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“Olympia Siegerflieger“ brings the German 2016 Rio Olympics team home

“Olympia Siegerflieger“ brings the German 2016 Rio Olympics team home

Lufthansa released this statement on August 23, 2016:

The German Olympic team has returned home, landing on time at 11.10 a.m. local time at Frankfurt Airport with flight number LH 511. The Boeing 747-8 with the registration D-ABYK was specially branded in a custom “Olympia Siegerflieger“ design. Around 250 athletes were on board, amongst them gold medal winners in beach volleyball Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst, double-gold canoeist Sebastian Brendel, the gymnasts who won bronze with Sophie Scheder and many others.

After landing at Frankfurt Airport and taking a photo of their arrival in front of the plane, the German athletes went with a police escort directly to Frankfurt downtown to Römer Square, where they are welcomed by Federal President Joachim Gauck.

More than 50 international Olympic delegations use the services offered by the Lufthansa Group. The official Swiss Olympic delegation is also travelled back on Swiss flight LX 93 from Rio de Janeiro to Switzerland. The Boeing 777-300 ER was ceremoniously received at Zurich airport with a shower of water. Among the passengers the gold medallists in the lightweight men’s four rowing and the mountain biker Nico Schurter were on board.

Copyright Photo: Lufthansa Boeing 747-830 D-ABYK (msn 37835) (2016 Rio Olympics Team Aircraft – returning home) FRA (Bernhard Ross). Image: 934473.

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Lufthansa’s 2016 “F.C. Bayern Munchen” logo jet

Lufthansa's 2016 "F.C. Bayern Munchen" logo jet

On July 25, 2016 Lufthansa made this announcement:

The FC Bayern Munich took off on July 25, 2016 on a Lufthansa Airbus A340-600 for an eleven-day USA trip on the “FCB Audi Summer Tour 2016”. To mark the occasion, the long-haul aircraft with the registration D-AIHK has been covered with a special FC Bayern Munich design. In addition to the FC Bayern Munich logo, ten players from the club are also pictured on the fuselage: Jérôme Boateng, Robert Lewandowski, Manuel Neuer, Douglas Costa and Arturo Vidal. Also shown in sporting action: Franck Ribéry, David Alaba, Thomas Müller, Philipp Lahm and Arjen Robben. The Lufthansa Airbus will be flying from Munich to four continents with this design for a year.

Lufthansa has been the official carrier of FC Bayern Munich since 2004. In addition to its long-term cooperation with FC Bayern Munich, the airline also works with the German Football Association (DFB) and supports numerous popular sports. Moreover, the airline is a national sponsor of the sports foundation Deutsche Sporthilfe, and has been a partner of the German Olympic Sports Committee (DOSB) for many years. This traditionally includes flying the German team to the Olympic Games and, as a partner of the National Paralympic Committee (DBS), to the Paralympics.

D-AIHK is now back at the Munich base.

Copyright Photo: Lufthansa Airbus A340-642 D-AIHK (msn 580) (F.C. Bayern Munchen) MUC (Arnd Wolf). Image: 934249.

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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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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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Lufthansa puts its 2016 Boeing 737-300 “Fanhansa” into regular service

Lufthansa's 2016 Boeing 737-300 "Fanhansa" special livery

After flying the German soccer team to Chambery, France on June 6, 2016, the first regular flight of D-ABEK in the 2016 version of Fanhansa was Frankfurt – Munich on June 7, 2016.

Lufthansa issued this statement on June 6, 2016:

The German national team departed from Frankfurt Airport on June 6, 2016 with Lufthansa special flight LH342 for the European Championship in France. At exactly 14:02 local time, the “Fanhansa” aircraft, with Captain Ulrich Pade and First Officer Rafael Gabel in the !+$%pit, took off from runway 18 West after having left parking position at 13:49 local time. On board were the national team, coaches and team staff as well as other DFB (German Football Association) representatives. The flight from Frankfurt (FRA) to Chambery Savoie Airport (CMF) near the team accommodation takes 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Last week, the Boeing 737-300 aircraft type with the registration D-ABEK received special livery from Lufthansa Technik for the occasion. In addition to the well-known “Fanhansa” logo from the 2014 World Cup, the names of fans now decorate the aircraft’s fuselage. Among more than 65,000 online applications, around 300 winners were drawn to symbolically accompany the national team on their flight to the European Championship.

In regular service, the aircraft has 140 seats in Business and Economy Class. For the special flight, the entire cabin is set-up in business-class standard. The catering on board has been tailored to the needs of athletes: Sandwiches with beef pastrami or vegetarian ones with cream cheese, a colorful fruit plate and the entire range of nonalcoholic beverages available on Lufthansa flights.

For the first time in 2014, on the occasion of the World Cup in Brazil, Lufthansa traded its name for “Fanhansa” on the fuselage of part of the fleet and for a limited time. The climax of the campaign was the “Fanhansa Siegerflieger” which flew the newly crowned world champions from Rio de Janeiro to Berlin. The Boeing 747-8 still delights on its flights around the world and will continue to fly until the World Cup in 2018.

Lufthansa is engaged as the “Airline for sport” for many popular sports. In addition to the long-standing cooperation with the German Football Association (since 2005), Lufthansa also works with FC Bayern München (since 2004) and Eintracht Frankfurt (since 2008) football clubs. In addition, the airline is a national sponsor for the German Sports Aid and is a longstanding partner of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB).

Copyright Photo: Lufthansa – Fanhansa Boeing 737-330 D-ABEK (msn 25414) MUC (Arnd Wolf). Image: 933239.

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Lufthansa Group to hire more than 4,000 new employees in 2016

Lufthansa Boeing 747-430 D-ABVD (msn 24740) FRA (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 930895.

Lufthansa Group (Lufthansa) (Frankfurt) has made this announcement about its hiring plans for 2016:

The Lufthansa Group is hiring more than 4,000 new employees in 2016, giving the organization a top position amongst the leading German companies. “We are proud that yet again this year the companies of the Lufthansa Group are able to offer many people an exciting new outlook and attractive working conditions in the aviation industry. For many applicants the Lufthansa Group is a dream employer. We are therefore even more pleased that we can fulfill this dream for 4,000 people,” says Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

Flight Attendants

The main focus of the new recruiting will be the flight attendant training. In 2016 approximately 2,800 flight attendants will be hired in various locations and for different airlines of the Lufthansa Group:

  • Lufthansa 1,400 (800 in Frankfurt and 600 in Munich)
  • Swiss 800 (in Zurich)
  • Eurowings 360 (in Vienna, Düsseldorf and Hamburg)
  • Austrian Airlines 200 (in Vienna)
  • Lufthansa CityLine 30 (in Munich)

Interested parties can find more information at the following link:

https://www.be-lufthansa.com/en/jobs-and-apprenticeship/flight-attendant-mf/

Lufthansa Flight Attendants

Lufthansa flight attendants will start in the Frankfurt and Munich hubs on short, medium and long- haul destinations. Basically Lufthansa offers two kinds of entry-level contracts:

  • A permanent position with a part time factor of 83 percent in which flight attendants fly full time in summer and part time in winter.
  • A two year contract with a part time factor of 50 percent which can be extended once every two years. In this model flight attendants work full time in summer followed by six months free time. Entry to this type of contract is possible from November to January.

In both models salary and social insurance are paid over twelve months. New employees take training courses over twelve weeks in order to become flight attendants. Interested parties who are at least 18 years old and who have completed their secondary education may apply directly to www.be-lufthansa.com.

Flight Attendants for Eurowings Europe in Vienna

The newly founded Eurowings Europe starts off the year with modern A320 jets flying to attractive locations in Europe. Under the umbrella brand Eurowings the new airline with its headquarters in Vienna will in future offer an attractive flight program. Interested parties who are at least 18 years old and who have passed their secondary school examinations may apply to:

www.aircrew-service.de/eurowings_karrierecenter/

Pilots for Eurowings and Austrian Airlines

This year the Lufthansa Group is hiring 240 pilots, of which 140 will be for Eurowings in Austria and Germany and 100 for Austrian Airlines. Both first officers and captains are wanted. Further pilots are needed for SunExpress in Germany. The joint subsidiary of Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines operates long-haul flights on behalf of Eurowings. Interested parties will find information about requirements and may apply for a place in the cockpit at the following links:

www.career.aero/eurowings/

www.career.aero/sunexpress

Service Staff at Munich Airport

This year the Lufthansa Station in Munich is looking for 150 new employees for their passenger service at Munich Airport. The new colleagues will be deployed in taking care of passengers at the check-in or at the Lufthansa transfer and ticket counters in the multiple award winning Terminal 2. Lufthansa will hire station employees for one year on a full time basis. Interested parties with an intermediate school leaving certificate and a good knowledge of both spoken and written English may find further information here:

https://www.be-lufthansa.com/en/jobs-and-apprenticeship/customer-service/

Further Vacancies and Apprenticeships

Just as it does every year, in 2016 Lufthansa will be giving numerous apprentices a start in their professional career. The beginners will be trained in over 30 different careers at different locations. Moreover the organization is also looking for more employees in various areas of the company. Interested parties may find detailed information about possibilities to enter the Lufthansa organization and requirements under http://www.be-lufthansa.com. Applications may be sent exclusively via the career portal. Deutsche Lufthansa AG

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 747-430 D-ABVD (msn 24740) arrives at the FRA hub.

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Lufthansa launches three long-haul leisure destinations from Frankfurt

Lufthansa Airbus A340-313 D-AIGY (msn 335) FRA (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 930616.

Lufthansa (Frankfurt) is adding three new long-haul destinations from its Frankfurt hub to Cancún, Mexico, Malé, in the Maldives, and Mauritius.

The expansion kicked off on December 8, when flight LH 514 departed Frankfurt for Cancún. This was followed on Wednesday, December 9 with flight LH 704 to Malé. The week was rounded off on December 10 with flight LH 708 to Mauritius.

Lufthansa has added to its network in the last few months, with Tampa, Florida and Nairobi, Kenya being added in late September and late October respectively. In March 2016, flights to Panama City, Panama will begin.

The aircraft used for these flights – equipped with a FlyNet broadband connection – is the Airbus A340-300, with seats spread over three different travel classes. Out of a total of 298 seats, 18 are in Business Class, 19 in Premium Economy and 261 in Economy.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. 8 Airbus A340-300s are being transferred to and leased-back from Lufthansa CityLine and will be operated in a high-density configuration on leisure routes. Airbus A340-313 D-AIGY (msn 335) prepares to depart from the Frankfurt hub.

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