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Airberlin sells Niki and LGW to Lufthansa

Niki-The Spirit of Niki (flyniki.com) Airbus A320-214 OE-LEX (msn 2867) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 922611.

Airberlin issued this statement on October 12, 2017:

Air Berlin PLC and Air Berlin PLC & Co. Luftverkehrs KG have reached an understanding with Deutsche Lufthansa AG on October 12, 2017 that entities of the Deutsche Lufthansa group will acquire certain business units from entities of the Air Berlin group, including in particular NIKI Luftfahrt GmbH as well as Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter mbH (LGW). The combined purchase price of approximately EUR 210 million will be subject to adjustments upon closing of the transaction.

The transaction is, amongst others, subject to regulatory approvals.

The negotiations with easyJet Airline Company Limited and other bidders, in each case in respect of different units of the Air Berlin group, are still continuing.

Lufthansa issued this statement:

After intense negotiations over the past few weeks, Deutsche Lufthansa AG and the Air Berlin Group have signed a contract on October 13, 2017 regarding the purchase of NIKI Luftfahrt GmbH (NIKI) and Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter mbH (LGW).

These two carriers are projected to increase the capacity of the operational fleet at Eurowings as follows:

LGW with 870 employees, as well as 17 Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 and 13 Airbus A320 aircraft
NIKI with 830 employees, as well as 20 Airbus A320 type aircraft

This means that the wet-lease operation that is currently still provided for Eurowings by Air Berlin Group will be taken over by Eurowings’ own operational fleet. Eurowings also plans to acquire additional aircraft on the market and hire 1,300 more employees.

Eurowings remains the fastest-growing airline in Europe

“Our strategic modernization initiatives have paid off. We have regained the capacity to invest and grow, in order to play an active role in the consolidation of the European airline market with Eurowings. As the fastest-growing airline in Europe, Eurowings can now expand the range of services it offers customers,” says Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

Eurowings expands its market position in Germany and Europe

The fleet marketed by Eurowings (program fleet) is projected to grow from 160 to 210 aircraft with the finalization of the transaction and purchase of additional aircraft, with 189 short- and medium-haul aircraft and 21 long-haul aircraft, making Eurowings the third-largest in European point-to-point traffic. The number of flight operations will grow to a total of eight, including the aircraft operated by TUIfly and Sun Express on a wet-lease basis. With its platform concept, Eurowings is oriented towards the integration of flight operations and is predestined to actively advance the consolidation of the European aviation market.

At the same time, the number of employees is expected to grow from currently around 7,000 to roughly 10,000. Eurowings has approximately 50 new short-haul and medium-haul connections planned for the summer of 2018 and – not related to the transaction with Air Berlin – additional long-haul connections in North Rhine-Westphalia, Berlin and Munich. The airline will be growing particularly strongly at these locations. Eurowings is anticipating a total of 80,000 additional flights and 12 million additional passengers per year. This would increase the point-to-point traffic sales volume of the Lufthansa Group by up to 40 percent. Eurowings is expanding its competitive position in the German and European market with this. It will be able to produce at competitive costs with the acquired capacity and generate positive profit contributions as soon as the integration is complete.

The finalization of the transaction is subject to approval by the relevant committees and the competition authorities. Lufthansa expects the transaction to be finalized by the end of the year.

Top Copyright Photo: Niki-The Spirit of Niki (flyniki.com) Airbus A320-214 OE-LEX (msn 2867) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 922611.

Bottom Copyright Photo: Airberlin (airberlin.com) (LGW) Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) D-ABQI (msn 4264) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 907142.

Airberlin (airberlin.com) (LGW) Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) D-ABQI (msn 4264) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 907142.

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Lufthansa wishes Munich Airport a Happy 25th Birthday

Lufthansa issued this statement:

“Happy Birthday!  25 Years Munich Airport.” This is the branded message a Lufthansa Airbus will be carrying throughout Europe. The plane can also be seen on Saturday, May 20 during Family Day – the airport’s big birthday celebration suitable for the whole family. The message will stay on the Airbus A320-214 with the registration D-AIUQ (msn 6947) until fall. “We have chosen this unusual birthday greeting because we are celebrating a shared 25-year success story. The growth of Lufthansa in Munich is closely connected with that of the airport. Such a close partnership is unique worldwide,” says Wilken Bormann, CEO of Hub Munich.

Shared history

The partnership between Lufthansa and Munich Airport goes back to the very beginning. On May 17, 1992 a Lufthansa Boeing 737 was the last aircraft to depart from the airport in Riem, shortly before 11:00 PM. The following morning, two Lufthansa planes, named “Erding” and “Freising”, landed at the same time on the south and north runways of Munich Airport. The first plane to takeoff at the new airport also bore the Lufthansa logo: on the next day, at 5:59 AM, a Boeing 747 took off on an Alpine scenic flight carrying honored guests.

The first steps in developing the future Lufthansa hub in Munich were taken as early as in1995 with the deployment of two long-haul Airbus A340 aircraft. Three years later, the Lufthansa management board approved the airline’s involvement in what would eventually become Terminal 2. For the first time, an airline and an airport were planning, financing, and building a terminal together. The terminal building opened in 2003, fully tailoring to the needs of transfer passengers. Terminal 2 laid the foundation for more rapid development at the Munich Hub. Just one year after opening, it hosted its ten millionth passenger. In 2010, the supervisory boards of Flughafen München GmbH (FMG) and Lufthansa approved an expansion in the form of a satellite building, which opened in April 2016. Since then, Terminal 2 has the capacity to handle 36 million passengers. Another milestone followed in February 2017 – as Lufthansa and Munich Airport welcomed the first A350. In the future, 15 of these most modern and environmentally friendly long-haul aircraft will be based at the Munich Lufthansa hub. Shortly afterwards, the next joint success followed: Munich Airport’s Terminal 2 was named the best terminal in the world at the London Skytrax Institute’s 2017 World Airport Awards.

Photo: Lufthansa.

Lufthansa welcomes its second Airbus A350-900

Second Airbus A350-900, delivered on February 24, 2017

On February 24, 2017 Lufthansa welcomed its second Airbus A350-900 to the Munich base. Flight LH 9921 from Toulouse landed at around 11:00 at Munich Airport. There was also a special welcome from the airport’s fire service who received the new Airbus with a ceremonial fountain of water (below). Captain Georg Obermaier carried out the transfer flight from the Airbus works in Toulouse and is full of enthusiasm for the newest member of the fleet.

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Photo Above: Lufthansa.

The airline continued;

The flight crew completed their first training flights from the northern runway at Munich Airport to Leipzig. After a short interim stop, the A350-900 continued on to Cologne where it is pictured, where it landed for the first time at around 15:00.

Second Airbus A350-900, delivered on February 24, 2017

The new aircraft has capacity to carry 293 passengers – 48 passengers in Business Class, 21 in Premium Economy Class and 224 in Economy Class. The A350-900 is currently the world’s most advanced and most environmentally-friendly long-haul aircraft. It uses 25 percent less kerosene, produces 25 percent fewer emissions and is significantly quieter on take-off than comparable types of aircraft.

On March 14, 2017, the second A350-900 will take off for Boston as its first flight in scheduled service.

Copyright Photos: Lufthansa Airbus A350-941 D-AIXB (msn 080) CGN (Rainer Bexten). Image: 937081.

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Lufthansa Group airlines to fly to 308 destinations in 103 countries this summer

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

The Group continued;

In the forthcoming 2017 summer flight timetable, the airlines will offer their customers precisely 23,476 flights each week around the world. This summer, the Lufthansa Group airlines will link 308 destinations in 103 countries via their 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 summer flight timetables for the individual Group airlines apply from Sunday, March 26, 2017 until Saturday, October 28, 2017.

The main news from the Lufthansa Group airlines:

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Lufthansa is adding new attractive tourist destinations to its European flight timetable for the forthcoming summer season 2017. Lufthansa flies its holiday passengers to the “best weeks of the year” with the service of a scheduled airline – whether it’s for a beach holiday, an expedition or a city break.

From the end of March 2017 for the first time, there will be three flights a week from Frankfurt to Santiago de Compostela (Spain). Bordeaux (France) is on Lufthansa’s flight plan from Frankfurt twice a week for wine fans and sun-seekers. Flights leave on Thursdays and Sundays for the metropolis on the Gironde, the economic, political and cultural capital of south-west France.

Lufthansa is offering flights to Shannon (Ireland) once a week from Frankfurt. Shannon is in County Clare, one of Ireland’s most popular holiday regions.

The program of summer destinations from Frankfurt is completed by Pula in Croatia and the Baltic resort of Heringsdorf.

Last but not least, fans of the flower island of Madeira will be happy, because Lufthansa is now offering flights to Funchal (Portugal) from Frankfurt all year round, not just in winter. And Frankfurt–Paderborn is now back in the Lufthansa flight plan, too.

Starting this summer, Lufthansa will be extending its route network from Munich to include two great new flight destinations. Beginning March 28, 2017, there will be flights six times a week from Munich to Nantes, located in the Pays de la Loire region of France. Additionally, at the beginning of the Easter holidays, on April 9, 2017, Lufthansa will, for the first time, offer flights from Bavaria‘s capital to Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain. From March 27, 2017 onwards, there will also be flights departing from Frankfurt every Monday, Thursday and Friday to the pilgrimage destination in Spain. This summer travelers will also have the chance to fly non-stop to Marrakech for the first time. There will be flights twice a week to the Moroccan royal city – popular with lovers of culture – departing every Friday and Sunday.

Aside from these new destinations, the summer flight schedule is also being expanded to include more flights to some already popular destinations. There will be more weekly flights to Malta, Cologne, Dublin, the Romanian city of Sibiu, Geneva, Graz and St. Petersburg.

The first Airbus A350-900 is delivered to Lufthansa

Copyright Photo: Lufthansa Airbus A350-941 D-AIXA (msn 074) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 936200.

North America fans starting from Munich will be happy too – both the Canadian city of Montreal and Denver in the USA will be featured daily in the future flight program. There is also something special coming for Lufthansa passengers traveling to Boston – from March 14, 2017 onwards, the new Lufthansa A350-900 will be flying to this city in Massachusetts. A third A350-900 service will start to Mumbai in the second half of April. This aircraft is currently the most advanced and most environmentally-friendly long haul aircraft in the world. If you don’t want to wait until then for this amazing new flight experience, starting February 10, 2017, you can fly with the Airbus A350-900 to New Delhi. Lufthansa will be operating daily flights to the Indian capital throughout the summer.

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Austrian Airlines

Austrian Airlines is adding another long-haul destination in North America to its 2017 summer flight timetable. From April 10, 2017, there will be up to six flights a week with a Boeing 777-200 to the biggest city in California, Los Angeles (USA). Austrian Airlines will offer a total of up to 44 weekly non-stop flights to North America in the 2017 summer flight plan. They include up to five flights a week to Miami, up to six a week to Los Angeles and Toronto, and up to seven connections a week to Washington and Chicago. Austrian will continue to offer a total of 13 flights a week to Newark and JFK in New York. The airline will be adding a second long-haul destination to its portfolio in 2017. From October 25, 2017, there will be a nonstop flight every Wednesday from Vienna to the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. Austrian Airlines will offer its passengers a wide range of up to 130 destinations in total in its 2017 summer flight timetable.

Brussels Airlines

Brussels Airlines is welcoming five new destinations this summer. From March 30, the Belgian airline in the Lufthansa Group will connect Brussels Airport five times a week with Mumbai (India). Several tourist destinations will be added to the short- and medium-haul route network at Brussels Airlines. Funchal (Portugal), Comiso (Italy), Rhodes (Greece) and Palma de Mallorca (Spain) will feature in the Brussels Airlines flight plan for the first time. As well as introducing new destinations, the Belgian airline is also increasing the number of flights on existing routes. Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Accra (Ghana), Lisbon, Porto (both Portugal), Alicante (Spain), Bordeaux (France), Billund (Denmark), Warsaw (Poland) and Athens (Greece) will have more frequent connections to Brussels Airport, the Brussels Airlines hub.

Eurowings

Eurowings will continue to expand its long-haul program from Cologne/Bonn in the forthcoming 2017 summer flight timetable. From June, passengers can fly twice a week to Las Vegas (USA). Windhoek (Namibia) is the first route to Africa to feature in the flight timetable. Another new destination from Cologne is the iconic German island of Sylt. It will be served with three flights a week, with one flight a week to the Greek island of Karpathos. Then there are the eastern European cities of Pula (Croatia) and Cracow (Poland), with two and six flights a week respectively from Düsseldorf.

For passengers who don’t want to fly far for their sun and sand, Eurowings is flying three times a week to Ibiza (Spain) and once a week to Cagliari (Sardinia) from Hanover this summer. Our passengers also have the opportunity to fly to Faro, on the Portuguese Algarve, twice a week.

Passengers can also fly from Berlin Tegel to Faro (Portugal) every Sunday and to the Greek island of Mykonos once a week.

There are also two new connections for Eurowings passengers from Stuttgart. They can fly three times a week to Pisa (Italy) and once a week to Cyprus.

Eurowings is also adding four new routes from Vienna to its summer flight timetable. There are two flights a week to Kavala in the Macedonia region of Greece and one to Lamezia Terme in Calabria. Zadar in northern Dalmatia will be served with three flights a week, with two flights a week to Santorini (Greece).

Two Airbus A320s are initially to be stationed at the new Eurowings base in Palma de Mallorca from the end of May 2017. In the summer, they will fly from Mallorca to Paderborn/Lippstadt, Münster/Osnabrück and Saarbrücken, as well as to Basel in Switzerland.

Eurowings is offering a total of 32 new routes from Munich for the first time, starting in the summer. They include six connections a week from Munich to Paris, London and Amsterdam, along with three to Naples and two to Mykonos.

"Landing at the Zurich Base"

Copyright Photo: Swiss International Air Lines Boeing 777-3DE ER HB-JNB (msn 44583) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 933436.

Swiss International Air Lines

Swiss International Air Lines will expand its capacity from Zurich and Geneva in the forthcoming summer flight timetable. From April 22, 2017, Swiss will operate new daily services from Zurich to San Francisco (USA) with the Boeing 777-300ER. Between June and October 2017, the Boeing 777-300ER will also be in service on six of the 12 weekly connections to Chicago. Swiss will add five new seasonal destinations to its summer flight plan: Bergen, Cork, Figari, Niš and Sylt. Introducing additional Bombardier CSeries aircraft in Zurich and Geneva will enable Swiss to offer its passengers even greater comfort on European routes.

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Edelweiss

Edelweiss, the sister airline of Swiss, will begin services to the Greek island of Zakynthos in the summer season.

Top Image: Lufthansa Group.

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The new, old “Aunt Ju” will be ready for take-off again very soon

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Lufthansa issued this statement and photo:

The Ju 52 of Deutsche Lufthansa Berlin Stiftung (DLBS) will be heading into the new flight season in early May, fitter than ever. The comprehensive overhaul of the vintage airplane, built in 1936, at Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg is now “on the home stretch”.

Just in time for the 81st birthday of the D-AQUI on April 6, 2017 – the date on which this airplane, assembled at the Junkers plant in Dessau, was delivered to the erstwhile Lufthansa exactly 81 years ago. An official rollout in Hamburg is planned for this day, and will be attended by the political who’s-who of the Free and Hanseatic City. After all, in late summer 2015, it was Hamburg’s department of culture that awarded the title of “movable monument” to “Aunt Ju”, the world’s first commercial passenger aircraft to receive this honour.

And soon afterwards the Ju 52 team got quite a shock: due to a fracture in a central stringer, the flight season had to be cut short for safety reasons. And during the extensive repair work, fatigue was also detected in other structural elements – in particular the lower spars of the wings. With heavy hearts, the DLBS Board of Directors and the team of specialists working with Technical Director Matthias Panten decided to cancel the 2016 anniversary flight season entirely and invest in a one-time comprehensive overhaul instead of dealing with necessary repairs one by one. Hundreds of individual parts had to be manufactured and fitted to the millimetre during the repairs – according to written reference material from the 1940s. Among other things, “Aunt Ju” was fitted with entirely new planking for the underside of the wing, using roughly 70 lengths of aluminium and 22,000 rivets. By the time the Ju 52 is “completely healed” and ready to fly to Holland for paint work, the comprehensive overhaul will have taken up far more than 20,000 hours of work, and the overhaul of the wings alone will have cost over a million euros, instead of the originally projected 900,000 to 400,000 – although some of those funds have been provided by public funding for the preservation of historical monuments. But then again, those terribly long one and a half years in the Hamburg repair facility have been a real fountain of youth for the “grande dame of the skies” and Matthias Panten is confident: “She now has the potential to make it to her 100th birthday!”

Just how much the many Ju fans have been longing for the “old auntie” to take to the air again is reflected in the ticket sales at DLBS: 75 percent of the round-trip and ferry flights of the Ju 52 scheduled throughout Germany from May to October are already booked solid.

Photo: Lufthansa.

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Lufthansa’s last Boeing 737-300 makes it to Sanford, Florida

Lufthansa Boeing 737-330 D-ABEC (msn 25149) NUE (Gunter Mayer). Image: 936542.

As previously reported, on October 31, 2016 Lufthansa issued this statement:

On October 31, 2016 Lufthansa said goodbye to its Boeing 737 fleet after 48 years. This marks the end of an era for Lufthansa, spanning almost 50 years.

A Boeing 737-300, with registration D-ABEC (named “Karlsruhe”) (above), flew from Frankfurt to Hamburg on the morning on October 31, 2016 on special flight LH9922, where Lufthansa’s Boeing 737 fleet is to be officially bid farewell during a joint event with Lufthansa Technik. After a special ceremony, Captain and Fleet Commander Ulrich Pade and his crew flew back to Frankfurt, with a group of media representatives as well as a number of employees on board; the flight was scheduled to land at 5.10 pm local time.

Over the decades, Lufthansa has had a total of 148 Boeing 737 of almost all generations. At the beginning of the 1960s, the then Chief Executive Officer of Lufthansa Technik, Professor Gerhard Höltje, pushed the project forward and supported the joint development of a short and medium-haul jet with Boeing. The cabin design and the positioning of the engines under the aircraft’s wings were based on the long-haul aircraft of the time.

As an update, the last Lufthansa Boeing 737-300, the pictured 737-330 D-ABEC (msn 25149), made its long journey across the Atlantic Ocean from Frankfurt to Sanford, Florida via Keflavik and Bangor. D-ABEC arrived at Sanford on January 11, 2017.

THere is the transatlantic journey as flight LH9924 according the Flightradar 24:

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Copyright Photo: Lufthansa Boeing 737-330 D-ABEC (msn 25149) NUE (Gunter Mayer). Image: 936542.

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Lufthansa takes delivery of its first Airbus A350-900

The first Airbus A350-900 is delivered to Lufthansa

Lufthansa has taken delivery of its first A350 XWB, the pictured A350-941 D-AIXA (msn 074). The new type is pictured arriving back at Toulouse on December 21, 2016 after a training flight.

The aircraft is the first of 25 A350-900s that Lufthansa has on order. Lufthansa will deploy their first A350s on long-haul routes from Munich to Delhi and Munich to Boston.

Powered by Rolls-Royce engines, Lufthansa’s A350 XWB will feature a comfortable three-class cabin layout with 48 seats in Business, 21 seats in Premium Economy and 224 seats in Economy. The A350 XWB is equipped with Lufthansa’s latest cabin products including new seats, an all-new inflight entertainment experience and, for the first time, inflight connectivity, offering new levels of comfort and convenience to Lufthansa’s passengers in all classes.

Lufthansa made this announcement on December 21, 2016:

It is one of the most important events for the year for the Lufthansa Group: The first Lufthansa Airbus A350-900 landed at its home airport of Munich airport on December 21, 2016. With a total of ten aircraft, Lufthansa stations the world’s most modern long-haul fleet at the Munich hub.

Captain Martin Hoell flew the A350-900 “home”, and is thrilled: “The A350-900 is the most modern plane with the most up-to-date technical features a commercial pilot can fly.”

For the cabin crew who brought the A350-900 to Munich, the event is also “a milestone that makes us very proud”, says flight attendant Annika Wittmann.

Flight LH 9921 from Toulouse landed on the southern runway, and was greeted by the fire brigade spraying arches of water as a welcome. There was a Lufthansa Christmas angel on board, Lufthansa employee Anja Oskoui, who had a special something in her suitcase: She gave a 10,000 euro cheque to a Munich orphanage from help alliance, Lufthansa’s non-profit employee organization.

The help alliance organization has been around for more than 17 years. It is committed to ensuring that more people on our planet can decide for themselves how to live their lives. The result of the 13 Lufthansa-founded associations: More than 140 successfully supported aid projects, more than ten million euros in donations – in addition to emergency aid provided in the event of various natural disasters.

Copyright Photo: Lufthansa Airbus A350-941 D-AIXA (msn 074) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 936200.

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