Lufthansa and its flight attendants reach agreement on a new contract

Lufthansa and its flight attendants reach agreement on a new contract

Lufthansa issued this statement:

On July 5, 2016 in Berlin, Lufthansa and the independent flight attendants’ organisation UFO have announced that they are accepting the mediator’s recommendation by former Brandenburg Prime Minister Matthias Platzeck.

The parties had previously spent approximately half a year negotiating all open collective bargaining agreements and a wide range of other issues.

The details of the arbitration agreement:

Long-term no-strike agreement

The collective labour agreement will be active until June 30, 2019; the collective agreements regarding pensions and transitional payments will be active until 2023. In addition to this, the parties have also agreed upon a number of conflict resolution mechanisms which will remain in place until 2023. The company can, for example, appeal to a mediator when a total strike is announced, thereby converting a possible labor conflict into a mandatory arbitration process.

Pensions and transitional payments

Lufthansa and UFO have agreed upon a new system regarding pensions and transitional payments. It allows the group to shift the second-largest group of employees from a defined-benefit system to a defined-contribution system. Lufthansa and Verdi had already agreed last November to move ground staff to a defined-contribution system. This switch – from a fixed, predefined benefit outlined in the pension scheme to a fixed premium, which then bears interest on the capital market – allows the company to lower the costs and risks for the schemes. In future, Lufthansa will contribute a total of 5.2 percent of eligible income to the pension schemes of cabin staff. This is the same benefit the ground staff of the group receive. Claims that have already been acquired in the company pension scheme at the time of the transition to the defined-contribution system will be retained in full. The new system still makes it possible for cabin staff to retire from airline service when they turn 55. New employees will receive no contributions to pension and transitional payment schemes for the first five years of their employment, unless they have completed a specific training course on the bachelor level. New employees will not receive contributions to the transitional payment scheme, even after five years, if they do not complete this training. In future, employees can use unused transitional payment schemes to increase the benefits of their company pension scheme. Coverage for all employees in case of permanent flight disability will remain in place. The collective labour agreement will be active for 10 years as of 1 January 2014.

Compensation

The circa 19,000 cabin employees will receive a wage increase of one percent as of October 1, 2016, and an additional two percent as of January 1, 2018. The collective labor agreement for wages will remain in place until June 30, 2019.

Compensation structure

Lufthansa and UFO have agreed on a new qualification-based compensation structure for cabin staff. The company will offer an eighteen-month training course at the bachelor level in cooperation with the Chamber of Industry and Commerce. This will allow Lufthansa to further increase the already high standard of qualification and service of its staff. In future, only flight attendants who have completed this training will be eligible for compensation above level eight, which corresponds to a basic compensation of 2,150 Euros per month. Sustainable strengthening of competitive position through cost monitoring

Together, Lufthansa and UFO have defined a target corridor for cabin personnel costs. Personnel costs are to be lowered by ten percent per block hour compared to the currently projected development. Guaranteed Employment

Employment is guaranteed for all Lufthansa cabin employees until 2021, as the company has ruled out redundancies for the duration of five years. In addition, it has been agreed that

Lufthansa airplanes may not be operated with external cabin staff until 2023. Lufthansa offers good job prospects in the cabin in any case. The company already announced in January that it intends to hire 1,400 new flight attendants this year.

Copyright Photo: Lufthansa Boeing 747-430 D-ABVX (msn 29868) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 933646.

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Emirates introduces a second Airbus A380 flight to Los Angeles with a special Los Angeles Dodgers logo jet

Official Airline of the Los Angeles Dodgers

Emirates on July 1, 2016 launched its second daily Airbus A380 flight to Los Angeles. A6-EON had the honors and was decorated in a new special “Official Airline of the Los Angeles Dodgers” livery for the occasion.

Previously on February 20, 2016 Emirates announced that it has become the Official Airline Sponsor of the Los Angeles Dodgers. This new deal expands Emirates’ international footprint as a supporter of sports and culture, marking the airline’s entry into the world of baseball, a sport with deep roots in American history and culture.

As the Official Airline partner, Emirates will have home plate and foul pole signage and will open a new Emirates Lounge, a 70 person hospitality space for Emirates and guests. In addition, Emirates will feature in-game activations, occasional ceremonial first pitches and fan appreciation activities. To extend the partnership, the Dodgers will be sponsoring the Dubai Little League All Star Travel Teams, which will now go by the name the Dubai Dodgers.

This new partnership with the Los Angeles Dodgers continues Emirates’ momentum in the realm of sport, with the airline having made its mark on soccer as a sponsor of some of the world’s premier teams including AC Milan, Real Madrid, Arsenal FC, Olympiacos FC, Hamburger SV, and Paris Saint-Germain. In recent years, Emirates has also expanded its presence in tennis with a sponsorship portfolio that includes the US Open, the Emirates Airline US Open Series, the Australian Open, the Emirates Airline Australian Open Series as well as the French Open. Emirates is also the Premier Partner of the ATP which provides net branding at every men’s event globally and the Emirates Rankings. In the U.S., Emirates also is the main sponsor of the New York Cosmos, the USA Rugby Team and the San Francisco Symphony.

As the world’s largest international airline, Emirates helps bring people closer together, not only through the provision of air transport services, but also by supporting global sports and cultural events that have the ability to connect people from all walks of life via a shared passion. With the Los Angeles Dodgers partnership, Emirates is showing its commitment to California by supporting a great local team that many people in the state and beyond are passionate about.

Emirates first launched services between its hub in Dubai and Los Angeles in 2008 with a Boeing 777-200 LR aircraft. As demand grew, in 2013 Emirates began flying the revolutionary double-decked A380 aircraft to serve LA travelers.

Starting July 1, 2016, Emirates added a second daily A380 service to Los Angeles, offering a total of 980 seats per day flying from Los Angeles International Airport to Dubai. This will create more choice for travelers flying abroad, and opportunities for many more international travelers to visit California.

Copyright Photo: Emirates Airline Airbus A380-861 A6-EON (msn 188) (Official Airline of the Los Angeles Dodgers) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 933630.

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Lufthansa is again flying from Munich to Tehran

Lufthansa is again flying from Munich to Tehran

Lufthansa is flying nonstop once again from Munich to Teheran. Starting on July 4, 2016, 2016, the connection under flight number LH 602 began three times a week at 22.10 pm, arriving at the Iranian capital at 5.20 am.

The Airbus A330-300 offers Lufthansa passengers the latest cabin facilities including Premium Economy with 21 seats.

With this new connection the Lufthansa Group is expanding its daily offer with a Boeing 747-400 from Frankfurt.

Moreover, Austrian Airlines is flying up to twice a day from Vienna with an Airbus A320.

Copyright Photo: Lufthansa Airbus A330-343 D-AIKE (msn 636) DUS (Michael Stappen). Image: 911459.

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CommutAir becomes a new Embraer ERJ operator

CommutAir Begins Commercial Service with ERJ-145XR Aircraft for United Express (PRNewsFoto/CommutAir)

CommutAir Begins Commercial Service with ERJ-145XR Aircraft for United Express (PRNewsFoto/CommutAir)

CommutAir on July 1, 2016 began commercial service with its inaugural United Express flight on the Embraer ERJ-145XR regional jet from Washington, DC (Dulles) to Columbia, SC.

CommutAir, operating as United Express, is majority owned by Champlain Enterprises Inc., an airline holding company founded in the 1980s. Today, CommutAir operates a large fleet of Bombardier Q200/Q300 aircraft with more than 650 weekly flights to 29 airports.

Photo: CommutAir.

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Chilean Airways is now operating for One Airlines

Boeing 737-200 CC-CVI Chilean Airways

The first airliner of Chilean Airways, ex-ADA Boeing 737-2Q3 CC-CVI (msn 22367) arrived at Iquique’s Diego Aracena Airport (SCDA) on June 22, 2016 from Cochabamba in Bolivia. Its maiden operations in Chile were on June 27, 2016 after the ferry flight from Iquique to Santiago (SCL) the previous day.

The company currently operates on behalf of One Airlines that has sent its sole aircraft, the Boeing 737-36N CC-AIT (msn 28554) to Cochabamba for maintenance. Therefore Chilean is now flying between Santiago and Calama for the mining industry.

Chilean Airways is not selling any individual tickets, having announced that is operating charter flights only.

Alvaro Romero reporting from Chile.

Photo: Chilean Airways.

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Tibet Airlines takes delivery of its first Airbus A330

Tibet Airlines takes delivery of its first Airbus A330

Tibet Airlines (Lhasa) has received its first widebody aircraft, an Airbus A330-200 with increased 242 ton maximum take-off-weight (MTOW), following a handover in Toulouse, France on June 30, 2016.

The increased MTOW, the first A330-200 in China, allows airlines to operate from the most demanding high altitude airports where takeoff performance, additional range and improved operating costs are key.

The aircraft is configured in a three-class cabin layout (12 business, 32 premium economy, 235 economy) and deployed to open up new international routes.

Tibet Airlines currently operates an all-Airbus fleet comprising of 14 A319s and 2 A320s. The airline is famous for its high-altitude operations with its operating base at Lhasa Airport which is at over 3,500 meters altitude. With the proven performance of Airbus narrow body, especially the A319 in high-altitude airports, Tibet Airlines has been successfully connecting Tibet with more domestic cities like Beijing and Shanghai.

The A330 is the first widebody equipped with the Required Navigation Performance with Authorization Required (RNP-AR) and the only widebody airliner today flying over Tibet’s sky. It will exceed the airlines’ expectation on high-altitude performance also offer unrivalled efficiency, also greater comfort to the passengers.

Copyright Photo: Tibet Airlines Airbus A330-243 F-WWKU (B-8420) (msn 1730) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 933086.

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Hainan Airlines launches new collaboration with DreamWorks Animation, announces “Kung Fu Panda”-themed Liveries – Six new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners will feature special designs

Hainan Airlines has issued this statement:

On the occasion of its inaugural Boeing 787-9 flight to North America, Hainan Airlines announced on June 30, 2016 a new collaboration with DreamWorks Animation to feature the “Kung Fu Panda” film franchise on Hainan’s award-winning fleet, which provides nonstop service between China and seven North American destinations.

Hainan 787-9 B-7880 (12)(Tko) PAE (Hainan)(LR)

Photo: Hainan Airlines.

The agreement will include up to six specially designed “Kung Fu Panda”-themed liveries for Hainan’s new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, delivered in 2016 and 2017. These full-wrap designs will showcase characters and scenes from the blockbuster film franchise, including Po, Tigress, Monkey and others, and will remain for a three-year period.

Kung Fu Panda

“The ‘Kung Fu Panda’ story is deeply rooted in Chinese history, culture and society,” said Hou Wei, Vice President of Marketing at Hainan Airlines. “We are excited to partner with an iconic American movie studio and strengthen the bridge connecting China and North America. Hainan Airlines is proud to extend its elite experience and top-rated customer service to celebrate these outstanding films and characters.”

“Stay tuned for an exciting opportunity for fans of “Kung Fu Panda”, Hainan and Boeing to be a part of this landmark collaboration,” continued Mr. Hou. “We will make an announcement soon about how you can create an original piece of aviation history.”

The inaugural flight of Hainan’s first 787-9 Dreamliner to Los Angeles is a nod to the home of DreamWorks Animation, the Hollywood studio that produced the “Kung Fu Panda” movies. Hainan is China’s only airline to operate both the 787-8 and now the newest 787-9 Dreamliner in its fleet. The larger 787-9 features 289 seats in a two-class configuration and is an update to Boeing’s industry-leading airplane, which includes features such as Wi-Fi and an all new personal entertainment system.

When “Kung Fu Panda 3” was released in early 2016, two versions of the movie were created, one with animation that matched the English audio, one with Chinese-language animation, a first for an animated feature. ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ is the first film co-produced by DreamWorks’ Shanghai-based venture Oriental DreamWorks, established in 2012. All three “Kung Fu Panda” films will be available on demand on board Hainan’s Dreamliners this summer.

“We are thrilled to team with Hainan for this exciting collaboration which connects ‘Kung Fu Panda’ to fans and travelers in an entirely new way,” said Mimi Slavin, Head of Global Promotions, DreamWorks Animation. “This campaign reinforces DreamWorks Animation’s ongoing commitment to the Chinese market and only serves to further enhance our connections to fans throughout Asia and around the world.”

Hainan Airlines is Mainland China’s largest independent airline, and is the only Mainland Chinese airline with a perfect five-star rating from Skytrax, the international airline ratings agency, five years in a row. The airline is expanding its North American service, flying nonstop between China and Seattle, Silicon Valley (SJC), Los Angeles (LAX), Chicago, Boston and Toronto. Today, Hainan also inaugurates its nonstop service between Calgary (YYC) and Beijing, the first airline to fly nonstop between Calgary and China.

Business class passengers enjoy priority check-in and luxurious seats that convert to fully-flat beds. Gourmet Chinese and Western cuisine as well as award-winning wines, freshly brewed espresso and high-quality tea are available. Amenity kits feature Bulgari® cosmetics. Premium passengers can also reserve complimentary private chauffeured car service between home, the airport and their destination in both the U.S. and China. A state of the art entertainment system offers over 100 movies, audio selections and games on demand for all passengers.

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