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Lufthansa Group welcomes more than 145 million passengers on board in 2019

Lufthansa Group made this announcement:

In 2019, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group carried a total of 145 million passengers on board. This represents an increase of 2.3 percent compared to the previous year. With around 1.2 million flights the seat load factor amounted 82.5 percent. This represents an increase of 1.0 percentage points. Both figures thus exceed the record figures of the previous year.

The network airlines recorded an increase in the number of passengers in 2019, in particular at the hubs in Zurich (+5.7%), Vienna (+5.1%) and Munich (+2.5%). The number of passengers at the Frankfurt hub grew by 0.4 percent in 2019.

In December, the freight capacity was 0.3 percent higher than in the previous year and the tonne-kilometres sold declined by 3.6 percent. This results in a payload factor of 63.9 per cent, which is 2.6 percentage points lower. In 2019, total freight capacity was 6.3 percent higher than in the previous year. At the same time, sales decreased by 2.1 percent in this period. At 61.4 percent, the load factor was 5.3 percentage points lower than in the previous year.

In December 2019, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group welcomed around 10 million passengers on board their aircraft. This corresponds to a decrease of 0.3 per cent over the same month last year. The number of seat kilometres offered was 0.3 percent up on the previous year, while sales increased by 3.3 per cent. This results in a seat load factor of 81.0 percent, 2.4 percentage points higher than in December 2018.

Network Airlines

The network airlines Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines carried a total of some 7.5 million passengers in December, 2.5 per cent more than in the same month last year. The number of seat-kilometres offered in December was 2.9 percent up on the same month last year. Sales in seat kilometres rose by 6.3 percent in the same period. The seat load factor increased by 2.6 percentage points to 81.3 percent.

The number of passengers in December rose by 4.9% at the Zurich hub, by 4.4% in Vienna and by 2.0% in Munich. In Frankfurt, the number of passengers declined by 1.3% in the same period.

In total, the network airlines carried around 107 million passengers last year, 3.2 percent more than in the same period last year. The seat load factor for network airlines rose by 1.0 percentage points to 82.5 percent during this period.


In point-to-point traffic, the Lufthansa Group carried 2.4 million passengers with the airlines Eurowings (including Germanwings) and Brussels Airlines in December, of which around 2.2 million on short-haul flights and 258,000 on long-haul flights.

This represents a decrease of 7.9 percent over the previous year. The 11.3 percent decrease in the number of flights on offer in December was offset by a 10.1 per cent decrease in sales. At 79.1 percent, the seat load factor was 1.0 percentage points higher than in the same month last year.

On short-haul routes, the number of seat-kilometres offered was decreased by 9.6 percent in December, while the number of seat-kilometres sold decreased by 5.7 percent over the same period. At 77.5 percent, the seat load factor was 3.2 percentage points higher than in the same month last year. On long-haul routes, the seat load factor decreased by 1.8 percentage points to 83.1 percent over the same period. The 13.5 percent decrease in capacity was offset by a 15.4 percent decrease in sales.

In 2019, the Eurowings Group carried a total of around 28.1 million passengers, 1.4  percent less than in the previous year. At 82.6 percent, the seat load factor during this period was 1.2 percentage points higher than in the previous year.

In other news, Lufthansa announced:

The Airbus A320neo, the latest generation short- and medium-haul aircraft, is now operating from Munich. Since the turn of the year, four A320neo aircraft have been in service at the Munich hub. A brand-new Airbus will arrive in Munich at the end of January, and another will follow in February. The plan is for the Munich A320neo fleet to grow to nine aircraft by the end of 2020.

Lufthansa launches Airbus A380 service from Munich to Shanghai

Lufthansa is now operating the Airbus A380 on the Munich – Shanghai route.

Photos: Lufthansa.

Lufthansa to restore the Munich – São Paulo route

Lufthansa mad this announcement:

São Paulo
  • Reintroduction of the Munich–São Paulo direct connection with the Airbus A350-900
  • Lufthansa Group offers 17 flights from Europe to São Paulo per week

Off to Latin America: Lufthansa continues to expand its offer from Munich. From now on, the airline is including the connection to São Paulo in its Munich flight schedule again. Three weekly connections with the Airbus A350-900 to the largest city in Brazil are planned. Flight number LH504 takes off in Munich on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 10:30 p.m. and arrives in São Paulo at 6:55 a.m. the following day. The return flight leaves the Brazilian metropolis at 6 p.m. local time and arrives in Munich at 9:35 the next morning. Lufthansa Group now offers a total of 17 weekly connections from Europe to São Paulo. “We are pleased to connect São Paulo with our premium hub in Munich again. For the first time ever, Lufthansa is using the Airbus A350-900 on flights to South America – the most modern and environmentally friendly long-haul aircraft in the world,” says Markus Binkert, CCO Hub Munich & Senior Vice President Marketing.

São Paulo is the most important economic, financial and cultural center of Brazil and the largest industrial conurbation in Latin America. 21 million people live in the Grande São Paulo metropolitan area, making São Paulo one of the largest cities in the world.

Airbus A350-900: the world’s most sustainable long-haul aircraft

Lufthansa is serving the new destination with an Airbus A350-900, the world’s most modern and sustainable long-haul aircraft. Its kerosene consumption averages 2.9 liters per passenger per 100 kilometers of flight, which is 25 percent less than comparable aircraft types. As a result, the A350-900 produces a quarter less greenhouse gas. The Rolls-Royce XWB engines are among the most efficient engines for large passenger aircraft currently in operation. Together with the weight savings, they result in a noise footprint reduction of 50 percent. At the same time, a modern fleet also means a significant increase in comfort for passengers. The cabin of the A350-900 has received several awards: the Economy Class received the German Design Award in 2018, and the cabin lighting received a special award at “Deutscher Lichtdesign-Preis”, the German lighting design awards. With the introduction of the Lufthansa A350-900, it is possible for the first time to provide biorhythm support with the right light at the right time.  And another special feature of the A350-900: due to the special structural design, cabin pressure remains comfortable during cruising, so that passengers arrive better rested.

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Lufthansa to add two new destinations in Greece for summer 2020

Lufthansa has made this announcement:

  • Zakynthos new from Munich
  • Rhodes now from Frankfurt
Sun, beach and sea: Greece remains a popular trend destination for many holidaymakers. And from summer 2020, Lufthansa will be offering two further ways for spending the holidays in the eastern Mediterranean: With Zakynthos from Munich and Rhodes from Frankfurt, two attractive new islands will be added. In summer 2020, Lufthansa will thus be offering all sun-hungry passengers up to 14 weekly connections to five Greek islands in addition to flights to Athens and Thessaloniki. More than ever before.
New from Munich in detail
Zakynthos is the name of the new destination from Munich, which will be on the flight schedule for the first time from April 4, 2020. Lufthansa flies to the island in western Greece every Saturday with an Airbus A321. LH1762 takes off from Munich at 14:45 h and lands in Zakynthos at 18:00 h. The return flight LH1763 brings the holidaymakers back to Munich at 19:00 h. The landing at 20:25 h is ideal for connecting flights at home and abroad. A further weekly connection to Zakynthos will be added from June 3, 2020. An Airbus A320 will then take off every Wednesday at 15:45 h for Greece.
New from Frankfurt in detail
Also from 4 April, Lufthansa will be flying once a week from Frankfurt to Rhodes in south-eastern Greece. Every Saturday, a Lufthansa Airbus A320 with the flight number LH1258 takes off for Greece at 1 p.m. each day. The landing in Rhodes is scheduled for 17:10 h. LH1259 return flight will take off at 18:10 h, the landing in Frankfurt is planned for 20:30 h. From June 6 to September 15, 2020, another weekly service will be added. Rhodes will then be available every Tuesday. Departure is at 12:10 h.

Lufthansa names its first Airbus A321neo as “Aachen”

Lufthansa made this announcement:

The name of Lufthansa’s first Airbus A321neo is “Aachen”. Armin Laschet, Minister-President of the German federal state North Rhine-Westphalia and a native of Aachen, signed the naming certificate of the Airbus A321neo at Düsseldorf’s airport together with Carsten Spohr, CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

The state-of-the-art successor to the Airbus A321, the A321neo, uses up to 20 percent less fuel, is much quieter and emits significantly less CO2 than the previous model. By the year 2025, forty A321neo-model aircraft will have been delivered to the Lufthansa Group. Overall, the company will be welcoming a new airplane every two weeks on average for the next ten years.

“The Lufthansa Group invests almost three billion euros per year into new, fuel-efficient aircraft. That is the most powerful tool we currently have to make flying as climate-friendly as possible,” says Carsten Spohr, adding that the prerequisite for these enormous investments is that Germany remains internationally competitive: “Policy-makers have to create a framework that allows investments into the future and strengthens the country’s position as an air traffic location.”

The “Aachen” will be a flying ambassador for the city and its federal state. North Rhine-Westphalia, where the group employs around 5000 people, is an important location for Lufthansa. From the airports in Düsseldorf, Cologne/Bonn, Paderborn-Lippstadt and Münster/Osnabrück, the Lufthansa Group airlines connect the economic powerhouse of North Rhine-Westphalia with the whole world. Düsseldorf, with its densely populated and economically strong catchment area, is an important long-haul and short-haul airport for Lufthansa Group.

“This aircraft will carry the name “Aachen” to many cities throughout Europe. This will also make it an ambassador for the European idea embodied by Aachen and North Rhine-Westphalia,” said Minister-President Laschet. “At the same time, giving the aircraft the name ‘Aachen’ also pays tribute to a city that is above all the distinguished home of RWTH Aachen University and many research institutions and companies with innovative drive and a pioneering spirit in all areas of future-oriented mobility. As the state government, we also want to harness this pioneering spirit for the aviation sector and are therefore supporting the expansion of the airfield in Aachen-Merzbrück to a research airport where alternatives for low-noise flight can be tested along with the environmentally-friendly propulsion technologies of the future. Our aim is to make flying more sustainable with new technology, further strengthening the competitive position of the aviation sector in North Rhine-Westphalia.”

Lufthansa to fly Ljubljiana

Lufthansa made this announcement:

From its hub in Frankfurt, Lufthansa will operate twice a day offering 14 weekly connections to Ljubljana starting in the winter schedule on October 27, 2019.

The Lufthansa hub in Munich will follow by offering daily connections beginning on November 1, 2019.

Lufthansa prepares for Oktoberfest with flights featuring the biggest ‘Trachten’ crew of all time

Lufthansa has made this announcement:

  • Cabin crews in folk costume on A380 flights from Munich to Beijing and Los Angeles 
  • Leberkäs’, pretzels and Weißwurst: Oktoberfest comes to the Lufthansa lounges

Just in time for the Oktoberfest in Munich, Lufthansa’s Trachten- crew is getting ready for takeoff. This year, the world’s largest crew in folk costume will take off in Lufthansa’s flagship Airbus A380 for the first time. A total of 21 Lufthansa flight attendants will be trading their uniforms for traditional Bavarian garb. The first Lufthansa ‘Trachten’ flight will take off from Munich on 23 September and head to Beijing while the flight on 3 October will be from Munich to Los Angeles. In addition to this, crews on a selection of European routes will also be taking off in traditional costume.

Lufthansa employees in traditional Bavarian clothing

The traditional costumes worn by Lufthansa’s long-haul crew were designed and tailored by Angermaier, a Munich-based specialist for traditional Bavarian clothing. The dirndls of the female flight attendants are dark blue with silver-gray aprons, while the men will be wearing short lederhosen with dark blue vests made of the same material as the dirndls. As in previous years, Lufthansa passengers can also experience the ‘Trachten’ flights on a selection of European routes from Munich. In September and October, a Lufthansa CityLine crew will be exchanging their uniforms for dirndls. Their flight destinations are Amsterdam, Lyon, Gdansk, Milan, Sofia, Brussels, Ancona, Belgrade, Warsaw, Cologne and Münster.

For Lufthansa’s passenger support staff in Munich’s Terminal 2, it has been a tradition for years now to welcome passengers in traditional costume during the Oktoberfest. In addition to the Lufthansa uniform, ladies may also wear dirndls and the gentlemen may wear traditional Trachten suits.

Oktoberfest in the Lufthansa lounges

Munich’s Lufthansa lounges are also prepared for the Oktoberfest. In the twelve lounges in Terminal 2 and the satellite building, over 4,000 kilograms of Leberkäs’ will be served, along with over 38,000 pretzels and approximately 750 kilograms of Weißwurst sausages. This year’s Oktoberfest menu in the festively decorated Lufthansa First Class lounges will start with Festtagssuppe, a traditional soup, followed by farmers’ duck and closing with homemade apple strudel served with vanilla sauce, roasted almonds and rum-soaked raisins. In the Senator and Business lounges, passengers will enjoy typical Bavarian dishes such as Leberkäs’, Fleischpflanzerl meatballs and quark mousse with plum topping.