Lufthansa announced on social media:
Jumbo turns 50 tomorrow! The world’s first “smiling” Boeing Airplanes was the freighter Boeing 747-230F, taken on by Lufthansa in 1972. Nickname: “Beetle Swallower”, as it had space for 72 VW Beetles.
Lufthansa announced on social media:
Jumbo turns 50 tomorrow! The world’s first “smiling” Boeing Airplanes was the freighter Boeing 747-230F, taken on by Lufthansa in 1972. Nickname: “Beetle Swallower”, as it had space for 72 VW Beetles.
On September 30, 1968 Boeing displayed to the public for the first time the first prototype of the Boeing 747-100 when it was rolled out of the new Paine Field facility at Everett, WA (above). Photo: Boeing.
The first flight was successfully conducted on February 9, 1969.
On January 15, 1970, Pat Nixon, the First Lady of the United States, christened Pan Am’s first Boeing 747-100.
The first Pan Am Boeing 747-100 entered revenue service on January 22, 1970, on the New York (JFK) – London (Heathrow) route. The flight had been scheduled for the previous evening on January 21, but engine overheating cancelled the originally scheduled inaugural flight.
Above Copyright Photo: Pan Am (1st) Boeing 747-121 N748PA (msn 19652) JFK (Bruce Drum). Image: 102101.
Pan Am aircraft slide show:
Joe Sutter was recognized by Boeing as the “Father of the 747”. On his passing in 2016, Boeing issued this tribute:
We lost one of the giants of aerospace and a beloved member of the Boeing family. Joe Sutter, the “Father of the 747,” passed away at the age of 95.
Joe lived an amazing life and was an inspiration – not just to those of us at Boeing, but to the entire aerospace industry. He personified the ingenuity and passion for excellence that made Boeing airplanes synonymous with quality the world over.
Early in Joe’s career, he had a hand in many iconic commercial airplane projects, including the Dash 80, its cousin the 707 and the 737. But it was the 747 – the world’s first jumbo jet – that secured his place in history.
Joe led the engineering team that developed the 747 in the mid-1960s, opening up affordable international travel and helping connect the world. His team, along with thousands of other Boeing employees involved in the project, became known as the Incredibles for producing what was then the world’s largest airplane in record time – 29 months from conception to rollout. It remains a staggering achievement and a testament to Joe’s “incredible” determination.
Long after he retired, Joe remained very active within the company. He continued to serve as a consultant on the Commercial Airplanes Senior Advisory Group, and he was still a familiar sight to many of us working here. By then his hair was white and he moved a little slower, but he always had a twinkle in his eye, a sharp mind and an unwavering devotion to aerospace innovation and The Boeing Company. Fittingly, he was on hand to celebrate our centennial at the Founders Day weekend. He was one of a kind.
Joe was loved. He made a difference in the world. He made a difference to us. We will miss him and cherish our time with him.
Boeing issued this historical snapshot of the Boeing 747:
The 747 was the result of the work of some 50,000 Boeing people. Called “the Incredibles,” these were the construction workers, mechanics, engineers, secretaries and administrators who made aviation history by building the 747 — the largest civilian airplane in the world — in less than 16 months during the late 1960s.
The incentive for creating the giant 747 came from reductions in airfares, a surge in air-passenger traffic and increasingly crowded skies. Following the loss of the competition for a gigantic military transport, the C-5A, Boeing set out to develop a large advanced commercial airplane to take advantage of the high-bypass engine technology developed for the C-5A. The design philosophy behind the 747 was to develop a completely new plane, and other than the engines, the designers purposefully avoided using any hardware developed for the C-5.
The 747’s final design was offered in three configurations: all passenger, all cargo and a convertible passenger/freighter model. The freighter and convertible models loaded 8- by 8-foot (2.4- by 2.4-meter) cargo containers through the huge hinged nose.
The 747 was truly monumental in size. The massive airplane required construction of the 200 million-cubic-foot (5.6 million-cubic-meter) 747 assembly plant in Everett, Wash., the world’s largest building (by volume). The fuselage of the original 747 was 225 feet (68.5 meters) long; the tail as tall as a six-story building. Pressurized, it carried a ton of air. The cargo hold had room for 3,400 pieces of baggage and could be unloaded in seven minutes. The total wing area was larger than a basketball court. Yet, the entire global navigation system weighed less than a modern laptop computer.
Pilots prepared for the 747 at Boeing training school. The experience of taxiing such a large plane was acquired in a contraption called “Waddell’s Wagon,” named after Jack Waddell, the company’s chief test pilot. The pilot sat in a mockup of the 747 flight deck built atop three-story-high stilts on a moving truck. The pilot learned how to maneuver from such a height by directing the truck driver below him by radio.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration later modified two 747-100s into Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. The next version, the 747-200, holds approximately 440 passengers and has a range of about 5,600 nautical miles (10,371 kilometers). In 1990, two 747-200Bs were modified to serve as Air Force One and replaced the VC-137s (707s) that served as the presidential airplane for nearly 30 years. The 747-300 has an extended upper deck and carries even more passengers than the -200.
The 747-400 rolled out in 1988. Its wingspan is 212 feet (64 meters), and it has 6-foot-high (1.8-meter-high) “winglets” on the wingtips. The 747-400 also is produced as a freighter, as a combination freighter and passenger model, and as a special domestic version, without the winglets, for shorter range flights.
In August 1999, major assembly began on a militarized 747-400 Freighter to be used as a platform for the U.S. Air Force’s Airborne Laser (ABL) program. It rolled out on Oct. 27, 2006, and was eventually designated YAL-1. Boeing was the prime contractor for ABL, which was designed to provide a speed-of-light capability to destroy all classes of ballistic missiles in their boost phase of flight. Boeing provided the modified aircraft and the battle management system and is the overall systems integrator. ABL partners were Northrop Grumman, which supplied the chemical oxygen iodine, or COIL, high-energy laser associated lasers, and Lockheed Martin, which provided the nose-mounted turret in addition to the beam control/fire control system. On Feb. 11, 2010, the flying test bed destroyed a ballistic missile off the coast of Southern California. The program was canceled in 2011, and in 2012, YAL-1 was flown to the U.S. Air Force “bone yard” near Pima, Ariz., to be scrapped.
Another variant is the Dreamlifter — a specially modified 747-400 — that transports the large composite structures, including huge fuselage sections of the 787 Dreamliner, from partners around the world to Everett, Wash., and Charleston, S.C., for final assembly. The massive cargo is loaded and unloaded from a hinged rear fuselage. The last of the series four was delivered Feb. 16, 2010.
The longer range 747-400 airplanes (also known as 747-400ERs) were launched in late 2000. The 747-400ER (Extended Range) family is available in both passenger and freighter versions. The airplanes are the same size as current 747-400s and have a range of 7,670 nautical miles (14,205 kilometers) as opposed to the 747-400 range of 7,260 nautical miles (13,450 kilometers). It incorporates the strengthened -400 Freighter wing, strengthened body and landing gear, and an auxiliary fuel tank in the forward cargo hold, with an option for a second tank. When the 747-400ER’s full-range capability is not needed, operators can remove the tank (or tanks), freeing up additional space for cargo.
In November 2005, Boeing launched the 747-8 family — the 747-8 Intercontinental passenger airplane and the 747-8 Freighter. These airplanes incorporate innovative technologies from the 787 Dreamliner. In fact, the designation 747-8 was chosen to show the technology connection between the 787 Dreamliner and the new 747-8, including the General Electric GEnx-2B engines, raked wingtips and other improvements that allow for a 30 percent smaller noise footprint, 15 percent reduction in-service carbon emissions, better performance retention, lower weight, less fuel consumption, fewer parts and less maintenance.
The 747-8 Freighter first flew on February 8, 2010. The airplane is 250 feet, 2 inches (76.3 meters) long, which is 18 feet, 4 inches (5.6 meters) longer than the 747-400 Freighter. The stretch provides customers with 16 percent more revenue cargo volume compared with its predecessor. That translates to an additional four main-deck pallets and three lower hold pallets.
The passenger version, the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental, serves the 400- to 500-seat market and took its first flight on March 20, 2011. The cabin’s sculpted ceilings, bigger overhead and side stowbins, a redesigned staircase and dynamic LED lighting all add to an overall more comfortable passenger experience. With 51 additional seats and 26 percent more revenue cargo volume than the 747-400, Boeing delivered the first 747-8 Intercontinental to an undisclosed Boeing Business Jet customer on Feb. 28, 2012. Launch customer Lufthansa took delivery of the first airline Intercontinental April 25, 2012.
On June 28, 2014, Boeing delivered the 1,500th 747 to come off the production line to Frankfurt, Germany-based Lufthansa. The 747 is the first wide-body airplane in history to reach the 1,500 milestone.
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Lufthansa joined the celebrations and issued this statement:
It’s been 50 years since the first Boeing 747-100 took off over Seattle on its official maiden flight on February 9, 1969 – to the cheers of thousands of spectators. The Boeing 747-100 was the largest jet airliner the world had ever seen.
The success story of the Boeing 747 aircraft family started in the mid-60s, when Boeing developed a wide-body jet as an answer to the growing aviation needs. After less than four years of planning and development, in which Lufthansa engineers also took part, the jet, built from around six million individual parts, was ready to take to the skies.
Above Copyright Photo: Lufthansa Boeing 747-130 D-ABYA (msn 19746) JFK (Bruce Drum). Image: 102291.
The first Boeing 747-130 with the Lufthansa registration “D-ABYA” carried the production number 12. The “Yankee Alpha”, as it was called within the company, was handed over to Lufthansa on March 9, 1970 and was deployed on the Frankfurt-New York route for the first time on April 26, 1970. Lufthansa was the first European airline to provide its passenger the opportunity to fly by Jumbo Jet, being the second international airline following Pan American World Airways (PanAm).
The excitement of the passengers and crew on board was immense. Right from the entrance point to the jet, one gets into a “celebrative champagne mood”, a journalist wrote at that time. Hardly surprising, when considering that there was a bar in the First Class Lounge on the upper deck of the aircraft. To this day, the “hump” of the Boeing 747, which houses the cockpit and upper deck, remains the distinguishing feature of the Jumbo Jet in comparison to all other types of aircraft. The silhouette of the Boeing 747 has shaped the jet age and is still a style icon for many aviation enthusiasts.
The Boeing 747, with almost 70 meters in length and a span of nearly 60 meters, was christened by the American press as “Jumbo Jet”, offering space for 365 passengers at Lufthansa. The height of the tail unit, approximately 19 meters, was higher than a five-story building. The aircraft had a four-engine wide-body. These engines achieved more than twice the performance of a Boeing 707, which had previously been used on long-haul flights in intercontinental air traffic, but could only accommodate about 150 passengers.
Before accepting its first Jumbo Jet, Lufthansa had to adapt its aircraft and passenger handling so that they could cope with the different dimensions of the aircraft. New passenger boarding bridges, special tractors, kitchen lift trucks and tanker trucks were all developed at Frankfurt Airport, including a 27,000 square meter aircraft hangar with space for up to six Jumbo Jets. In addition, further counters had to be made available in the check-in hall.
After Lufthansa had also operated its successor models (the 747-200 and 747-400), Lufthansa was the world’s first passenger airline to receive the first Jumbo Jet’s “grandson”, the Boeing 747-8, on May 2nd, 2012. The modern aircraft can accommodate up to 364 passengers in First, Business, Premium Economy and Economy Class. It consumes just over three liters of fuel per passenger over 100 kilometers and has 30 percent lower noise emissions than its predecessor. When Lufthansa unveiled its new brand look about a year ago, a Boeing 747-8 was the first aircraft to be presented in the new livery. Like the first 747 aircraft 50 years ago, this machine is called “Yankee Alpha”, too.
The Jumbo Jet did not only have a career as a passenger aircraft. In March 1972, Lufthansa took on the world’s “first smiling Boeing” – the freight version, the Boeing 747-230F. Its prow opened up horizontally, making it easy to load even bulky goods. The Jumbo Jet was nicknamed the “Beetle swallower”, as it had space for 72 VW Beetles in its fuselage.
Happy Birthday, Jumbo!
United’s tribute to the Boeing 747:
Lufthansa has made this announcement:
The trade union Verdi has called for a comprehensive strike by security personnel at Frankfurt Airport between 2 a.m. and 20 p.m. on Tuesday, 15 January 2019. As a result, a considerable amount of disruptions are to be expected regarding flight operations to and from Frankfurt Airport. More detailed information for Lufthansa passengers is available at www.lufthansa.com. Passengers with a Lufthansa flight departing from Frankfurt can immediately change their flights free of charge to a date between 11 and 20 January, 2019. Lufthansa will publish flight cancellations on its website on Sunday afternoon. From this date on, online rebooking will be also possible. Passengers who have entered their contact data online will be actively informed about their flight status.
Passengers who are planning to start their journey from Frankfurt Airport on this coming Tuesday should take particular note of the situation. According to the airport operator, the security checks outside the transit area will not be staffed. Therefore, passengers who are supposed to begin their journey in Frankfurt will not be able to reach their flight during the entire strike period as they will not be able to go through a security check. Lufthansa is therefore asking these guests not to go to the airport during that time, but instead to use rebooking options online at www.lufthansa.com or the Lufthansa App to rebook their flights accordingly. This explicitly does not apply to transit passengers changing flights at Frankfurt Airport, but only those who are starting their journey there.
“Although all aviation partners agreed that we want to improve the situation for our passengers in 2019, the Verdi union is escalating this collective bargaining dispute disproportionately and to an unacceptable extent. This series of strikes can certainly no longer be described as warning strikes. It is also clear that Verdi has no interest in making its contribution to improving Germany as an aviation location. We already have the lowest quality security checks at the highest costs, compared to Europe and other countries around the world,” says Dr. Detlef Kayser, Member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG for Airline Resources & Operations Standards.
Lufthansa Group has made this announcement for its traffic figures for 2018:
In 2018, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group carried a total of 142 million passengers, setting a new passenger record. With more than 1.2 million flights and a seat load factor of 81.4 percent, the aircraft load factor was higher than ever before.
The growth drivers for the network airlines were the Zurich hub and the Munich and Vienna hubs, with passenger growth of 9.5 percent, 9.3 percent and 8.5 percent respectively. The number of passengers at the Frankfurt hub grew by 4.7 percent in 2018. Eurowings also contributed to the Lufthansa Group’s new passenger record in 2018 with growth of 18 percent.
In December, the freight capacity was 4.7 per cent higher than in the previous year and the tonne-kilometres sold 0.4 per cent higher. This results in a payload factor of 66.1 percent, which is 2.8 percentage points lower. In 2018, total freight capacity was 4.3 percent higher than in the previous year. At the same time, sales increased by 0.8 percent in this period. At 66.4 percent, the load factor was 2.3 percentage points lower than in the previous year.
In December 2018, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group welcomed around 10 million passengers on board their aircraft. This corresponds to an increase of 6.9 percent over the same month last year. The number of seat kilometers offered was 11 percent up on the previous year, while sales increased by 10.6 percent. This results in a seat load factor of 78.5 percent, 0.3 percentage points lower than in December 2017.
The network airlines Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian Airlines carried a total of some 7.3 million passengers in December, 5.8 percent more than in the same month last year. The number of seat-kilometers offered in December was 9.2 percent up on the same month last year. Sales in seat-kilometers rose by 9.1 percent in the same period. The seat load factor fell by 0.1 percentage points to 78.7 percent.
In total, the network airlines carried around 104 million passengers last year, 7.4 percent more than in the same period last year. The seat load factor for network airlines rose by 0.4 percentage points to 81.5 percent during this period.
In point-to-point traffic, the Lufthansa Group carried 2.6 million passengers with the airlines Eurowings (including Germanwings) and Brussels Airlines in December, of which around 2.3 million on short-haul flights and 294,000 on long-haul flights.
This represents an increase of 9.9 percent over the previous year. The 19.5 percent increase in the number of flights on offer in December was offset by a 17.5 per cent increase in sales. At 78 percent, the seat load factor was 1.4 percentage points lower than in the same month last year.
On short-haul routes, the number of seat-kilometers offered was increased by 18 percent in December, while the number of seat-kilometers sold rose by 13.9 percent over the same period. At 74.3 percent, the seat load factor was 2.6 percentage points lower than in the same month last year. On long-haul routes, the seat load factor rose by 0.3 percentage points to 83.1 percent over the same period. The 21.6 percent increase in capacity was offset by a 22.1 percent increase in sales.
In 2018, the Eurowings Group carried a total of around 38.5 million passengers, 18 percent more than in the previous year. At 81.3 percent, the seat load factor during this period was 1.4 percentage points higher than in the previous year.
Lufthansa Group has made this announcement for 2019:
Approximately 5500 new employees will be cleared for takeoff with a career in Lufthansa Group this year – in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium alone, the home markets of the aviation group. The company is looking to hire over 1300 flight attendants – primarily at the Munich hub and at SWISS in Zürich. For the core Lufthansa brand, around 1200 new hires are planned at the Frankfurt and Munich hubs, in all business areas. Lufthansa Group is also hiring a large number of additional employees worldwide.
In addition, up to 500 future pilots are to begin their training as flight students with Lufthansa Aviation Training at the European Flight Academy in 2019. In order to stabilize flight operations after a turbulent summer, Lufthansa Group is investing approximately a quarter of a billion euros. For instance, around 600 employees are being hired to ensure quality in operations.
Highly professional environment and attractive employment conditions
There are over 500 job profiles in the globally operating aviation group that has over 550 subsidiaries and affiliates. Potential applicants can find available positions in the career portal Be-Lufthansa (www.be-lufthansa.com). Over 170,000 applications were submitted through this platform in 2018. “This shows once again how popular Lufthansa is as an employer with its various business areas,” says Bettina Volkens, Chief Officer Corporate Human Resources and Legal Affairs at Deutsche Lufthansa AG. As an international employer with employees hailing from 147 different countries, Lufthansa Group emphasizes diversity – and not just in terms of language and origin. “Equal opportunities for men and women at every level, that is what I stand for and that is what I stand up for,” Volkens says. “We offer a highly professional environment, attractive employment conditions and are standard-setting in professional training. Moving forward, we plan to bring even more young employees into the company than before as well as promote our talents through a wide range of programs.”
Wanted: technological know-how and IT skills
Lufthansa Technik Group is set to grow significantly this year: “Die Technik” is looking for over 1200 new colleagues in Germany, including several hundred operational employees, 400 direct entries and more than 200 apprentices. Lufthansa Group is also looking to hire well over 600 IT specialists in Germany. Lufthansa Systems already positioned itself successfully as an employer within the IT environment last year with the campaign “Aviation Heroes wanted”. And the same is true this year: IT is key, be that at Lufthansa Systems or at for example Industry Solutions (350 projected new hires) or Lufthansa Airlines (150). There is also a group-wide program that will employ 15 IT trainees.
Over 300 apprentices in Germany
Over 300 new positions for junior employees are planned in Germany for this year and almost 80 will start their vocational training at SWISS and Austrian Airlines in Switzerland and Austria. On top of this, around 60 trainees will be off to a flying start in Lufthansa Group this year. The group currently offers ten cooperative degree programs as well as vocational training in 29 different skilled occupations and several trainee programs.
Lufthansa Group at a glance: passenger transportation is the biggest business segment of Lufthansa Group and is carried out by the airlines Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian Airlines, Eurowings and Brussels Airlines as well as SunExpress. The other business areas, including logistics, engineering and catering and additional group companies are leaders in their respective fields.
As of September 30, 2018, Lufthansa Group had approximately 135,000 employees. Around 32,000 of them work at Lufthansa. With 40,000 employees, Lufthansa Group is the largest employer in Frankfurt and Hessen; the group has more than 70,000 employees in Germany.
On Wednesday, December 12, 2018, the Airbus A380 landed in Germany for the first time in the new Lufthansa design.
The landing of the newly painted flagship of the Lufthansa fleet marks the festive end of the anniversary year of the crane’s 100th birthday.
The Airbus A380, named “Tokyo”, was welcomed to Munich Airport early Wednesday morning. The aircraft came from Guangzhou, China, where it has been repainted over the past three and a half weeks.
The A380 took off on December 12 on its first commercial flight to Miami at noon.
The Airbus A380 with the registration of D-AIMD is based at the Lufthansa hub in Munich. The aircraft is one of a total of five Airbus A380s based in the Bavarian capital for the first time this year. The A380 is also one of the first thirty Lufthansa aircrafts to fly in the new design this year. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Lufthansa crane, the airline has further developed its design and adapted it to the requirements of a digitized world. The redesign of the airline’s brand identity is the most visible sign of Lufthansa’s far-reaching modernization.
As part of the airline’s new design, the new Lufthansa paintwork underlines Lufthansa’s modern premium claim. The fuselage, wings and engines of the A380 are all painted in brilliant white. The precise white line at the apex of the vertical tail supports the streamlined shape of the aircraft. The deep blue, optically elongated tail provides the basis for a large, strong and contrasting representation of the crane. The Airbus A380 is an aircraft of superlatives: the crane, which has been given an even more dynamic design as part of the design refresh, has a diameter of over six meters on the tail unit. The letters of the Lufthansa lettering on the aircraft reach a maximum height of 1.90 meters. More than 4,200 square meters of aircraft skin were repainted with hundreds of liters of paint.
Since the introduction of the new brand design until the end of the year, 30 aircrafts have been painted in the new design, over 50 gates have been redesigned at the Lufthansa hubs in Frankfurt and Munich and more than 200 in-flight service items have been exchanged. By the end of 2019, over 50 percent of the work on the Lufthansa hubs in Frankfurt and Munich will have been completed and over a quarter of the fleet will be flying in the new design. Digital media is already appearing in a completely new design. In 2021, 80 percent of the new brand design will be visible along the entire travel chain. The last aircraft repainting is scheduled for 2025.
This year Lufthansa celebrated the 100th anniversary of its corporate symbol. In 1918, the graphic artist and architect Otto Firle designed a stylized bird for the “Deutsche Luft-Reederei”, a predecessor of “Luft Hansa”. Over the past 100 years, the crane has become an unmistakable company logo and the symbol of the Lufthansa brand. Today it stands for competence, cosmopolitanism and quality, inspiring trust and sympathy around the globe.
In other news, in November 2018, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group welcomed around 10.6 million passengers. Despite a strong basis for comparison from the previous year, this corresponds to an increase of six per cent compared with November 2017. The number of seat kilometres offered was 8.1 per cent up on the previous year, while sales increased by 8.6 per cent. This results in a seat load factor of 78.1 per cent, 0.3 percentage points higher than in November 2017.
Freight capacity in November was three per cent up on the previous year, and tonne-kilometres sold were 0.9 per cent lower. This results in a 2.7 percentage point lower load factor of 68.4 per cent.
Network airlines again increase seat load factor
The network airlines Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian Airlines carried a total of some 7.9 million passengers in November, 4.5 per cent more than in the same month last year. The number of seat-kilometres offered in November was 6.7 per cent up year-on-year. Sales rose by 7.2 per cent in the same period. This increased the seat load factor by 0.4 percentage points to 78.6 per cent.
Double-digit growth in sales in Munich, Zurich and Vienna
The strongest growth was recorded by the network airlines at the Vienna hub in November 2018 with passenger growth of 9.7 percent, followed by Zurich with eight percent, Munich with 2.6 percent and Frankfurt with 2.4 percent. The underlying offer increased by 13.5% in Munich, 9.5% in Zurich, 6.3% in Vienna and 2.7% in Frankfurt. Sales in Munich, Zurich and Vienna increased by 13.5 per cent, 12 per cent and 11.5 per cent respectively. In Frankfurt, sales rose by 1.9 percent in this period.
Lufthansa welcomes around 5.5 million passengers on board in November
In November Lufthansa carried around 5.5 million passengers, 2.7 per cent more than in the same period last year. A 5.9 per cent increase in the number of seat kilometres in November was offset by a 5.2 per cent increase in sales. At 78.8 per cent, the seat load factor was 0.5 percentage points lower than in the same month last year.
Eurowings increases passenger numbers by more than ten percent
Eurowings (including Brussels Airlines) carried around 2.7 million passengers in November, of which around 2.5 million on short-haul flights and 250,000 on long-haul flights. This represents an increase of 10.6 percent on short-haul flights and 10.2 percent on long-haul flights over the previous year. A 15.1 per cent increase in capacity in November was offset by a 15.8 per cent increase in sales, resulting in a seat load factor of 75.6 per cent, an increase of 0.4 percentage points.
On short-haul routes, the number of seat-kilometres on offer was increased by 16.4 per cent in November, while the number of seat-kilometres sold rose by 14.5 per cent over the same period. This results in a seat load factor on these flights that is 1.2 percentage points lower than the 72.9 per cent recorded in November 2017. On long-haul flights, the seat load factor rose by 3.2 percentage points to 80.2 per cent over the same period. The 13 per cent increase in capacity was offset by a 17.8 per cent increase in sales.
All photos by Lufthansa.
Lufthansa has announced, starting next summer, sun-seekers it will launch seven new destinations nonstop from the Lufthansa hubs in Munich and Frankfurt. The new flights will fly to new holiday destinations in Croatia, Montenegro and the French Atlantic coast.
New destinations from Munich
As of April 12, 2019 Alicante will be on the Munich flight schedule. An Airbus A320 will fly to the port city on the Costa Blanca three times a week. Flights to the Spanish holiday destination are thus added to the three weekly flights from Frankfurt.
Biarritz (above) has been added to the Lufthansa flight schedule. From May 25, 2019, a Bombardier CRJ900 (top) will fly to the seaside resort on the French Atlantic coast every Saturday. This legendary holiday destination has long sandy beaches and is a paradise for surfers.
Lufthansa now also flies holiday makers nonstop from Munich to Rimini (above) on the Italian Adriatic coast. From May 26, 2019, a Bombardier CRJ900 will fly to this popular holiday destination every Sunday.
And for the first time, northern Croatia is only an hour’s flight away from Munich: Rijeka is the name of the new Lufthansa destination, which is regarded as the gateway to the Croatian islands. From May 25, 2019, a Bombardier CRJ900 flies to the Kvarner Bay region every Saturday.
New destinations from Frankfurt
The new summer destinations from Frankfurt are in Greece and Turkey: From April 13, 2019, Heraklion can now be reached with an Airbus A319 every Saturday and Bodrum from April 14, 2019 every Sunday in around two and a half flight hours, adding to the Saturday and Sunday destinations from Munich.
New destination from Munich and Frankfurt
Tivat is still a less known holiday destination. The city in Montenegro is now part of the Munich and Frankfurt flight schedule. Tivat is situated near the historical Bay of Kotor (below).
With its historical sites, the fjord-like bay is a UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage Site. From April 13, 2019, Lufthansa flies to Tivat from Munich every Saturday and from Frankfurt every Sunday. Both hubs operate an Airbus A319 to these destinations.
Top Copyright Photo (all others by Lufthansa): Lufthansa – Lufthansa CityLine Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) D-ACNM (msn 15253) MUC (Arnd Wolf). Image: 941038.
Lufthansa CityLine aircraft slide show: