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Lufthansa Group presents new seats for its Airbus A320 Family aircraft

  • Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian Airlines introduce standarized seats for the first time across airlines
  • Innovative slim backrest and full foam seat cushions ensure a comfortable travel experience 
  • Italian manufacturer Geven to supply seats for all Airbus A320 Family aircraft to be delivered starting in 2019

Lufthansa version:

With the start of the planned Airbus A320 Family aircraft deliveries starting in 2019, Lufthansa Group customers will be offered new seats on short- and medium-haul routes.

The new, ergonomic pressure distribution and fully-structured seat upholstery will allow customers to have an ever more comfortable feeling on board. The newly, innovated literature pocket has been horizontally designed, leaving a slimmer backrest, which allows guests to enjoy more personal freedom. In addition, travel becomes more comfortable not only during the flight, but also while the aircraft is taxiing, during take-off and landing: Previously, guests were seated at a 12 degree inclination during the three phases mentioned above, whereas now they will be able to rest comfortably with their backrest at 20 degrees during the whole flight. Business Class guests can also set the backrest to 26 degrees during cruising altitude. Paul Estoppey, Head of Product Cabin Lufthansa Group Hub Airlines says: “A lot of customer feedback went into designing the seat and we are pleased to have already received a lot of positive feedback on the implemented features over the course of the project.”

Swiss version:

For the first time, the network airlines Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian Airlines are jointly introducing standardized seats for a harmonised, comfortable travel experience.  In addition to the advantages for customers, the focus of development was also aimed at reducing weight and maintenance costs.  After several preliminary talks, customer tests and quality audits, the Italian manufacturer Geven clearly won the contract for the production of the seats.

Austrian version:

“Geven has an excellent reputation in the industry, which we can fully confirm,” Estoppey emphasizes. “The cooperation has been excellent from day one and we, as the Lufthansa Group, have always benefited from Geven’s great expertise and creative support for the further development of the seat.”

Lufthansa Group Airlines standardize A320 fleet

The Airbus A320 of the Lufthansa Group is to be configured and standardized moving forward in such a way that aircraft can be converted with little effort within a short time should the aircraft be transferred between the airlines of the Lufthansa Group. This will enable the Lufthansa Group to react more quickly and flexibly to current developments and easily and efficiently move around aircraft and capacity across the airlines and hubs of the Group. Costs for conversion and downtime can also be significantly reduced. In addition, the standardization will result in further synergies in the procurement of aircraft and components. The airline brands are protected by a different brand image.

Lufthansa Airbus A320-214 WL D-AIZY (msn 5769) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 941880.

Above Copyright Photo (all others by Lufthansa): Lufthansa Airbus A320-214 WL D-AIZY (msn 5769) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 941880.

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Lufthansa increases sleeping comfort in Business Class

Dream Collection

 

Lufthansa made this announcement:

From now on, Lufthansa Business Class passengers on long-haul flights to and from South Africa, Latin and South America and the West Coast of the USA can enjoy an even more relaxed night’s sleep. The Lufthansa Dream Collection makes it possible! In addition to a new pillowcase and a large, warm blanket, a comfortable mattress topper makes for beautiful dreams. In addition, our passengers can make themselves comfortable on night flights with the new sleep shirt from Van Laack.

The soft and padded mattress topper was developed especially for Lufthansa in cooperation with the renowned German bed manufacturer “Paradies”. While the upper side is made of 100 percent cotton, the underside is made of non-slip terry cloth. This enables an ideal air exchange, which prevents strong heat accumulation. A similarly soft filling is provided by the new blanket and pillow, which provide pleasant warmth and comfort. Both the blanket and the pillowcase are designed in Lufthansa’s new brand design. Since Lufthansa is also setting standards in terms of environmental friendliness, the plastic packaging of the blanket was replaced by a paper banderole.

The increase in sleeping comfort in Business Class is symbolic of Lufthansa’s premium standard. Last December, the airline was the first western airline to receive the five-star seal from Skytrax, the British management consultancy specialized in aviation.

The Dream Collection will be successively introduced on all other long-haul flights. From June the Dream Collection from Germany will also be available on selected Asian flights. The other long-haul flights will receive the new blankets and pillowcases from autumn 2018.

Photos: Lufthansa.

Lufthansa Group airlines welcomed around 12.2 million passengers on board in April 2018

Lufthansa's first 747-400 in the new revised  livery - "optimised blue"

In April 2018, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group welcomed around 12.2 million passengers. This shows an increase of 9.1% compared to the previous year’s month, although last year’s German Easter holidays fell in April. The available seat kilometers were up 7.4% over the previous year, at the same time, sales increased by six percent. The seat load factor decreased by 1.1 percentage points compared to April 2017 to 81.2%. In the first four months of 2018, the Group continues to record levels of capacity, capacity utilization and passenger numbers.

The currency-adjusted sales environment developed positively in April compared to the previous year.

Cargo capacity increased 6.9% year-on-year, while cargo sales were up 3.4% in revenue tonne-kilometer terms. As a result, the Cargo load factor showed a corresponding reduction, decreasing 2.3 percentage points in the month to 67.2%.

Above Copyright Photo: Lufthansa tweets the shade of blue for the new livery. Lufthansa Boeing 747-430 D-ABVM (msn 29101) DUB (Greenwing). Image: 941854.

Network Airlines
The Network Airlines Lufthansa German Airlines, Swiss and Austrian Airlines carried 8.9 million passengers in April, 6.1% more than in the prior-year period. Compared to the previous year, the available seat kilometers increased by 5.4% in April. The sales volume was up 3.8% over the same period, decreasing seat load factor by 1.2 percentage points to 81.2%.

Lufthansa German Airlines transported 5.9 million passengers in April, a 4.7% increase compared to the same month last year. A 3.8% increase in seat kilometers in April corresponds to a 1.7% increase in sales. Furthermore, the seat load factor was 80.7%, therefore 1.7 percentage points below the prior-year’s level.

Germanwings' 2016 "Borussia Dortmund Mannschaftsairbus" (Team Airbus) logo jet

Above Copyright Photo: Eurowings Airbus A320-214 WL D-AIZR (msn 5525) (BVB 09 – Mannschaftsairbus) LHR (SPA). Image: 941520.

Eurowings Group
The Eurowings Group with the airlines Eurowings (including Germanwings) and Brussels Airlines carried around 3.3 million passengers in April. Among this total, three million passengers were on short-haul flights and 250,000 flew long-haul. This amounts to an increase of 18.3% in comparison to the previous year. April capacity was 17.9% above its prior-year level, while its sales volume was up 17.0%, resulting in a decreased seat load factor by 0.7 percentage points of 81.2%.

On short-haul services the Airlines raised capacity 20.9% and increased sales volume by 20.3%, resulting in a 0.4 percentage points decrease in seat load factor of 80.3%, compared to April 2017. The seat load factor for the long-haul services decreased by 0.9 percentage points to 83.2% during the same period, following a 12.0% increase in capacity and a 10.8% rise in sales volume, compared to the previous year.

Lufthansa Group to offer 85 additional flights to Russia for the World Cup

  • Increase in daily flights to Moscow: departing up to six times a day from Frankfurt and up to four daily departures from Munich 
  • Additional daily flight between Frankfurt and Moscow, from 1 June until 31 July served with Airbus A330
  • Lufthansa to fly the German national team to the World Cup on June 12

The Lufthansa Group is offering 85 additional flights to Russia on occasion of the 2018 World Cup. This means that football fans have up to 18,000 additional seats than usual to travel to the tournament and support their teams.

Lufthansa will be increasing its offering to Moscow (Domodedovo), namely flights from Frankfurt will be increased from four to up to six times a day, and from Munich from two daily flights to up to four flights a day.

Starting June 1 until July 31, an Airbus A330, with flight numbers LH1440 and LH1441 will be operating between Frankfurt and Moscow once a day, except on Fridays. Depending on the aircraft configuration, passengers will have up to 255 seats to choose from, including 42 Business Class seats for more comfort.  Furthermore, passengers will have a great in-flight entertainment program to choose from: more than 160 feature films, over 250 TV options, more than 200 music albums and highlights from the world of football to get in the mood for the tournament. During the flight you can even watch live World Cup matches broadcasted via the Live TV Channels on your in-seat screen and via your personal electronic device (via FlyNet connection).

As a partner of the German Football Association (DFB), Lufthansa will by flying the German national team from Frankfurt to Moscow Vnukovo Airport on 12 June.

Photo: Lufthansa.

Lufthansa cancels more than 800 flights today due to Verdi strike

Lufthansa Boeing 747-830 D-ABYA (msn 37827) FRA (Marcelo F. De Bisi). Image: 940915.

The Verdi trade union called for a strike at Frankfurt, Munich, Cologne and Bremen airports on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. The ground handling services, the support services and also part of the airport fire brigade will be on strike between 5:00h and 18:00h. Due to this Verdi strike, Lufthansa is canceling 800 out of the 1,600 scheduled flights, including 58 long-haul flights on April 10. The cancellations will affect about 90,000 passengers. Flight operations are scheduled to resume normal services on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

On inner-German routes, passengers can use the train, regardless of whether their flight has been cancelled. To do so, passengers can convert their ticket into a Deutsche Bahn ticket at “My Bookings” on Lufthansa.com. It is not necessary to travel to the airport.

The airline continued;

Lufthansa cannot comprehend Verdi’s threat to carry out such a massive strike. “It is completely unacceptable for the union to impose this conflict on uninvolved passengers. Lufthansa is not a part of this collective bargaining conflict, but unfortunately our customers and our company are being affected by the consequences of this dispute,” says Bettina Volkens, Member of the Executive Board for Human Resources and Legal Affairs of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

The nature and extent of the widespread and full-day strike is inappropriate and unreasonable at this time. Strikes must be the last resort in a wage dispute. “Politicians and legislators must define clear rules for strikes and industrial actions,” demands Volkens. “We regret that the travel plans of so many customers are being affected by this Verdi strike and we are working on minimizing the impact as much as possible”.

Copyright Photo: Lufthansa Boeing 747-830 D-ABYA (msn 37827) FRA (Marcelo F. De Bisi). Image: 940915.

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Photo of the Day: The first Lufthansa Airbus A350 in the new livery

"Dortmund", the first Lufthansa A350 in the new livery

Airbus has now rolled out of the paint shop at Toulouse the first Airbus A350-900 for Lufthansa painted in the 2018 livery.

The new airliner will become D-AIXI on delivery and is named “Dortmund”.

Copyright Photo: Lufthansa Airbus A350-941 F-WZGO (D-AIXI) (msn 202) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 941378.

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Lufthansa launches the first Airbus A380 from the Munich hub

First flight from MUC, flight LH452 to LAX on March 25, 2018

Lufthansa Airbus A380 on Sunday, March 25 operated for the first time, a take off from Munich on a regular passenger flight (above). Its destination was the City of Angels, Los Angeles.

Flight LH 452 took off for California at 12.00 noon.

Lufthansa chief pilot Raimund Müller welcomed nearly 509 passengers on board the “Munich”, as the A380 has been named – that’s how many seats the largest passenger aircraft in the world has. Among other things, 890 main courses, 530 cushions and 41 liters of tomato juice will also be loaded onto the aircraft for the passengers.

Not long afterwards, in the early evening, the second A380 flight will follow on: LH 722 took off at 7.15 pm, heading for Peking, and at 10.25 pm, the third A380 took off for Hong Kong, bearing flight number LH 730. All A380 flight connections will be offered daily from Munich.

The Airbus A380 has been Lufthansa’s flagship aircraft since 2010. Currently the fleet comprises 14 aircraft, five of which are to be stationed in Munich as of March 25.

When it comes to being environmentally friendly, the A380 stands out from the crowd with a specific fuel consumption of around three liters per passenger per 100 kilometers and a quiet Trent 900 engine made by Rolls Royce which has a very low level of noise emission.

Copyright Photo: Lufthansa Airbus A380-841 D-AIMB (msn 041) MUC (Arnd Wolf). Image: 941341.

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