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Lufthansa to fly to Ottawa, Canada

Lufthansa made this announcement:

Starting on May 16, 2020, Lufthansa for the first time will be including the Canadian capital Ottawa in its flight schedule from Frankfurt.  Ottawa is located in southeastern Canada and is a popular destination for both tourists and business travelers.

From Germany’s largest hub, Lufthansa will depart for the North American destination five times a week – on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. The flight LH472 will leave Frankfurt at 1.45 p.m. and arrive at its destination at 4.05 p.m. local time. The return flight LH473 will depart Ottawa at 5.50 p.m. and arrive in Frankfurt at 7.15 a.m. the next day. An Airbus A340-300 with a total of 279 seats on board will carry out the flight. The booking classes are Business Class, Premium Economy Class and Economy Class.

Ottawa will be the fourth Canadian city for Lufthansa to approach, in addition to Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver. Lufthansa flights from Munich to Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver complement the Canadian offer.

Photo: Ottawa Tourism.

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Lufthansa will continue to be an official partner of Germany’s football association DFB

Lufthansa's Fanhansa - Siegerflieger - "Winnersflyer"

Lufthansa has made this announcement:

Lufthansa is continuing its commitment to football and has extended its partnership with the German football association Deutscher Fußball-Bund (DFB) until 2022. Lufthansa therefore remains an official partner of DFB. As the “official airline”, Lufthansa flies the players, coaches, staff and delegation members of the DFB team to international matches and tournaments. “We are delighted to continue our long-standing and good partnership with DFB. For many years now, it has been a special honor for us to fly the German national team to their major tournaments around the world,” said Markus Binkert, CCO of the Lufthansa Hub Munich and Senior Vice President Marketing. So far, the highlight of the long-standing partnership has been the flight of the Lufthansa “Fanhansa Siegerflieger” returning the national team to Germany from Brazil with the World Cup trophy after their 2014 win.

The contract guarantees Lufthansa extensive rights and marketing services from DFB, especially in the years featuring the European Football Championship and the World Cup, among other things.

Lufthansa has been cooperating with DFB for many years now and also has long-standing partnerships with the German sports aid foundation Stiftung Deutsche Sporthilfe as well as the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB). The company is also a co-sponsor of Germany’s National Paralympic Committee (DBS).

On the financial side, Lufthansa Group issued this statement:

The Lufthansa Group enjoyed a continuing strong performance in its long-haul business in the first half of 2019, particularly on its key North American and Asian routes. On short-haul routes in Europe, the price war in Germany and Austria in particular had a negative impact on earnings.

“Our earnings are feeling the effects of tough competition in Europe and sizeable overcapacities, especially on our short-haul routes out of Germany and Austria,” says Ulrik Svensson, Chief Financial Officer of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. “We are responding to this by further reducing our costs and increasing our flexibility. And with the turnaround plan which we recently presented, we also intend to make Eurowings a sustainably profitable airline.”

In the second quarter, Group revenues rose by 4 percent to EUR 9.6 billion (prior-year period: EUR 9.3 billion). Adjusted EBIT amounted to EUR 754 million (prior-year period: EUR 1 billion). The adjusted EBIT margin for the second quarter was thus 7.8 percent (prior-year period: 10.8 percent). Fuel costs alone were EUR 255 million higher in the second quarter of 2019 than in the previous year.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Lufthansa): Lufthansa – Fanhansa Boeing 747-830 D-ABYI (msn 37833) (Fanhansa – Siegerflieger – “Winnersflyer”) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 926823.

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Lufthansa expands Airbus A380 fleet in Munich

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Starting in Summer 2020, Lufthansa will be taking off from Munich with two additional Airbus A380 aircraft. This will increase the Munich A380 fleet to a total of seven aircraft, with the remaining seven stationed in Frankfurt. Soon, Lufthansa passengers can experience the world’s largest commercial aircraft on five routes from Munich, including the addition of two new destinations served by the double decker. For the first time, Lufthansa will be operating the A380 to Boston and serving San Francisco with an A380 year-round. In addition to these routes, Los Angeles, Beijing and Shanghai are also on Munich’s A380 flight schedule for summer 2020.

Above Photo: Lufthansa.

“Since last March, the A380 has been operating very successfully from Munich. A few weeks ago, we welcomed the millionth A380 passenger on board in Munich. Our customers and our crews love the A380 experience. The flagship of our fleet is perfect for our 5-Star hub Munich. We will continue growing where quality and costs go hand in hand,” says Harry Hohmeister, Member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

Currently, Lufthansa operates the Airbus A380 from Munich to Los Angeles, Beijing and Hong Kong. In the upcoming 2019/2020 Winter Schedule, the giant Airbus will operate to San Francisco, Miami and Hong Kong (until December 2019) as well as Shanghai (as of January 2020).

Above photo: Lufthansa.

The Airbus A380 has been the flagship of Lufthansa since 2010, with a fleet of 14 aircraft.  As of summer 2020, seven will be stationed in Munich and seven in Frankfurt. The Airbus A380 is the world’s largest commercial aircraft – 24 meters high and almost 73 meters long. Thanks to a high proportion of composite materials, the A380 is 15 tons lighter and has a 50 percent lower noise level than comparable long-haul aircraft. Moreover, the A380 flies in and out of airports, at the same speed of an A320. All of these characteristics contribute to the reduction of aircraft noise in airport surrounding areas.

The A380 has 33 percent lower fuel consumption and correspondingly lower CO2 emissions than aircraft of the previous generation.

Top Copyright Photo: Lufthansa Airbus A380-841 D-AIMG (msn 069) MUC (Arnd Wolf). Image: 945768.

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Lufthansa to add two new destinations from Munich this winter

Lufthansa Airbus A319-114 D-AILF (msn 636) (Star Alliance) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 927603.

Lufthansa has made this announcement:

Lufthansa will be flying towards two new European destinations this winter. Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, will be offered from Munich for the first time, starting on November 4, 2019.

Newcastle in northeastern England will follow on February 3, 2020.

Both destinations will be served by an Airbus A319.

Tallinn (above), for example, features an impressive medieval old town: its historic center has been a UNESCO cultural heritage site since 1997. The capital of Estonia is considered one of the most beautiful medieval capitals of the Baltic and is the cultural center of the country. But Tallinn is also the economically strongest city in Estonia. Among other things, it is home to the largest banking sector in the Baltic states. Lufthansa will be flying to Estonia’s capital every Monday, Thursday and Saturday as of November 4.

Newcastle upon Tyne (above) is a significant industrial and transportation center in northeastern England. The city is also considered a stronghold of art and science. Newcastle is the ideal starting point for visits to a variety of national parks and for round trips through northern England. One special attraction is Alnwick Castle, which served as a location for a number of Harry Potter films. As of February 3, 2020, air travelers will be able to reach the English metropolis nonstop from Munich every day but Saturday.

Top Copyright Photo: Lufthansa Airbus A319-114 D-AILF (msn 636) (Star Alliance) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 927603.

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Lufthansa retires its first Airbus A320 – D-AIPA

Lufthansa made this announcement on social media:

An era has come to an end:

Our very first  Airbus A320 landed on May 29 for the last time at Frankfurt (FRA).

Since 1989 D-AIPA has been flying all over Europe. CEO Carsten Spohr thanked the crew and colleagues of Lufthansa Technik for their great commitment.

So long, Papa Alpha!

All photos by Lufthansa.

In other news, Lufthansa is also setting an example for Europe after the election: the standard livery of all Lufthansa aircraft will be changed. In addition to the German flag, the European flag will also be on display in future.

Lufthansa improves travel experience on short- and medium-haul routes

First A321neo, delivered on May 4, 2019

Lufthansa has made this announcement:

  • New, innovative seats make travelling even more comfortable
  • USB port, tablet holder and more personal space
  • First Airbus A321neo delivered with single cabin for all Network Airlines
  • Reduction of CO2 emissions through new engines

Lufthansa customers can now enjoy a completely new flight experience on short- and medium-haul routes.

The Group has now received its first Airbus A321neo in Frankfurt (top), which will be operated by Lufthansa. New on board: a new, improved seat for an even more comfortable travel experience, which is jointly introduced by the three Network Airlines, Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines.

The Italian manufacturer Geven clearly won the contract to produce the seat. The comfortable full-structure upholstery of the seat and the backrest ensure a noticeably pleasant sitting experience thanks to ergonomic pressure distribution. Thanks to the innovative slimming of the backrest, guests enjoy even more personal space. This is achieved by the newly developed horizontal arrangement of the literature bag above the table. In addition, travelling is not only more comfortable during the flight, but also during taxiing, take-off and landing: instead of the previous 12 degrees during these three phases, guests travel constantly comfortably with a 20 degree inclination of the backrest; business class guests can even adjust the backrest to 26 degrees during the cruise.

Each row of seats has its own USB ports in the current and future standard, which for the first time in the Lufthansa Group will also be available on short-haul flights. In future, Lufthansa Group passengers will also be able to set up their own tablets even more conveniently. A special column has been inserted into the table to facilitate the tablet holder.

“Many customer feedbacks have been incorporated into the design of the seat. We received a lot of positive feedback on the new features. We are therefore convinced that the new seat and the modern ambience of the cabin will further improve the travel comfort of our guests,” says Paul Estoppey, Head of Product Management Cabin Lufthansa Group Hub Airlines.

Uniform cabin for all Network Airlines

The first A321neo now flies for the first time with a cabin harmonized for all three Network Airlines. The three airline brands Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian remain clearly recognizable thanks to individual design elements. The standardization applies to all aircraft of the A320 family, which will be delivered to the three hub airlines from now on. The standardization focused on the large, cost-intensive components such as the cabin design and the galleys.

The Airbus A321neo is now configured and unified in such a way that aircraft can be adapted quickly and easily when transferred between Lufthansa Group airlines. This enables the Lufthansa Group to react faster and more flexibly to current developments and to move aircraft and capacities more easily and efficiently to another airline or to another hub. Costs for adjustments and lay times can be significantly reduced. In addition, the standardization will lead to further synergies in aircraft purchasing.

Reduction of CO2 emissions through new engines

In addition to benefits for customers, the reduction of weight and thus CO2 emissions as well as maintenance costs were the focus of development. The Lufthansa Group Airlines expect more than 100 brand-new Airbus A320neo family aircraft by 2025. The newly developed engine technologies from Pratt & Whitney and CFM International as well as the aerodynamic wingtips (sharklets) with which the aircraft are equipped will lead to a significant fuel reduction of up to 20 per cent per seat kilometer. An A320neo taking off has a 50 percent smaller noise contour than other aircraft of this type.

Top Copyright Photo: Lufthansa Airbus A321-271NX WL D-AIEA (msn 8761) FRA (Bernhard Ross). Image: 946595.

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Lufthansa to bid for Thomas Cook’s Condor Flugdienst

Condor Flugdienst-Thomas Cook Boeing 757-330 WL D-ABOL (msn 29021) AYT (Ton Jochems). Image: 946462.

Lufthansa is prepared to make an offer for Condor Flugdienst from the Thomas Cook Group according to Reuters. It will also offer an option to acquire the other Thomas Cook airlines.

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Top Copyright Photo: Condor Flugdienst-Thomas Cook Boeing 757-330 WL D-ABOL (msn 29021) AYT (Ton Jochems). Image: 946462.

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