working spaces, a TV area and comfortable shower rooms.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Southern Germany

    Lufthansa Passage

    Tue, 04 Aug 2015 12:07:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/august/04/article/3631.html
  • Lufthansa Restaurant Service to start in August

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/august/03/article/3615.html

    A new travel experience in Business Class on long-haul flights from 1st August

    From August onwards, passengers in the Lufthansa Business Class can look forward to a completely new service on board long-haul flights. The flight attendants will now adapt their service more strongly towards the rhythm of their passengers in order to individually respond to their guests' needs and requests just like a top-class restaurant. After the flight attendants have welcomed 'their' guests on board in person and by name, they take their orders and set the table with ceramic crockery. Meals are then served directly from the galley. Trays and flight trolleys are replaced by service plates.

    After the introductory flights in June and July on the Airbus A380 routes to New York (JFK) and Miami, the restaurant service will now be launched on the A380 services to Houston, Johannesburg, Los Angeles, Miami, Delhi, New York (JFK), Beijing, San Francisco, Shanghai, Seoul and Singapore from 1st August onwards. The service will then be introduced on flights with the Boeing 747-400 and 747-8 from Frankfurt on 1st October and the Airbus A340 fleet from Frankfurt and Munich to Asia and the Middle East on 25th October. 

    Special service training courses for around 4500 flight attendants have already been running since May this year. The around 130 flights on which the new concept has already been tested received an extremely positive response from Business Class guests. With its new restaurant service, Lufthansa is taking another important step towards becoming the first five-star airline in the Western hemisphere. 

    Photos can be found here: http://mediabase.lufthansa.com/

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Lufthansa Group Media Relation

    Lufthansa Passage

    Mon, 03 Aug 2015 08:05:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/august/03/article/3615.html
  • 250 apprentices start at the Lufthansa Group

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/july/31/article/3613.html

    Additionally, more than 1,400 flight attendants start their training

    250 apprentices will start their working lives at the Lufthansa Group in Germany this summer. They will be trained in 34 various professions. From specialists in system catering and cooks at LSG Sky Chefs, through specialists for warehouse logistics at Lufthansa Cargo and Lufthansa Technik, up to tool mechanics at Lufthansa Technik, the Lufthansa Group offers a varied range of trainings at different locations. With 150 apprentices, most are starting their training in Frankfurt. With around 37,000 employees, Lufthansa is the largest employer in Hesse.

    “We are pleased that many young people want to start their working lives with us. Their training is very important to us,” says Dr Bettina Volkens, Member of the Executive Board and Chief Officer Corporate Human Resources and Legal Affairs at German Lufthansa AG.

    Traditionally, technical professions, such as air equipment mechanics or electricians for aviation technical systems, make up the largest part of the training places. Most of the training places in the Group are at Lufthansa Technik in Frankfurt and Hamburg. But in the other business fields, such as passenger transport, logistics and catering, young people have the possibility to learn a profession with a future-oriented perspective. In total, around 1,500 apprentices currently work in the Lufthansa Group throughout Germany. There are also additional apprentices that work for the Lufthansa Group abroad at over 80 locations.

    Additionally, more than 1,400 flight attendants have been recruited by Lufthansa in 2015. Lufthansa currently offers two contract models for joining as a flight attendant:

    • Permanent employment with a part-time factor of 83 per cent, in which flying is on full-time in summer and reduced in winter. 
    • Fixed term employment of two years with a part-time factor of 50 per cent, which can be extended once by a further two years. In this model, flight attendants work full-time in summer and then have six months off.

    In both models remuneration and social security are paid over twelve months. The new employees will be trained in twelve week courses for their employment as flight attendants. 32 courses will still be starting this year. Further courses will be offered next year.

    “Lufthansa is and remains the top employer for flight attendants. We offer employment prospects at attractive conditions in the cabin”, says Volkens. 

    Those interested will find detailed information about the possibilities for joining the Lufthansa Group and the conditions on www.Be-Lufthansa.com. Applications are only possible via the careers portal. It is also worth taking a look on Facebook at the career fan site “Be-Lufthansa”. On www.facebook.de/BeLufthansa, human resources experts give valuable tips and answer questions concerning the working world of the Lufthansa Group. Or just click on blog.be-lufthansa.com – there are useful tips for a possible apprenticeship at Lufthansa.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

    Group

    Fri, 31 Jul 2015 14:50:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/july/31/article/3613.html
  • Lufthansa significantly improves results for first half-year

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/july/30/article/3609.html

    • Adjusted EBIT up from EUR 290m to EUR 468m • Passenger airlines report positive business development • Fuel costs down by EUR 309m, currency effects burden result by EUR 158m • Equity ratio rises again to 17.5 percent due to higher interest rates

    The Lufthansa Group reports solid business development for the first half of 2015 and improved results in all of its operating segments. The Adjusted EBIT rose by EUR 290m year-on-year to EUR 468m. For the six months ended 30 June, sales increased by 8.5 percent to EUR 15.4bn, with traffic revenue accounting for EUR 12.1bn of that figure. Yields for the Lufthansa Group’s passenger airlines rose by 2.4 percent in the first half of 2015, which was mainly exchange rate related. Had it not been for the tailwind from a weaker euro, however, yields would have been appreciably lower, in line with expectations. In the second quarter alone, yields declined by 5.7 percent after adjusting for exchange rate effects. Although unit costs as a whole also rose mainly as a result of currency exchange rates, the EUR 309m reduction in fuel costs coupled with improved sales and capacity utilization more than compensated for the reduction in prices. All currency effects in the first six months net to a total negative impact of EUR 158m. The net effect is negative as Lufthansa Group has higher costs in foreign currencies, among others due to fuel spending in US Dollar, compared to the revenue side in foreign currencies.

    The Group’s net result for the first six months of the year rose to EUR 954m, compared with a net loss of EUR 79m for the same period in the prior year. In addition to a higher operating result, this is mainly due to the increase in the financial result. More than half of the Group’s net result was attributable to an accounting effect resulting from the appreciation in equity capital of EUR 503m following the redemption of the Jet-Blue convertible bond in the first quarter. In the second quarter, assessments of interest and exchange rate hedging instruments as well as fuel hedging options had a positive impact, increasing the result by a total of EUR 176m.

    Simone Menne, Chairman of the Financial and Aviation services of Deutsche Lufthansa AG said: “Our first-half results are solid. Aside from the positive development of our business operating areas and, in particular, our passenger airlines, which gained extra momentum in the second quarter, the fall in fuel costs is largely responsible for the improvement in our results. We will, however, not be misled by that, since we assume that the price level for airline tickets will not recover. We will therefore continue to work consistently on the competitive focus of the Lufthansa Group.”

    In the second quarter, the Lufthansa Group achieved an Adjusted EBIT margin of 7.6 percent. Lufthansa Passenger Airlines and, in particular, SWISS played a crucial role in this positive development. The Passenger Airline Group recorded a margin of almost 8 percent in the second quarter, with SWISS, with a margin of over 11 percent, posting an exceptionally good result – also in comparison to others in the sector. Germanwings also remains on a successful course, and will close the current year in profit for the first time.

    Simone Menne: “Our strategic focus is right. On the one hand, our premium brands – Lufthansa and SWISS – are very successful, and at the same time Germanwings and Eurowings are also showing good business developments as secondary brands. We are focusing on the premium quality of our hub airlines and the high level of competitiveness of our secondary brands in point-to-point traffic. This approach makes us profitable and fit for the future within the airline market”.

    In the first half year, Lufthansa Passenger Airlines improved its result by EUR 181m, SWISS by EUR 90m, based on an Adjusted EBIT of EUR 178m. While Austrian Airlines reported a loss of EUR 17m in the first half-year, it managed to increase the Adjusted EBIT by a solid EUR 27m compared with the previous year. However, in the second quarter, Lufthansa Cargo was unable to maintain its good performance of the first quarter. With the introduction of the summer timetable, Lufthansa Cargo’s competitors significantly increased their freight capacity in many markets, thereby placing prices under increasing pressure. Eventually, the logistics segment achieved an improvement of EUR 7m in the Adjusted EBIT to EUR 50m in the first half-year. The other business segments also managed to improve their half-year results: Lufthansa Technik by EUR 41m to EUR 268m and LSG SkyChefs by EUR 17m to EUR 26m.

    The equity ratio rose again to 17.5 percent at the end of the second quarter due to the higher actuarial interest rate and the resultant decrease in pension provisions. The ratio was therewith higher than for the full-year 2014. Although pension liabilities declined as a result of the 2.9 percent increase in the actuarial interest rate, at EUR 6.6bn overall pension liabilities still remain at a very high level. 

    Simone Menne: “With regard to pension liabilities and equity, it can also be said that developments throughout the second quarter have been positive, even if they were strongly driven by external factors. The need for sustainable structures in our pension scheme and transitional pension arrangements remains unchanged, nevertheless. The ambitious investment program to which we are committed to in the coming years is part of our strategy to ensure our sustainability. In order to generate the necessary funds we need the right conditions in all the business areas and companies within the Lufthansa Group.”

    In the first half, operating cash-flow rose by almost 45 percent to EUR 2.5bn. At the end of the first half-year, a free cash flow of just over EUR 1bn was reported - almost double that of the previous year. Against this background, net indebtedness decreased substantially by 31 percent compared to the full-year 2014. 

    As planned, capital expenditure rose year-on-year. Amongst other things, the delivery of two further Airbus A380s and four Boeing 747-8s as well as the modernization of First and Business Class on the long-haul fleet and the installation of the new Premium Economy Class were contributory factors. Gross expenditure in 2015 will total EUR 2.9bn. For the following years, a decline in the level of investment to EUR 2.5bn is planned.

    Lufthansa confirms its outlook for the full-year 2015 with an Adjusted EBIT of more than EUR 1.5m before strike costs.

      Lufthansa Group   January   – June Change
        1 HY 2015 1 HY 2014  
    Sales revenue € m 15,365 14,166 +8.5%
    Of which traffic revenue € m 12,123 11,466 +5.7%
    Result of operating activities € m. 430 194 +121.6%
    Group Result € m 954 -79 --
    EBIT € m 463 216 +114.4%
    Adjusted EBIT € m 468 178 +162.9%
    Adjusted EBIT margin In % 3.0% 1.3% +1.7pts.
    Capital expenditure (net) € m 1,507 1,198 +25.7%
    Operating cash flow € m 2,527 1,744 +44.9%
    Employees at 30 June 2015   119,357 119,092 +265
    Earnings per share 2.06 -0.17 +2.23

    This interim report for the second quarter of 2015 is being published at the same time with this press release on 30 July 2015 at 7:30 CET at http://investor-relations.lufthansagroup.com/en.html.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

    Financial News

    Thu, 30 Jul 2015 07:10:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/july/30/article/3609.html
  • Star Alliance announces Premium Economy Round-the-World fares

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/july/29/article/3606.html

    11 Member Airlines now offering a dedicated Premium Economy Cabin

    Star Alliance, the world’s longest serving and most comprehensive airline alliance, has expanded its Round-the-World (RTW) fare to include travel in Premium Economy Class.

    “With eleven of our member carriers now offering a dedicated Premium Economy cabin, we are pleased to offer our customers the opportunity to make use of this extra comfort on their Round-the-World travels”, said Horst Findeisen, VP Commercial and Business Development at Star Alliance.

    In line with the overall RTW product, the Premium Economy Class fare is offered in three mileage bands: 29,000, 34,000 or 39,000 miles.

    Putting the mileage levels into perspective, the circumference of the Earth measured at the Equator is approximately 24,900 miles. The new fare can now be booked for travel in the Premium Economy cabins on the following airlines:

    Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, EVA Air, Lufthansa, LOT Polish Airlines, SAS, Singapore Airlines, THAI and Turkish Airlines. To provide customers with full flexibility, itineraries may include any other Star Alliance member airlines as well. On flights where Premium Economy Class is not offered, travellers will be accommodated in Economy Class.

    With the new fares, customers can choose from 17 different Star Alliance RTW fare options: Three for travel in First Class, four for travel in Business Class, three for travel in Premium Economy and seven for travel in Economy Class. This wide range of fare levels allows customers to select the mileage requirement and class of travel which best suits their personal travel needs. Actual fares vary by market and, in general, offer better value for money than purchasing individual one-way tickets on separate airlines to cover the same itinerary. Children between the age of two and 11 pay 75% of the applicable adult fare, while infants under two who do not occupy a seat can be taken along for 10% of the applicable adult fare. 

    Customers can easily build their own routings within the mileage limits of the different fare levels. Travel needs to commence and end in the same country and in general be in one direction, either going East or West, although some zigzagging is permitted within a continent. Both the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean must be crossed once. Stops lasting a minimum of 24 hours must be made in at least three cities, with the overall itinerary including a maximum of five to 15 stops (total number of stops are dependent on the actual fare level). Further information can be found at: www.staralliance.com/en/fares/. This page also leads to the Star Alliance Book and Fly tool (www.staralliance.com/en/booking/book-and-fly/#), which allows online booking and ticketing for the RTW fare. As an alternative, customers can also contact any of the 28 Star Alliance member airlines or a travel agent of their choice. In addition to the RTW fares, the Star Alliance network also offers the Circle Pacific Fare and five Regional Airpasses.

    Customers travelling on Star Alliance RTW fares may in principle accrue miles in any of the 21 Frequent Flyer Programmes (FFP) offered by the member airlines. The collected miles can count towards earning Star Alliance Gold or Silver status and be redeemed, for example, for free flights, upgrades or non-flight awards such as hotel stays.

    About Star Alliance:
    The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Avianca Brasil, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI and United. Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 18,500 daily flights to 1,330 airports in 192 countries.

    Further information can be obtained via:
    Star Alliance Press Office
    Email: mediarelations@staralliance.com

    Group

    Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:27:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/july/29/article/3606.html
  • Start the summer holidays with Lufthansa

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/july/28/article/3603.html

    Holiday time means travel time. Around 750,000 children and young people flew with Lufthansa last year alone. The most popular destinations of the young guests on inter-continental flights were New York, Miami and Dubai. For short and medium haul routes Barcelona, London and Istanbul were among the top destinations. This summer Lufthansa expects a total of 230,000 young passengers during July and August. Lufthansa pays particular attention to the wishes and needs of young flight guests. The airline offers special services for families and children from the time they book through to the time they land at their destination. Helpful checklists and information concerning the journey with children on LH.com/Family ensure optimal travel preparation. At home: online self-services make travel preparations easier Passengers have the possibility to print out their boarding card at home 23 hours before departure via LH.com or download it onto their mobile device. With a valid boarding...

    Holiday time means travel time. Around 750,000 children and young people flew with Lufthansa last year alone. The most popular destinations of the young guests on inter-continental flights were New York, Miami and Dubai. For short and medium haul routes Barcelona, London and Istanbul were among the top destinations. This summer Lufthansa expects a total of 230,000 young passengers during July and August.

    Lufthansa pays particular attention to the wishes and needs of young flight guests. The airline offers special services for families and children from the time they book through to the time they land at their destination. Helpful checklists and information concerning the journey with children on LH.com/Family ensure optimal travel preparation.

    At home: online self-services make travel preparations easier 

    Passengers have the possibility to print out their boarding card at home 23 hours before departure via LH.com or download it onto their mobile device. With a valid boarding card they can also use the easily operated automatic baggage check-in at the airport, where they can send their baggage on its way with just a few simple actions. 

    At the airport: relaxing and enjoying the time before departure

    At Frankfurt and Munich airports there are child-friendly family check-in areas with a large archway showing the Lufthansa mascots Lu and Cosmo. Travellers with children up to the age of twelve can check in here. Children will be given a boarding card for their cuddly toy, while parents will get the “family guide” with useful tips before departure.

    Families as well as children travelling alone, along with their chaperones, can expect various childcare rooms and play areas in Frankfurt and Munich. 

    Children are also welcome in the lounges – with summer kits, which include presents such as sun hats and toys for the flight. One special highlight is the large children’s area in the Business Lounge in Frankfurt at Gate B48, which includes painting tables, a children’s cinema, Nintendo PlayStations and toys. 

    Thanks to the pre-boarding service, parents can board with their children before other guests. Prams and buggies can be taken right up to the aircraft door – in addition there are also free loan buggies available. Lufthansa offers a special childcare service for children and young people over the age of five travelling without a chaperone at all airports. About 80,000 children and young people travelling alone fly with Lufthansa every year, 30,000 of them in the summer months – this is up to 800 children on the main travel days in the summer holidays alone, who are entrusted to Lufthansa’s chaperones. The average age here is eleven. Staff on the ground and on board look after the children’s needs with diligence and lots of empathy, ensuring they are safely handed over to those collecting them at the destination airport.

    On board: the time flies by for both large and small passengers

    So that they do not get bored on board, Lufthansa has had its own toy developed for the youngest passengers. About 1.44 million toys will be given to the small flight guests this summer. The range includes colouring books with exciting motifs, coloured pencils, “Lu and Cosmo” puzzles and card games, as well as reading material, such as magazines and puzzle books.  

    The inflight entertainment programme, with music, talking books and games, as well as films and documentaries designed especially for children, offers any amount of pastimes. 

    The range has recently been expanded by Pixi format little books by Carlsen with augmented reality features. These are about the adventures of Lu and Cosmo at the airport and playfully stimulate the small guests’ senses with exciting, interactive functions. 

    A feast for the eyes – Lufthansa Kids Menus can be booked free up to 24 hours before departure via telephone or LH.com. Colourful children’s menus by star chef Sybille Schönberger are currently delighting small passengers on selected European routes and on all long haul flights. Last year alone, around 24,000 of such menus were served on board. 

    Babies are also well looked after on board: with comfortable baby baskets on all long haul aircraft, baby toys and changing tables in the washrooms of every aircraft. Furthermore, baby food, teas and bottles for infants are provided.

    The new Lufthansa app for kids from the age of seven

    Children love the world of flying. The first Lufthansa app for children “Departure! The comic cartoon journey for small passengers” is accordingly popular. Here, children up to the age of six playfully find out about the flight experience before the journey. From August the new app “Super JetFriends” will delight seven to eleven year olds. With this app, they will go on a tour of the airport with the Lufthansa mascots Lu and Cosmo and immerse themselves in the world of the “Super JetFriends”. The app users complete important tasks together with Lu and Cosmo: they’ll build their own super-plane, help the pilot navigate the aircraft, fuel waiting planes, test their knowledge and much more. Further information about the app is available on JetFriends.com, the Lufthansa and Miles & More club for children and young people.

    Miles & More Frequent Traveller Summer Special 2015

    Frequent Travellers can once again buy lounge access for their entire family this year. The offer applies to all Lufthansa Business Lounges in Germany, the USA and at the airport Paris Charles de Gaulle until 6 September 2015. The vouchers required can be bought at the Lufthansa ticket counter of the departure airport, or in Frankfurt, Munich and Düsseldorf directly at Lounge reception, for a one-off price of 40 euros or 50 US dollars. In addition to the Frequent Traveller, access is given to their spouse or partner and their own children up to their 19th birthday, as long as they are travelling together with the Frequent Traveller on a Lufthansa flight. 

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

    Lufthansa Passage

    Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:24:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/july/28/article/3603.html
  • Questions on travelling with families and children

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/july/28/article/3601.html

    Is there a special check-in area for families? Yes, Lufthansa provides separate check-in areas for families in Frankfurt and Munich. Children and their parents can see from a fair distance away where they get their boarding cards and can check in their luggage: a tall arch with Lu and Cosmo, the two Lufthansa mascots, invites children to participate in the check-in procedure. At the desks, Lufthansa staff members take their luggage and hand out the boarding cards. They also have a boarding card ready for teddies, dolls and other cuddly toys. Customers are also given the “Family Navigator” pamphlet containing useful tips about where to find play areas, baby changing rooms, children’s restaurants, pharmacies or the nearest viewing terrace. Do buggies, prams, car seats and travel cots travel free of charge? Families can take one of the following three items of luggage for free: buggy, pram or car seat. Can parents keep the buggy/pram with them until they get on the plane? Yes,...

    Is there a special check-in area for families?

    Yes, Lufthansa provides separate check-in areas for families in Frankfurt and Munich. Children and their parents can see from a fair distance away where they get their boarding cards and can check in their luggage: a tall arch with Lu and Cosmo, the two Lufthansa mascots, invites children to participate in the check-in procedure. At the desks, Lufthansa staff members take their luggage and hand out the boarding cards. They also have a boarding card ready for teddies, dolls and other cuddly toys. Customers are also given the “Family Navigator” pamphlet containing useful tips about where to find play areas, baby changing rooms, children’s restaurants, pharmacies or the nearest viewing terrace.

    Do buggies, prams, car seats and travel cots travel free of charge?

    Families can take one of the following three items of luggage for free: buggy, pram or car seat. 

    Can parents keep the buggy/pram with them until they get on the plane?

    Yes, they can. At most airports, such as Frankfurt Airport or Munich Airport, prams and buggies do not have to be checked in, but can be used right up to the aircraft door. Our staff will take them just before boarding and return them to passengers again after landing. Furthermore, at many airports there are buggies that can be borrowed free of charge. 

    How does boarding work for families?

    At Lufthansa, families with young children always get on the plane before all the other passengers, thanks to pre-boarding. The same applies to passengers with limited mobility and those with disabilities.

    Do you have baby food on board – does it have to be ordered in advance?

    Lufthansa offers a selection of meals suitable for children (from 2 years). They should be ordered separately when booking. Children’s meals can be ordered for all Lufthansa long-haul flights and various European flights at no extra cost when the flight is booked. After that, the tasty children’s menus can also be ordered up to 24 hours before departure, either online or by calling the Lufthansa Service Center on +49 (0)69 86 799 799. If special food is required for dietary or religious reasons, there is a full selection of 17 different special meals to choose from. Food for babies and infants – such as food in jars, sausages and soup – are available from Lufthansa on board without ordering in advance, as long as stocks last. Particular attention is paid to healthy eating in children’s menus, so only honey is used to sweeten desserts, for instance. Children’s meals are also designed especially to appeal to kids – currently on selected European and all long-haul flights colourful menus  by star chef, Sybille Schönberger are available for the delectation of the small passengers.

    Do you have nappies on board?

    Yes, these are available from the crew on most flights, but we also recommend bringing your own with you.

    Is there somewhere to change a nappy in the toilets?

    Yes, there is. There are nappy changing facilities on all aircraft (short and long haul). Plus, all long-haul aircraft have special baby cots (cradles) for the youngest passengers to sleep in. As space is limited, these have to be reserved in advance. The service is free of charge.

    Do you have toys for babies and young children?

    Yes, there are plenty of toys that have been developed and manufactured especially for Lufthansa. The items are based on the age of the children and are designedin the “Lu and Cosmo” look, of two young cranes. Lu is the older one and already knows a lot (and can explain a lot), whereas Cosmo hasn’t even fully emerged from his eggshell yet and often needs some help from his big friend Lu.

    How many infants under two years of age do you take on board?

    One infant under two per person; if there are two infants (e.g. twins), then the booking is made for one infant and one child.
    The maximum number of infants depends on the aircraft type (e.g. on board the Airbus A380: 25).
    The number of infants is limited to one per row, apart from the rows with cradles.

    From what age do parents have to buy a ticket for the child? What discounts are there for children then?

    Up to the age of two, infants pay ten per cent of the parent’s fare, if they travel with a parent and have no seat of their own. Otherwise, the children’s fare is 25–33% of the parent’s fare, apart from special offers, which sometimes have no children’s fares. 

    In addition Lufthansa and Miles & More also run a free club called JetFriends for children and teenagers. The club provides a look into the world of aviation and behind the scenes at Lufthansa, as well as plenty of competitions. It is open to all children and young persons from 2 to 17 years of age. JetFriends members automatically take part in the Miles & More frequent flyer programme and collect premium miles and status miles. The miles do not expire for as long as children are a member of the JetFriends club. Alongside their own club card, members receive 2,000 premium miles as a welcome present when they register.

    What is the question that young parents most often ask your service team?

    Our colleagues on board often get asked about baby food or warming up a baby’s bottle. And for something to chew or drink to relieve pressure on the ears – we always have something suitable on board, of course. Tip: Check in early or reserve a seat in advance so that even bigger families can sit together.

    More than 80,000 children fly alone with Lufthansa every year. They are cared for by the Lufthansa customer care service, which ensures that children and their relatives are well taken care of before take-off, during the flight and after landing.

    What is important to bear in mind when children travel unaccompanied? 

    Lufthansa has many years of experience supervising unaccompanied children. More than 80,000 children fly alone with Lufthansa every year. They are cared for by the Lufthansa customer care service, which ensures that children and their relatives are well taken care of before take-off, during the flight and after landing. 

    Children between the age of 5 and 11 may only fly alone if they use the Lufthansa customer care service or when travelling with another person aged at least 12 years old. At the request of the parents, unaccompanied minors between 12 up to 17 years old can also be cared for by this service. 

    It is best for parents to specify when booking the flight that their child will be travelling alone. The young passengers will then receive the small yellow Lufthansa shoulder bag from the travel agent or at the airport. It is best for the child to carry this bag visibly throughout the entire journey. The bag contains all the necessary travel documents: Flight ticket or print-out of the etix® reservation, the completed care form*, the valid passport/child ID*, visa for the target destination**, confirmation of travel insurance**, allergy notifications***, receipt for the payment of the care fee (if applicable), letter of consent from the child’s guardians that the child may travel alone**. Country-specific requirements for unaccompanied minors can be found at www.LH.com.

    * Definitely required
    ** Depending on the destination country
    *** Recommended 

    A care fee for the supervision of unaccompanied minors applies for each leg of the journey in addition to the cost of the flight: EUR 40 for routes within Germany or Europe and EUR 80 for long-haul routes. 

    The carry-on luggage of unaccompanied minors may be the same size as that of adults. The child should be able to carry it on its own, however. It should contain any medication that needs to be taken during the flight or at the destination, warm clothing and a small amount of spending money, of course. The same standard limits for checked luggage apply for children.

    How attractive are families as customers? 

    The average yield for families is lower than for business travellers. However, as a large customer segment, families are also interesting for volume reasons. The brand and the travel experience are important for families (reliability), while children and teenagers are relevant as future customers. Furthermore, families mostly book further in advance, which is important for an airline in terms of its base load factor. 

    Where can I find more information about travelling with children?

    Lufthansa has put together plenty of useful tips and tricks for flying with children at LH.com/Familie. The page also has links to the new Lufthansa children’s apps “Take-Off” and “Super JetFriends” as well as the JetFriends website.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

    Lufthansa Passage

    Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:16:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/july/28/article/3601.html
  • Lufthansa introduces new fare concept for Europe

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/july/27/article/3599.html

    • “Light”, “Classic”, “Flex” fares offer a tailor-made range of services • Bookings begin at end of July 2015 for trips from 1 October 2015 • The new fares apply to domestic and European flights • Additional services can be purchased on an individual and flexible basis

    Effective 28 July 2015, Lufthansa is introducing a new price concept for flights in Europe. The new Economy Class fare options “Light”, “Classic” and “Flex” shall apply from 1 October 2015, for domestic and European flights and will offer different services depending on the price. For example, within Economy Class, passengers can select services according to their individual wishes. The booked fare can be complemented with additional services by individually adding further options. 

    Jens Bischof, Member of the Lufthansa German Airlines Board and Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, said: “It is the wish of many customers to only pay for the services they actually make use of. With this new fare concept, we are doing just that. In the future, given this flexibility, every passenger will be able to individually create a tailor-made flight with the various service components that we are offering. The price options, Light, Classic and Flex, are more transparent and allow customers in Economy Class a selection of fare options within Europe.”

    The new fare concept is being introduced during the course of the Lufthansa sales strategy realignment. The various fare options differentiate themselves in the areas of free luggage, seat reservations, as well as rebooking and cancellations options. The choice will now consist of a fully flexible Business Class fare and three new Economy Class fares.

    In addition to the actual flight itself, all of the fare options include one piece of hand luggage, snacks and drinks on board, a reserved seat at check-in from 23 hours before take-off, as well as Award, Status and Select Miles. The fare options and services included are presented transparently. For bookings in Economy Class, all three fare options are always available. Thus, different option packages can be combined on an outward and return flight. Additional services, such as seats with more legroom or an upgrade to Business Class, can be booked separately at any time, even after ticket purchase.

    The various fare options in detail:

    Economy Light
    The new Light fare will, from 1 October, be the most economical option for those traveling only with hand luggage and not in need of any ticket flexibility. Jens Bischof said: “To date, about a third of our passengers travelling within Europe only take hand luggage”. The Light fare can be booked from only 89 Euro for a return flight. No rebooking or refund is possible with this option. If desired, customers can additionally book a piece of luggage (from 15 Euro for the outbound and return flight respectively) or book a seat (from 10 Euro per flight) at any time between booking and start of the journey.

    Economy Classic
    The Classic fare includes the opportunity to check-in a piece of luggage of up to 23 kg. This option also offers a new, additional opportunity for many passengers to secure their desired seat, free-of-charge, at booking. Finally, the Classic fare is more flexible than the Light fare because it can be rebooked to another flight on the original connection for a fee. The Classic fare can be booked from 129 Euro for a return flight.

    Economy Flex
    The Flex fare is focused principally on passengers that require more flexibility in their travel planning. In addition to the free seat reservation, the Flex fare offers the opportunity to rebook the flight at no extra cost or change the itinerary. If the originally planned booking class is no longer available, it is possible that an extra payment is necessary. In this fare option, frequent fliers will get an additional 50 per cent of Premium Miles credited in the framework of a Miles & More promotion. The extra cost of the Flex fare as compared to the Classic fare is between 60 and 160 Euro, depending on route.

    Business Class
    Besides the three Economy fares, there continues to be a Business Class fare which includes all the usual services and conveniences of this travel class, such as access to the lounge, increased luggage allowance of 2 x 32 kg, seat reservation and an open seat next to it, and priority boarding. The novelty is the full flexibility in rebooking and cancellation. Thus, in the new price concept, all Business Class fares will be re-bookable without a fee and refundable free-of-charge. If the originally planned booking class is no longer available, an extra charge may be necessary under certain circumstances. The Business Class fare is the premium offer and especially suitable for business customers and discerning leisure travelers. The Business Class fare is available from only 399 Euro for a return flight.

    Lufthansa is introducing the new fare concept together with Austrian Airlines. SWISS has already used the new concept since the end of June. Brussels Airlines introduced a fare concept with various options in 2014. The fare concept for long-haul flight tickets remains unchanged.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

    Lufthansa Passage

    Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:40:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/july/27/article/3599.html
  • Avianca Brasil joins Star Alliance Network

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/july/22/article/3597.html

    At a special ceremony held at Guarulhos International Airport today, the Star Alliance member carriers welcomed their newest member, Avianca Brasil.

    “Adding Avianca Brasil to our network is an important step in enhancing our customer proposition in Latin America. Brazil is the most important aviation market on the continent and we are pleased that from today onwards, we can once again offer domestic connections in Brazil”, said Mark Schwab, CEO Star Alliance.

    “Today we are setting the future pace of our airline and close a two year process which saw us move to a new IT platform, review and update our internal processes and specific  training programme for our employees to ensure they can provide the best possible service to customers. We are proud to be part of the most experienced airline alliance and are pleased to put Brazil back on the Star Alliance map”, said Jose Efromovich, President and CEO of Avianca Brasil. 

    Avianca Brasil is the fastest growing airline in the country. From 2010 to 2014 it increased its market share from 2.6% to 8.4%. Until May of 2015 the airline continued this trend, reaching a cumulative market share of 9%.

    Further growth is predicted as Avianca Brasil and the other Star Alliance carriers serving the country will connect more passengers through the main Brazilian hubs in São Paulo – Guarulhos, Rio de Janeiro – Galeão and Brasilia.

    In total 13 member carriers (Air Canada, Air China, Avianca, Avianca Brasil, Copa Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP, Turkish Airlines and United) now serve Brazil, which further strengthens Star Alliance’s position as the alliance with the most airlines in this market. Avianca Brasil adds 15 new destinations in Brazil to the existing 12 which the Star Alliance member carriers already served, bringing the total to 27.

    In addition to Avianca Brasil’s domestic network, customers can fly internationally on 88 weekly flights from 12 airports in Brazil to destinations in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. By connecting through Star Alliance hubs in these regions, passengers gain access to the worldwide network provided by the 28 member airlines that in total offer more than 18,500 daily flights to 1,330 airports in 192 countries.

    More than 2.7 million members of Avianca Brasil’s Amigo frequent flyer programme (FFP) can now make use of the full Star Alliance FFP benefits. Not only can they, for example, earn and redeem miles on all member airline flights, those with Amigo Gold and Diamond status can access more than 1,000 lounges across the globe, make use of extra baggage allowance, priority baggage delivery, separate check-in counters and priority boarding.

    By the same token, members of the other Star Alliance FFPs will be granted the same benefits when travelling on Avianca Brasil.

    The company’s flights, all operating under the “O6” IATA carrier code designator, will now be part of the Star Alliance fare products. The most popular one is the Round the World fare which allows customers to travel around the globe using any combination of the 28 member carriers. Furthermore Avianca Brasil will now also participate in the business oriented fare products, such as Star Alliance Corporate Plus.

    In order to support the joining of Avianca Brasil, Star Alliance has launched a special marketing campaign, built around the slogan “THE WAY BRAZIL CONNECTS WITH THE WORLD”. It uses a visual metaphor of the Brazilian flag being formed out of 3D iconic buildings from across the globe, visualising the benefit that, through the inclusion of Avianca Brasil into the Alliance, the international Brazilian frequent traveller has a wider choice of travel than on any other alliance. 

    Photos from the event will be available at: http://www.xturnover.dk/staralliance/aviancainbrazilevent/

    About Avianca Brasil (IATA Code: O6):
    Avianca Brasil is the country’s fastest growing airline, serving 23 domestic and one international destination, with over 200 daily flights. The airline is renowned for delivering high-quality service and comfort at competitive prices. In recognition of this it has received numerous industry awards including the highest grade for seat pitch in all of its fleet, by ANAC the local civil aviation authority.
    Now as a member of Star Alliance, More than 2.7 million Amigo Frequent Flyer members can experience the scale of benefits offered by the alliance in particularly earn & redeeming points alliance-wide.
    Avianca (AV) & Avianca Brasil (O6) operate under one Brand.

    About Star Alliance:
    The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Avianca Brasil, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI and United. Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 18,500 daily flights to 1,330 airports in 192 countries.

     

    Further information can be obtained via:

    Star Alliance Press Office
    Email: mediarelations@staralliance.com
    www.staralliance.com


    Avianca Press Office
    Email : spmj@spmj.com.br
    www.avianca.com.br

    Lufthansa Passage

    Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:02:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/july/22/article/3597.html
  • Quality, efficiency and innovation − The Lufthansa Group publishes its 21st Sustainability Report

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/july/20/article/3595.html

    • 500 million euros to be invested in innovations by 2020 • The passenger fleets of the Lufthansa Group achieve a new fuel efficiency record • Lufthansa extends its commitment in the fields of active noise protection and climate research • Improved talent management is implemented • A new orientation for corporate citizenship

    In order to make travelling an even more efficient, sustainable and attractive experience for its passengers, the Lufthansa Group is increasing its focus on networked innovation management and invests 500 million euros in innovations by 2020. The Group's Sustainability Report, "Balance", which was presented today, therefore places particularly high value on the topic of "Innovation - the key to a successful future". A special section of the report provides a detailed insight into the huge importance of innovation management at the world's largest aviation company. "Innovation and Digitalisation" is one of seven central fields of activity of the strategic work program "7to1 - Our way forward", which was launched by the Group in the year 2014. 

    "After safety it is future viability that has the highest priority for us. With our new work program, we have created the basis for a sustainable improvement of results and a successful evolution of the Lufthansa Group. With this program, we also set the course for an even more climate-compatible form of air transport", explains Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, in the foreword to the report.

    With its current Sustainability Report, "Balance", the Lufthansa Group provides readers with transparent information on its wide range of activities, goals and advances in the areas of business, social responsibility, environment, product and corporate citizenship. The publication, which covers a total of 116 pages, is available now as an e-paper on the website www.lufthansagroup.com/en/themen/balance-2015.

    In 2014, the aircraft in the Group's passenger fleets consumed an average of just 3.84 litres of kerosene (2013: 3.91l/100pkm) per passenger transported over a distance of 100 kilometres. This is a new efficiency record and represents an improvement of 1.6 percent compared to last year. The Company's fuel efficiency experts have now developed more than 1,300 ideas and projects for fuel savings to date. In 2014, the year of the report, alone, the group implemented 145 projects in this area. In connection with the most comprehensive fleet modernisation in the history of the Lufthansa Group, which will receive 272 modern and fuel-efficient aircraft between 2015 and 2025, a further reduction in the Group's specific kerosene consumption is now already foreseeable. 

    In the reporting year, the Company also extended its commitment in the field of active noise protection. Since November 2014, Lufthansa has been the first airline in the world to equip its Airbus A319, A320 and A321 short and medium-haul aircraft with noise-reducing components on the underside of the wings. A total of more than 200 Lufthansa jets can therefore now fly much more quietly, which is a particular relief for residents living close to airports. On top of this, Lufthansa has also extended its commitment in the climate research project IAGOS (In-service Aircraft for a Global Observing System) and fitted a second aircraft with a climate research laboratory. This aircraft now gathers data on atmospheric trace elements and cloud particles at cruising altitude on all of its flights. These data are then used by numerous research facilities worldwide. At the beginning of 2015, the Lufthansa Group was presented with the renowned "Eco-Airline of the Year" award from the American trade magazine Air Transport World for its pioneering role in the field of climate protection for an impressive second time in three years.

    In 2014, the Group also introduced new processes and tools in the field of human resources, including a new talent management system. Identifying internal and external talents at an early stage is an essential factor for corporate success. Supporting talents will additionally become a stronger focus within the group as one of the central tasks of its executive staff in the future. In another development in the reporting year, the Lufthansa Group signed the "Diversity Charter", a corporate initiative aiming to promote diversity in companies and institutions. By signing this charter, Lufthansa has yet again underlined the diversity in the corporate culture of the globally operating aviation company, which employs around 119,000 members of staff representing 143 different nationalities. 

    The Lufthansa Group is additionally taking more responsibility for social matters. At the beginning of 2015, the Company introduced the reorientation of its corporate citizenship activities under the name "Lufthansa Group Social Care". The Group aims to put an even stronger focus on social and humanitarian projects to significantly increase its performance in this important area. 

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    Mon, 20 Jul 2015 09:14:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/july/20/article/3595.html
  • Lufthansa's Executive Board appoints new managers responsible for Hubs in Frankfurt and Munich

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    • Klaus Froese succeeds Kay Kratky and will manage Operations and the Frankfurt hub from 1st September 2015 • Thomas Winkelmann will take on responsibility for Finances and the Munich hub at Lufthansa German Airlines from 1st November 2015

    At its meeting held yesterday, the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG made a number of decisions concerning new appointments to central positions in the company's core business area, Lufthansa German Airlines. Effective from 1st September 2015, Klaus Froese will succeed Kay Kratky and take on responsibility for Lufthansa's home hub in Frankfurt and overall responsibility for Operations. Kay Kratky has already been appointed as the Chair of the Executive Board of Austrian Airlines effective from 1st August 2015 and will therefore be moving to Lufthansa's subsidiary in Vienna.

    Effective from 1st November 2015, Thomas Winkelmann, who has been the Spokesman of the Executive Board of Germanwings GmbH since 2006, will also move to Lufthansa German Airlines. Winkelmann will not only manage Lufthansa's southern hub in Munich, but will also be responsible for Finances and Controlling at Lufthansa German Airlines in the future. Thomas Klühr, who is currently responsible for this task, will take on a new Executive Board position within the Lufthansa Group. Further details on this change will be announced in September. A decision on the composition and structure of the Executive Board of Eurowings/Germanwings will also be made in autumn.

    "I am delighted that we have been able to acquire two such successful and experienced airline managers for the important management tasks involved in our two largest hubs in the form of Klaus Froese and Thomas Winkelmann", explains Karl Ulrich Garnadt, Member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Chairman of the Executive Board of Lufthansa German Airlines. "With the new team, we will continue to rapidly advance the reorientation of Lufthansa German Airlines."

    "We are particularly pleased that, once again, we have been able to fill key executive positions with individuals from within our own ranks who have already acquired extensive experience with various business models and in various corporate areas within the Lufthansa Group,” says Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board & CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

    Klaus Froese (52) began his aeronautical career in 1987 as a co-pilot with the airline Deutsche Luftverkehrsgesellschaft mbH (DLT), the forerunner of Lufthansa CityLine. He has been flying as a Lufthansa Group pilot since 1989. Froese was a pilot on the Embraer 120 and 190/195, Bombardier CRJ 200/700/900, Fokker 50, Boeing 737 and Boeing 747, as well as the flight training captain of the Airbus A320 fleet. In 1998, Froese, who was born in the German city of Bonn, became Lufthansa's Head of Quality Management before being appointed as the Group Safety Pilot in 2002. In 2006, he was promoted to the position of Managing Director of Lufthansa CityLine GmbH and in 2013, he moved to Austria to become the Managing Director of Tyrolean Airways. When Tyrolean and Austrian were consolidated in 2015, he took on responsibility for the entire flight operations of Austrian Airlines as the company's COO.

    Thomas Winkelmann (55) started his career at Lufthansa in 1998 and was assigned responsibility for North and South America at the airline's office in New York in 2000. In 2006, Winkelmann moved to Germanwings GmbH in the German city of Cologne as the Spokesman of the Executive Board, where he was responsible for strategy, communication and all of the company's commercial areas. Under Winkelmann's management, Germanwings has established a successful position in the low-cost market over the past two years with a new fare concept and product range, a fresh brand identity and a strongly extended route network. The Lufthansa Group's "budget airline" was significantly expanded when it took over Lufthansa's direct "point-to-point" routes whilst simultaneously being successfully led to profitability by Winkelmann and his team.

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    Wed, 08 Jul 2015 15:09:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/july/08/article/3573.html
  • Satellite facility for Munich Airport's Terminal 2 to open in April 2016

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    Three years and two months after breaking ground for the satellite terminal, Munich Airport has now announced the time frame for the opening of the new facility. The responsible executive committees of Munich Airport (FMG) and Lufthansa have now narrowed down the official opening date to April 2016, with the exact day to be announced at the start of next year. Like Terminal 2, the satellite will be operated jointly by FMG and Lufthansa, which will hold 60% and 40% ownership, respectively. The new facility will have 27 adjacent aircraft park positions, allowing passengers to board flights directly and with no bus transfer. It will increase Munich Airport's passenger handling capacity by 11 million passengers per year. "The satellite will take Munich Airport to a new dimension, both in quantitative and qualitative terms," says Dr. Michael Kerkloh, the President and CEO of FMG. "As a result, the outstanding passenger experience and service standards of our airport,...

    Three years and two months after breaking ground for the satellite terminal, Munich Airport has now announced the time frame for the opening of the new facility. The responsible executive committees of Munich Airport (FMG) and Lufthansa have now narrowed down the official opening date to April 2016, with the exact day to be announced at the start of next year. 

    Like Terminal 2, the satellite will be operated jointly by FMG and Lufthansa, which will hold 60% and 40% ownership, respectively. The new facility will have 27 adjacent aircraft park positions, allowing passengers to board flights directly and with no bus transfer. It will increase Munich Airport's passenger handling capacity by 11 million passengers per year. "The satellite will take Munich Airport to a new dimension, both in quantitative and qualitative terms," says Dr. Michael Kerkloh, the President and CEO of FMG. "As a result, the outstanding passenger experience and service standards of our airport, recently highlighted by our selection as Europe's first five-star airport, will remain a key competitive advantage for our Bavarian hub in the future." 

    For Thomas Klühr, the Lufthansa Executive Board member in charge of passenger operations, finance and the Munich hub, the new passenger terminal is a milestone in the ongoing development of the premium hub in Munich: "With the satellite we will offer our passengers the ideal infrastructure with unique ambience. Terminal 2 is already among the world's best. Our guests in the satellite facility can expect the same. As an extension of Terminal 2, it is entirely geared to the needs of Lufthansa passengers." 

    As the first midfield terminal at a German airport, the new satellite has no public access. Check-in will take place in Terminal 2. Passengers will then undergo passport screening and hand baggage checks before boarding an underground personal transport system that will take them to the satellite terminal in less than a minute. There they will find the full range of services and passenger handling facilities as well as extensive shopping and dining options.  

    Over the coming months, workers will complete the interior finishes and install technical equipment in the satellite. Extensive testing of all processes can then begin in the fall. This will leave time to implement any necessary improvements identified. Next, in the new year, hundreds of "test passengers" will be recruited to help simulate the interaction of all handling processes in the new facility. 

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    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:06:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/july/01/article/3567.html
  • Lufthansa and Germanwings assuming the long-term social care for the relatives of the victims of flight 4U9525

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    • Fiduciary account for financing the long-term education of orphans and those who have lost one parent in the sum of up to EUR 7.8 million has been set up • An additional aid fund for a term of three years and in the volume of up to EUR 6 million for the support of individual relatives • Memorials in Le Vernet, Barcelona, Düsseldorf, Cologne and Haltern • Lufthansa shall inform the relatives on compensation payments

    Lufthansa and Germanwings are assuming also the long-term responsibility for the outcome of the crash of the flight 4U9525. Thus, in particular, children and teenagers who have lost one parent or both parents shall receive support for their education on the long-term. For this purpose a fund of up to EUR 7.8 million shall be made available on a fiduciary account.

    Furthermore, an aid fund is being set up, which shall, over a term of three years provide individual support for aid projects of the relatives. Project funds shall be available in the sum of up to EUR 2 million per year. Projects that are related to the victims are those being promoted. A Board of Trustees has been contracted to decide on the fair distribution of the funds, and shall be employed over the coming months. 

    Besides the financial support memorials shall be set up in four locations affected by the tragedy over the coming months. A commemorative plaque shall be set up at Barcelona airport and at the company headquarters of Germanwings in Cologne. In the vicinity of the location of the crash in Le Vernet a “room of silence” is planned. For the victims from Haltern trees have already been planted on the wish of the bereaved.

    The relatives of the victims and their lawyers shall be informed on further compensation over the next few days. As a first step, Germanwings and Lufthansa have paid off an advanced compensation in the amount of 50,000.00 EUR to close relatives.

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    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:20:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/june/30/article/3556.html
  • Lufthansa accommodates UFO in key aspects

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    Cabin crew strike averted

    Lufthansa has again made concessions in key points with the Independent Flight Attendant Organization UFO to avert a strike in the interests of its customers. Negotiations will now resume based on the new offer from Lufthansa. There will be no strikes from UFO at least until mid-July.

    The offer provides that Lufthansa also grants the transitional pension for new employees in the cabin crew. A realistic interest payment of 5.5 per cent on contributions will apply. Personal contributions may be required if, for example, the assumed rate of return is not achieved. The remuneration for the transitional pension for new hirees in this collective agreement is initially guaranteed for a contribution period of ten years. Following that, the negotiating parties will consult and negotiate about how to proceed based on the then present socio-political situation and the company´s economic situation. In addition, Lufthansa has offered to longer-working employees that they can use their unused transitional pension to increase retirement benefits. This is a significant improvement over the current system and allows employees to increase the performance level of company pensions in comparison to the contemporary situation.

    For company pensions, Lufthansa and UFO have agreed to convert the system from a defined benefit to a defined contribution system. This change from a fixed benefit scheme in pensions, towards a defined contribution which will then pay interest on the capital market, would reduce the interest rate risks for Lufthansa with regard to pensions. Lufthansa has offered to also calculate the contributions that they provide for the pensions of the cabin staff based on a 5.5 percent yield. Upon reaching this realistic yield the current level of performance should be achieved. Otherwise, contributions from employees would become necessary.

    In addition to the pension issues, in the first half of July Lufthansa will sit in a workshop with the UFO to discuss other concerns. The subject of this workshop will be job security and development measures for cabin staff and the "Alliance for growth and employment" offered by Lufthansa in February. In the process, the current competitive situation of the Group should be taken into account. Following a successful agreement arising out of this workshop, UFO has offered the prospect of completely refraining from strike action.

    "We have again presented the UFO with a significantly improved offer for the conversion of retirement and transitional care to be able to return to discussion mode. I am convinced that we can arrive at a solution on this basis. We must keep the pension systems financially sustainable. At the same time we have made an offer in which the cabin staff at Lufthansa will also receive an absolute top notch pension system in the future," said Dr. Bettina Volkens, Chief Officer Corporate Human Resources & Legal Affairs, Deutsche Lufthansa AG. 

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    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:28:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/june/30/article/3555.html
  • Lufthansa now flying much quieter

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/june/25/article/3553.html

    One hundred Airbus A320s already equipped with noise-reducing vortex generators • Lufthansa Cargo tests new sound reduction ideas on MD-11 freight aircraft in flyover measurements in Magdeburg-Cochstedt

    Experts from Lufthansa Technik will be equipping the 100th aircraft of the Lufthansa A320 fleet with sound-reducing vortex generators in the next few weeks. The Lufthansa Group and German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR) project is part of the research group “Quieter Transport” (“Leiser Verkehr”), has thus reached an important milestone. Since November 2014, Lufthansa has equipped its short and medium-haul aircraft of the types Airbus A319, A320 und A321 with the noise-reducing components on the underside of the wings. It is the first airline in the world to do so. In total, 157 aircraft in the short and medium-haul fleet are being equipped with a vortex generator. Newly built Airbus aircraft have already been delivered to Lufthansa with the sound-reducing technology since the beginning of 2014. More than 200 Lufthansa jets will fly much more quietly in future.

    Flyover measurements taken by Lufthansa in cooperation with the DLR show vortex generators remove annoying tones and significantly reduce the overall noise level of the aircraft when landing – by up to four decibels at distances of between ten and 17 kilometres away from the airport. According to information from the manufacturer, this effect is even greater further away from the airport. These tones were previously created by airflows over circular pressure equalisation vents for the fuel tanks on the underside of the wings during flight. The new components generate an air vortex over the pressure equalisation vents for the fuel tanks that effectively prevent these tones from being created. 

    This measure is part of the Hessian “Noise Protection Alliance“, which was agreed by the state government of Hesse and the airline industry. 

    MD-11 measurement flights made by Lufthansa Cargo in Magdeburg-Cochstedt

    Equipping or converting the A320 fleet is one of the most extensive voluntary measures for active sound reduction undertaken by Lufthansa to date. A further possibility to significantly reduce aircraft noise will be intensively tested in the next few weeks in flyover measurements over several days at Magdeburg-Cochstedt airport with two MD-11 freight aircraft from Lufthansa Cargo. Modified sound suppression has been installed on the engine intakes of the General Electric CF6-80C2 engines. In the MODAL project, sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs, Lufthansa has already carried out investigations on a Lufthansa Technik engine test bench in Hamburg together with the DLR. This first step produced the main evidence that the so-called Hardwall Acoustic Panels in the engine intake have a noise-reducing effect. Now, in the second step, the effectiveness of the panels under real conditions is being investigated. In addition, Lufthansa expects findings to be made about reductions in landing gear noise achieved by covering the cavities in the aircraft landing gear.

    During the flyover measurements at Magdeburg-Cochstedt, the aircraft approaches the airport several times, as if it were landing, and then overflies the airport several times in a certain configuration. Other constituents of the measurements programme are take-off flights with ground measurements at various engine revolution levels. Numerous microphones on the ground record the sound of the aircraft flying at different heights during every flyover. The measurement data will form the basis for possible approval of the modification for the existing Lufthansa Cargo MD-11 fleet.

    The most important measure for reducing flight noise is continual investment in new aircraft. The Lufthansa Group will receive a total of 259 aircraft of the latest generation by 2025. Thus in future, 59 state-of-the-art aircraft – 34 Boeing 777-9Xs and 25 Airbus A350-900s – will supplement the long-haul fleet of the Lufthansa Group. The A350-900 will already be delivered from 2016. The noise emissions of the new models are considerably lower than those of today’s aircraft. 

    Further information and audio samples on www.lufthansagroup.com/en/themen/more-quietly-into-the-future

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    Thu, 25 Jun 2015 13:33:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/june/25/article/3553.html
  • Lufthansa First Class now offers exclusive travelling experience on the highway too

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    Porsche First Class excitement now from Munich too

    Lufthansa First Class passengers and Lufthansa Private Jet guests can now enliven the waiting time before their next take-off with a special experience – by taking a Porsche 911 or Panamera for a spin through Munich, the sub-Alpine landscape or Lower Bavaria. The Porsche First Class Excitement offer is available for all Lufthansa, Swiss or Austrian Airlines passengers, Lufthansa HON Circle members or Lufthansa Private Jet guests who possess a valid First Class boarding ticket for that day. “With Lufthansa First Class, we offer our customers the highest travel quality. This is suitably complemented by the exclusive offer from Porsche, which turns the waiting period before take-off into a luxurious experience”, says Thomas Klühr, the Lufthansa Passage Executive Board member for Finances & Munich Hub. 

    And this is how it works: The Lufthansa First Class Personal Assistant accepts reservations in the First Class Lounge and arranges the car rental. Passengers can book their sports car online before the flight, or make a spontaneous on-the-spot decision as long as the chosen offer is available.  

    Back at the airport, your First Class flight starts as usual. A limousine takes passengers straight to the apron position beside the aircraft. Once on board, the passengers enjoy First Class menus by famous star chefs and a selection of premier wines. A bed two metres long rounds off a relaxed flying experience. 

    Porsche First Class Excitement can now be booked at Frankfurt airport as well as in Munich. The Porsche of your choice can be booked at LH.com/porsche or via +49 6171 68 1377.

    A 3-hour rental including 150 kilometres, petrol and insurance costs EUR 99.11 (EUR 0,99 additional costs per km, deductible EUR 1,500).

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    Tue, 23 Jun 2015 14:39:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/june/23/article/3551.html
  • Star Alliance lax lounge wins Skytrax Award

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    Voted Best Alliance Lounge – 13 Star Alliance carriers receive 27 awards

    The Star Alliance Lounge in the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has been voted best Alliance Lounge by Skytrax.

    Accepting the award, Justin Erbacci, Vice President Customer Experience and Technology, Star Alliance, said: “This is a fantastic award for us to receive. It once again proves that by working together as an Alliance we can offer products which are highly appreciated by customers. In the case of the LAX Lounge, it underscores the positive feedback which we have been receiving since its opening in 2013.”

    Member carrier Air New Zealand was appointed to develop the Alliance’s LAX lounge and manages the facility on behalf of Star Alliance.

    Air New Zealand Chief Marketing and Customer Officer Mike Tod said, “It is great to see the Star Alliance Los Angeles Lounge recognised in this way.  It’s been a privilege for Air New Zealand to play an integral role in both the design and day to day management of the lounge and deliver high standards of service to thousands of Star Alliance customers who travel through LAX each week.”

    The premium customer facility at LAX offers space for around 400 Business Class and Star Alliance Gold passengers, with an additional exclusive area for First Class passengers.

    Designed by global architectural firm Gensler, the 1,675 square meter lounge features different experience zones to accommodate the various passenger needs, ranging from social gatherings to quiet time away from home. The lounge offers a bar area for socializing, a library space, a den, a study and a media room. Guests wishing to work can do so from the location of their choice, making use of the high-speed wi-fi, along with the printing, fax and copy services which are available on request. In addition to traditional power outlets, customers can also make use of USB power ports to recharge their mobile devices. For those “travelling light”, tablet computers are available on request for use in the lounge. Passengers wishing to freshen up before their flight can do so in one of eight shower rooms.

    The highlight is without doubt the unique open air terrace which offers panoramic views of the northern runway towards Hollywood Hills. This space provides passengers with an unparalleled sensory experience, complete with fire pits and a water wall.

    The design of the lounge was inspired by a contemporary interpretation of modernist L.A. architecture of the 1950s and 1960s and is complemented by locally sourced products and furniture wherever possible. For example, its glazed ceramic tile feature walls were created by local artisans.

    Lounge access continues to be rated as one of the top Alliance customer benefits and Star Alliance Gold Card holders currently have access to more than 1,000 lounges across the 27 member airline network. In addition to the member carrier lounges and those facilities offered by third parties, Star Alliance currently has five Alliance branded lounges. Besides LAX, these are located in Buenos Aires (EZE), Nagoya (NGO), Paris (CDG) and Sao Paulo (GRU).

    In addition to Star Alliance, the following member carriers were also honoured for their outstanding service:

    Aegean Best Regional Airline in Europe
    Air New Zealand World's Best Premium Economy Class
    Best Premium Economy Class Airline Seat
    Best Premium Economy Class Onboard Catering
    ANA Best Airport Services
    Best Airline Staff in Asia
    Asiana Airlines World's Best Economy Class 
    World's Best Economy Class Onboard Catering 
    Austrian Airlines Best Airline Staff Service in Europe
    Best Business Class Catering
    Avianca Best Airline in Central America and the Caribbean
    Best Airline Staff Service in Central America and the Caribbean
    Copa Airlines Best Regional Airline in Central America / Caribbean
    EVA Airways Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness
    Lufthansa Best Airline Transatlantic Airline
    World's Best First Class Airline Lounge
    Best Airline in Western Europe
    Singapore Airlines World's Best Business Class Airline
    Best Airline in Asia 
    World's Best First Class Airline Seat
    South African Airways Best Airline in Africa
    Best Airline Staff in Africa
    THAI World's Best Airline Lounge Spa Facility
    Turkish Airlines Best Airline in Europe
    Best Airline in Southern Europe
    World's Best Business Class Airline Lounge
    World's Best Business Class Lounge Dining

     

    Skytrax’s World Airline Awards are based on the results of a survey of some 18 million travellers from more than 160 countries, in what is described as the only truly global, independent passenger survey of airline standards. 

    Covering more than 200 airlines, it analyses customer satisfaction for the overall airline passenger experience across more than 40 areas on the ground and in the air, from check-in to boarding, seat comfort, cabin cleanliness, food, beverages, in-flight entertainment and staff service.

    For further details please see: http://www.airlinequality.com/awards/world-airline-awards/

    About Star Alliance:
    The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI and United. The integration of Avianca Brasil is currently in progress. Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 18,500 daily flights to 1,321 destinations in 193 countries.

    For further information please contact:
    Star Alliance Press Office
    Email: mediarelations@staralliance.com

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    Fri, 19 Jun 2015 12:29:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/june/19/article/3547.html
  • Airline CEOs call for a new revolution in European aviation

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/june/17/article/3545.html

    The CEOs of Europe’s five largest airline groups - Air France KLM, easyJet, International Airlines Group, Lufthansa Group and Ryanair - met collectively for the first time today (17 June) and agreed to work together to lobby for the development of a new EU Aviation Strategy that will support growth and jobs across Europe, strengthen the sector and give Europe’s passengers lower fares and more choice. The meeting took place (in Brussels) in response to the new EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc’s consultation on a new EU Aviation Strategy. The five agreed a vision for this strategy that would match the revolution in aviation that the liberalisation of Europe’s airline sector created a generation ago, through the creation of the internal aviation market. The five airlines identified four measures that would support the Commission‘s objectives of enhancing the competitiveness of the European air transport industry both at European and international level, supporting growth and jobs...

    The CEOs of Europe’s five largest airline groups - Air France KLM, easyJet, International Airlines Group, Lufthansa Group and Ryanair - met collectively for the first time today (17 June) and agreed to work together to lobby for the development of a new EU Aviation Strategy that will support growth and jobs across Europe, strengthen the sector and give Europe’s passengers lower fares and more choice.

    The meeting took place (in Brussels) in response to the new EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc’s consultation on a new EU Aviation Strategy. The five agreed a vision for this strategy that would match the revolution in aviation that the liberalisation of Europe’s airline sector created a generation ago, through the creation of the internal aviation market.

    The five airlines identified four measures that would support the Commission‘s objectives of enhancing the competitiveness of the European air transport industry both at European and international level, supporting growth and jobs across Europe and which would help consumers through the provision of more flights and lower fares.
    These measures are:

    • The development of an EU Aviation strategy with a plan for a simple efficient regulatory structure, which would strengthen the competitiveness of European airlines, ensure jobs and growth through innovation (e.g. Horizon 2020), protect consumer interests and promote more efficiency to reduce costs.
    • Lowering the cost of the EU’s airports by ensuring that monopoly airports are effectively regulated; ensuring that passengers receive the full benefit of the commercial revenues which they create at airports; and that security charges are efficient. This could be achieved by reforming the Airport Charges Directive.
    • Delivering reliable and efficient airspace by reducing the cost of ATC provision; ensuring that ATC strikes do not cause disruption to passengers across Europe; resetting the Single European Sky strategy by focusing on using new technology to make efficiency savings; and using SESAR funding to drive compliance with the Single Sky framework.
    • Stimulating more economic activity and jobs by creating the right regulatory environment, removing passenger taxes and unreasonable environmental taxes.

    The five CEOs - Alexandre de Juniac, Carolyn McCall, Willie Walsh, Carsten Spohr and Michael O’Leary - outlined their vision:
    "Europe’s airlines form the most competitive sector in aviation with a diverse mix of carriers offering competition and choice to consumers.This is the first time we have set aside our competitive battles to highlight the importance of a new European Aviation Strategy.
    The liberalisation of aviation in Europe in the 1990’s, creating a fully liberalised single market with a comprehensive common regulatory framework 18 years ago, strongly enhanced competition across Europe.As a result, consumers have benefited with substantially lower fares and more routes across Europe and to the rest of the world. At the same time, EU airlines have maintained leading safety standards. The range and quality of services have increased and airline costs have fallen by 1 – 2% per year for the last two decades.
    We believe that this decline should now be matched by a reduction in those costs which airlines do not control themselves. “As the new Transport Commissioner prepares a new Aviation Strategy for Europe she must drive more competition, encourage more efficiency and help reduce costs in other parts of our industry (such as monopoly airports and Air Traffic Control providers) and reduce the tax burden on passengers."

    Aviation is a proven driver of economic growth and jobs. The proposed measures will create many hundreds of thousands of jobs – particularly for young people, at a time of high youth unemployment in countries such as Italy or Spain – and increase Europe’s GDP.  The group will write to the EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc asking for these measures to be put in place.

    Alongside the proposed policy positions the five CEO’s confirmed their support for several key principles and action items which should underpin EU aviation policy. The most important of these is the commitment to safety and ensuring that safety standards are developed based on a risk based scientific assessment.

    The CEOs confirmed their support for the liberalisation of the whole aviation value chain and for pro-competition policy and regulation within the EU. They also confirmed their opposition to the provision of State-aid, as a general principle, to airlines and airports. They agreed that EU and national regulation and policies should support the efficient delivery of services, and that this includes the need for efficient operations to minimise the environmental impact of aviation. The importance of balanced consumer rights was also underlined; EU and national policies need to ensure that consumer rights are respected.

    The CEOs agreed to work together to encourage the Commission and EU member states to take up the proposed measures.  The five airlines agreed that airline representation in Brussels today is not as effective as it could be – with six airline representative organisations  - and agreed to explore possible forms of future representation.

    The five airlines between them carried a total of 420 million passengers in 2014, accounting for half of the passenger journeys in Europe.

    Group

    Wed, 17 Jun 2015 11:44:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/june/17/article/3545.html
  • Lufthansa Group airlines win five awards at the World Airline Awards

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/june/16/article/3543.html

    Austrian Airlines and Lufthansa honoured for service on board and on the ground

    The airlines of the Lufthansa Group have also won a range of World Airline Awards this year. The awards are based on results of the world’s largest customer survey in the airline sector, which is conducted annually by the quality institution Skytrax. Over 18 million passengers from more than 160 countries evaluated around 200 airlines worldwide for this purpose.

    Austrian Airlines was awarded first place for its service on the ground and in the air in the category “Best Airline Staff in Europe”. The airline also took first place in the category “Best Business Class Onboard Catering”. What was authoritative for the top place was in particular the culinary range in Business Class on long-haul routes, with its award winning  menus from DO&CO, Vienna coffeehouse service and in-flight chefs.

    The investments of more than three billion euros made in the past three years in equipping cabins and lounges, as well as in service, have paid off for Lufthansa. The airline won through in the awards ceremony in Le Bourget near Paris in the categories “Best Airline Transatlantic”, “World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge” and “Best Airline in Western Europe”. Lufthansa is currently equipping its over 100 aircraft in the long-haul fleet with its exclusive First Class, the new Business Class and the Premium Economy Class. In addition, Lufthansa now offers the broadband internet service FlyNet on board all long-haul aircraft.  

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

    Group

    Tue, 16 Jun 2015 17:30:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/june/16/article/3543.html
  • The special flight transferring the victims of 4U9525 to Spain is brought forward

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/june/12/article/3539.html

    Lufthansa aircraft of type MD-11 will now land in Barcelona at 5pm on 15th June 2015 - Transfer of the coffins to the relatives of the victims is now planned to take place on 15th and 16th June

    The special flight transferring the victims of 4U9525 to Spain is being brought forward in order to further cater to the interests and requests of relatives of the victims. The aircraft of the type MD-11 will now leave Marseilles at 3:45pm on 15th June rather than its initial time of departure of 7:45pm. It is therefore expected to land in Barcelona at 5pm. 

    The flight is likely to transport a total of 30 coffins mostly containing Spanish victims of flight 4U9525. These coffins will now be transferred to the relatives of the victims on the evening of 15th June and on 16th June. The transfer of the remaining victims from Spain will fulfil the wishes of relatives of the victims by also involving the transfer of some coffins to other Spanish destinations.

    The return of the victims to their home countries will be continued over the coming weeks and is expected to be fully completed at the end of June 2015. 

    Lufthansa and Germanwings are in close contact with the relatives of the victims in order to ensure that the transfer of the victims is carried out according to their relatives' concrete wishes.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Lufthansa Group Media Relations

    Group

    Lufthansa Passage

    Fri, 12 Jun 2015 13:28:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/june/12/article/3539.html
  • Second special flight to transfer the victims of 4U9525 to Spain

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/june/10/article/3537.html

    Lufthansa MD11 is landing at 21:00 on 15 June in Barcelona – Transfer of the coffins to the dependants planned for 16 June.

    Following the transfer on Tuesday this week of the first victims of 4U9525 by a Lufthansa special flight to Düsseldorf, the date of the second special flight has now also been decided. A MD11 will take off on 15 June from Marseilles. The MD11 is expected to land in Barcelona at 21:00. 

    On board will foreseeably be more than 30 coffins with mainly Spanish victims from 4U9525. They shall be transferred to the dependants on 16 June. 

    The repatriation of the victims to their home countries shall be continued over the coming weeks and is expected to be completed at the end of June. 

    Lufthansa is in close contact with the relatives to ensure that the transfer of the victims is carried out according to the relatives’ wishes.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

    Group

    Wed, 10 Jun 2015 21:27:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/june/10/article/3537.html
  • Lufthansa adds Nairobi to the flight schedule

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/june/08/article/3531.html

    Non-stop to the capital of Kenya - High demand expected especially from private travellers

    Good news: From 27 October, Lufthansa will be flying to Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. An aircraft of the type Airbus A340-300 will fly between Frankfurt and Nairobi four times a week in winter 2015/16 and five times a week from 11 December.

    LH 590 will leave Lufthansa's Frankfurt hub every morning on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday (and on Friday from 11 December 2015 to the end of January 2016) and will reach Nairobi in the evening after a journey of more than eight hours. The return aircraft will take off from Nairobi as a night flight in the late evening and lands the morning of the following day at Frankfurt Airport. The flight times are thus optimally aligned to flights from Germany, Europe and the North Atlantic.

    Lufthansa expects great interest and high demand especially among leisure travellers. On the African continent, Lufthansa passengers will be able to experience an extremely lively metropolis. The Kenyan capital has numerous attractions. Guests can discover, for example, African history at the National Museum. In the city centre of Nairobi, you can experience the culinary side of Kenya in the markets and in restaurants. Or, just a few kilometres from the centre of the city with 2.7 million inhabitants, you can observe the wild African animals in Nairobi National Park.

    The round trip to Nairobi can be booked from 649 euros. More information and the opportunity to book Lufthansa flights can be found online at LH.com or via the Lufthansa Service Center by calling (069) 86 799 799 (landline rate). Flights can also be booked at the Lufthansa travel agency partners and at the Lufthansa sales counters at airports. At www.lufthansaholidays.com, Lufthansa offers attractive trips for Nairobi, including flight and hotel.

    The new route at a glance

    Frankfurt – Nairobi (Kenya)
    Airports / Three letter code / Time zone – Frankfurt Airport, Terminal 1 (FRA); Universal time +01:00 hour
    – Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO); Universal time +03:00 hours.
    Timetable (all times are local times; winter time) New from 25 October 2015 Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays
    LH 590 Frankfurt 11:10 – Nairobi 21:15
    LH 591 Nairobi 23:20 – Frankfurt 05:55 (the following day)
    Flight duration (on average) 08 hours 20 minutes
    Distance 6,320 km (3,412 nautical miles)
    Aircraft type   Airbus A340-300

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

    Lufthansa Passage

    Mon, 08 Jun 2015 14:56:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/june/08/article/3531.html
  • Transfer of the victims of 4U9525 begins with a Lufthansa special flight

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/june/05/article/3529.html

    Lufthansa MD11 lands in Dusseldorf on 9 June 2015 at 22:30 - Transfer to the relatives on 10 June - More repatriations will follow in the coming weeks until the end of June

    Lufthansa is working with all its available resources to ensure the repatriation and transfer of victims of the Germanwings flight 4U9525 to the relatives in the originally planned schedule. To start off the repatriation flights, Lufthansa will arrange at short notice a special flight with a MD11 of Lufthansa Cargo from Marseille to Dusseldorf. The plane will take off from Marseille on 9 June at 20:50 and is expected at Dusseldorf at 22:30. There will be 30 coffins of the victims of flight 4U9525 on board.

    The repatriation of the victims was initially scheduled for next week. At short notice, however, a delay had resulted due to regulatory requirements. The Federal Government Commissioner for the victims' relatives had then turned immediately to the authorities and received assurances that preparations for repatriation could be made immediately.

    After this first special flight to Dusseldorf, the other victims will be gradually transferred to their home countries in the coming weeks. The French authorities are working hard in order to create the formal conditions for the transfer of the victims as soon as possible. Lufthansa is in close contact with the relatives to ensure that the transfer of the victims is carried out according to the relatives’ wishes.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

    Lufthansa Passage

    Group

    Fri, 05 Jun 2015 18:47:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/june/05/article/3529.html
  • Lufthansa redirects commercial strategy

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/june/02/article/3527.html

    - Airlines differentiate booking channels - Modular fare packages and new customized offers - A per ticket earnings increase to be reinforced by direct booking methods - Development of a new booking channels to form direct link with sales partners

    The airlines of the Lufthansa Group – Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Swiss – will increase their profitability by redirecting their commercial strategy. Within this year the Lufthansa Group expects to generate an adjusted EBIT (earnings before interest and taxes) of more than EUR 1.5 billion before costs (strike-related action). This new commercial strategy is to ensure that, in future, a greater portion of the revenue will be earned from flight operations; the actual area of service to the customer.

    Jens Bischof, member of the Lufthansa German Airlines Board and Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, says: “Until now, the percentage of revenue generated from the sale of flight tickets by our airlines has continuously decreased. While other service and system partners in the value chain are recording increasing margins and returns, our airline’s earnings have been compromised over time, even though they are the actual providers of flight services. We want to counteract this trend by refocusing our commercial strategy.”

    In the future, the airlines will therefore offer their services on a more flexible and modular basis, with individualized price options and ancillary services. The previously announced group-wide new Economy Class fare concept on European flights, to be introduced by Summer 2015, will enable the passenger to select their desired services, with such fare options as, “Light”, “Classic” and “Flex”. Based on the principle “you only pay for the services you want”, these branded fares will offer a variety of options. More customized services will better reflect customers’ preferences.

    The new commercial strategy also includes a clear cost differentiation in the various booking channels. Presently, the costs for using global distribution systems (GDS) are several times higher than for other booking methods, such as our own online portal www.LH.com. In total, the yearly GDS costs come to a three-digit million euro amount for the Lufthansa Group. These services, however, are primarily used by other partners in the value chain. A large number of services are paid by the Lufthansa Group carriers, but are only partly used by them. Among others, the GDS services comprise functionalities, which offer many extra services in addition to the basic features of booking, processing and ticketing. Such examples include the option of combining and booking world-wide, multi-airline flight offers, as well as, an integrated booking and invoice processing.

    As of 1 September 2015, the Lufthansa Group airlines will, therefore, include a surcharge, the “Distribution Cost Charge” (DCC) of EUR 16 for every ticket issued by a booking channel using GDS. The new charge will not be added to flight tickets purchased using own booking channels. This predominately includes the airlines’ websites (www.LH.com, www.swiss.com, www.austrian.com, www.brusselsairlines.com), as well as, the service center and ticket counter at the airports. Travel agencies will also be able to book tickets without the DCC, using the online portal at www.LHGroup-agent.com. Furthermore, corporate customers will be able to book their individually negotiated contract rates excluding the DCC at www.LH.com. Customers of Lufthansa Group Airlines can of course count on continued fare transparency. The display of the ticket will always show the final fare.

    Innovative ancillary services and enhanced price options require suitable sales technology. The technology of our existing sales systems cannot adequately display the individual offers, with their variety of product components. The Lufthansa Group’s airlines are, therefore, in the process of developing a new booking method to enable sales partners to connect to their IT systems directly based on the new IATA data standard NDC (New Distribution Capability). The first NDC pilot project is currently being tested at Swiss and should begin at Lufthansa during the course of this year.

    CCO Jens Bischof explains: “At present, airlines are not yet able to market their services via all sales channels, as it is common in other industries. The contracts and structures have previously prevented any deregulation in many areas. We want to change this with our new commercial strategy and take advantage of greater degrees of freedom in our sales activities, providing our customers with the exact tailor-made services that they are looking for and wherever they are looking for them.”

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

    Group

    Tue, 02 Jun 2015 13:06:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/june/02/article/3527.html
  • A flying intensive care unit on all long-haul routes

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/june/01/article/3525.html

    The further developed Patient Transport Compartment (PTC) is now available on Boeing 747-8 and Airbus A380 flights from the Lufthansa Hubs in Frankfurt and Munich

    From June 2015, the globally unique "flying intensive care unit" will be available on all planes in the entire Lufthansa long-haul fleet. The Patient Transport Compartment (PTC) was developed by the technology company Lufthansa Technik in cooperation with Lufthansa's Medical Service. Lufthansa can now offer its PTC in its entire network of long-haul flights leaving from its hubs in the German cities of Frankfurt and Munich. The company has already been using the PTC on its Boeing 747-400 and Airbus A340 and A330 aircraft types since 1999. A total of up to 100 intensive care patients are transported in the PTC by Lufthansa every year. A further developed version of the PTC has now been designed for the Airbus A380 and Boeing 747-8 sub-fleets and installed in the modern long-haul jets. 

    The PTC boasts a multitude of advantages compared to a conventional air ambulance, for example a time saving of up to 50 percent due to the fact that it is installed in an airliner and lower costs. The spacious interior of the PTC offers enough space for a patient bed, two seats for the doctor treating the patient and a Lufthansa crew member (PTC Medical Crew Member) and intensive care equipment together with the required material and medication. 

    With its wide range of medical products, Lufthansa is the world's leading airline. Patients who do not require intensive care with a PTC can book medical services such as the so-called "stretcher" or, where necessary, a separate oxygen supply for their flight in advance. The services available from the Medical Operation Centre (MOC) not only include matters concerning suitability for flight transport, but also the preparation and provision of medical offers. Lufthansa also runs the "Doctor on Board" programme, which has already been joined by more than 9000 doctors all over the world. At all of its destinations, Lufthansa is able to put passengers in contact with contracted doctors for a fee in the case that they fall ill or require medical assistance. For more information, please visit http://www.lufthansa.com/de/en/Travelling-healthily.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Lufthansa Group Media Relations

    Lufthansa Passage

    Mon, 01 Jun 2015 14:33:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/june/01/article/3525.html
  • Josef Bogdanski is new Chief Information Officer/Chief Process Officer of the Lufthansa Group

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/may/27/article/3523.html

    Responsible for the global IT and process management of the Aviation Group

    Since May 2015, Josef Bogdanski has been the new Chief Information Officer/Chief Process Officer (CIO/CPO) of the Lufthansa Group. He is thus responsible for the global IT and process management of the Aviation Group and drives the further integration of the airline and service companies in this field. In his new role he will report to Harry Hohmeister, Chief Officer Group Airlines, Logistics and IT.

    Since the beginning of his career at Deutsche Lufthansa AG in 1984, Bogdanski has held leading positions in management, including the management of the Area Management Middle East, Southeast Europe & Africa, based in Dubai, and then the management of Sales in Germany, Global Key Account Management/Online Sales. Prior to his current appointment as CIO/CPO, he was responsible for the future programme "SCORE Change for Success", which will be completed successfully this year. Bogdanski follows Dr. Christoph Kollatz, who left the Lufthansa Group in April.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

    Group

    Wed, 27 May 2015 14:01:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/may/27/article/3523.html
  • Fly to two European holiday islands with Lufthansa

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/may/22/article/3521.html

    From Munich to Iceland and Crete in the summer

    Two popular holiday islands can be found on the new summer flight schedule from Munich: Iceland and Crete - the largest volcanic island in Europe and the largest Greek island, will be served every Saturday from 23 May 2015. The new connection to the Icelandic airport Keflavik also complements the service from Frankfurt: Iceland is on the flight schedule three times a week at Germany's largest hub. Lufthansa will only fly to the Cretan airport in Heraklion from Munich. "For many passengers, the two destinations are on their list of dream destinations. The variety of historical and tourist attractions make them particularly interesting destinations for travel lovers", says Thomas Klühr, Member of the Lufthansa German Airlines Board, Finance & Hub Munich. In addition to Keflavik and Heraklion, this summer Lufthansa will fly to Glasgow/Scotland, Seville/Spain and Perugia in Umbria/Italy for the first time.

    Iceland offers spectacular scenery, with active volcanoes, glaciers and waterfalls. With more than 8,000 inhabitants, Keflavik is the sixth largest city in Iceland. In addition to the port, the international airport makes Keflavik one of the most important locations in Iceland. The nearby capital Reykjavík offers numerous museums and tourist attractions.

    Crete is renowned for its good tourist infrastructure and more than a thousand kilometres of coastline. Picturesque historical architecture and museums also make Heraklion an interesting destination. The Mediterranean climate of Crete is characterised by dry and warm temperatures, thus making May to September an optimum time to travel to the island.

    The round trip to Iceland can be booked from 249 euros, to Crete from 129 euros. More information and the opportunity to book Lufthansa flights can be found online at LH.com or via the Lufthansa Service Center by calling (069) 86 799 799 (landline rate). Flights can also be booked at the Lufthansa travel agency partners and at the Lufthansa sales counters at airports.

    The new connections at a glance

    Munich – Keflavik (23 May – 05 September 2015)
    Airports / Three-letter code / Time zone (winter) Munich, Terminal 2 (MUC); Universal Time +01:00 hrs
    Keflavik (KEF); Universal Time -01:00 hrs
    Flight schedule (all times are local times) MUC-KEF once a week (Saturday) with Airbus A321 LH 2468: MUC 21:45 – 23:55 KEF
    LH 2469: KEF  01:10 – 07:05 MUC
    Flight duration (on average) Munich – Keflavik 4:10 hrs
    Keflavik – Munich 3:55 hrs
    Munich – Heraklion (23 May – 24 October 2015)
    Airports / Three-letter code / Time zone (winter)
     
    Munich, Terminal 2 (MUC); Universal Time +01:00 hrs
    Heraklion (HER); Universal Time +02:00 hrs
    Flight schedule (all times are local times) MUC-HER once a week (Saturday) with Airbus A320 LH 1758: MUC 08:30 – 12:20 HER
    LH 1759: HER  13:20 – 15:20 MUC
    Flight duration (on average) Munich – Heraklion 2:50 hrs
    Heraklion – Munich 3:00 hrs

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Süddeutschland

    Lufthansa Passage

    Fri, 22 May 2015 11:03:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/may/22/article/3521.html
  • Fuel consumption 2014: Lufthansa Group airlines with a new efficiency record of 3.84 litres per passenger and 100 kilometres

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/may/20/article/3519.html

    Lufthansa Cargo is also transporting freight more efficiently than ever / fleet modernisation is progressing

    The airlines in the Lufthansa Group have once again set a record for efficiency: In 2014, the planes of the passenger fleets only used an average of 3.84 litres of kerosene (2013: 3.91 l/100pkm) to carry a passenger 100 kilometres. This represents an improvement of 1.6 per cent over the previous year. As in previous years, the Group has thus met the demanding aerospace industry target of annual efficiency gains of 1.5 per cent. Whether Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian Airlines or Germanwings - all airlines in the Lufthansa Group have continued to improve their specific consumption values. The cargo aircraft of Lufthansa Cargo were also more efficient than ever, with 0.183 litres/tonne kilometres - an improvement of 5.2 per cent over 2013. In 2014, Group-wide efficiency in cargo transportation was increased by 0.8 per cent. In the reporting year 2014, the absolute fuel consumption in the Group increased slightly by 0.7 per cent with an increase in transport capacity of 1.9 per cent, so the trend towards the decoupling of transport capacity and fuel consumption was also continued successfully.

    The further reduction of specific fuel consumption is foreseeable through the investment in new, more efficient and low-noise aircraft. Lufthansa has now put the last of 19 Boeing 747-8 aircraft into service. The aircraft is 15 per cent more fuel efficient than its predecessor model B 747-400. By 2025, the company will receive 272 aircraft at a list value of 38 billion euros. This is the biggest fleet modernisation programme in the history of the Lufthansa Group. In 2015 alone, 17 aircraft will be delivered to the Group.

    The basis for further achievements in environmental performance is the four-pillar strategy established for climate protection, which combines different environmental measures. In addition to numerous programmes for the more efficient use of the resource kerosene, the Group is also focusing on the research and use of alternative, low-CO2 fuels. The Lufthansa Group is also engaged in the electromobility initiative E-PORT AN at Frankfurt Airport, in order to make the taxiing and towing operations of aircraft more efficient through the use of electromobility and thus to reduce kerosene consumption and CO2 emissions on the ground.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

    Group

    Lufthansa Passage

    Responsibility

    Wed, 20 May 2015 10:22:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/may/20/article/3519.html
  • Fly to Glasgow in the summer with Lufthansa

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/may/14/article/3515.html

    Once a week from Munich to Scotland

    Glasgow is the newest summer destination of Lufthansa from Munich. From 16 May 2015, the city of music and design will be served once a week under flight number LH 2518. The Airbus A319 will take off respectively at 15:10, thus offering optimal connections from all domestic German and European airports. "We are pleased to announce to our guests five new destinations this summer, including Glasgow in Scotland. The variety of museums, art galleries, shops and traditional local pubs makes the new summer destination particularly interesting", says Thomas Klühr, member of the Lufthansa German Airlines Board, Finance & Hub Munich. Besides Glasgow, Lufthansa is also flying for the first time from Munich to Keflavik/Iceland, Heraklion/Crete, Seville/Spain and to Perugia in Umbria/Italy in this summer schedule. 

    The city in south west Scotland has a lot to offer tourists. Glasgow was voted the sixth European Capital of Culture in 1990, the City of Architecture and Design in 1999 and the European Capital of Sport in 2003. In addition, Glasgow is considered the "shopping centre of Scotland" and is the most popular shopping destination in Britain after London. 

    The round trip to Glasgow can be booked from 129 euros. More information and the opportunity to book Lufthansa flights can be found online at LH.com or via the Lufthansa Service Center by calling (069) 86 799 799 (landline rate). Flights can also be booked at the Lufthansa travel agency partners and at the Lufthansa sales counters at airports.

    The new route at a glance

     

    Munich –  Glasgow

    Airports/

    Three-letter code/

    Time zone (winter)

    Munich, Terminal 2 (MUC); Universal Time +01:00 hours.

    Glasgow (GLA); Universal Time +01:00 hours.

     

    Flight schedule

    (all times are local times)

    MUC-GLA once a week (Saturday) 

     

    LH 2518: MUC 15:10 – 16:30 GLA (Saturdays)

    LH 2519: MUC 17:30 – 20:45 GLA (Saturdays)

     

    Flight duration
    (on average)

     

    Munich – Glasgow 1:20 hrs

     

      

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations South Germany

    Lufthansa Passage

    Thu, 14 May 2015 10:02:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/may/14/article/3515.html
  • Lufthansa now also on the Apple Watch

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/may/13/article/3513.html

    New app for the Apple Watch – personalized flight information and boarding passes available to passengers on their wrist watch

    Use your watch as a boarding card and have your essential flight information displayed on your wrist – Lufthansa is now offering this innovation to its guests with an app developed especially for the new Apple Watch. It serves as an ideal travel companion, providing passengers with all their essential flight information, which they can access from 24 hours before their flight during the various stages of their journey with Lufthansa. The new app on the Apple Watch connects to the conventional Lufthansa app on iPhones and iPads via Bluetooth. Following the sales launch, it can now be downloaded for free from the App Store at any time.

    Jens Bischof, member of the Lufthansa German Airlines Board Product, Marketing & Sales and Chief Commercial Officer says: “The importance of mobile applications is continuing to grow rapidly. As a leading airline, we want to continuously expand our prime position – not just on board our flights and on the ground, but also in the area of mobile applications and digital services. Our goal is to provide our customers with information and services in real time at all virtual touch points, thereby further to make their travel experience more comfortable. With this new app, our passengers will always be able to see the most important details about their flight – without having to take their smartphone out of their bag.”

    The new Apple Watch app uses technology that integrates all the flight-related data and displays it clearly for the user to see. It reminds passengers of their flight the day before their departure, provides continuous updates about the status of the flight and displays the boarding time, terminal, gate and seat number. Just like a timer, it enables passengers to see – down to the very minute – how long is left until their scheduled boarding time. The graphics have been designed especially for the display on the Apple Watch. These functions will initially only be available to Miles & More participants who are logged in to the Lufthansa app for iPhones or iPads. For passengers who do not have a Miles & More card, these functions will be available at a later date. All passengers will also be able to display boarding cards saved in Passbook on their Apple Watch and use it for boarding. In addition, the watch will tell passengers what the current weather is at their destination. As with the existing apps, a large number of Lufthansa customers were asked for their ideas and opinions for the development of this new service.

    The ‘app age’ began at Lufthansa back in 2009 with a range of different applications for all the main operating systems. Since then, Lufthansa’s apps have received numerous awards. Lufthansa was also the first airline to develop and launch the mobile boarding card, which has enabled paper-free boarding since 2008. Today, more than 50 per cent of Lufthansa passengers check in with an online or mobile boarding card.

    Notes for editor: Images of the new Lufthansa app are available at the following link in the Lufthansa mediabase.

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  • With Lufthansa non-stop to Finland’s largest skiing resort

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    From Munich to Kittilä in winter

    In winter, Lufthansa customers will have the opportunity to fly from Munich non-stop to the largest and best-known winter sports centre in Finland for the first time. From 19 December 2015, Lufthansa will be taking off every Saturday on course for Kittilä, and thus to the nearby ski resort Levi. Until 26 March 2016, an Airbus A320 with 168 seats in two classes will continue to fly to Lapland. Customers will be able to book their flight in Business Class, too. Due to the departure time of 9 am from Munich, there will be ideal connections from domestic German and most European airports. “In Kittilä we are offering our customers an exclusive winter destination for the first time. The ski resort is an Eldorado for enthusiastic winter sport fans,” says Thomas Klühr, Member of the Lufthansa Passenger Board Finances & Hub Munich.

    Kittilä and the nearby ski resort Levi are 170 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle. The winter sports centre in Lapland has already been voted as the best Finnish ski resort four times and meets international and FIS standards. Levi offers more than 40 lifts with runs ranging from those for families up to a World Cup run.  The resort’s range includes 230 kilometres of cross-country skiing, plus snowshoe hiking trails and 900 kilometres of snowmobile routes. One special feature is the Northern Lights, which can be admired during winter sport activities.

    Return flights to Kittilä can be booked at prices starting from 249 euros. There is further information and the opportunity to book Lufthansa flights in the internet on LH.com or via the Lufthansa Service Centre on telephone number (069) 86 799 799 (landline). Flights can also be booked at Lufthansa travel agency partners and at Lufthansa sales counters in airports.

    The new connection at a glance

    Munich – Kittilä
    Airports / Three letter code / Time zone (Winter) Munich, Terminal 2 (MUC); GMT +01:00 hrs
    Kittilä (KTT); GMT +02:00 hrs.
    Timetable (all times local time) MUC-KTT 1x weekly (Saturdays, 19.12.14 – 26.03.16)
    LH 2460: MUC 09:00 – 13:25 KTT
    LH 2461: KTT  14:55 – 17:15 MUC
    Flight time (on average) Munich – Kittilä 3:25 hrs.

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  • Kay Kratky confirmed as new CEO of Austrian Airlines

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    At today’s extraordinary meeting of the Supervisory Board, Kay Kratky was confirmed as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Austrian Airlines. He had been nominated beforehand as the candidate preferred by Lufthansa. Kay Kratky will succeed Jaan Albrecht as CEO and Chairman of the Management Board of Austria’s national carrier on August 1, 2015. Albrecht will leave Austrian Airlines on June 1, 2015. In this interim period, the months of June and July, Chief Commercial Officer Andreas Otto will bear sole responsibility on the Management Board. COO Klaus Froese and CFO Heinz Lachinger will continue to be members of the extended board. Kay Kratky (57) is currently a Member of the Lufthansa German Airlines Board. As Chief Operating Officer (COO), he is responsible for flight operations and the Frankfurt hub with about 20,000 employees. Deutsche Lufthansa AGMedia Relations Lufthansa Group

    At today’s extraordinary meeting of the Supervisory Board, Kay Kratky was confirmed as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Austrian Airlines. He had been nominated beforehand as the candidate preferred by Lufthansa. Kay Kratky will succeed Jaan Albrecht as CEO and Chairman of the Management Board of Austria’s national carrier on August 1, 2015. Albrecht will leave Austrian Airlines on June 1, 2015. In this interim period, the months of June and July, Chief Commercial Officer Andreas Otto will bear sole responsibility on the Management Board. COO Klaus Froese and CFO Heinz Lachinger will continue to be members of the extended board. 

    Kay Kratky (57) is currently a Member of the Lufthansa German Airlines Board. As Chief Operating Officer (COO), he is responsible for flight operations and the Frankfurt hub with about 20,000 employees.

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  • Every second Lufthansa long-haul aircraft is already flying with the new Premium Economy

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    • 53 aircraft equipped with around 2,000 Premium Economy seats • Completion of retrofitting in autumn 2015

    The retrofitting of Lufthansa’s new Premium Economy on the airline’s fleet is on schedule. Today, experts from Lufthansa Technik have completed the installation of Premium Economy class seats in an Airbus A340-300 with the registration D-AIGO. Thus, a total of 53 aircraft now offer the popular extra comfort in Economy Class on approximately 2,000 new, well-equipped seats. Passengers can thus already enjoy the airline's new travel class on half of all long-haul jets.

    The retrofit order is carried out according to the type of aircraft. Therefore, all Boeing 747-8 and Airbus A380 aircraft on routes from the Frankfurt hub already have Premium Economy on board. A total of 15 of the Airbus A340-600 aircraft stationed in Munich and both A340-300 aircraft in Dusseldorf also feature the new seats.

    Thus, Lufthansa jets are already flying to the 33 most important long-haul airports with Premium Economy on board. The destinations include New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Sao Paolo, Beijing, Singapore and Hong Kong. The first customer ratings for the latest class show a high level of satisfaction - the seating comfort, the service and the excellent value for money are praised in particular.

    The remaining aircraft of the type Airbus A330-300, A340-300, A340-600 and Boeing 747-400 will be retrofitted in the coming weeks. The retrofitting is expected to be completed in autumn 2015.

    On the new Premium Economy Class:

    The seat is up to three centimetres wider depending on the type of aircraft. In addition, the separate wide armrest for each seat and the centre console between the seats ensure extra privacy and thus a total of about 10 centimetres more space to the side. The backrest can be tilted further back and the seat spacing is much more generous at 38 inches or 97 centimetres. Thus, personal space has increased by about half compared to Economy Class. The adjustable headrest can be folded at the sides and gives comfortable support. Height adjustable footrests from the second row and - for design reasons - leg supports with integrated footrest in the front row provide additional comfort. With two pieces of luggage up to 23 kg, each passenger has twice as much free baggage allowance as in Economy Class. For a surcharge of 25 euros, passengers also have the opportunity to enjoy the amenities of many Lufthansa Business Lounges before their flight. Access to the Welcome Lounge in Frankfurt is possible for a fee of 50 euros. The check-in and boarding process and the hand baggage regulations are similar to those in Economy Class.

    On board, Premium Economy passengers can expect an upgraded service: Passengers can control the extensive in-flight entertainment programme using their own touch-screen with a screen size from 11 to 12 inches (28 to 30 centimetres). In addition, each seat offers a USB port and an electrical outlet so passengers can use their own devices. A diverse selection of newspapers and magazines complements the entertainment programme.

    For more information visit http://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/themen/premium-economy.html.

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  • Take-off to Perugia

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    Flights to the new Lufthansa destination will start from Munich on Sunday / Flights to eight new summer destinations from Frankfurt and Munich

    With its Italian atmosphere full of medieval palazzi and churches together with typical cafés and restaurants, the capital city of Umbria will soon be just a one-and-a-half-hour flight away from Munich. From this Sunday, 10th May 2015, Lufthansa will fly to Perugia from its southern hub twice a week. Munich Airport offers ideal connections to and from all German and most European airports. The Embraer 195 with the flight number LH 1924 will fly at 10:45am on Sundays and 3:00pm on Tuesdays. In August, the Tuesday flight will be replaced with a flight on Thursdays. This will give Lufthansa customers the opportunity to plan a long weekend away during the summer holidays.

    Perugia is just one of a total of eight new holiday destinations, with flights to Heraklion/Crete and the Scottish city of Glasgow also departing from Munich and Lufthansa flights to Bodrum/Turkey, and Cagliari/Sardinia operating from Frankfurt for the first time this summer. Another premiere this summer is the flight from Frankfurt to Marrakesh/Morocco, which was launched last autumn. Reykjavik/Iceland and Seville/Spain are two additional new destinations from both hubs. Lufthansa customers can now choose from a total of 35 weekly flights to 18 popular seasonal summer destinations. The programme of flights departing from Frankfurt this summer contains 59 weekly flights to 17 destinations.

    Prices for the return flight to Perugia start at 109 euros. You can find more information and book Lufthansa flights online at LH.com or by calling the Lufthansa Service Centre on +49 69 86799799 (German landline). Flights can also be booked via our Lufthansa travel agency partners and at the Lufthansa sales counters at airports.

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  • First Airbus A350 due to arrive in Munich at end of 2016

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    25 aircraft for Frankfurt and Munich / Quieter, more fuel efficient and lower CO2 emissions

    The first Airbus A350-900s of Lufthansa will be coming to Munich at the end of 2016. Lufthansa has ordered a total of 25 aircraft of this type, which in future will be used on routes from the airline’s Frankfurt and Munich hubs. “The A350 marks our entry into the two-liter class and is an important step towards active noise protection. The aircraft generates a 30 percent smaller noise footprint,” says Thomas Klühr, member of the Lufthansa German Airlines Board, Finances & Hub Munich. This summer Lufthansa will operate a total of 26 long-range aircraft, including 17 A340-600s and nine A330-300s, from its Munich hub.

    The Airbus A350-900 is more fuel efficient than any other aircraft type. On average the new aircraft will consume a mere 2.9 liters of kerosene per passenger per 100 kilometers, roughly 25 percent less than current-generation aircraft. The state-of-the-art Rolls Royce Trent XWB engines and an aerodynamic design will also reduce noise emissions to well below current prescribed limits. 

    In addition, the cabin is extremely quiet, thanks to new insulation methods and sound- absorbing materials.  Passengers on board the A350-900 will also benefit from wider panorama windows and more spacious overhead stowage bins.

    Technical data

    Engine RR Trent XWB-84
    Length 65.26m
    Wing span 64.75m
    Height 17.05m
    Wing area 443m2
    Max. takeoff weight 268 tonnes
    Engine performance 2 x 84,000 lbs
    Max. fuel capacity 138,000 liters
    Cruising speed Mach 0.85
    Range* approx.  9,500 km
    Fuel consumption approx. 2.9 liters /100 pax km
    vs. B747-400 -26%
    vs. A340-300 -24%

    * with maximum payload

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  • IAGOS project: airborne climate research laboratory installed on second Lufthansa Airbus

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    Lufthansa Airbus A330-300 “D-AIKO” is gathering data on atmospheric trace elements at cruising altitude / Important contribution towards establishing a global measuring infrastructure

    The Lufthansa Group has expanded its involvement in the IAGOS (In-service Aircraft for a Global Observing System) climate research project and installed special measuring equipment on a second aircraft. The Lufthansa Airbus A330-300 with the tail number “D-AIKO” is gathering data on atmospheric trace elements and cloud particles at cruising altitude on all of its flights – on a global basis. A team of experts from Lufthansa Technik performed the demanding task of installing the instrument pack in the front-left part of the aircraft’s fuselage in partnership with Sabena Technics, the Forschungszentrum Jülich and the French CNRS research centre. 

    “Supporting climate research is important to Lufthansa, as our aircraft provide an excellent platform for measuring instruments. The data gathered at cruising altitude is particularly important for understanding our climate,” says Dr Gerd Saueressig, who is responsible for climate research projects in the Lufthansa Group.

    After every landing, the data will be transmitted directly to the CNRS in Toulouse, where the IAGOS database is located. The data is used by numerous research facilities worldwide. The first IAGOS aircraft, the Airbus A340-300 “Viersen”, has been in deployment since 7 July 2011. That day, in cooperation with the Forschungszentrum Jülich, Lufthansa became the first airline worldwide to launch this innovative project for the long-term observation of the earth’s atmosphere during scheduled flight operations as a continuation of the successful MOZAIC programme, which had started in 1994. 

    The Lufthansa Group has been a reliable partner in the field of climate research for more than 20 years and currently also supports in addition to IAGOS other important climate research projects (for instance CARIBIC and AMDAR). In doing so, the Group is making an important contribution towards establishing a global measuring infrastructure for observing the Earth’s atmosphere with the help of civil aviation. In 2013, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) included the IAGOS project in its national roadmap for research infrastructure. The scientific council appointed by the BMBF believes that continuously recording atmospheric data on a global basis will make it possible to close an important knowledge gap so that more precise climate predictions can be made. 

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  • Lufthansa nominates Kay Kratky as CEO of Austrian Airlines

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    Kay Kratky will be proposed as CEO candidate to the Supervisory Board on May 12, 2015. He should succeed Jaan Albrecht, who has accepted the job as CEO of SunExpress

    Kay Kratky is to be appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Austrian Airlines. The Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG will propose him for this position to the Supervisory Board of Austrian Airlines on May 12, 2015. He would succeed Jaan Albrecht as CEO of Austrian Airlines as of August 1, 2015. As reported, Albrecht will switch to SunExpress, a joint venture of Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines.

    “After a difficult period Austrian Airlines is well on track to further expand its position and become competitive. Now the focus is on a resolute modernization of its fleet and strengthening of Vienna as an air travel hub. Kay Kratky is an ideal candidate to enable the airline to successfully continue along this path”, says Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

    “I am pleased that we have found Kay Kratky, a highly experienced and accepted airline manager within the Group, who can take the helm at Austrian Airlines”, states Harry Hohmeister, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Austrian Airlines AG. “In my opinion Kay Kratky is the right candidate to lead Austrian Airlines into the next phase of its development, focusing on strengthening the air travel hub in Vienna, increasing profitability and exploiting growth opportunities.”

    Kay Kratky (57) has been a Member of the Lufthansa German Airlines Board since 2011. As Chief Operating Officer (COO), he is responsible for flight operations and the Frankfurt hub with about 20,000 employees.

    Born in Frankfurt, Kratky concluded his studies in mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Darmstadt before beginning his professional career at Lufthansa in 1979 by training to be a pilot. He became training captain and fleet commander on the Boeing 747 and assumed the position of Head of Operations Control at Lufthansa Cargo AG in 2001. After serving as Head of Transport Management and MD11 Captain, he was appointed to be Managing Director of Jade Cargo International, Shenzen, China in 2008. Since 2011 Kratky has worked as COO and a Member of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Passage Airlines of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

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  • Lufthansa increases first quarter result

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    • Positive development of business in all operating business segments • EBIT and adjusted EBIT 30 per cent above previous year’s quarter • Cash flow from operating activities improves by EUR 539m • The effects of the strike on the result amounted to EUR 42m in the first quarter • High pension obligations due to falling interest rates burden equity

    The Lufthansa Group has reported a positive course of business for the first quarter of 2015. At total revenue of nearly 8 per cent higher, the EBIT and adjusted EBIT both rose by EUR 73m. Both key performance indicators were thus 30 per cent higher than in the previous year. The Group closed the first quarter with an adjusted EBIT of EUR -167m (previous year: EUR -240m). 

    Simone Menne, Chief Officer Finance and Aviation Services of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, says: “All operating business segments were able to increase their results in the first quarter. Above all, SWISS and Lufthansa Cargo have done better than in the previous year. But Lufthansa German Airlines has also shown a positive development, although it was worse hit by strikes and other one-off effects than in the previous year.”

    The Group result rose significantly more strongly than the adjusted EBIT in the reporting period. With a plus of EUR 677m in comparison with the same quarter in the previous year, the Lufthansa Group achieved a consolidated result of EUR 425m. An extraordinary effect from the premature exchange of JetBlue swaps made a significant contribution to this development. This transaction alone improved the financial result without an effect on equity by EUR 503m.

    The result was once again overshadowed by the consequences of the strike called by the trade union Cockpit among the pilots of Lufthansa German Airlines, Lufthansa Cargo and Germanwings on a total of six days between January and March 2015. Flight cancellations caused by strikes led to a burden on the result of EUR 42m. Due to weaker advance bookings in the following quarters as a consequence of the strike, Lufthansa expects a further burden on the result of EUR 58m.

    Cash flows, which are important in view of high total investments, developed positively in the reporting period.  Cash flow from operating activities rose to EUR 1,394m (previous year: EUR 855m), the free cash flow improved to EUR 532m (previous year: EUR 195m).

    The actuarial interest rate for valuing pension obligations declined further in the first three months of the year, in Germany from 2.6 per cent to 1.7 per cent now. Thus the arithmetic pension burden rose by EUR 3.4bn. This was contrasted with a growth in pension assets of around EUR 500m. The equity ratio fell by 5.7 percentage points to 7.5 per cent now.

    “This development shows once again how volatile the key figure ‘equity ratio’ has become since the introduction of the new IFRS accounting standards. We are not alone in this situation. However, other groups have already made the necessary structural change from a cover oriented to a contributions oriented pension commitment. Here, more urgently than ever, we need sustainably financeable solutions in place of obsolete structures. We can only achieve this together with our collective bargaining partners,” says Simone Menne.

    Operating costs and income showed strong fluctuations in comparison with the same quarter in the previous year. What was decisive here was the significantly lower oil price, the continuing weakness of the euro and low interest rates. Fuel costs were EUR 209m lower than in the same quarter in the previous year, while expenses on fees went up by nearly 7 per cent, despite the lower number of flights and passengers. The weak euro and the rise in pension expenses also led to an increase in staff costs of nearly 7 per cent.

    Simone Menne summarised the interim report for the first three months of the year: “We see positive developments in the result and in cash flow. This shows we are on the right course. At the same time, we continue to see great pressure to act. The enormous pension burdens are putting considerable pressure on our equity. And we cannot accept the continuing increase in fees or the development of our unit costs. Great efforts remain to be made here in order to strengthen the international competitiveness of all the business segments of the Lufthansa Group.”

    Lufthansa Group January – March Change
    2015 2014
    Revenue € m 6,973 6,462 +7.9%
    of which traffic revenue € m 5,419 5,161 +5.0%
    Operating result € m -133 -209 +36,4%
    Net profit/loss for the period € m 425 -252
    EBIT € m -144 -217 +33.6%
    Adjusted EBIT € m -167 -240 +30.4%
    Adjusted EBIT margin In % -2.4% -3.7% +1.3%
    Investments € m 815 859 -5.1%
    Cash flow from operating activities € m 1,394 855 +63%
    Employees as of 31.03.2015.   118,569 118,712 -143
    Earnings per share 0.92 -0.55 +1.47

    The interim report for the first quarter of 2015 will be published simultaneously with this press release at 7.30 am (CET) on 5 May 2015 on www.lufthansagroup.com/investor-relations

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  • Lufthansa Shareholders agree all the agenda points at the Annual shareholders’ meeting

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    About 1,500 shareholders attended the shareholders’ meeting in Hamburg of Lufthansa Group

    The members of the Management Board and the Supervisory Board were discharged for the financial year 2014 by a large majority of the shareholders. The shareholders also agreed with the suggestion of the Lufthansa Supervisory Board member, to accept Stephan Sturm, Board of Managers for Finance at Fresenius Management SE, as a new member of the board. Sturm is replacing Jacques Aigrain, who resigned his mandate as a member of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG at the close of the General Meeting. 

    The shareholders‘ meeting also decided that the Management Board may, with the agreement of the Supervisory Board, increase the share capital of the company by 28 April 2020 by one or several issues of new, registered non-par shares (authorised capital A). 

    Furthermore, the Management Board was again empowered to purchase and use company shares, as well as purchase company shares by employing derivatives up to 28 April 2020. Also a new Management Contract was concluded and agreement given to the amendment of the existing profit distribution contract of the Deutsche Lufthansa AG and the Delvag Luftfahrtversicherungs AG. The audit company PwC was re-elected to be the auditor of the annual accounts for the financial year 2015.

    There were a total of nine agenda points at the General shareholders‘ meeting. The company shareholders agreed all the points with a large majority. 

    Detailed information of the shareholders‘ meeting is available at investor-relations.lufthansagroup.com/annual-general-meeting

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  • Lufthansa welcomes shareholders to general meeting

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    • Chairman of the Executive Board Carsten Spohr confirms further development of the Lufthansa Group • Prioritisation of investment projects • Offer to Vereinigung Cockpit regarding joint settlement of all outstanding collective agreements

    To open the 62nd ordinary general meeting of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Supervisory Board Chairman, Wolfgang Mayrhuber, and Chairman of the Executive Board, Carsten Spohr, paid tribute to the Germanwings accident of 24 March 2015. All shareholders held a minute’s silence for the victims.

    In his speech to the general meeting in Hamburg, Carsten Spohr announced the consistent further development of the company, saying that the change of course initiated with the “7to1 – Our Way Forward” programme is set to be continued in order to ensure the group’s sustainability. “We need financial stability with sound profitability. We also need to continuously upgrade our fleet and infrastructure, and secure the necessary investments. Our mission is to be the number one choice of our customers, shareholders and staff, and further develop our market position”, Spohr added.

    The Lufthansa Group will in future be supported by three solid pillars. In addition to the important core business of premium airlines, whose established brands Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian Airlines offer services via the hubs, the aim is also to setup Eurowings, a young, pan-European secondary brand. This secondary pillar seeks to cover the Lufthansa Group’s point-to-point services, and in a few years develop into number three on the European low-cost market with over 100 aircraft. The third pillar consists of the Lufthansa Group’s service companies. This area, which already employs over half the 120,000 staff, similarly has exceptional growth prospects with the successful world market leaders Lufthansa Technik and LSG SkyChefs, as well as the financing companies AirPlus and Miles & More.

    Investments prioritised

    In view of the group’s consistently high investments, the priorities of the individual projects were reviewed. For 2015, the Lufthansa Group is planning gross investments of 2.9 billion Euros with a balanced free cash flow. For 2016 and 2017, the investments are set to be limited to 2.5 billion Euros each. In light of this, the planned construction of a new Lufthansa Cargo centre in Frankfurt will be postponed by at least two years. 

    After a number of improvements and upgrades for customers and passengers of the Lufthansa Group in recent years, the extensive programme to update aircraft cabins can be successfully completed this year. Not only will Lufthansa’s long-haul aircraft be renovated in all classes, but Swiss and Austrian Airlines will also be improving services for their passengers.

    To conclude his speech, Carsten Spohr thanked all employees of the Lufthansa Group: “I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank our staff, who haven’t had an easy time. I am proud to be able to work with this team”.

    New offer to Vereinigung Cockpit: Joint settlement of all outstanding collective agreements

    In order to take a further step towards reaching a solution in the ongoing collective dispute with Vereinigung Cockpit, Lufthansa’s chairman announced an offer to jointly settle all outstanding collective agreements. The pilot union had repeatedly asked for this in the past. Lufthansa expects profits to continue rising in 2015. The “Adjusted Ebit”* is set to increase to over 1.5 billion Euros before strike costs. “After 2014, which was a year setting the future direction of Lufthansa, 2015 will be a year of implementation: Focusing on quality, efficiency and innovations, and with the additional growth of our service companies and the new Eurowings, we will create a competitive and sustainable Lufthansa Group”, said Spohr.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
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    *) The “Adjusted EBIT” is the EBIT, adjusted to include profits and losses, unscheduled appreciation and depreciation, and special pension items.

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    Wed, 29 Apr 2015 10:37:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/april/29/article/3491.html
  • Lufthansa offers Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) flight crew union general arbitration of all open collective wage agreements

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/april/29/article/3489.html

    Bettina Volkens: "We are willing to reach out to Vereinigung Cockpit again. We need to avoid further strikes at the expense of our passengers."

    Lufthansa is offering a further concession to the Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) flight crew union in the ongoing round of collective bargaining talks. The union has repeatedly demanded general arbitration. In order to avoid new strikes at the expense of the passengers, Lufthansa offers VC general arbitration of all open collective wage agreements.

    Previously, Lufthansa has rejected this demand on the basis that many collective wage agreements have not yet been negotiated and because not all claims of the VC regarding some of the contracts which the union itself had terminated, have been formulated.

    Dr. Bettina Volkens, Managing Director for Legal Affairs and Human Resources of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, said: "We would have liked to negotiate on open issues with VC before submitting these complex issues to an arbitrator. In order to finally settle this long wage dispute, we are willing to take this step."

    Lufthansa has offered to start discussions with VC this week on the selection of an arbitrator.

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    Wed, 29 Apr 2015 10:34:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/april/29/article/3489.html
  • Lufthansa and Germanwings thank recovery workers and caregivers

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/april/01/article/3487.html

    Carsten Spohr and Thomas Winkelmann visit Seyne-les-Alpes

    Carsten Spohr, the Chairman of the Executive Board & CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Thomas Winkelmann, the CEO of Germanwings visited the recovery workers and local residents in Seyne-les-Alpes today and thanked them for all their help and support following the loss of Germanwings flight 4U 9525. 

    “We have the greatest respect for the dedication and the professionalism with which people are working here to investigate and process this tragedy,” Carsten Spohr said. “We appreciate the immense psychological and physical strain that these helpers are working under. We cannot thank them enough.” Mr. Spohr further extended his sincere gratitude to the investigating authorities, and to the local residents near the accident site. 

    “I would further like to mention the many helpers in Marseille, in Barcelona, in Düsseldorf, in Haltern and elsewhere,” added Thomas Winkelmann. “Volunteers from our own ranks are also supporting and caring for the bereaved. This is the least we can do at this time.”     

    Lufthansa and Germanwings continue to support the families and friends of the victims of flight 4U 9525 in every possible way. Immediately after the accident the companies provided help and care for the bereaved in Barcelona, Düsseldorf and Marseille. Since 28 March a Family Assistance Center (FAC) has been established in Marseille as a central provider of such care and support. A total of 90 personnel have been assigned to the FAC until further notice, to offer the bereaved personal comfort and care and to assist and accompany them, if they wish to visit the Seyne-les-Alpes accident area. To date more than 200 relatives and friends of the victims have been supported by the three care centers.

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  • Lufthansa helps investigation progress

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/march/31/article/3485.html

    The co-pilot of Germanwings flight 4U9525 interrupted his pilot training at the Flight Training Pilot School for several months. Thereafter the co-pilot received the medical certificate confirming his fitness to fly. To ensure a swift and seamless clarification, Lufthansa – after further internal investigations – has submitted additional documents to the Düsseldorf Public Prosecutor, particularly training and medical documents. These also include the email correspondence of the copilot with the Flight Training Pilot School. In this correspondence he informed the Flight Training Pilot School in 2009, in the medical documents he submitted in connection with resuming his flight training, about a “previous episode of severe depression”. Lufthansa will continue to provide the investigating authorities with its full and unlimited support. We therefore ask for your understanding that we cannot provide any further statements at this time, because we do not wish to anticipate the...

    The co-pilot of Germanwings flight 4U9525 interrupted his pilot training at the Flight Training Pilot School for several months. Thereafter the co-pilot received the medical certificate confirming his fitness to fly. 

    To ensure a swift and seamless clarification, Lufthansa – after further internal investigations – has submitted additional documents to the Düsseldorf Public Prosecutor, particularly training and medical documents. These also include the email correspondence of the copilot with the Flight Training Pilot School. In this correspondence he informed the Flight Training Pilot School in 2009, in the medical documents he submitted in connection with resuming his flight training, about a “previous episode of severe depression”.

    Lufthansa will continue to provide the investigating authorities with its full and unlimited support. We therefore ask for your understanding that we cannot provide any further statements at this time, because we do not wish to anticipate the ongoing investigation by the Düsseldorf Public Prosecutor.

    As already confirmed last Thursday to the public the co-pilot held a fully valid class 1 medical certificate during flight duty on 24 March 2015.

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    Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:45:00 +0200 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/march/31/article/3485.html
  • Lufthansa cancels its 60 year anniversary celebrations

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/march/31/article/3482.html

    Live coverage of the memorial service at the Cologne Cathedral in memory of the victims of flight 4U95245 on the 17th of April, 2015, instead of the originally planned anniversary festivities.

    Out of respect for the crash victims of flight 4U9525 Lufthansa is canceling the originally planned festivities for the 60th anniversary of the company, which was planned for the 15th of April, 2015.

    Instead of the originally planned anniversary event, Lufthansa will provide a live broadcast for its employees, of the official state ceremony in the Cologne Cathedral on the 17th of April 2015, where the bereaved families and friends will gather to remember the victims.

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  • Family and friends of the victims of Flight 4U 9525 request that the media show restraint

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/march/28/article/3480.html

    Families and friends of the passenger and crew members of Germanwings flight 4U 9525 have asked Lufthansa and Germanwings to shield them from any questions coming from the media. It is their wish to not be disturbed and to remember the deceased in privacy. Therefore, Lufthansa and Germanwings ask media representatives not to actively contact grieving family members and friends. The immense interest of the public and media concerning the occurrences surrounding the tragic event is of course understandable. The press offices of Lufthansa and Germanwings are available around the clock and on the weekend to handle media inquiries. Lufthansa and Germanwings media representatives will answer all inquiries with the highest possible transparency and as quickly as possible. Media representatives can use the following contacts: Lufthansa press officeTel. +49 69 696 2999 Germanwings press officeTel. +49 2203 1027310

    Families and friends of the passenger and crew members of Germanwings flight 4U 9525 have asked Lufthansa and Germanwings to shield them from any questions coming from the media. It is their wish to not be disturbed and to remember the deceased in privacy.

    Therefore, Lufthansa and Germanwings ask media representatives not to actively contact grieving family members and friends.

    The immense interest of the public and media concerning the occurrences surrounding the tragic event is of course understandable. The press offices of Lufthansa and Germanwings are available around the clock and on the weekend to handle media inquiries. Lufthansa and Germanwings media representatives will answer all inquiries with the highest possible transparency and as quickly as possible.

    Media representatives can use the following contacts:

    Lufthansa press office
    Tel. +49 69 696 2999

    Germanwings press office
    Tel. +49 2203 1027310

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  • Lufthansa Group further refines its safety structures

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/march/27/article/3478.html

    Group member airlines to adopt “rule of two” for aircraft cockpits; Group Safety Pilot reporting directly to the Group CEO

    In coordination with the Luftfahrtbundesamt (Germany’s aviation authority), the other German airlines and the German aviation industry association (Bundesverband der deutschen Luftverkehrswirtschaft), the airlines of the Lufthansa Group are to adopt a new cockpit occupancy procedure as a precautionary measure. Under the new procedure, two authorized persons must be present in the cockpit at all times during a flight.  

    The passenger airlines of the Lufthansa Group will adopt the new procedure as soon as possible, in due consultation with their national aviation authority.   

    The Lufthansa Group is also expanding its safety structures. In addition to the safety pilots at each of its member airlines, the new position of Group Safety Pilot has been created until further notice. The new post will be assumed with immediate effect by Captain Werner Maas, who will hold it in parallel with his current function as Safety Pilot of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. Captain Maas will have overarching groupwide responsibility for examining and further refining all flight safety-relevant procedures in his new capacity, in which he reports directly to Group CEO Carsten Spohr.

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    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:51:00 +0100 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/march/27/article/3478.html
  • Lufthansa offers special flights to Marseille for the next of kin of flight 4U 9525 passengers

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/march/25/article/3476.html

    Airline to provide two special flights from Barcelona and Dusseldorf to Marseille

    Lufthansa will provide two special flights to Marseille for the relatives and friends of passengers of Germanwings flight 4U 9525. The flights operated by Lufthansa on behalf of Germanwings will depart Dusseldorf en route to Marseille tomorrow at 8.40 CET and take off from Barcelona to Marseille at 8.45 CET. Relatives and friends will be taken care of by Lufthansa and Germanwings employees at a special assistance center in Marseille.

    Next of kin of the Germanwings passengers are currently being contacted directly by the airline and informed about the special flight details individually. Within the safety parameters of the investigation, relatives who decide to travel to Marseille will be taken to a location as close to the accident site as possible. Accommodation in Marseille as well as return flights as needed will be provided by Lufthansa on behalf of Germanwings at the discretion of the individual relatives.

    Germanwings and Lufthansa will continue to provide all the care and assistance needed by relatives and friends of passengers of flight 4U 9525 in this difficult situation.

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    Wed, 25 Mar 2015 22:56:00 +0100 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/march/25/article/3476.html
  • Germanwings Flight 4U 9525

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/march/24/article/3474.html

    Germanwings announces with the deepest regret that, according to the information currently available, its Airbus A320 aircraft operating Flight 4U 9525 from Barcelona to Düsseldorf suffered an accident above the French Alps at around 11:00 local time today (Tuesday 24 March). According to current information, there were 144 passengers and six crew members on board. Members of the families of the passengers involved can obtain personal information by calling the toll-free hotline on 00800 11 33 55 77. Everyone at Germanwings and Lufthansa is deeply shocked and saddened by these events. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the passengers and the crew members. We will provide further information as soon as this is available. All the latest information will also be published online at www.germanwings.com. Germanwings Press Officewww.germanwings.com

    Germanwings announces with the deepest regret that, according to the information currently available, its Airbus A320 aircraft operating Flight 4U 9525 from Barcelona to Düsseldorf suffered an accident above the French Alps at around 11:00 local time today (Tuesday 24 March). According to current information, there were 144 passengers and six crew members on board.

    Members of the families of the passengers involved can obtain personal information by calling the toll-free hotline on 00800 11 33 55 77.

    Everyone at Germanwings and Lufthansa is deeply shocked and saddened by these events. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the passengers and the crew members.

    We will provide further information as soon as this is available. All the latest information will also be published online at www.germanwings.com.

    Germanwings Press Office
    www.germanwings.com

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  • Lufthansa passengers excited about solar eclipse

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/march/20/article/3469.html

    Lufthansa flight in the heart of an optic natural spectacle for almost four minutes

    Guests on board LH 435 from Chicago to Munich this morning had the rare opportunity to experience a total eclipse of the sun on board a scheduled flight. Thanks to a minor change in its flight path, the Lufthansa Airbus passed the complete shadow southeast of Iceland at a cruising altitude of 12,600 meters above sea level. The passengers got to see this natural event from a special viewpoint from 10.37 a.m. CET for almost four minutes – one minute longer than it was visible on the ground. 

    “LH 435 was the scheduled Lufthansa flight that was closest to the solar eclipse today,” said Captain Martin Hoell, head of the Munich long-haul fleet. “We used this unique opportunity to allow our customers to witness this natural phenomenon. Our flight planners calculated the minor adjustment of the routing that was required and the crew flew into the complete shadow of the solar eclipse at exactly the time and point that was planned.”

    For the first time, the in-flight service included UV glasses and an informational brochure in the seat back pockets in addition to meals and beverages. After the departure in Chicago, the passengers were informed of this truly spectacular event during their flight through an announcement from the cockpit. Those who wished to be woken six hours after take-off could put a sticker on their seat.

    Short teasers are available under twitter.com/lufthansa and facebook.com/lufthansa. Images are available here.

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    Fri, 20 Mar 2015 16:04:00 +0100 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/march/20/article/3469.html
  • On the fourth day of strike action in a row, around half of Lufthansa’s scheduled long-haul and cargo flights will take off

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/march/20/article/3468.html

    • Lufthansa Cargo will be able to operate 40 per cent of its flights • Another special flight timetable has been published on LH.com • Lufthansa notified more than 84,000 passengers by SMS and 34,000 by email

    Despite the fourth day of strike action in a row, Lufthansa will be able to operate around half of its flights on Saturday, 21 March. However, around 20,000 passengers will still be affected by flight cancellations on Saturday. Even before the second day of strike action ended, the Vereinigung Cockpit pilots’ union (VC) had already called for another strike – the fourth this week. The four-day strike is therefore the longest to date in a series of twelve and will affect 220,000 passengers in total.

    The strike on Saturday, 21 March will hit Lufthansa’s long-haul flights and Lufthansa Cargo’s flights. Lufthansa’s short and medium-haul flights and Germanwings’ flights will not be affected by Saturday’s strike.

    More than 40 per cent of cargo flights scheduled for Saturday will operate. 86 of Lufthansa German Airlines’ 160 scheduled intercontinental flights will take off. All Germanwings, Eurowings, Air Dolomiti, Swiss, Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines flights will also depart. 

    Lufthansa has published a special flight timetable on www.LH.com for the entire strike period. The special flight timetable for short and medium-haul flights today, Friday, 20 March will operate as scheduled.

    Lufthansa will be concentrating on informing and assisting the passengers affected by the strike. The company has sent a total of 84,000 SMS and 34,000 emails since the strike began so that customers are notified as early as possible. Lufthansa will also be supported by other airlines within the Lufthansa Group in order to get as many passengers as possible to their destinations. The other airlines in the Lufthansa Group will use bigger aircraft for their flights to and from Germany wherever possible. Lufthansa sincerely apologizes to its passengers for the inconvenience caused.

    Passengers whose flights have been cancelled can rebook onto other flights at no charge under “My Bookings”. In addition, customers can already check in there for an alternative flight if possible. Passengers whose flights have not been cancelled and who are in possession of a ticket from Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian Airlines or Brussels Airlines for the period from 21 to 23 March 2015 to, from or via Frankfurt, Munich or Düsseldorf can rebook their flights on a one-off basis at no charge online under “My Bookings”.

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  • New Eurowings expands long-haul routes for 2015/2016 winter flight timetable

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/march/20/article/3467.html

    • New destination in the Caribbean: Puerto Plata • Additional flights to Dubai and Punta Cana

    The new Eurowings is further expanding its long-haul routes. Starting this winter, Eurowings customers will be able to fly to another attractive long-haul destination. The first flight from Cologne to Puerto Plata in the Caribbean will take off on 7 November 2015. Flights will depart from Cologne once a week, on Saturdays, and head for one of the most attractive travel destinations in the Caribbean. Tickets are already available from € 229.99.

    The port city of Puerto Plata is situated on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic. The old part of the city, dating from colonial times, serves as a charming focal point. Puerto Plata is an ideal starting point for numerous resorts with pristine beaches along the Amber Coast. The city has a wide range of cultural attractions for visitors as well.

    Eurowings is also increasing its number of flights to Dubai and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Tickets have been on sale from € 99.99 since the beginning of March. Due to strong demand, the new Eurowings will fly to Punta Cana three times a week from 7 November 2015. There will now also be three flights a week to Dubai from 17 December 2015. Tickets for Dubai can be purchased from € 99.99, while prices for Punta Cana start at € 229.99.

    The expansion means that the new Eurowings will now offer a total of six long-haul destinations in the winter season.

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    Fri, 20 Mar 2015 10:17:00 +0100 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/march/20/article/3467.html
  • More than half of long-haul and cargo flights scheduled to depart from Germany tomorrow will take off

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/march/18/article/3464.html

    • Lufthansa Cargo does not expect cancellations of any flights due to the strike action • Lufthansa published another special timetable for both strike days • Flight operations to be largely normal after the strike

    More than half of Lufthansa’s long-haul and cargo flights scheduled to depart from Germany tomorrow will operate. In spite of the industrial action, no strike-related flight cancellations are expected at Lufthansa Cargo. Of the 85 flights scheduled to depart from Germany, 43 will take off. Lufthansa expects long-haul flight operations to be largely normal again on Friday. The short and medium-haul flights affected by today’s strike will operate as scheduled from tomorrow onwards.

    After the Vereinigung Cockpit pilots’ union (VC) announced further strike action on long-haul routes and at Lufthansa Cargo for the whole of Thursday, 19 March even before the start of the strike on short and medium-haul flights at Lufthansa German Airlines on 18 March, Lufthansa published a special flight timetable on www.LH.com for the entire strike period. The special flight timetable for today’s short and medium-haul flights will operate as planned.

    Lufthansa will be concentrating today and tomorrow on informing and assisting the passengers affected by the strike. It will be supported here by other airlines within the Lufthansa Group. Today, Austrian Airlines operated three flights on the Frankfurt–Vienna route using a wide-bodied Boeing 777 with more than 300 seats on board – the largest aircraft in the Austrian Airlines fleet. This route is usually served by an A320 aircraft. Germanwings, which normally does not fly from Frankfurt, operated flights from Frankfurt to Düsseldorf and to Rome today on behalf of Lufthansa. (You can find related images here.)

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  • Lufthansa announces that noteholders representing 99.99% of its €234.4 million exchangeable notes have accepted its incentivized payment offer for the notes

    http://investor-relations.lufthansagroup.com/fileadmin/pm/20150318/en/index.php

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  • Lufthansa Group with new holiday destinations

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/march/16/article/3459.html

    Lufthansa Group airlines offer 321 destinations in 103 countries – Business travelers benefit from additional flights on existing routes

    The airlines in the Lufthansa Group Airlines – Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Germanwings, Lufthansa and Swiss – will become even more attractive to holidaymakers and leisure travelers this upcoming summer. The airlines’ offer will be added above all with popular tourist and leisure-orientated destinations. Passengers will therefore be able to count on the high-quality service and dependability of a scheduled airline. During the summer holidays, many tourist destinations will be bolstered with further seasonal connections. Additional flights are planned to be added to existing city connections. This is good news especially for business travelers. They will be more flexible in managing their appointments.

    The forthcoming 2015 summer flight timetable sees airlines in the Lufthansa Group offer their customers the densest route network in the world with more than 22,500 flights every week. Including the seasonal routes this summer, the Lufthansa Group airlines will be linking 321 destinations in 103 countries on four continents via its hubs in Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, Vienna and Brussels, but also with many point-to-point routes (previous summer: 294 destinations in 101 countries). Over 18,100 code-share flights with 32 partner airlines extend the flight schedule of all Lufthansa Group Airlines and offer an virtually world-wide network. The summer flight timetables for the individual Group airlines are valid from Sunday, 29 March to Saturday, 25 October 2015.

    Key news from the five Lufthansa Group airlines:

    Lufthansa
    Lufthansa will have a total of 215 destinations in its summer timetable and further develops its extensive offer. Within Europe, Lufthansa adds the Polish industrial and commercial city of Bydgoszcz to the airline’s flight timetable in summer 2015 as a new destination from Frankfurt. In future, Lufthansa will operate a total of around 240 flights per week to one of its nine destinations in Poland. Its routes to neighboring Denmark will also be expanded to include the northern Danish city of Aalborg, which will be served by a non-stop flight from Frankfurt. The sun destinations Heraklion (Crete/Greece) and Seville (Spain) are other new additions to Lufthansa’s flight timetable. Flights to Heraklion will depart from Munich and to the capital of Andalusia will leave from the Lufthansa hubs in Frankfurt and Munich. Lufthansa customers will also be able to fly non-stop to Reykjavík (Iceland) from the two hubs for the first time. Bodrum (Aegean/Turkey) and Cagliari (Sardinia/Italy) are two existing seasonal destinations that are now connected to Frankfurt. Lufthansa will fly from Munich to Glasgow (Scotland/UK) and Perugia (Umbria/Italy) for the first time this summer. There will also be additional flights on existing Spanish connections from Frankfurt to Málaga, Palma de Mallorca and Valencia as well as from Munich to Bodrum. Customers will again be able to fly to the Egyptian capital Cairo from Munich, in addition to the existing route from Frankfurt.

    The Airbus A380, which has proved to be very popular among passengers, will be used on routes from Frankfurt to Los Angeles and Seoul once again in the summer. This will bring to eleven the number of destinations that Lufthansa flies to using the world’s largest passenger aircraft. On 25 September 2015, Lufthansa will launch its new intercontinental flight programme aimed specifically at leisure travelers. Tampa in the US state of Florida will be the first destination. An Airbus A340-300 will fly five times a week on this new year-round route to begin with. The other routes planned from Frankfurt – to Panama, Cancún, Malé and Mauritius – will be added this winter. 

    Germanwings
    In its summer flight timetable, Germanwings is offering a total of 132 destinations in 31 countries from Berlin-Tegel, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Hanover, Cologne/Bonn and Stuttgart. Its flight connections from Düsseldorf to Athens (Greece), Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), Jersey and Reykjavík (Iceland) are all new. The airline is also adding two new routes from Düsseldorf in April to the Portuguese destinations of Porto and Faro. Its routes to France will be expanded as well to include the port city of Marseille. In future, it will fly non-stop from Berlin to Palermo (Sicily/Italy). There will be flights from Berlin and Hamburg to Izmir (Turkey) in the summer. Hamburg will also have a direct connection to Bari, the capital of Apulia. The new routes from Stuttgart to Nice, Amsterdam and Valencia will enhance the airline’s summer flight timetable. Cologne/Bonn to Priština (Kosovo) and Stuttgart to Tunis and to Tirana (Albania) will also be added as new routes during the summer holiday period.

    Swiss
    Swiss is adding 34 new destinations to its summer flight timetable in 2015. 22 of them will be served from Zurich, such as Leipzig, Bilbao (Spain) and Gothenburg (Sweden). Customers will be able to fly to 12 new cities from Geneva, including Valencia and Dublin. The frequency of flights to various European cities and to San Francisco will also be increased. Swiss will thus be offering its customers 106 destinations (80 European and 26 intercontinental) in 49 countries in the summer.

    Austrian Airlines
    In summer 2015, Austrian Airlines will be offering its passengers a wide range of up to 130 destinations in 58 countries. In 2015, the Austrian domestic carrier will be increasing its focus on holiday destinations. For example, Menorca (Balearics/Spain) will be newly added to the flight timetable in June 2015, as will Miami in October 2015. From summer 2015, all of Austrian’s destinations in North America will be served from Vienna up to daily. From March 2015, Odessa (Ukraine) will be included once again as another destination in Austrian’s focus market of Eastern Europe.

    Brussels Airlines
    This summer, Belgium’s leading carrier Brussels Airlines is adding ten new European destinations to its flight timetable from Brussels. These include destinations popular with tourists such as the three new French airports in Bordeaux, Lourdes-Pyrénées and Calvi (Corsica). Other holiday locations like Dubrovnik and Zagreb (both in Croatia), St. Petersburg (Russia), Olbia (Sardinia/Italy) and Ibiza (Balearics/Spain) will enhance the route network of Brussels Airlines. New city destinations such as Riga (Latvia) and Billund (Denmark) will be served by non-stop flights from Brussels. The carrier will also resume its long-haul service to Washington in the summer and its existing African route to Yaoundé (Cameroon) will operate daily.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
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  • Lufthansa Group achieves projected operating profit and sets course for the future

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    · Target achieved with EUR 954 million operating profit for the year · EUR 2.8 billion in investments and EUR 30 billion in revenues for 2014 · Strike costs erode EUR 232 million from operating result · Carsten Spohr: “2014 results reconfirm that sticking to uneconomical structures is not an option for our future” · No dividend for 2014 owing to negative HGB net result · Enhanced-earnings target of over EUR 1.5 billion adjusted EBIT for 2015

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG achieved its operating-result objective for 2014. The EUR 954 million operating profit reported for the year was a EUR 255 million or 37% improvement on the prior-year result. Following a revision of its original projections owing to negative yield trends and the extraordinary impact of strike action, the company had projected an operating profit for the year of EUR 1 billion in June 2014, provided no additional costs were incurred through further industrial action.        

    Total Lufthansa Group revenue for the year remained broadly unchanged at around EUR 30 billion, despite the substantial yield declines in the passenger transport segment. Results were boosted by a EUR 364 million decline in fuel costs (deriving largely from fuel price reductions) and a EUR 351 million benefit from the changes that were made to the Lufthansa Group’s aircraft and spare powerplant depreciation policy in 2014.   

    Strike actions by pilots and security personnel reduced the 2014 operating result by a total of EUR 232 million (EUR 62 million thereof in December alone). The adjusted operating result, which excludes the non-recurring effects of SCORE-related restructuring costs and project costs, amounted to EUR 1.2 billion (compared to EUR 1.0 billion for 2013). The high investments of EUR 2.8 billion were largely concerned with fleet renewals and cabin interior enhancements.       

    “Our results for 2014 show us clearly where we currently stand,” says Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board & CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. “On the one hand, all the business segments of the Lufthansa Group are profitable and, with an operating profit of almost EUR 1 billion, we achieved our projection in a far-from-easy year. At the same time, though, with our high investments in modern aircraft and premium services, we simply have to further increase our operating profit. For this we need competitive structures; and that’s what we continue to consistently work on.”  

    Net profit for the year under IFRS amounted to EUR 55 million, substantially below the EUR 313 million of 2013. The decline is attributable to a number of factors, particularly a reduction in the market value of the exchangeable notes for JetBlue shares and the adverse impact of the changes in the value of fuel price hedging options. The net result under IFRS was further burdened by the contractually-agreed sale of the infrastructure division of Lufthansa Systems AG.

    The 2014 net result under the German local GAAP HGB was even further depressed. In addition to the sale of the IT infrastructure division, the net result here was reduced in particular by an increase in pension liabilities following a further fall in average interest rates, and by the need to make provisions for contingent losses on fuel price hedges following the steep oil price declines. As a consequence, the net result under the local GAAP HGB amounted to EUR -732 million. The loss was offset by a corresponding transfer from capital reserves. In view of the HGB net loss, no dividend can be distributed for 2014.  

    “Given the results that we achieved in our core business, we can no longer regard sticking to inherited uneconomic structures as an option for the future of the Lufthansa Group,” Carsten Spohr concludes. “The competitive pressures on our airlines will only further increase. We have substantially improved our products and services, and we’ve further raised the quality of our group member carriers. We’re back among the world’s best airlines in the eyes of our customers. What we need to do now is lay the foundations on which we can regain a leading position in our industry in economic terms, too.”      

    Passenger airlines feel intensified market pressures

    The Passenger Airline Group contributed EUR 553 million to the group operating result, a EUR 40 million increase on the EUR 513 million of the previous year. Despite substantial assistance in the form of lower fuel costs and the changed depreciation policy, Lufthansa German Airlines’ EUR 252 million operating profit fell short of the EUR 282 million of 2013. The results for Lufthansa German Airlines include those of Germanwings, which made further progress in 2014 on its path to profitability. SWISS met expectations with an operating profit of EUR 289 million.

    Austrian Airlines posted an operating profit of EUR 10 million, substantially down from the EUR 25 million of 2013. The decline is in part the result of falling yields on numerous routes. Yield declines in the face of a further intensification of competitive pressures were tangibly felt in the results of all the Lufthansa Group’s member airlines. In addition, Austrian Airlines’ results for 2014 also include the one-off costs incurred in the conclusion of a new and more competitive collective labour agreement with its personnel. On the plus side, the new CLA marks a major step for the carrier towards establishing competitive structures, and thus lays a key foundation for its future success.               

    Positive trends at Lufthansa Cargo and the service companies

    The service companies of the Lufthansa Group maintained their operating results at their previous high levels. Lufthansa Technik posted an operating profit of EUR 392 million, only slightly short of its record EUR 404 million of 2013. LSG Sky Chefs also continued its strong business performance of the past few years with an operating profit of EUR 100 million. IT Services, which was being reported as a single business entity for the last time in 2014, posted another favourable operating profit of EUR 37 million (compared to EUR 36 million for 2013). Lufthansa Cargo raised its operating profit from the EUR 79 million of 2013 to EUR 100 million. Despite tough competition within the airfreight sector and higher depreciation needs, the Lufthansa Group’s logistics business was able to maintain its success thanks to its efficient capacity management and its modernized freighter fleet.          

    “With their strong business results, our service companies have shown once again that they make an invaluable contribution to the broad-based positioning of the Lufthansa Group,” comments Simone Menne, Chief Officer Finance & Aviation Services of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. “They generate stable returns and they are active participants in the further global growth of the aviation sector. And with our goal of raising the proportion of Lufthansa Group revenues that we generate outside our classic airline hub business from 30% to 40%, we want to make even greater use in future of this stabilizing effect.”       

    Lufthansa aims to be first choice for customers, employees, shareholders and partners

    The Lufthansa Group unveiled an ambitious work programme with seven fields of action last July. In addition to other objectives, the programme is intended to secure quality leadership in the Group’s business segments, enhance the efficiency of organizational structures and processes and strengthen the Group’s innovative credentials. This in turn should enable the Group to devise, develop and implement profitable new concepts for its further growth. The new Eurowings, which will offer attractive short- and long-haul services from the 2015/16 winter schedules onwards, is one example of the new growth opportunities that can arise from an efficient structural foundation.           

    Many further efficiency-enhancing projects and actions were developed under the groupwide SCORE programme last year. All in all, SCORE generated over 6,000 individual projects between 2012 and 2014 that contributed EUR 2.5 billion to the Group’s bottom line. At the same time, however, these results enhancements have been almost entirely nullified by adverse trends over the same period, such as cost inflation and yield declines. SCORE will now be incorporated into one of the fields of action within the work programme, and will thus become a permanent groupwide concern.

    “After the safety of our flight operations, it’s ensuring our future viability that is our paramount priority,” said Carsten Spohr on the Lufthansa Group’s further development at the Annual Results Media Conference today. “And, having set our key courses in 2014, we’ll be placing the focus this year on putting into practice what we’ve resolved to do to achieve this objective.”

    Clearer projection for 2015: adjusted EBIT of over EUR 1.5 billion

    The Lufthansa Group expects business to improve in 2015, when the Group will adopt the new financial indicators of EBIT and adjusted EBIT for the first time. Adjusted EBIT is EBIT (earnings before interest and taxes) net of book gains or losses on disposals, extraordinary appreciation or depreciation and non-recurring pension-fund transactions. The switch should enhance the transparency and the comparability of the Lufthansa Group’s results. For 2015 the Group expects to report an adjusted EBIT of over EUR 1.5 billion, a substantial improvement on the 2014 group operating result. Adjusted EBIT for 2014 amounted to EUR 1.2 billion.    

    Lufthansa German Airlines expects to post a tangible improvement in its operating result, though this will continue to be saddled by fleet re-equipment project costs. Groupwide investments are planned to total EUR 2.9 billion in 2015, but should then be limited to EUR 2.5 billion each in 2016 and 2017. For SWISS the Group expects an operating result that is broadly in line with 2014’s, despite the adversities caused by the strengthening of the Swiss franc.

    Austrian Airlines should reap the benefits of its restructuring programme in the course of 2015 and achieve a substantial improvement in its operating result. Lufthansa Cargo is expected to effect a slight improvement in results, while the profits at Lufthansa Technik are likely to see a slight decline as the Group’s MRO business invests more substantially in growth projects. The Lufthansa Group also expects to report a tangible increase in operating profit at LSG Sky Chefs, the world’s leading airline catering group.              

    Lufthansa Group January-December Change
    2014 2013*
    Total revenue EUR m 30,011 30,027 - 0.1%
    of which traffic revenue EUR m 24,338 24,568 - 0.7%
    Result from operating activities  EUR m 767 851 - 9.9%
    Operating result EUR m 954 699 + 36.5%
    Adjusted operating result ** EUR m 1,178 1,044 + 12.8%
    Adjusted operating margin ***   3.7% 3.0% + 0.7 pts.
    Net profit/loss for the year EUR m 55 313 - 82.4%
    Capital expenditure EUR m 2,777 2,499 + 11.1%
    Cash flow from operating activities EUR m 1,977 3,290 - 39.9%
    Employees as of 31 December   118,781 118,285 + 496
    Earnings per share EUR 0.12 0.68 - 82.4%

    * Prior-year figures restated following first-time adoption of IFRS 11 (Joint Arrangements).
    ** Operating result net of restructuring costs (EUR 62 million; prior year EUR 245 million) and project costs (EUR 162 million; prior year EUR 100 million).
    *** Operating result plus release of provisions divided by revenue.

    The 2014 Annual Report will be published simultaneously with this media release at www.lufthansagroup.com/investor-relations at 07:30 CET on Thursday 12 March. The Annual Results Media Conference will be held today from 11:00 CET, and will be broadcast live online at www.lufthansagroup.com.

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  • Lufthansa sets new standards in cabin design and service

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    • Quality campaign with new products and services • Cabin conversion on long-haul aircraft to be completed this year • New fare concept for all flights within Germany and Europe • Five new dream destinations added to Lufthansa’s long-haul network

    Lufthansa will significantly enhance passengers’ travel experience this year with a range of initiatives. The various innovations are based on customer feedback: modern cabin design in the entire fleet, new service concepts on board, an innovative pricing concept and a substantial expansion of the long-haul network to include new dream destinations will make Lufthansa even more attractive for business and leisure travelers.

    At the Lufthansa press conference at the ITB in Berlin, Jens Bischof, Member of the Lufthansa German Airlines Board Product, Marketing & Sales and Chief Commercial Officer, said: “In 2015, our customers will experience the best Lufthansa there has ever been. Over the past few years, we have invested billions in completions, quality and services on behalf of our passengers, who will now benefit from this investment.” As an airline, we are once again where Lufthansa belongs – namely in the leading group of international premium airlines. Our guests can be sure that “Made in Germany” as a seal of quality applies to all Lufthansa flights. We are on the right track to becoming the first, Western 5-star airline, and day for day we offer the quality that other airlines can only speak of.”

    All aircraft to have state-of-the-art seats in every travel class

    From the third quarter of this year, all Lufthansa long-haul aircraft will be upgraded with the latest cabins and state-of-the-art seats in every travel class. In addition, the powerful FlyNet broadband internet service will be available on board all long-haul flights. This will bring the largest and most comprehensive retrofit programme in the company’s history to a successful close. Since 2011, Lufthansa has invested an average of around EUR 1m per day in refitting its cabins. The total amount invested comes to approximately EUR 1.5bn. Around 39,000 seats have been either replaced, modified or, in the case of new aircraft, fitted on Lufthansa’s long-haul aircraft: 600 seats in First Class, 7,000 seats in Business Class and more than 27,600 seats in Economy Class. Around 3,600 seats are being newly fitted on Lufthansa’s 106 long-haul aircraft for the new Premium Economy Class, which has already become a top-seller. The new Premium Economy Class is currently available on 30 long-haul aircraft. From the end of this year at the latest, passengers will be able to travel in Premium Economy on all intercontinental flights. FlyNet is also being installed as part of the cabin conversion, and will be available on all long-haul flights in future. The FlyNet service provides broadband internet access via an on-board Wi-Fi network. In addition, there is on-board access to the FlyNet online portal, which has the latest news and the Sport24 live TV channel, which broadcasts major sporting events live. Passengers wishing to work or to surf the internet above the clouds, for example, can now go online while on the move with FlyNet. Jens Bischof adds: “We are very close to completing our retrofit programme. Our guests are already enjoying the modern cabin interiors with our latest seats in every travel class on most of our long-haul flights, and the feedback is extremely positive. As far as customers are concerned, Lufthansa is back at the top.”

    Service in Business Class similar to a high-class restaurant

    In addition to the new cabins, flight attendants in Business Class will be providing their passengers with even more personalized care in future and tailoring their service to the individual needs and expectations of guests. This will include the introduction of an innovative “Business Class Restaurant Service” on long-haul flights this summer, which will see the in-flight service being modeled on the culinary experience provided by a high-class restaurant: Tables will be set individually, and meals and drinks will no longer be served from the trolley, but will instead be brought directly from the galley to passengers individually. Each flight attendant will have a set number of passengers for whom they will act as a personal host and point of contact. There will be additional cabin crew in Business Class on long-haul flights to enable this. “The service provided will have a more personal touch as a result of this new concept, and will be even more in tune with the individual rhythm of each passenger,” explains Jens Bischof. “In doing so, we’re not just ahead of the rest again when it comes to cabin interiors, but are also setting new standards in in-flight service.

    Three new fare options in Economy Class: Light, Classic and Flex

    The new pricing concept for German and European routes is also more closely tailored to the individual needs of passengers. It will still be possible for customers to book a flight in Business Class, but in future, they will have more options. And in Economy Class, passengers will always be able to choose from three different fare options. This means that they will be able to decide for themselves which services they would like to use and pay for. The three new fare options – Light, Classic and Flex – will be introduced in Economy Class for flights within Europe from autumn 2015. Tickets will be available for purchase from the summer. The new Light fare will be the best-value option for passengers who are only travelling with hand baggage and who do not wish to check in any luggage, nor make use of any of the rebooking and refund options. The Classic fare allows passengers to take one piece of luggage free of charge, as well as giving them the opportunity to reserve their preferred seat as soon as they make their booking. If necessary, the Classic fare can be rebooked for a fee. The Flex fare offers the most attractive overall package with many services included, as well as the possibility to rebook at no charge and, if necessary, to obtain a refund for a fee. In addition, travelers who have booked the Flex fare will be able to take an earlier flight on the day of their booking in future, without being required to pay a surcharge for what may be a more expensive booking category. Finally, Business Class will still be available to business and leisure travelers on all flights and will include the familiar benefits, such as lounge access, a greater free baggage allowance, an unoccupied neighboring seat for more privacy and extra air miles. The three new Economy Class fares, which will always be available, will have their services and features displayed clearly and transparently for travel agencies and passengers, making it quicker and easier to compare fares at a glance. It will also be possible to combine the different fare options when booking outward and return flights. All Lufthansa passengers will still receive a free drink and snack service on board with all fare options. They will also be able to take hand luggage on board, select their seat when checking in less than 23 hours before departure and earn miles with Miles & More, as these will remain set features of a Lufthansa flight with no extra charge. As is already the case, ticket prices will depend on the route and the level of availability, and the differences between them will be even more pronounced as a result of the new fare options outlined. Details of the new fare options for Economy Class on German and European flights will be outlined when tickets go on sale in the summer.

    Five new “dream” destinations for tourists

    No fewer than five new long-haul destinations will be added to Lufthansa’s flight timetable in the coming autumn. The 15 additional flights per week to the “dream” destinations Tampa, Cancún, Panama, Malé and Mauritius will make Lufthansa’s route network even more attractive, particularly for holidaymakers and leisure travelers. Guests will be able to enjoy the flights in Business, Premium Economy or Economy Class. 

    With its newest destination in Central America, Lufthansa is expanding the scope of its partnership with the Panamanian airline and Star Alliance member Copa Airlines. Lufthansa customers will be able to comfortably reach more than 50 further destinations in Central and South America as well as the Caribbean with this partner airline. 

    Jens Bischof says: “The addition of attractive new destinations to our route network combined with our quality and service offensive will not just impress our passengers, but also excite them. For our customers, 2015 marks the beginning of a new calendar – the best Lufthansa of all time.”

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    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10:15:00 +0100 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/march/05/article/3453.html
  • Lufthansa announces that noteholders representing 99.99% of its €234.4 million exchangeable notes have accepted its incentivized payment offer for the notes during the early participation period

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  • New Eurowings set to take off – Ticket sales for flights from October

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    • Long-haul flights at great introductory prices from EUR 99.99 • “BEST, SMART, BASIC” fares and personal in-flight entertainment on all Eurowings long-haul flights • First destinations in the Caribbean, Middle East and Thailand

    With the official sales launch at the International Tourism Exchange (ITB) in Berlin, short and long-haul routes can now be booked with new Eurowings to fly from 25 October 2015 onwards. Eurowings intercontinental flights depart from Cologne/Bonn Airport. The cheapest tickets on the long-haul routes are already on offer from EUR 99.99 per route. The first flights will take off to the Caribbean, Dubai and Thailand.

    The new Eurowings is building on the successful Germanwings concept, which is positioned as an innovative quality low-cost airline and “low-cost” brand in Germany and Europe. Based on this, the product portfolio is to expand this successful concept in the segment of point-to-point connections on continental and intercontinental routes. Under the umbrella of the Eurowings sales brand, the range of European and domestic routes will be expanded with intercontinental city and holiday destinations. From the winter flight plan 2015/16 onwards, the new route network will include Dubai, the Thai cities of Bangkok and Phuket, as well as the Caribbean destinations of Varadero and Punta Cana. 

    The new Eurowings intercontinental connections will be flown by long-haul route aircraft of type Airbus A330-200. From the coming winter season onwards, the fleet will initially consist of two aircraft and will be expanded to a total of seven Airbus A330s. SunExpress Deutschland, a joint venture of Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines, will operate the long-haul route aircraft on behalf of the new Eurowings with its own cockpit and cabin personnel. Vienna has now been chosen as the first definite location outside of Germany as a new Eurowings base. Initially – also from winter 2015/2016 – two Airbus A320s will be put into operation on European routes in the first step of the expansion. 

    “Our new Eurowings strategy is to strengthen our position in point-to-point traffic,” says Karl Ulrich Garnadt, CEO of Lufthansa German Airlines and member of the Executive Board of Lufthansa AG. “The new Eurowings will tackle on long-haul routes with a new brand launch, 

    affordable ticket prices and an attractive route network. Our customers rightly expect a high standard of quality from us. With Germanwings, we have demonstrated that we can successfully connect low prices with good quality. We will continue to fulfil this aim in the expanded route network of the new Eurowings as well,” Garnadt continued.  

    The fares will correspond to Germanwings’ popular “fly à la carte” principle, which was successfully introduced in 2013. The fares BEST, SMART and BASIC, which have been extremely popular with passengers, will also be used by the new Eurowings. The fare classes include various levels of services and service packages. The BEST fare is offered to the most demanding private customers who value comfort and exclusiveness. This offer includes comfortable seating in an extra-wide seat with lots of leg-room in the exclusive forward cabin area. The BEST fare also includes two free items of luggage each of up to 23 kg, à la carte menus on board, priority check-in, lounge access and the chance to collect miles (including HON Circle miles). The cheaper SMART fare includes extra services such as one piece of luggage of up to 23 kg, two meals and soft drinks on board, as well as the chance to collect miles. The BASIC fare offers a straightforward travel experience at a reasonable price, to which further services can be added on an individual basis. The Cologne/Bonn – Dubai route for example is offered as a one way ticket at prices from EUR 99.99 (BASIC), EUR 149.99 (SMART) and EUR 399.99 (BEST). All flights can be bought from today at www.germanwings.com. The BEST and SMART fares can also be booked through travel agents. Booking will be available through www.eurowings.com from October. 

    On long-haul routes, the new Eurowings offers three attractive options. The exclusive BEST area comprises the first three seating rows and offers the latest ZIM seats. These seats correspond to the new Lufthansa premium economy class model, which offers seat pitch of 115 cm, has a backrest that can be adjusted by up to 20 cm, allows a 130° angle, and offers every guest their own armrest as well as comfortable leg and foot rests. Economy tickets can be booked with both SMART and BASIC fares. The “More Comfort” option, which can be booked as an add-on, offers seats with greater seat pitch along with a blanket and a pillow. State-of-the-art in-flight entertainment is offered on all intercontinental flights across all fares, which can be enjoyed both on screens in the backrest of the seat in front as well as on passengers’ own electronic devices such as notebook computers, tablets and smartphones. All long-haul aircrafts will also have Wi-Fi on board.

    On routes within Germany and on routes throughout Europe, the existing Eurowings fleet will gradually be replaced from the beginning of 2015 by aircraft in the new Eurowings livery. The 23 CRJ 900s operated until now will also be replaced by Airbus A320s. The first A320 in new livery flew on 1 February 2015 from Hamburg to Prague. More aircraft in the new colours will come in the following weeks. 

    You can find photos here.

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  • Heathrow Terminal 2 – The Queen’s Terminal named Airport of the Year at Air Transport World Annual Awards

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    London Heathrow and Star Alliance take joint accolade

    London Heathrow and Star Alliance have won the World’s Airport of the Year at Air Transport World’s (ATW) 41st Annual Airline Industry Achievement Awards, honoured jointly for their collaborative work on the new Terminal 2 at Heathrow. The accolade was presented to Andy Garner Director Airline Business Development, London Heathrow, and Mark Schwab, Star Alliance CEO, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. last night (25 February).

    “London Heathrow Airport truly stood out for its exceptional project in the redesign of Terminal 2 and its demonstration of what can be achieved when airports and airlines work together. Heathrow and Star Alliance have produced a marvellous facility that is a win, win for its passengers in every respect,” ATW Editor-in-Chief Karen Walker said.

    The award is one of the first bestowed on the new Terminal 2 | the Queen’s Terminal which opened on June 4th, 2014. The purpose-built, state of the art facility was jointly conceived by Heathrow Airport, Star Alliance and its member carriers with the aim of establishing a true seamless hub at one of the world’s premier international airports. The building was designed by Spanish Architect Luis Vidal to be simple and intuitive, with a bright and airy atmosphere. The 2.5 billion GBP investment is part of an overall upgrade to Heathrow Airport, which has cost a total of 11 billion GBP over the last five years. 

    Mark Schwab commented: “In June last year we rang in a new era for our customers, member carriers and employees at London Heathrow. Feedback we have received so far confirms that we offer our customers a superior travel experience, are creating new business opportunities for our member carriers and providing an improved working environment for employees. It is great to see our joint efforts culminate in receiving the prestigious Air Transport World Airport of the Year Award; the first time ever that this award is being given jointly to an airport and an airline alliance.”

    Andy Garner said: “We are absolutely delighted to win this coveted award. This is a very valuable accolade within the airline industry and our success is the result of a strong collaboration with over 180 organisations, particularly Star Alliance, to deliver such a complex project. Our passengers are pleased with the result – our airport service quality scores show that if Terminal 2 was an airport in its own right we would have the best customer service scores in Europe. We couldn’t be more proud of what we have achieved so far and this award is a step towards fulfilling our ambition to become one of the best airports in the World.” 

    Being able to operate from a single terminal at Heathrow ensures that Star Alliance member carriers can offer their more than 12 million passengers using the airport on an annual basis a vastly improved travel experience, including shorter connecting times. The latest technology is used throughout the terminal to give passengers control of their journey. The check-in area has been specially designed for speed and efficiency. Airlines are grouped in zones, while a row of 81 common use self-service kiosks can be used by any passenger to check in and/or print a bag tag before handing their luggage to an agent at the fast bag drop. Full-service traditional check-in desks are provided for the use of First Class, Business Class and Star Alliance Gold passengers. This passenger group also has a Gold Track option to speed them through the security checks. 

    Eight out of 12 gates at the T2B satellite allow self-boarding, meaning passengers simply pass through a mechanical barrier to board their flight. 

    Three airline lounges are currently available for premium passengers, including those with Star Alliance Gold status. These are located in the main terminal building and the satellite, so eligible passengers can relax close to their gate. A fourth lounge is due to open in the coming months.

    The terminal also houses some of the best in British retail, including John Lewis, Cath Kidston and Mulberry.

    The Star Alliance airlines serving Heathrow are Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India*, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI, and United.

    Together they operate over 121 flights per day to 47 destinations in 26 countries. Each of these flights acts as a gateway to the full Alliance network of more than 18,500 daily flights to 1,321 airports in 193 countries

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    * currently operating from T4.

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  • New First Class experience on all long-haul flights from Munich

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    Award-winning travel class offers outstanding quality and impeccable service

    Lufthansa passengers can now experience the airline’s new First Class service on all long-haul flights from Munich. At the end of last week, the final Airbus A340-600 in the airline’s Munich-based long-haul fleet was retrofitted with the new First Class cabin. This winter, a total of 24 A340-600 and A330-300 aircraft will serve 22 intercontinental destinations from Munich. “Lufthansa has thus taken another major step towards its goal of becoming the first 5-star airline in the western hemisphere,” says Thomas Klühr, member of the Lufthansa German Airlines Board, Finances & Hub Munich.

    Lufthansa’s new First Class and the corresponding range of services provided have received the highest recognition worldwide and been honoured with several international awards. In the Skytrax Star Ranking, the new travel class was awarded five stars – a synonym for outstanding quality, first-rate comfort and individual service. This summer, the retrofit of the new First and Business Class cabins on the remainder of the long-haul fleet will be completed. By the end of 2015, all Lufthansa long-range aircraft will feature the new Premium Economy cabin. Altogether 11,000 seats are being installed on 105 aircraft.

    In the award-winning First Class cabin, passengers can look forward to individual service and a wide selection of top-quality food and drinks. Each of the eight First Class seats can be extended to create a lie-flat bed measuring 2.07 metres in length and 80 cm in width, enabling passengers to enjoy a deep, relaxing sleep. The new Business Class seat offers exceptional comfort, whether in an upright or a reclining position. At the press of a button, the seat converts into a comfortable bed with a horizontal sleeping surface measuring 1.98 metres in length. In Business Class, passengers can select what they want to watch from the expanded inflight entertainment programme and view it on their personal 15-inch monitor. The new Premium Economy Class offers 50 per cent more space plus an enhanced service, and passengers can also check in two items of baggage. In the course of this year, Lufthansa will offer its Business Class passengers a new, more personalized, restaurant-style service.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Southern Germany 

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  • Lufthansa Group receives Eco-Airline of the Year award

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/february/26/article/3442.html

    US journal Air Transport World recognizes the Group’s ground-breaking role in the area of climate and environmental awareness for the second time

    Conducting its business in a sustainable and responsible manner is firmly embedded in the Lufthansa Group’s strategic principles. And its efforts have been recognized: US journal Air Transport World (ATW) has once again awarded the Lufthansa Group the title of Eco-Airline of the Year. In 2013, the magazine also recognized the Group’s diverse range of initiatives and innovations in the area of eco-conservation. This means that the renowned award has gone to the Lufthansa Group for the second time in three years. The award was presented to Lufthansa on 25 February at the 41st Annual Airline Industry Achievement Awards in Washington, D.C.

    “Lufthansa has been an outstanding contributor to eco-aviation awareness and progress since long before it became compulsory or ‘trendy’”, said Karen Walker, ATW editor-in-chief. “Not only does Lufthansa Group adhere to some of the world’s strongest eco-aviation practices, but this is a company that truly invests in and devotes time and effort to efficiency programs and developments that benefit the planet and the entire aviation industry”, continued Walker.

    In its application for the award, Lufthansa impressed the magazine with the Group’s strategic environmental program. It aims to make mobility sustainable for the environment and the climate and is therefore a key element of Group-wide efforts in this area. Important priorities for the Group here include continuous investment in an efficient, low-noise fleet of aircraft and a diverse range of programs for greater fuel efficiency and fewer CO2 emissions. The Lufthansa Group will take delivery of 263 new, state-of-the-art aircraft at a list price of EUR 37bn by 2025. The Company actively supports the use of alternative fuels and research into them. In 2011, Lufthansa conducted ground-breaking work with its long-term testing of biofuel and demonstrated that it can be used without any problems. From spring 2015, the Lufthansa Group will be filling its aircraft at Oslo airport with a biokerosene blend.

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  • Innovative TaxiBot now used in real flight operations

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/february/20/article/3439.html

    Hybrid-electric aircraft tractor taxies aircraft with turned-off engines to runway – MoU for wide body aircraft certification testing signed today

    Following approval by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Lufthansa LEOS, a subsidiary of Lufthansa Technik AG, has commenced operations with the innovative TaxiBot aircraft tractor, developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) with Lufthansa LEOS’ extensive support and cooperation. After extensive testing, the TaxiBot will now be used in real flight operations at Frankfurt Airport.

    At a media event held at Frankfurt Airport on 19 February, the TaxiBot’s towing procedures were demonstrated for local and international journalists, while taxiing a Lufthansa Boeing 737 to the take-off position.

    TaxiBot (NB) is a towbar-less 800-hp strong hybrid-electric aircraft tractor, controlled by the pilot and intended for towing aircraft between the gate and the runway with the aircraft’s engines turned-off.

    “The Lufthansa Group is setting global standards in sustainable mobility. With innovations like the TaxiBot, we are not only helping to conserve fuel but are also making an important contribution towards reducing noise and exhaust emissions at airports,” said Kay Kratky, member of the Lufthansa German Airlines Board – Operations & Hub Frankfurt. The use of the TaxiBot at Lufthansa’s Frankfurt hub can save up to 2,700 tonnes of fuel on long-haul flights per year.

    “IAI, along with its partner TLD, has been cooperating since 2007 with Lufthansa LEOS in the development of the TaxiBot, with the support of both OEMs Airbus and Boeing,” said Yehoshua Eldar, IAI Executive VP, and head of the TaxiBot program steering committee. “TaxiBot is the only certified and operational alternative taxiing solution in the world. We are proud to create this innovative, eco-friendly revolution in commercial aviation and would like to thank Lufthansa for their wonderful support of the TaxiBot certification and validation process. The TaxiBot family is expanding with the testing of the Wide Body (WB) model which will operate with all WB families of aircraft such as the Boeing 747 and Airbus A380. We look forward to the WB certification tests with a Lufthansa Boeing 747-400 and to continuing our long and fruitful cooperation with this leading flagship airline.”  

    Accordingly, a memorandum of understanding was signed today between Lufthansa LEOS and IAI for wide body aircraft certification testing. The test phase will be performed using a Boeing 747-400 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.

    “The development of the TaxiBot represents a milestone in environmentally friendly aircraft ground operations at airports. The use of the aircraft tractor in real flight operations means that we are now taking the next step towards the long-term goal of environmental friendly aircraft taxiing right up to ‘green aircraft handling’,” said Peter Unger, Managing Director of Lufthansa LEOS.

    A special nose wheel cradle in the TaxiBot registers all the steering movements and transfers these to navigate the tractor’s eight wheels. This enables the pilot to steer the tractor from the cockpit using “Pilot Control Mode” after pushing back from the gate, until it is released at the runway. The aircraft engines are not required to start up until the TaxiBot is separated from the aircraft.

    The TaxiBot is part of the “E-PORT AN” project at Frankfurt Airport. Partners of the initiative include the state of Hesse, Fraport AG, the Lufthansa Group and the Rhine-Main model region. As part of this project electric mobility ventures for the future are realised in order to make towing procedures for aircraft and ground vehicles more environmentally friendly. The projects are supported by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. 

    You can find photos here: http://mediabase.lufthansa.com

    About Lufthansa Group
    Deutsche Lufthansa AG is an Aviation Group comprising nearly 500 subsidiaries and affiliates. The Lufthansa Group is dedicated to quality and innovation, safety and reliability. Headquartered in Germany, the Group operates in five business segments – passenger transportation (Passenger Airline Group), logistics, MRO, catering and IT-services. The airlines engaged in the passenger transportation business are Lufthansa German Airlines (including Lufthansa Regional), Austrian Airlines, SWISS and Germanwings as well as stakeholdings in Brussels Airlines, JetBlue und SunExpress. In the 2013 business year, the airlines in the Lufthansa Group welcomed more than 104 million passengers on board their flights, making it Europe’s leading airline grouping. Mid of March 2014 the Lufthansa Group employed around 118,000 people. In the 2013 business year, it generated revenues totalling 30 billion euros.

    About Lufthansa Technik
    With 32 subsidiaries and associated companies and more than 26,000 employees, Lufthansa Technik is one of the most important independent providers of technical aircraft services in the world. Lufthansa Technik offers a full range of services for commercial aircraft in the areas of MRO, modification and refitting, engines and components.

    About Lufthansa LEOS
    Established in 1995, Lufthansa LEOS (Lufthansa Engineering and Operational Services GmbH) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lufthansa Technik AG and specialises in ground services at major German airports. The company employs around 300 people at its facilities in Frankfurt, Munich, and Düsseldorf.

    About Israel Aerospace Industries
    IAI Ltd. is Israel’s largest aerospace and defense company and a globally recognized technology and innovation leader, specializing in developing and manufacturing advanced, state-of-the-art systems for air, space, sea, land, cyber and homeland security. Since 1953, the company has provided advanced technology solutions to government and commercial customers worldwide including: satellites, defense systems,  unmanned and robotic systems, radars, C4ISR and more.  IAI also designs and manufactures business jets and aerostructures, performs overhaul and maintenance on commercial aircraft and converts passenger aircraft to refueling and cargo configurations.

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  • Vienna to become the first base for the new Eurowings outside Germany

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/february/18/article/3436.html

    Two Airbus A320s to be stationed there initially from autumn 2015 – staffed by crews from Austrian

    The new Eurowings will have its first base outside Germany in Vienna. Following close consultation with Austrian Airlines and at the carrier’s own request, two Airbus A320 aircraft are to be stationed there initially, offering point-to-point connections on European routes. The aircraft are to fly in the colors of the new Eurowings. It is planned to staff the aircraft with crews from Austrian. This partnership is possible as a result of Austrian’s new collective agreement, which was entered into in December 2014 and offers additional prospects to the 900 pilots and 2,300 flight attendants. The agreement also means that employees are making an important contribution to the future viability and competitiveness of Austrian Airlines.

    “I am delighted that Vienna will be the first base for the new Eurowings outside Germany. It means that we will be able to further strengthen the base after the restructuring phase, and the new flights for leisure travellers and price-conscious customers will complement our existing range perfectly,” says Jaan Albrecht, CEO of Austrian Airlines. “With the new Eurowings, we are ramping up our offensive in Vienna as well and taking on our low-cost competitors,” adds Oliver Wagner, manager of the Wings project at Lufthansa and Managing Director of Germanwings.

    With the new Eurowings brand, the Lufthansa Group is entering new markets in the price-sensitive leisure travel sector, thereby safeguarding its leading position in its home markets of Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium. By the end of 2015, Eurowings and Germanwings along with other European airlines are to be united on a joint platform and should acquire new customers by offering low-cost short and long-haul services, in doing so providing quality at low prices.

    The first Airbus A320 took off on 1 February 2015 in the new Eurowings livery for its maiden flight from Hamburg to Prague, with seating for 162 passengers on board. Further aircraft featuring the new design will follow in the coming weeks.

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    Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:20:00 +0100 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/february/18/article/3436.html
  • Lufthansa launches an incentivized payment offer for holders of the EUR 234.4 million exchangeable notes

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    Wed, 18 Feb 2015 07:46:00 +0100 http://investor-relations.lufthansagroup.com/fileadmin/pm/20150218/en/index.php
  • Lufthansa to fly to Panama for the first time

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/february/05/article/3430.html

    • Direct flights from Frankfurt from 16 November • Expansion of partnership with Copa Airlines will mean better connections to South America

    Lufthansa is further expanding its route network to South America. From 16 November 2015, the airline will offer year-round flights to Panama City for the first time, subject to government approval.

    An Airbus A340-300 aircraft will fly five times a week between Frankfurt and the economic metropolis in Central America. Flight LH 484 will take off from Lufthansa’s Frankfurt hub in the morning at 10.15 a.m. and arrive in Panama in the afternoon at 4.40 p.m. (local time) after a flight time of 12 hours and 25 minutes. The return flight LH 485 will depart from Panama City in the early evening as a night flight and land at Frankfurt Airport the following morning. On board, passengers can expect to find Lufthansa’s usual high level of comfort. A total of 298 seats will be available in Business, Premium Economy and Economy Class, featuring the latest cabin design in all classes: seats in the new Business Class can be converted at the touch of a button into a comfortable horizontal bed measuring 1.98 metres in length. In the new Premium Economy Class, increased legroom and a greater seat pitch await passengers. With the individual in-flight entertainment system, there is a wide range of entertainment on offer for passengers in all travel classes, as well as FlyNet, the wireless broadband internet.

    Lufthansa is also expanding its partnership with the Panamanian airline Copa. Lufthansa passengers will in future be able to easily reach a further 50 destinations in Central and South America and the Caribbean with the partner airline. The most important travel destinations in Copa’s network include airports in Peru, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Guatemala. The times of the Lufthansa services are coordinated with Copa’s connecting flights in such a way that passengers can transfer comfortably at Tocumen Airport, Copa’s “Hub of the Americas”.

    Panama is located between Costa Rica and Colombia and has recorded increasingly strong economic growth in recent years. Besides the famous Panama Canal, it has an important banking sector, a favourable geographic location and good infrastructure, providing reasons for a business trip to the Central American country. Untouched beaches and a large number of national parks with their rainforests, mangroves and unique subaquatic world also promise leisure travellers an unforgettable trip.

    A return flight to Panama can already be booked for as little as EUR 799. Further information and flight booking services with Lufthansa can be found online at LH.com or by calling the Lufthansa Service Center on +49 (0)69 86 799 799 (landline rate). Flights can also be booked with Lufthansa’s travel agency partners and at the Lufthansa ticket desks in airports.

    The new routes at a glance

    Frankfurt–Panama City (Panama) 

    Airports/Three-letter code/Time zone (summer)

    – Frankfurt Airport, Terminal 1 (FRA); UTC +1 hours

    – Aeropuerto Internacional de Tocumen (PTY); UTC -5 hours 

    Flight timetable (all time information in local time; summer time)

    W from 16 November 2015 

    Every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday

    LH 484        Frankfurt 10.15 a.m. – Panama 4.40 p.m.

    LH 485        Panama 6.45 p.m. – Frankfurt 11.35 a.m. (following day) 

    Flight time (average)

    11 hours 20 minutes 

    Distance

    9,070 km (4,897 nautical miles) 

    Aircraft type

     

    Airbus A340-300
    (298 seats, of which 18 in Business, 19 in Premium Economy and 261 in Economy Class) 

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    Thu, 05 Feb 2015 11:57:00 +0100 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/february/05/article/3430.html
  • First Eurowings Airbus A320 to take off on Sunday

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/january/30/article/3428.html

    Aircraft in new livery to fly from Hamburg to Prague

    The new Eurowings will take off on its maiden flight on Sunday, 1 February 2015. An Airbus A320 with the tail number D-AIZQ and in the new livery will leave Hamburg at 10.55 a.m. and fly to Prague, where it is expected to land at 12.00 p.m. The aircraft, which carries 162 passengers, is the first Airbus A320 in the Eurowings fleet. Further aircraft will follow in the coming weeks. A total of 23 Canadair CRJ 900 jets are being replaced by Airbus A320s. 

    By starting to renew the Eurowings fleet with Airbus A320s in the new branding, another important milestone has been reached in the implementation of the WINGS concept. The range of services oriented to leisure travel under the Eurowings brand allows the Lufthansa Group to open up new customer potential. The airline group is also safeguarding its leading position in point-to-point connections in its German, Austrian, Swiss and Belgian home markets in the long term. 

    To start with, the flights will continue to be operated on behalf of Germanwings under Germanwings flight numbers. By the end of 2015, Eurowings and Germanwings along with other European airlines are to be united under the Eurowings brand name and should acquire new customers by offering low-cost short- and long-haul services, in doing so providing quality at low prices. 

    You can find photos here: http://mediabase.lufthansa.com

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    Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:19:00 +0100 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/january/30/article/3428.html
  • New Premium Economy now available from Munich

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/january/28/article/3421.html

    First destinations Tokyo/Haneda, Hong Kong and Shanghai / New comfortable seats and up to 50 percent more room enable new travel experience at affordable prices

    Thirty-five years after the introduction of its Business Class, Lufthansa is once again offering passengers a new travel class, which can now be experienced for the first time on selected routes from Munich. Initially, the new Premium Economy Class service will be offered on flights to Tokyo Haneda, Hong Kong and Shanghai. In mid-February, it will be extended to flights to Seoul. Additional destinations will be served from Munich in the summer, once more Airbus 340-600 aircraft have been refitted. “The new Premium Economy Class offers significantly more space, comfort and many added benefits. To date, booking levels have significantly exceeded our expectations. That shows that we are meeting the requirements of many business and leisure travelers,” says Thomas Klühr, member of the Lufthansa German Airlines Board, Finances & Hub Munich.

    In terms of price, the average Premium Economy fare is closer to the Economy fare than to the Business Class fare. The new travel class is currently being rolled out across Lufthansa’s long-haul fleet.

    50 per cent more room and German engineering

    The new Premium Economy seats were designed in cooperation with müller/romca Industrial Design in Kiel and produced by ZIM Flugsitz, an airline seat manufacturer based near Lake Constance. Depending on the aircraft type, the new seats are up to three centimeters (just over an inch) wider than in the normal Economy Class. Each has its own, broad armrest, which allows for greater privacy and in total provides about 10 cm (4 inches) more space at the side. The back rest has ample recline, while the seat pitch of 97 cm (38 inches) is almost 17 cm greater than in Economy Class, which means that passengers have about 50 percent more room. The head rests can be adjusted continuously and the side wings pivoted for added comfort and support. From the second row back, the seats have height-adjustable foot rests to provide extra comfort. For technical reasons, a padded front leg rest is built into the first row of seats. Practical features around the seat, including a bottle holder, a power socket and plenty of storage space for personal items, also help to ensure a relaxed journey.

    Additional services for Premium Economy passengers 

    Passengers travelling in Premium Economy Class can check in two bags, each weighing up to 23 kg, free of charge, which is twice the allowance in Economy Class. For an extra 25 euros, they can also enjoy the comfortable amenities provided in the Lufthansa Business Lounges. Previously lounges could only be accessed by status customers and were not available to other passengers on a pay-per-use basis. Check-in and boarding procedures as well as hand luggage restrictions are same as for Economy Class. 

    On board, an enhanced service awaits Premium Economy passengers. They are greeted with a welcome drink at their seat, where they will also find a bottle of water and a top-quality amenity kit with practical travel accessories. Meals can be selected from a dedicated menu and are served on porcelain tableware, in keeping with the new travel class.  

    Passengers can navigate the extensive in-flight entertainment program using their own touch screen monitor built into the seat in front. Alternatively, they can use the remote control, which doubles as a controller for computer games. The monitor, with an eleven or twelve inch screen depending on the aircraft type, is at least two inches larger than the monitor in Economy Class. A wide range of newspapers and magazines complete the in-flight entertainment offering.   

    The new Premium Economy Class fares are closer to the fares in Economy Class than to those in Business Class. The upgrade for a round-trip flight across the North Atlantic or to Asia varies according to the length of the route, but on average is about 600 euros. Fares to Shanghai, for instance, start at 1,419 euros. Passengers travelling to Tokyo Haneda can enjoy the new travel experience for as little as 1,819 euros.

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  • Lufthansa welcomes brand-new jumbo to Frankfurt

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/january/27/article/3419.html

    Lufthansa’s 16th Boeing 747-8 to enter scheduled service in February – Aircraft fleet to be further modernised and renewed

    The Lufthansa Group is continuing with the modernisation of its aircraft fleet in 2015. Today (27 January 2015), Lufthansa’s 16th Boeing 747-8 landed as scheduled from Seattle at its future home airport in Frankfurt. Following a nine-hour transfer flight, the newest “Queen of the Skies” joined Lufthansa’s jumbo fleet, replacing an older Boeing 747-400, which is being decommissioned. The “Dash Eight”, whose tail number is D-ABYR, is one of four brand-new aircraft of this type that Lufthansa will acquire in 2015. Over the coming months, the state-of-the-art jets will arrive in Frankfurt one by one like a string of pearls. As well as the four Boeing 747-8s, Lufthansa will take delivery of two Airbus A380s, ten aircraft from the A320 family and a Boeing 777F freighter for Lufthansa Cargo.

    After its cabin has been fitted by Lufthansa Technik in Frankfurt and it has obtained its operating certificate, the “Yankee Romeo” will enter scheduled service in mid-February. Its first destination is expected to be New York.

    The capital expenditure on a Boeing 747-8 long-haul aircraft with the latest technology and top travel comfort totals more than USD 360m at list prices. And with more than 220 Lufthansa staff members involved, the employment effect is the same as that of a medium-sized company.

    Improved eco-efficiency on short, medium and long-haul routes

    The arrival of the new aircraft in the Lufthansa Group’s fleet will mean a clear reduction in the noise emissions and kerosene consumption of the aircraft in use. The Boeing 747-8, for example, is much more eco-efficient: With their state-of-the-art engines, these aircraft consume less kerosene and improve the fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions per passenger by 15 per cent, while their noise footprint is 30 per cent lower.

    The Lufthansa Group’s aircraft fleet is currently undergoing a fundamental renewal. Following the aircraft orders placed in recent years, the Group has more than 263 brand-new aircraft on order with a list value of approximately EUR 37bn. These are to be delivered by 2025.

    Greater travel comfort across all travel classes

    The new aircraft also offer increased travel comfort. For example, passengers on board the 747-8 can experience the new Business Class, where the seats convert into horizontal beds at the touch of a button. As well as outstanding comfort when lying and sitting, Business Class offers additional storage space and significantly larger 15-inch screens for its individual entertainment system. First Class provides passengers with an exclusive travel experience thanks to its exterior insulation and seats that convert into beds measuring 2.07 metres in length and 80 centimetres in width. Passengers in Economy Class can also travel in comfort to their destinations thanks to the enhanced seats, while in the recently introduced Premium Economy Class, increased legroom and a greater seat pitch await passengers.

    You can find photos here: filexchange.lhsystems.com.

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  • Fly Lufthansa from Munich to three Canary Islands

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/january/23/article/3417.html

    Airline launching new routes to Fuerteventura and Tenerife next winter / Flights to Gran Canaria to be resumed in October/ Business Class service also available

    Starting next winter, Lufthansa customers who want to escape the winter blues will have two more attractive destinations in the Canary Islands to choose from besides Gran Canaria. The new weekly service from Munich to Fuerteventura will be launched on Saturday 25 October, before the start of the autumn holidays in Bavaria, while flights to Tenerife will be offered from Sunday 31 October. As both destinations will be served by an Airbus A321 with 200 seats in a two-class configuration, Lufthansa customers can also opt to fly Business Class to the Canaries. In addition, Lufthansa is resuming flights to Las Palmas, the capital of Gran Canaria, next winter. Flight departures from Munich have been conveniently timed at 8.50 hrs, ensuring ideal connections from all domestic German and most European airports. “For the first time, Lufthansa customers will be able to reach these three large islands in the Canaries within a matter of hours. Even during the winter months, passengers will thus have a choice of 15 attractive holiday destinations,” Thomas Klühr, member of the Lufthansa German Airlines Board, Finances & Hub Munich.

    Round-trip fares to the Canary Islands start at 280 euros. More information about how to book Lufthansa flights is available online at LH.com or via the Lufthansa Service Center on
    +49 69 86 799 799 (land-line rate). Flights can also be booked through Lufthansa’s travel agency partners as well as at the Lufthansa ticket counters at airports. Lufthansa also offers all-inclusive packages (flight and hotel) to numerous destinations. For details, visit the website www.lufthansa-holidays.com.

    The new flights at a glance

    Airports/Three-letter code/Time zone (winter)

    Munich, Terminal 2 (MUC); UTC + 1 hour

    Fuerteventura(FUE), Tenerife (TFS); Las Palmas (LPA); UTC + 1 hour 

    Schedule (all times are local times) 

    MUC-FUE weekly (Sundays) , 25.10.2015 - 20.03.2016

    MUC-TFS weekly (Saturdays), 31.10.2015 - 26.03.2016

    MUC-LPA weekly (Sundays),  18.10.2015 - 20.03.2016 

     LH 1836: MUC 08:50 hrs – 12:35 hrs FUE

     LH 1837: FUE  13:50 hrs – 19:25 hrs MUC 

     LH 1838: MUC 08:50 hrs – 12:40 hrs TFS

    LH 1839: TFS  13:40 hrs – 19:25 hrs MUC 

    LH 1832: MUC 8:50 hrs – 12:40 hrs LPA

    LH 1833: LPA  13:40 hrs – 19:15 hrs MUC 

    Flight duration (on average)

     

    Munich – Fuerteventura  4 hours 45 minutes

    Munich – Tenerife South  4 hours 50 minutes

    Munich – Gran Canaria  4 hours 50 minutes 

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  • Lufthansa subsidiary Eurowings signs new wage agreements for pilots with the Vereinigung Cockpit pilots’ union

    https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/january/21/article/3415.html

    Settlement at Eurowings to run for five years – Sustainable collective rules for pilots at SWISS International Airlines and Austrian Airlines

    New wage agreements apply for the approximately 300 pilots at Eurowings GmbH as of 1 January 2015. At the beginning of the year, the airline reached agreement with the Vereinigung Cockpit pilots’ union on new settlements that are to run for five years. They govern such matters as developments in working conditions and “grandfathering clauses” for the duration of the agreements. The collective bargaining partners agreed on a wage increase of 2.5 per cent for the year 2015 and at least two per cent for subsequent years, depending on the rate of inflation. Signing the wage agreements means that the forthcoming renewal of the Eurowings fleet with Airbus A320 aircraft, and thereby the safeguarding of Eurowings and its future prospects, is being aided and supported in terms of collective bargaining, too.

    Sustainable settlements with various pilotsʼ unions have already been reached for other flight operations in the Lufthansa Group.

    Shortly before Christmas, the management of Swiss International Air Lines and the board of the Aeropers pilotsʼ association agreed on the basis for a new overall wage agreement. In particular, agreements on productivity improvements and an increase in the retirement age to 60 have been reached. The compromise that was reached also includes greater protection against dismissals, as well as foundations for a new career model and for an involvement of both pilot corps in the introduction of the new Bombardier CSeries and Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The details of the contract will be hammered out over the coming weeks. Should it be adopted, the agreement shall be valid from 1 April 2015 and will replace the existing overall wage agreement. A renegotiated overall wage agreement was signed with the IPG pilots’ association back at the end of May 2014.

    At Austrian Airlines, an important agreement with the airborne staff was also reached back in October 2014. The new collective Group agreement applies to roughly 900 pilots and 2,300 flight attendants. Since 1 December 2014, it has governed the future salaries and pensions, working hours and career development for cockpit and cabin crew. A key element of the new agreement is the option for pilots and flight attendants to move to Austrian Airlines from the wholly owned Tyrolean Airways subsidiary. With this agreement, the airborne staff have made an important contribution to safeguarding the future of Austrian Airlines.

    Lufthansa CityLine also reached an agreement with the Vereinigung Cockpit pilots’ union at the end of 2014. The agreement lays the foundation for the deployment of the Airbus  A340 -300 aircraft on long haul services at the regional carrier of the Lufthansa airline group.

    These recent wage settlements mean that the Lufthansa Group and almost all its pilots now have agreements that reflect changes in the industry and that introduce sustainable wage conditions. Still outstanding, however, are wage agreements at Lufthansa German Airlines, Lufthansa Cargo and Germanwings. In December 2014, Lufthansa offered further talks on unresolved topics, along with a concrete plan for arbitration. The Vereinigung Cockpit pilots’ union turned down this offer. Lufthansa is always prepared to cooperate on a viable solution for all sides.

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  • Lufthansa and Germanwings successfully complete transfer of decentralized routes

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    Total of 115 routes transferred from Lufthansa to Germanwings - Düsseldorf–Zurich to be operated by Germanwings from today

    The Lufthansa Group has made a successful start to the new year with the transfer of the Düsseldorf–Zurich route from Lufthansa to Germanwings today (Thursday, 8 January 2015). One of the biggest structural projects ever undertaken by the company has thus been successfully completed on time. 

    The concept of the new Germanwings was presented in December 2012, followed by the market launch on 1 July 2013. The transfer of the Düsseldorf–Zurich route means that the decision to operate all domestic and European routes under Germanwings, apart from at the Frankfurt and Munich hubs, has now been fully implemented as scheduled. In all, Germanwings has taken over 115 routes from Lufthansa in recent months, with the biggest number of routes (52) at Düsseldorf Airport.

    Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, said: “The first Germanwings flight from Düsseldorf to Zurich today marks the successful completion of what is to date the biggest project to make the Lufthansa Group more competitive. The positioning of the new and significantly larger Germanwings has been a resounding success. I would like to extend my gratitude to all employees, who have worked hard for this achievement. As a result of low costs in the WINGS business model, we combine favourable prices with the punctuality, quality and safety of the Lufthansa Group. This combination meets with a positive response among our passengers and also finds favour in many European markets. At the same time therefore, the success of the project will bolster our confidence for the creation of our new Eurowings, which will be launched before the year is over.”

    Thomas Winkelmann, spokesman for the Germanwings Executive Board: “Over recent months, we have been laying the necessary foundations for the continued successful development of the company. We have never been bigger, and have never been a market leader at so many German airports. Of much greater importance, however, is the fact that we are once again enjoying success in commercial terms.” The completion of the migration of Lufthansa routes to Germanwings represents the successful conclusion of a major project that has been a big challenge for the company, added Winkelmann. “However, the team rose to the challenge magnificently. We can now build on this success.”

    The new Germanwings service between Düsseldorf and Zurich will comprise 24 flights per week, making it one of the most high-volume routes from the North Rhine-Westphalian capital. The early morning flight will depart from Düsseldorf at 7.00 a.m. In addition to this, there will be a midday flight at 1.30 p.m., an afternoon flight at 5.05 p.m. and an evening service at 6.55 p.m. All flights for the current winter flight timetable and the 2015 summer flight timetable, which will run until the end of October, are already available for booking – at www.germanwings.com, for example.

    Image and video material from Germanwings can be downloaded here: www.germanwings.com/de/Unternehmen-Bildmaterial.htm

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    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

    Lufthansa Passage

    Thu, 08 Jan 2015 15:13:00 +0100 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/january/08/article/3400.html
  • Lufthansa Group aircraft fly from Oslo on biokerosene

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    The aviation group’s next step in its use of alternative fuels

    From next year the Lufthansa Group will be fuelling their aircraft at Oslo airport with a biokerosene mixture. The Group recently became the first airline group to sign this kind of contract with the Norwegian oil company Statoil Aviation. The Company is thus pushing forward along the path of research, testing and use of alternative fuels that it started on over four years ago. 

    For a period of one year beginning March 2015, Statoil will feed 2.5 million gallons of sustainably produced, certified biofuel into the tanks at Oslo airport. The approximately 5,000 flights the Lufthansa Group (Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian Airlines, Germanwings, Brussels Airlines) operates from the Norwegian capital will then be flying on a biokerosene mixture. 

    Oslo airport is the world’s first large commercial airport to offer continuous provision of biofuel over a long period and to fuel aircraft with biokerosene directly from its hydrant system. For the Lufthansa Group, this is the next step from its previous test flights, made as part of the recently concluded burnFAIR project, toward the use of alternative fuels in regular flight operations.

    In 2011, Lufthansa was the first airline in the world to run regular flight operations with a biokerosene mixture by operating an Airbus A321 between Frankfurt and Hamburg for half a year as part of the project. The long-term testing was accompanied by detailed emissions measurements and research into production processes and biomass availability. 

    Climate-friendly aviation is an important aim of the Lufthansa Group. To this end, the Group is investing in modern, low-consumption aircraft and is continuously improving the fuel efficiency of its flights. As a supplement to, and as a long-term replacement for, kerosene made from crude oil, biofuels offer new perspectives on improving the aviation industry’s carbon footprint.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Media Relations Lufthansa Group

    Group

    Responsibility News

    Fri, 02 Jan 2015 11:56:00 +0100 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2015/january/02/article/3398.html
  • Fly to Perugia next summer with Lufthansa

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    Twice-weekly service from Munich to Umbria

    Lufthansa is launching a new route between Munich and Perugia at the start of the 2015 summer schedule. From 29 March 2015, the Number One airline operating out of Munich will offer twice-weekly flights to the capital of Umbria with an Embraer 195 aircraft. The new MUC – PEG service will take off from Munich on Sundays and Tuesdays under flight number LH 1924. Departures – at 10:45 hrs (Sundays) and 15:00 hrs (Tuesdays) – are conveniently timed to provide excellent connections with all domestic German and most European airports. “We are delighted to be able to announce the fifth new summer destination that will be served by Lufthansa next year. Perugia, which is close to Assisi, is a very special destination for lovers of Italian culture,” says Thomas Klühr, member of the Lufthansa German Airlines Board, Finances & Hub Munich. Next summer, in addition to the new service to Perugia, Lufthansa is launching new routes to the Icelandic city of Keflavik, to Heraklion on the Greek island of Crete, to Seville in southern Spain and to Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow.

    The medieval hilltop city of Perugia contains a wealth of sights and attractions, including interesting churches and palazzi, Etruscan monuments, and aqueducts dating back to the Middle Ages. After a short, 90-minute flight, holidaymakers can meander through the town’s narrow lanes and alleys and stop off in the heart of the old town for an Italian espresso on the Corso Vannucci with its many shops and cafés. Most of the historic center is car free but can be easily accessed by visitors via a system of escalators. Perugia is also renowned for its chocolate specialties. Within easy reach of Perugia is the famous pilgrimage destination of Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. 

    The return fare to Perugia starts at 149 euros, and the service will be open for bookings shortly. More information about how to book Lufthansa flights is available online at LH.com or via the Lufthansa Service Center on +49 69 86 799 799 (land-line rate). Flights can also be booked through Lufthansa’s travel agency partners as well as at the Lufthansa ticket counters at airports.

    The new flights at a glance

    Munich – Perugia
    Airports/
    Three-letter code/
    Time zone (winter)
    Munich, Terminal 2 (MUC); UTC + 1 hour
    Perugia (PEG); UTC + 1 hour
    Schedule
    (all times are local times)
    MUC-PEG twice-weekly (Sundays and Tuesdays)  LH 1924: MUC 10:45 hrs – 12:05 hrs PEG (Sunday)
    LH 1924: MUC 15:00 hrs – 16:20 hrs PEG (Tuesdays)
    LH 1925: PEG  13:15 hrs – 14:40 hrs MUC (Sundays)
    LH 1925: PEG  17:00 hrs – 18:25 hrs MUC (Tuesdays)
    Flight duration
    (on average)
    Munich – Perugia 1hour 20 minutes

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    Communications Lufthansa German Airlines Southern Germany

    Lufthansa Passage

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:42:00 +0100 https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/press/news-releases/singleview/archive/2014/december/18/article/3393.html
  • Air India hosts first Star Alliance Chief Executive Board Meeting in India

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    Member carrier CEOs reflect on busy 2014 – Set priorities for 2015

    Air India played host to the first ever Star Alliance Chief Executive Board Meeting (CEB) held in India. This follows the national carrier’s joining the world’s longest serving and most comprehensive airline alliance in July this year.

    Speaking to both local and foreign media in New Delhi today, Rohit Nandan, CMD Air India, thanked all CEOs for travelling to India and for a productive two-day meeting. He emphasised that for Air India membership in Star Alliance is a key pillar of the airline’s turnaround strategy, along with the fleet renewal, network optimisation and an initiative to improve quality of service.

    After nearly half a year in the Alliance, Air India has already seen positive effects from its membership. The airline has seen an increase of 33% in the  number of passengers transferring between Air India and other Star Alliance member carriers, mainly through Delhi or Mumbai but also at other airports such as London or Newark. Frequent Flyers are also taking advantage of the Alliance benefits, with over 80,000 having earned miles while flying on Air India since July and more than 20,000 Air India Flying Returns FFP members having miles credited for flights on other Star Alliance member carriers.

    Air India sees further opportunities to increase transfer traffic in Delhi and Mumbai and is working with Star Alliance, the member carriers and the airport operators to provide more connecting flights and ease the transfer process at the Subcontinent’s main hubs. Nandan further commented that he was optimistic that Heathrow Airport would look positively on Air India’s request to join the other 23 Star Alliance member carriers now operating out of the new Terminal 2 – the Queen’s Terminal. “London is our main destination in Europe and anything we can do to offer better transfer facilities would be a real gain for us and Star Alliance.”

    In thanking Rohit Nandan for hosting the CEB meeting, Mark Schwab, Star Alliance CEO, assured him of the Alliance’s support in this endeavour.

    Schwab reiterated the importance of having Air India in Star Alliance. “India is the world’s fifth largest domestic aviation market and will continue to grow both domestically and internationally. It is therefore essential for Star Alliance to have a strong presence in this market”. 

    Through Air India, Star Alliance customers have access to an additional 40 airports in India as well as more flights across the region. With its hubs in Delhi and Mumbai, Air India adds further flight options on routes to North America, Europe and Asia/Pacific.

     Air India also enhances the global Star Alliance FFP proposal, which now offers customers the possibility to collect and redeem miles on worldwide network of 18,500 daily flights, serving 1,321 destinations in 193 countries.

    A recent addition to the network includes AeroGal from Ecuador, who as part of the Avianca Group now extend the Alliance’s network in Latin America to such exotic destinations as the Galapagos Islands.

    Star Alliance is also the only Alliance to allow FFP members to use their miles to upgrade on any of its 27 member carriers. This year has also seen the implementation of new backend technology to further enhance our FFP service levels. Customers will now receive their mileage credits faster and any changes in status are shared faster among all carriers. This means that new Gold Card holders in particular will have their status recognised a lot sooner by all member carriers. 

    In closing, Calin Rovinescu, President and CEO of Air Canada and current Chairman of the Star Alliance Chief Executive Board, thanked both Nandan and Schwab, especially for achieving the Air India integration in record time.

    As an example of the importance of the Air India membership, Rovinescu stated that an Air Canada decision to resume flights to Delhi next year is in part due to the fact that they can now offer connections to more than 40 destinations from Delhi.

    Overall the Star Alliance member carriers would be improving the quality of the network even further in the coming years – recent examples are the planned Tokyo to Houston flights by ANA, Taipei to Houston flights by EVA Air and the planned South Atlantic Link between New Zealand and Argentina, just announced by Air New Zealand. 

    The Alliance would also concentrate on further improving customers’ end to end journeys, by enhancing the airport experience, Rovinescu added. The Alliance had already achieved a terrific improvement at London Heathrow this year, with the opening of the brand