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Balance 2015 ENG - Sports sponsorship

Sustainability Report Balance // Issue 2015 // Lufthansa Group // 103 Sports sponsorship the bids of German cities competing to host Olympic and Paralympic Games. / Football Lufthansa has been a close partner of the German Football Association since 2005. Ever since, the airline has flown all German national soccer teams to their away games as well as to European and world champi- onships. Following Germany’s brilliant victory at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil in summer 2014, Lufthansa brought the World Champions back home aboard a brand-new Boeing 747-8 – with the word “Siegerflieger” (“Winners’ plane”) painted on the fuselage. In November 2014, Lufthansa opted for an early extension of its partnership with the German Football Association until 2018. In addition, it is the Official Carrier of FC Bayern München as well as an official partner of the Eintracht Frankfurt team. / German Sports Aid Foundation Since 2007, Lufthansa has been a National Sponsor of the German Sports Aid Founda- tion, an organization that currently supports about 3,800 athletes. Furthermore, the aviation group supports the foundation’s initiatives “Your Name for Germany” (see page 104, Balance 2013) and “Springboard Future – Sports and Career”. The latter helps world-class athletes start to prepare the way for their later professional development while still in their active sports careers. Currently, five Lufthansa managers serve as mentors for the same number of athletes, giving advice and practical support. German Olympic Sports Confederation and National Paralympic Committee Germany As the official carrier of the German Olympic Sports Confederation and National Paralym- pic Committee Germany, Lufthansa flew the German national teams to both the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Winter Games 2014 in Sochi. In June 2015, the “Airline of Sports” also flew the German teams to the Azerbaijani capital, Baku, where the Euro- pean Games took place for the first time. In addition, Lufthansa traditionally supports For many years, the Lufthansa Group has extended its social commitment to high-performance sports as well. The “Airline of Sports” is a trusted and reliable partner of numerous renowned sports institutions, associations and clubs. The Boeing 747-8 named “Potsdam” shows both the words “Fanhansa” and the heartfelt thanks in the word “Siegerflieger” (Winners’ Plane) from Lufthansa and all fans to the German football team for its brilliant performance in Brazil.