Lufthansa Cargo Could Reenter Short-Haul Air Freight Market

By Kurt Hofmann Jun 17, 2021
Lufthansa Chairman and CEO Carsten Spohr believes it could be a profitable area for Lufthansa Cargo.
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Smartwings CEO Criticizes Lufthansa As Eurowings Opens Prague Base

By Kurt Hofmann Jun 11, 2021
The timing of the move has drawn criticism from the CEO of Smartwings Group who also bemoaned that Eurowings’ parent Lufthansa had received state aid from Germany while his group had not received any from the Czech government.
Airlines & Lessors

Austrian Airlines Evaluates Harmonized Long-Haul Fleet

By Kurt Hofmann Jun 02, 2021
“It would be more efficient to have only one type of aircraft,” COO Francesco Sciortino said. “We also need a long-term perspective for a replacement for the Boeing 767.”
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Lufthansa, Condor Agree On Feed Extension

By Jens Flottau May 11, 2021
Lufthansa has agreed to extend a special pro-rate agreement (SPA) with leisure carrier Condor in a bid to prevent Germany’s anti-trust authority Bundeskartellamt from formally intervening on Condor’s side.
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Lufthansa Expects Fast Recovery After Dismal First Quarter

By Jens Flottau Apr 29, 2021
Lufthansa Group expects a steep recovery in the second half of 2021 after posting disappointing results for the first quarter (Q1) of the year. 
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Lufthansa Group Subsidiaries Await Recovery After Tough Q1s

By Kurt Hofmann Apr 29, 2021
Lufthansa subsidiaries Austrian Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) and Brussels Airlines reported substantial losses for 2021 first quarter (Q1), traditionally the lowest performing period of the aviation year.
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German Curfews Create New Hurdles For Airlines As Recovery Stalls

By Jens Flottau Apr 23, 2021
Airlines flying into Germany are facing another deepening of the novel coronavirus crisis as the government is set to introduce nightly curfews starting April 24.
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German Anti-Trust Watchdog Flags Anti-Competitive Lufthansa Behavior

By Jens Flottau Mar 30, 2021
Lufthansa now plans to extend a special pro-rate (SPA) agreement with leisure airline Condor beyond the summer after Germany’s competition watchdog Bundeskartellamt said the airline group had taken advantage of its dominant market position.
Airlines & Lessors

Austrian Airlines To Cut More Jobs, Park Additional Aircraft 

By Kurt Hofmann Mar 25, 2021
Lufthansa subsidiary Austrian Airlines will further reduce its fleet and cut more jobs as the COVID-19 crisis drags on.
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Vienna Airport Expects 40% Of Pre-Crisis Traffic In 2021

By Kurt Hofmann Mar 19, 2021
Given the massive financial losses at many European hubs as a result of COVID-19, Vienna Airport (VIE) got off relatively lightly in announcing a loss of €76 million ($90 million) for 2020. 
Airports & Routes

Vaccine Transport ‘Not A Game Changer’ For Lufthansa Cargo 

By Kurt Hofmann Mar 11, 2021
Lufthansa Cargo (LHC) CEO Dorothea von Boxberg has said COVID-19 vaccine volumes will not have as much of an impact on the air cargo market as the industry once believed. 
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Lufthansa Cargo CEO Ready For A Downturn After Record Results

By Kurt Hofmann Mar 05, 2021
Lufthansa Cargo (LHC) said that it is prepared for the next downturn in the air cargo business when it happens after the company presented the best results in its 26-year history following an unprecedented year.
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Austrian, SWISS Post Major Losses; More Radical Resizing Probable

By Kurt Hofmann Mar 04, 2021
Lufthansa subsidiaries Austrian Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) have reported substantial losses for 2020 and further fleet reductions at both carriers are possible. 
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Lufthansa Moves Ahead With Long-Haul Fleet Renewal

By Jens Flottau Mar 04, 2021
Lufthansa Group plans to phase out eight long-haul aircraft types over the next few years and sees no prospect of returning the Airbus A380 or A340-600 back to service.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Lufthansa Makes Deep Cuts To Pilot Training

By Jens Flottau Feb 17, 2021
Lufthansa announced major changes to its ab initio pilot training program Feb. 17, as the airline grapples with the fall-out of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Maintenance & Training

Lufthansa Fuels Frankfurt Long-Haul Leisure Competition

By David Casey Feb 05, 2021
Lufthansa Group is planning to further expand its long-haul tourist offer from Frankfurt (FRA) at the start of the winter 2021/22 season with the addition of flights to Montego Bay in Jamaica and Varadero in Cuba.
Airports & Routes

New Management For Lufthansa Aviation Training 

By Kurt Hofmann Feb 03, 2021
Munich-headquartered Lufthansa Aviation Training (LAT) announced two changes to its top management team effective Feb. 1.
Maintenance & Training

Daily Memo: Keeping The Hatches Battened Down

By Helen Massy-Beresford Jan 26, 2021
For Europe’s airlines, optimism that began in late 2020 over vaccines has not translated into a surge in bookings as hoped.
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Lufthansa Avoids Pilot Layoffs In Temporary Deal To Avert Crisis
Europe’s largest airline reached another interim deal with its pilot union Dec. 23.
michael.stearn… Wed, 12/23/2020 - 15:29
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Christoph Mueller To Chair Swissport; HNA Transfers Ownership

By Kurt Hofmann Dec 22, 2020
Ground-handling giant Swissport has appointed airline veteran Christoph Mueller as future chairman of the board and interim CEO as of Jan. 1.
Airports & Routes

Lilium Teams With Lufthansa To Train eVTOL Pilots

By Graham Warwick Dec 10, 2020
German startup Lilium has partnered with Lufthansa Flight Training to develop a pilot sourcing and training program that will support its planned global deployment of regional air mobility services.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Lufthansa Reshuffles Management At Austrian Airlines, Eurowings

By Kurt Hofmann Dec 09, 2020
Lufthansa Group subsidiaries Austrian Airlines and Eurowings have both announced several changes to their management teams. 
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Brussels Airlines CEO Says Hub Is Key For Lufthansa’s Africa Prospects

By Kurt Hofmann Dec 01, 2020
Brussels Airlines is being further integrated into parent Lufthansa Group and the Belgian flag-carrier expects to play a more important role in Lufthansa’s hub system.
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Lufthansa Names New CEOs For SWISS, Brussels Airlines, Cargo

By Kurt Hofmann Nov 18, 2020
Lufthansa announced new CEOs for subsidiaries SWISS International Air Lines (SWISS), Brussels Airlines and Lufthansa Cargo on Nov. 18.
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Lufthansa Carriers To Drop Free Catering On Shorter Routes

By Kurt Hofmann Nov 17, 2020
Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and SWISS International Air Lines (SWISS) will introduce a buy-on-board catering system on all short- and medium-haul flights starting in spring 2021.
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