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Drone sighting disrupts traffic at Frankfurt Airport

A drone sighting near Frankfurt Airport this morning halted all operations for around 45 minutes at FRA until the issue was resolved.

Read the full report from The Local: CLICK HERE

 

Verdi strike at Frankfurt Airport will lead to significant disruption on Tuesday

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Lufthansa has made this announcement:

The trade union Verdi has called for a comprehensive strike by security personnel at Frankfurt Airport between 2 a.m. and 20 p.m. on Tuesday, 15 January 2019. As a result, a considerable amount of disruptions are to be expected regarding flight operations to and from Frankfurt Airport. More detailed information for Lufthansa passengers is available at www.lufthansa.com. Passengers with a Lufthansa flight departing from Frankfurt can immediately change their flights free of charge to a date between 11 and 20 January, 2019. Lufthansa will publish flight cancellations on its website on Sunday afternoon. From this date on, online rebooking will be also possible. Passengers who have entered their contact data online will be actively informed about their flight status.

Passengers who are planning to start their journey from Frankfurt Airport on this coming Tuesday should take particular note of the situation. According to the airport operator, the security checks outside the transit area will not be staffed.  Therefore, passengers who are supposed to begin their journey in Frankfurt will not be able to reach their flight during the entire strike period as they will not be able to go through a security check. Lufthansa is therefore asking these guests not to go to the airport during that time, but instead to use rebooking options online at www.lufthansa.com or the Lufthansa App to rebook their flights accordingly. This explicitly does not apply to transit passengers changing flights at Frankfurt Airport, but only those who are starting their journey there.

“Although all aviation partners agreed that we want to improve the situation for our passengers in 2019, the Verdi union is escalating this collective bargaining dispute disproportionately and to an unacceptable extent. This series of strikes can certainly no longer be described as warning strikes. It is also clear that Verdi has no interest in making its contribution to improving Germany as an aviation location. We already have the lowest quality security checks at the highest costs, compared to Europe and other countries around the world,” says Dr. Detlef Kayser, Member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG for Airline Resources & Operations Standards.

Photo: Lufthansa.

Qatar Airways adds the Airbus A380 to its Frankfurt route

Qatar Airways Airbus A380-861 A7-APA (msn 137) LHR (Rob Skinkis). Image: 925281.

Qatar Airways has announced it will add Airbus A380 service to one of its two daily services from Doha (DOH) to Frankfurt (FRA)  from March 31, 2019.

The move will increase the airline’s current daily capacity on the Doha to Frankfurt route by 23 percent, as well as offer passengers the option to choose from First Class on board the A380 or its patented, award-winning Qsuite Business Class experience offered on the Boeing 777 aircraft, which will serve the route’s second daily flight.

The A380 aircraft features a luxurious and exclusive First Class Cabin with ultra-wide seats, which recline into a flat bed, two-passenger table extension dining, and designer sleeper suits, flight slippers and amenities. Passengers travelling in Qatar Airways’ award-winning Business Class can also enjoy direct aisle access with the 1-2-1 seat configuration and a suite of entertainment options including on-board Wi-Fi, keeping them fully connected while up in the air.

In addition, passengers in First and Business Class can relax and socialize at the on-board lounge located on the upper deck of the A380 aircraft (above).

The 517-seat capacity is spread across twin decks in a tri-class configuration of eight seats in First Class, 48 seats in Business Class and 461 in Economy Class, featuring world-class amenities and first rate services that set it apart from other aircraft. Economy Class passengers also benefit from the added spaciousness of the A380, with higher ceilings on the main deck and a wider seat configuration and design to offer more leg room, plus contoured headrests.

As part of its continued expansion plans, Qatar Airways plans to launch an array of exciting new destinations over the coming months, including Mombasa, Kenya; Gothenburg, Sweden and Da Nang, Vietnam.

Daily Flight Schedule: 

Doha (DOH)-Frankfurt (FRA) QR69 Departs: 1:35 Arrives: 7:10 (B777)

Frankfurt (FRA)-Doha (DOH) QR70 Departs: 10:55 Arrives: 17:55 (B777)

Doha (DOH)-Frankfurt (FRA) QR67 Departs: 08:05 Arrives:13:40 (A380)

Frankfurt (FRA)-Doha (DOH) QR68 Departs:17:35 Arrives: 00:35 (A380)

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Qatar Airways Airbus A380-861 A7-APA (msn 137) LHR (Rob Skinkis). Image: 925281.

Qatar Airways aircraft slide show:

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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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Icelandair is coming to Kansas City

Celebrating 80 Years of Aviation 1937 - 2017

Icelandair on January 9, 2018 announced seasonal service to the heartland of America with flights from Kansas City International Airport (MCI) commencing on May 25, 2018 from Keflavik.

Icelandair’s Kansas City service will offer three nonstop flights a week to Iceland on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, with easy connections to and from more than 25 destinations in Europe.

Icelandair has been in operation since 1937, and celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2017.

Copyright Photo: Icelandair Boeing 757-256 WL TF-FIR (msn 26242) (80 Years of Aviation 1937 -2017) FRA (Bernhard Ross). Image: 937795.

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bmi to launch a new route from Bristol to Gothenburg

BMI Regional Embraer ERJ 145EP G-RJXF (msn 145280) FRA (Ole Simon). Image: 912328.

bmi (BMI Regional) has announced plans to launch a new route from Bristol to Gothenburg.

Launching on January 22, 2018, bmi will be operating a twice weekly route between the two cities.

This brings the number of destinations served by bmi from Bristol to nine. The bmi network out of Bristol includes Paris, Milan, Munich, Brussels, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Hamburg and Aberdeen.  Bristol is bmi’s biggest UK hub and with onward connections via the likes of Munich, Brussels and Frankfurt, customers from the South West can travel further into Europe and other global destinations.

Gothenburg is the airline’s first Swedish route from Bristol. It is the location of Scandinavia’s largest port and is a hub for global trade, currently enjoying unprecedented economic growth. It is a popular mini break destination thanks to its fabulous food, eclectic culture and vibrant nightlife, as well as being the gateway to the stunning coast of West Sweden.

 

 

The route will fly out of Bristol on a Monday and Thursday, departing Bristol at 13.40, arriving Gothenburg at 16.50.  The return flights will depart Gothenburg on Tuesdays at 14.40 and arrive in Bristol at 16.00 and on Fridays, departing Gothenburg at 11.40, arriving Bristol at 13.00.

Copyright Photo (all others by bmi): BMI Regional Embraer ERJ 145EP G-RJXF (msn 145280) FRA (Ole Simon). Image: 912328.

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Lufthansa celebrates its new Skytrax 5 Star rating with two new logo jets

Celebrating Lufthansa's new Skytrax 5 Star Airline rating

Lufthansa in December 2017 unveiled this Airbus A320 in a new special “5 Starhansa” livery and “Skytrax 5 Star Airline” sub-titles.

Lufthansa issued this statement on December 4, 2017:

On December 4, 2017, as the first airline outside Asia, Lufthansa has received five-star certification from British aviation consulting specialist Skytrax. This puts Lufthansa in the select group of now ten airlines that have been given this coveted rating. The Skytrax jury has already been awarding five stars to Lufthansa First Class for years – now the entire airline has received the same certification.

“The award is a well-deserved recognition of our major efforts to make Lufthansa one of the world’s leading premium airlines again,” says Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. “We have caught up because we made huge investments in our fleet, updated all our cabins, introduced digital services, opened new lounges and improved service on board and on the ground. The combination of premium offerings with the quality and professionalism of our employees has earned Lufthansa the status of a five-star airline,” Spohr adds. “Everyone at Lufthansa can be proud of this certification, especially our colleagues in the cabins and cockpits and on the ground who fulfil our premium promise every day in their interactions with our passengers. I am convinced that the most important factor in getting the fifth star was that we have the best airline employees.”

Edward Plaisted, the CEO of Skytrax, confirms: “The achievement of 5-Star Airline status by Lufthansa is not only a great accolade as the first European airline to reach this target, but is a clear recognition of the improvements they have made in recent years,  particularly in all areas of the front line service delivery.”

The testers at Skytrax travel with the perspective of a passenger. For their ratings, they evaluate the service quality of the respective airline with comprehensive assessments on the ground and in the air in up to 800 categories. These include the service on board, seat comfort, catering, security measures, in-flight entertainment, duty-free offers and many other services. For Skytrax, the consistency and constancy with which Lufthansa has forged ahead with the modernisation of its product was a key consideration in the decision to award the fifth star. For instance, the cabins in First, Business, Premium Economy and Economy have been comprehensively upgraded over the last few years. The airline has also expanded its restaurant service from First Class to Business Class, improving its personalized appeal to passengers in the process. And it is also important to look ahead: to the new Business Class that will be rolling out in 2020 with the Boeing 777-9, and to a new and even better Premium Economy and Economy Class. Lufthansa also scored points with the new Lufthansa app and a wide variety of digital services on the ground and on board. The aim is to increasingly use digital opportunities to develop customized offers and services for Lufthansa’s passengers.

In addition to its airline ratings, Skytrax, a rating agency that specializes in aviation, also issues an annual ranking of the most popular airlines. At the 2017 World Airline Awards, based on the survey responses of 19.8 million passengers from 105 different countries, Lufthansa won the award for the best airline in Europe – and seventh worldwide. Since the 1990s, Skytrax has been conducting passenger surveys regarding the quality of airlines and airports. In 1999, the company first awarded certifications, of up to five stars. So far, only ten airlines worldwide have succeeded in obtaining the highest rating.

The airline has also added the special livery to this Boeing 747-830 (D-ABYM):

Lufthansa issued this statement on the special livery:

Only for very special occasions, like the German World Cup victory in 2014 with the “Siegerflieger”, Lufthansa changes the livery of their aircrafts. Since Monday a new rare opportunity has arisen in the form of the five-star-seal by Skytrax. A Boeing 747-8 long-haul aircraft and an Airbus A320 are now underway in a sparkling five-star look. Aircraft spotters in particular are therefore competing to include the aircrafts in their photo collections. For those interested here are some hints:

Boeing 747-8 – „Bayern“ registration D-ABYM
Wednesday, 6 December: LH 498 13:20 – 18:45 hrs – Frankfurt – Mexico City
Thursday, 7 December: LH 499 20:55 – 14:40 hrs – Mexico City – Frankfurt
LH 510 22:15 – 8 hrs – Frankfurt – Buenos Aires

 

Airbus A320 – registration D-AIZX
Wednesday, 6 December: LH 921 6:30 – 9:05 hrs London Heathrow – Frankfurt
LH 010 10 – 11:05 hrs Frankfurt – Hamburg
LH 017 12 – 13:10 hrs Hamburg – Frankfurt
LH 018 14 – 15:05 hrs Frankfurt – Hamburg
LH 025 16 – 17:10 hrs Hamburg – Frankfurt
LH 116 18:15 – 19:10 hrs Frankfurt – Munich

 

All times are local; changes might occur due to operational reasons.

Top Copyright Photo: Lufthansa – 5 Starhansa Airbus A320-214 WL D-AIZX (msn 5741) (Skytrax 5 Star Airline) FRA (Bernhard Ross). Image: 940226.