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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.

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100th Crane Birthday: First Lufthansa Airbus A380 in the new livery

On Wednesday, December 12, 2018, the Airbus A380 landed in Germany for the first time in the new Lufthansa design.

The landing of the newly painted flagship of the Lufthansa fleet marks the festive end of the anniversary year of the crane’s 100th birthday.

The Airbus A380, named “Tokyo”, was welcomed to Munich Airport early Wednesday morning. The aircraft came from Guangzhou, China, where it has been repainted over the past three and a half weeks.

The A380 took off on December 12 on its first commercial flight to Miami at noon.

The Airbus A380 with the registration of D-AIMD is based at the Lufthansa hub in Munich. The aircraft is one of a total of five Airbus A380s based in the Bavarian capital for the first time this year. The A380 is also one of the first thirty Lufthansa aircrafts to fly in the new design this year. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Lufthansa crane, the airline has further developed its design and adapted it to the requirements of a digitized world. The redesign of the airline’s brand identity is the most visible sign of Lufthansa’s far-reaching modernization.

As part of the airline’s new design, the new Lufthansa paintwork underlines Lufthansa’s modern premium claim. The fuselage, wings and engines of the A380 are all painted in brilliant white. The precise white line at the apex of the vertical tail supports the streamlined shape of the aircraft. The deep blue, optically elongated tail provides the basis for a large, strong and contrasting representation of the crane. The Airbus A380 is an aircraft of superlatives: the crane, which has been given an even more dynamic design as part of the design refresh, has a diameter of over six meters on the tail unit. The letters of the Lufthansa lettering on the aircraft reach a maximum height of 1.90 meters. More than 4,200 square meters of aircraft skin were repainted with hundreds of liters of paint.

Since the introduction of the new brand design until the end of the year, 30 aircrafts have been painted in the new design, over 50 gates have been redesigned at the Lufthansa hubs in Frankfurt and Munich and more than 200 in-flight service items have been exchanged. By the end of 2019, over 50 percent of the work on the Lufthansa hubs in Frankfurt and Munich will have been completed and over a quarter of the fleet will be flying in the new design. Digital media is already appearing in a completely new design. In 2021, 80 percent of the new brand design will be visible along the entire travel chain. The last aircraft repainting is scheduled for 2025.

This year Lufthansa celebrated the 100th anniversary of its corporate symbol. In 1918, the graphic artist and architect Otto Firle designed a stylized bird for the “Deutsche Luft-Reederei”, a predecessor of “Luft Hansa”. Over the past 100 years, the crane has become an unmistakable company logo and the symbol of the Lufthansa brand. Today it stands for competence, cosmopolitanism and quality, inspiring trust and sympathy around the globe.

In other news, in November 2018, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group welcomed around 10.6 million passengers. Despite a strong basis for comparison from the previous year, this corresponds to an increase of six per cent compared with November 2017. The number of seat kilometres offered was 8.1 per cent up on the previous year, while sales increased by 8.6 per cent. This results in a seat load factor of 78.1 per cent, 0.3 percentage points higher than in November 2017.

Freight capacity in November was three per cent up on the previous year, and tonne-kilometres sold were 0.9 per cent lower. This results in a 2.7 percentage point lower load factor of 68.4 per cent.

Network airlines again increase seat load factor

The network airlines Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian Airlines carried a total of some 7.9 million passengers in November, 4.5 per cent more than in the same month last year. The number of seat-kilometres offered in November was 6.7 per cent up year-on-year. Sales rose by 7.2 per cent in the same period. This increased the seat load factor by 0.4 percentage points to 78.6 per cent.

Double-digit growth in sales in Munich, Zurich and Vienna

The strongest growth was recorded by the network airlines at the Vienna hub in November 2018 with passenger growth of 9.7 percent, followed by Zurich with eight percent, Munich with 2.6 percent and Frankfurt with 2.4 percent. The underlying offer increased by 13.5% in Munich, 9.5% in Zurich, 6.3% in Vienna and 2.7% in Frankfurt. Sales in Munich, Zurich and Vienna increased by 13.5 per cent, 12 per cent and 11.5 per cent respectively. In Frankfurt, sales rose by 1.9 percent in this period.

Lufthansa welcomes around 5.5 million passengers on board in November

In November Lufthansa carried around 5.5 million passengers, 2.7 per cent more than in the same period last year. A 5.9 per cent increase in the number of seat kilometres in November was offset by a 5.2 per cent increase in sales. At 78.8 per cent, the seat load factor was 0.5 percentage points lower than in the same month last year.

Eurowings increases passenger numbers by more than ten percent

Eurowings (including Brussels Airlines) carried around 2.7 million passengers in November, of which around 2.5 million on short-haul flights and 250,000 on long-haul flights. This represents an increase of 10.6 percent on short-haul flights and 10.2 percent on long-haul flights over the previous year. A 15.1 per cent increase in capacity in November was offset by a 15.8 per cent increase in sales, resulting in a seat load factor of 75.6 per cent, an increase of 0.4 percentage points.

On short-haul routes, the number of seat-kilometres on offer was increased by 16.4 per cent in November, while the number of seat-kilometres sold rose by 14.5 per cent over the same period. This results in a seat load factor on these flights that is 1.2 percentage points lower than the 72.9 per cent recorded in November 2017. On long-haul flights, the seat load factor rose by 3.2 percentage points to 80.2 per cent over the same period. The 13 per cent increase in capacity was offset by a 17.8 per cent increase in sales.

All photos by Lufthansa.

Lufthansa announces its new summer 2019 destinations

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 2018

Lufthansa has announced, starting next summer, sun-seekers it will launch seven new destinations nonstop from the Lufthansa hubs in Munich and Frankfurt. The new flights will fly to new holiday destinations in Croatia, Montenegro and the French Atlantic coast.

New destinations from Munich

As of April 12, 2019 Alicante will be on the Munich flight schedule. An Airbus A320 will fly to the port city on the Costa Blanca three times a week. Flights to the Spanish holiday destination are thus added to the three weekly flights from Frankfurt.

Rocher de la Vierge, heilige Jungfrau, Alter Hafen, Port Vieux, Biarritz, Baskenland, Südfrankreich, Frankreich, Europa | Verwendung weltweit, Keine Weitergabe an Wiederverkäufer.

Biarritz (above) has been added to the Lufthansa flight schedule. From May 25, 2019, a Bombardier CRJ900 (top) will fly to the seaside resort on the French Atlantic coast every Saturday. This legendary holiday destination has long sandy beaches and is a paradise for surfers.

Lufthansa now also flies holiday makers nonstop from Munich to Rimini (above) on the Italian Adriatic coast.  From May 26, 2019, a Bombardier CRJ900 will fly to this popular holiday destination every Sunday.

And for the first time, northern Croatia is only an hour’s flight away from Munich: Rijeka is the name of the new Lufthansa destination, which is regarded as the gateway to the Croatian islands. From May 25, 2019, a Bombardier CRJ900 flies to the Kvarner Bay region every Saturday.

New destinations from Frankfurt

The new summer destinations from Frankfurt are in Greece and Turkey: From April 13, 2019, Heraklion can now be reached with an Airbus A319 every Saturday and Bodrum from April 14, 2019 every Sunday in around two and a half flight hours, adding to the Saturday and Sunday destinations from Munich.

New destination from Munich and Frankfurt

Tivat is still a less known holiday destination. The city in Montenegro is now part of the Munich and Frankfurt flight schedule. Tivat is situated near the historical Bay of Kotor (below).

With its historical sites, the fjord-like bay is a UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage Site. From April 13, 2019, Lufthansa flies to Tivat from Munich every Saturday and from Frankfurt every Sunday. Both hubs operate an Airbus A319 to these destinations.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Lufthansa): Lufthansa – Lufthansa CityLine Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) D-ACNM (msn 15253) MUC (Arnd Wolf). Image: 941038.

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Lufthansa reduces planned growth for 2019

Lufthansa Airbus A321-231 D-AISP (msn 3864) FRA (Marcelo F. De Biasi). Image: 944223.

Lufthansa Group issued this report:

Lufthansa Group achieved an Adjusted EBIT of EUR 2.4 billion for the first nine months of 2018 – a 7.7 percent decline on the prior-year period which is primarily attributable to the integration costs at Eurowings. Adjusted EBIT margin for the period amounted to 8.8 percent. Nine-month results were also burdened by a EUR 536 million rise in fuel costs, an increase in the costs incurred in connection with flight delays and cancellations, and higher maintenance expenses.

“We expect to see our full-year costs increase by more than EUR 1 billion in 2018 due to fuel costs and the extra expenses incurred from delays and cancellations alone,” says Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board & CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. “But despite this, we achieved an Adjusted EBIT of EUR 2.4 billion for the first three quarters of this year, the second-best nine-month result in our history. And had it not been for the losses at Eurowings, we would have posted another record earnings result. This is a clear testament to our sustainable financial strength – a strength that we have demonstrated even under challenging conditions this year.”

Lufthansa Group generated total revenues of EUR 26.9 billion in the first nine months of 2018. Total revenues increased by 6 percent on the prior-year period, while traffic revenues were up 7 percent. As a result of the first-time adoption of the new IFRS 15 accounting standard, the reported growth of total revenues to EUR 26.9 billion was only 0.5 percent, while the reported traffic revenues declined by 1 percent to EUR 21.1 billion.

Unit costs for the period remained stable excluding fuel and currency effects, despite the extraordinary expense. Unit revenues excluding currency effects increased 0.3 percent. The airlines of Lufthansa Group transported some 108.5 million passengers in the first three quarters of 2018, a new record volume. Nine-month seat load factor was also at a record high of 82 percent. The exceptionally strong capacity growth for the period, which was driven by the insolvency of Air Berlin, will be substantially lower in 2019.

“Future growth in the air transport sector will need to pay far more regard to the capacities of the infrastructure in the air and on the ground,” Carsten Spohr observes. “At the same time, we aim to secure the profitability of our airlines through capacity discipline. We also expect the substantial rises in fuel costs to lead to higher ticket prices from 2019 at the latest.”

According to current market expectations, airlines in Germany are likely to expand their capacities by over 10 percent for the 2018/19 winter timetable period, a development that is still being driven by the demise of Air Berlin. The airlines of Lufthansa Group, however, will raise their capacity by a more modest 8 percent, and will further reduce their capacity growth to 3.8 percent for the 2019 summer timetable period.

Balance sheet further strengthened

Free cash flow for the period declined 59 percent to EUR 1.2 billion. The reduction is largely attributable to a 57-percent increase in net investments, which rose to EUR 2.6 billion. Most of this spending – EUR 2.2 billion – was on aircraft and reserve engines. Pension provisions for the period declined 6.2 percent to EUR 4.8 billion, owing partly to the increase in the discount rate from 2.0 to 2.1 percent. Net financial debt declined 14 percent from its 2017 year-end level to EUR 2.5 billion. The debt ratio (adjusted net debt in relation to Adjusted EBITDA) was reduced accordingly, declining 0.2 points to 1.5.

Network Airlines

The Network Airlines – Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian Airlines – further improved on their record earnings of 2017, raising their aggregate nine-month Adjusted EBIT by another EUR 13 million to just under EUR 2 billion. The driver behind this development was Swiss, which achieved an outstanding nine-month Adjusted EBIT of EUR 525 million, 18.8 percent above its prior-year level. Swiss remains the Group’s most profitable airline, with an Adjusted EBIT margin of 14.3 percent. Lufthansa’s nine-month Adjusted EBIT of EUR 1.3 billion was 4.2 per cent down on the prior-year period, while Austrian Airlines’ EUR 92 million represents a 14-per-cent decline.

Eurowings 

Eurowings reports an Adjusted EBIT of EUR -65 million for the first nine months of 2018. The EUR 210 million decline on the prior-year period is attributable in particular to a non-recurring expense of EUR 170 million for completing the integration of parts of the former Air Berlin, and to additional costs incurred as a result of flight delays and cancellations.

“In 2017 we seized a historic opportunity in the consolidation of Europe’s aviation sector,” comments Carsten Spohr. “And it was the right decision to do so in strategic terms, even if this has given Eurowings a very challenging 2018. We view the one-off costs of integrating these operations and of our rapid expansion as a long-term investment that will help sustainably strengthen our market position.”

Aviation Services

Buoyed by strong demand and continuing high yields at Lufthansa Cargo, the Group’s Logistics business segment raised its nine-month Adjusted EBIT 56.1 percent to EUR 153 million. The LSG Group also posted a much-improved Adjusted EBIT for the period of EUR 99 million, a 50-percent increase that was especially achieved through lower transformation costs. Nine-month Adjusted EBIT at Lufthansa Technik declined 3.3 percent to EUR 322 million, owing mainly to rises in the costs of spares and greater use of external maintenance capacities.

Outlook

Lufthansa confirms its full-year earnings projection for 2018. With originally-planned capacity for the winter timetable period now slightly reduced, total annual capacity is expected to be around 8 percent above 2017. The Group still expects to post a slight increase in unit revenues for the year as a whole. The reduction in unit costs excluding fuel and currency effects is expected to be around 1 percent, despite the negative impact of integration costs at Eurowings. Fuel costs are projected to be around EUR 850 million higher than in 2017.

The Group expects to report a slightly lower annual Adjusted EBIT for its Aviation Services segment. This is related to a more negative result at Other Businesses & Group Functions, owing to an absence of the currency gains reported here in 2017. All in all, Lufthansa Group continues to predict an Adjusted EBIT for 2018 that is slightly below the record level seen last year.

“We have achieved solid earnings for the first nine months of this year, and are still on course for our second-best-ever annual EBIT result,” confirms Ulrik Svensson, Chief Financial Officer of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. “So our earnings projections for 2018 as a whole remain unchanged at slightly below previous year.”

On a like-for-like basis, excluding volume growth, Lufthansa Group expects its fuel costs to rise by a further EUR 900 million in 2019.

Top Copyright Photo: Lufthansa Airbus A321-231 D-AISP (msn 3864) FRA (Marcelo F. De Biasi). Image: 944223.

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Lufthansa CityLine to fly the Airbus A319

Lufthansa Group has made this announcement:

Lufthansa CityLine and pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit have agreed on new employment conditions for their approx. 650 pilots. The collective bargaining agreement sets the stage for the introduction of a new, future-proof aircraft type at Lufthansa CityLine.

Come 2019, Lufthansa CityLine will start operating A320 family planes taken over from Lufthansa.

The first Airbus A319-100 aircraft will depart from the Munich hub next spring. Another 5 aircraft will follow by the end of 2020.

“Lufthansa CityLine has been handling an important part of our feeder traffic at the hubs in Munich and Frankfurt for many years,” says Wilken Bormann, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Lufthansa CityLine and CEO of Lufthansa Hub Munich. “Entering the A320 segment is a logical next step. With the new collective agreement, both negotiating partners have illustrated their will to jointly develop Lufthansa CityLine as a key component of the Lufthansa Group.”

The parties have agreed on an extensive package. It includes, among other things, a moderate salary increase for the next three years and a growth-related increase for 2021. Essential points of the structure of the company pension plan will be adapted to the regulations for Lufthansa’s mainline staff. Another key aspect is the optimization of the training roadmap for its pilots. The package thus opens up important new growth prospects.

Lufthansa CityLine is a wholly owned subsidiary of Deutsche Lufthansa AG and a specialist in hub traffic at the two hubs of Frankfurt and Munich. Every year, the airline welcomes around eight million passengers aboard its roughly 50 aircraft. The fleet takes off to around 80 airports in over 24 countries more than 300 times a day. Lufthansa CityLine employs about 2,200 people.

All photos by Lufthansa.

Lufthansa to add new service to Austin and Bangkok in summer 2019

"Karlsruhe", delivered on June 21, 2018

Lufthansa is further expanding its route network to the USA.

From May 3, 2019, the airline will offer its first connections from Frankfurt to Austin. This is Lufthansa’s third destination in Texas alongside Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston. Starting in summer 2019, an Airbus A330-300 will be in service five times a week on the route between Frankfurt and Austin.

Apart from Tuesday and Thursday, LH 468 will leave the Lufthansa hub in Frankfurt in the morning and reach Austin in the afternoon (local time) after a travel time of around ten hours. The return flight departs from Texas in the late afternoon and lands at Frankfurt Airport in the morning of the following day.

In addition to Austin, the company is further expanding the Munich hub with a new route to Bangkok. The first flight ever of LH792 will take place on June 1, 2019. A new Airbus A350-900 will be used, which will take off daily from Munich to Thailand in the afternoon.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Lufthansa): Lufthansa Airbus A350-941 D-AIXK (msn 212) MUC (Arnd Wolf). Image: 942621.

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Lufthansa Group converts purchase options for 24 Airbus A320neo and three A321neo aircraft into firm orders

Delivered on September 3, 2018

Lufthansa Group has made this announcement:

On September 28, 2018 the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG approved the purchase of 27 short- and medium-haul aircraft.

Purchase options for 24 Airbus A320neo and three A321neo will be converted into firm orders.

With this decision, the Lufthansa Group is reacting to the positive market and earnings development and thus ensuring the necessary fleet size in the coming years. The total investment of this order amounts to a list price of about three billion US dollars.

This increases the total number of A320neo and A321neo orders to 149 for the Group, 13 of them are already operating with Lufthansa.

The A320neo and A321neo (short for “New Engine Option”) are scheduled for delivery in 2023 and 2024.

Ten of the 27 new aircraft are intended for Swiss, the remaining aircraft will be in service by other flight operations within the Aviation Group. One part of the order will be equipped with Pratt & Whitney engines (PW1100G), the other with LEAP-1A engines from CFM International. This means that both engine types will continue to be available to the Lufthansa Group in roughly equal proportions for the “Neo” family.

The innovative engine technologies developed by Pratt & Whitney and CFM International as well as the aerodynamic wingtips (sharklets) with which the aircraft are equipped reduce fuel consumption significantly by up to 20 percent per seat kilometer. As all Lufthansa A320 Family aircraft, the A320neo and A321neo are serially equipped with noise-reducing vortex generators. An A320neo taking off has a noise carpet that is around 50 percent smaller than that of other aircraft of this type.

Top Copyright Photo: Lufthansa Airbus A320-271N WL D-AINM (msn 8456) FRA (Marcelo F. De Biasi). Image: 943646.

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