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Lufthansa reactivates its Airbus A380s

Lufthansa has reactivated its Airbus A380s with this announcement and photo on social media:

First flights from summer 2023: Lufthansa reactivates Airbus A380 due to the steep rise in customer demand.

How many A380s will take off again and which destinations will be served is still to be decided.

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Fantasy airline liveries we will never see – the artwork of Gianfranco Beting

Flap International Editor Gianfranco Beting has used his editing skills to create these fantasy airline liveries on aircraft types and airlines that were never operated. Breeze has a chance!

All image work is copyright by Gianfranco Beting. Thank you Gianfranco for sharing your talents.

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Lufthansa takes off as “Lovehansa”

Lufthansa made this announcement:

On the occasion of Pride Month, Lufthansa took on June 10 with a very special aircraft to destinations throughout Europe. The Airbus A320neo with the registration D-AINY became “Lovehansa” for the next six months.

On the outside of the aircraft, it won´t be the Lufthansa livery but “Lovehansa”, which is painted in the colors of the rainbow, which symbolizes the pride flag. The welcome panel at the entrance will also have a special rainbow design. In addition, when looking out of the aircraft window, hearts in rainbow colors can be seen on the winglets.

The first flight of the “Lovehansa” flew to destination Billund in Denmark (LH842 on  June 10).

Lufthansa is a company that stands for openness, diversity and understanding. With the “Lovehansa” special livery, the company is sending another clear signal and making this important part of its corporate culture prominently and visible to the outside world.

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Lufthansa alters its long-range Boeing order

The Lufthansa Group is buying more state-of-the-art long-haul aircraft from Boeing. The Executive Board has decided to purchase:

  • seven Boeing 787-9 long-haul passenger aircraft (above)
  • three Boeing 777F freighter aircraft (current technology)(below)
  • seven Boeing 777-8F freighter aircraft (new technology)(below)

In addition, leases for two Boeing 777F freighter aircraft (current technology), which run until 2024, will be extended.

The Supervisory Board approved the acquisition and the lease extension today.

Boeing 787-9 passenger aircraft compensate delayed 777-9

The seven highly economical and fuel-efficient 787-9 passenger aircraft are intended to fill the capacity gaps created by the delayed delivery of the Boeing 777-9 (originally scheduled for delivery in 2023, currently advised in 2025). Lufthansa will receive the aircraft, which were originally intended for other airlines, in 2025 and 2026. At the same time, the delivery dates for the Boeing 787-9s already ordered from Boeing will be revised and, in some cases, brought forward to 2023 and 2024.

Boeing 777F Freighter considering short term market developments

Demand for air freight remains persistently high. Global supply chains continue to be disrupted. To further maximize very profitable market opportunities in this business segment, Lufthansa Group is purchasing three additional Boeing 777F freighters. One freighter, which has so far been flying for another airline, will be reassigned to Lufthansa Cargo in the upcoming weeks.Two new aircraft will follow later. Additionally, contracts for two leased 777Fs will be extended.

Boeing 777-8F freighter from 2027

As one of the first customers Lufthansa Group purchased seven state-of-the-art and efficient Boeing 777-8F freighter aircraft. They are based on the new technology of the Boeing 777X. The first aircraft will be delivered starting in 2027.

Carsten Spohr, CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, said:

“We continue investing in more fuel-efficient, quieter and more economical aircraft that emit significantly less CO2 . This enables us to drive our fleet modernization. By purchasing these state-of-the-art aircraft, we again underline Lufthansa Group’s ability to invest in and shape the future. Once again, we are again taking the initiative and expanding our leadership role as well as taking responsibility for the environment – with premium products for our customers and a sustainable fleet.”

With Boeing´s new long-haul aircraft, the Lufthansa Group will continue to modernize its fleet with aircraft among the most fuel-efficient and sustainable long-haul aircraft in their class. The Boeing 787-9 passenger aircraft consume about 25 percent less kerosene than their predecessors, the 777-8F freighters nearly 15 percent less kerosene. Both aircraft will have an equally positive effect on the carbon footprint.

Including the measures resolved today, the Group expects net capital expenditures of around 2.5 billion euros in 2022. Annual net capital expenditures are expected to also amount to around 2.5 billion euros up to 2024. The Group expects the cost benefits associated with fleet modernization to drive the achievement of its target to reach an Adjusted EBIT margin of at least 8% and a return on capital employed (Adjusted ROCE) of at least 10% by 2024.

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Lufthansa unveils its first Airbus A350 with its upgraded Business Class

Lufthansa has made this announcement:

Munich has a new flying ambassador. An Airbus A350-900 with the registration D-AIVC was christened on April 29 at Munich Airport by the Bavarian Minister President Dr. Markus Söder.

In his address, Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG said: “The A350 is the quietest and most fuel-efficient long-haul aircraft in our fleet. With a significantly improved Business Class on board, this aircraft also represents the beginning of one of the largest product modernizations in Lufthansa’s history. This aircraft is sustainable and offers customers a premium flight experience. The “Munich” is a worthy ambassador of the Bavarian capital to the world.”

The D-AIVC now departs from the Bavarian hub for Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver in Canada.

Premium travel experience with improved Business Class

The “Munich” is the first aircraft in the Lufthansa fleet to offer its guests an improved Business Class. All seats have direct access to the aisle, can be easily and quickly converted into a two-meter-long bed and offer more storage space. In addition, travelers have significantly more space in the shoulder area.

The introduction of the improved Business Class marks the beginning of an extensive renewal of Lufthansa’s cabins. Next year, the airline will introduce a new top product in all travel classes, Economy, Premium Economy, Business and First Class, that is unparalleled in the market.

Six aircraft have already been named Munich

The A350 is already the sixth aircraft to be christened with the city’s name. This means that Lufthansa can already look back on more than six decades of flying with a “Munich”.  On October 11, 1960, a Lufthansa aircraft was named after the Bavarian capital for the first time. The “godchild” at the time, a Boeing 707 with the registration D-ABOF, was christened at what was then Munich-Riem Airport. The godmother was Ilse Vogel, wife of the then Lord Mayor Dr. Hans-Jochen Vogel. The fifth “Munich” was the Airbus A380 with the registration D-AIMB, which was christened by Edith von Welser-Ude on July 28, 2010 and which is no longer part of the Lufthansa fleet.

Reduction of CO2 emissions by 30 percent

The A350, whose fleet in Munich is being expanded from 17 to 21 aircraft, is the Lufthansa Group’s most modern and fuel-efficient long-haul aircraft. In order to accelerate the modernization of its long-haul fleet, the Lufthansa Group had signed leases for four additional Airbus A350-900s in the fall of 2021. These will all be used by the core Lufthansa brand at the Munich site, thus strengthening the premium offering there.

The A350-900 consumes only around 2.5 liters of kerosene per passenger per 100 kilometers flown. This reduces CO2 emissions by around 30 percent compared with predecessor models. The aircraft is also much quieter.

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Lufthansa, Fraport and Munich Airport call for effective and fair EU climate policy

In its climate protection package, “Fit for 55,” the European Commission proposes three measures for aviation: introducing a kerosene tax, tightening emissions trading (ETS), and introducing an increasing blending mandate for sustainable aviation fuels (SAF). By 2050, aviation is to be CO2-neutral.

Lufthansa Group, Fraport and Munich Airport all support the EU’s ambitious climate protection goals and are pursuing a well defined climate protection agenda while driving forward the decarbonization of operations involving high cost investments. At the same time,all three German aviation companies are calling for a climate policy that ensures a level playing field for all, i.e., that includes competitors outside Europe. A policy is needed that prevents traffic and CO2 emissions being shifted without a climate benefit (carbon leakage).

This was explained today by Jost Lammers, CEO of Flughafen München GmbH, Dr. Stefan Schulte, Chairman of the Executive Board of Fraport AG, and Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, at a joint press conference in Frankfurt. If the current Fit for 55 plans were implemented without appropriate changes it would result in a unilateral cost increase for European network airlines and hubs. Connectivity, value creation and employment in Europe would be significantly weakened.

It is why Lufthansa Group, Fraport and Munich Airport appeal to the EU Parliament and Council to improve the proposals of the EU Commission and initiate a regulation that promotes effective climate protection while maintaining the competitiveness of European hubs and airlines. Equal treatment of airlines and airports within the EU and their non-EU competitors is crucial. Until now this has been missing. Since proposed climate protection requirements are decidedly stricter for EU airlines and hubs than for non-EU competitors corrective steps are necessary.

Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, said: “It cannot be in the interest of the EU and Europe to put European aviation at a disadvantage with Fit for 55 and thereby weaken its international competitiveness. The carbon emissions of aviation would be shifted and not reduced with the measures that are currently planned. As a result, Europe would become more dependent on third countries regarding transport policy. This cannot be the intention of policy makers.”

Dr. Stefan Schulte, CEO of Fraport AG, says: “Yes, we need more effort and speed in climate protection! It’s not a question of ‘whether’ but one of ‘how’ to pursue ambitious climate policies. As such, we want to avoid the risk of carbon leakage and of competitive distortions. In other words, achieve effective climate action AND maintain connectivity and employment in Europe.”

Jost Lammers, CEO of Flughafen München GmbH, added: “We need a fair and effective climate policy that does not put European airlines in a worse position than their competitors. A mere kerosene tax does not save a single gram of CO2. However, emissions trading and the SAF blending mandate, properly implemented do and are effective instruments for the desired decarbonization of aviation.”

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New Lufthansa flights to Rio and San Diego from Munich

For the first time nonstop from Munich to Rio de Janeiro and San Diego, and also again to Bangkok: Lufthansa is offering a highly attractive long-haul program from Munich this summer. Mumbai, Toronto and Washington Dulles are also back on the flight schedule after an extended break.

Now, the intercontinental network from Munich features 21 destinations, ten more than in 2021. The flights are operated by Airbus A350, the world’s most sustainable long-haul aircraft. The Airbus A350 emits 30 percent less CO2 and makes only half as much noise as previous aircraft models.

Today, LH466 took off for the first time from Munich to San Diego and is scheduled up to five times a week at 12:40 pm. Already on Sunday, LH500 to Rio de Janeiro took off at 12:15 p.m. – the inauguration of five weekly flights. Also on Sunday, LH772 started again at 10:45 p.m. for Bangkok. The flight to the Thai capital is offered daily.

Emission-free aircraft towing: Lufthansa LEOS is the launch customer of the all-electric towbarless aircraft tractor Phoenix E

Lufthansa LEOS, the ground handling specialist of the Lufthansa Group, is the launch customer of the all-electric towbarless aircraft tractor Phoenix E from German manufacturer Goldhofer. The purely battery-electric vehicle operates at Frankfurt Airport. It can move aircraft with a take-off weight of up to 352 tons over short and long distances between parking areas, maintenance hangars, and departure positions.

Emission-free aircraft towing at up to 25 kilometers per hour

After extensive testing and training, Lufthansa LEOS added the electric vehicle to the fleet. The advantages of the electric tug are apparent; it moves aircraft without emissions and noise or vibration.

With a battery capacity of 165-kilowatt hours and a drive power of 240 kilowatts, aircraft can be moved at speeds of up to 25 kilometers per hour. Because the nose wheel of the aircraft is lifted and locked, the tug can move relatively quickly and is easier to maneuver than tugs with a tow bar.

Up to 20 towing jobs a day – all-electric

When controlling the operation of the towbarless aircraft tractor, it is necessary to consider how the state of charge develops for a day because aircraft tow tractors are “workhorses.” They taxi to new parking positions in Frankfurt with the aircraft in tow for up to ten hours a day. The daily energy requirement for up to 20 towing jobs per vehicle is almost twice as high as the battery capacity. The thermo-controlled lithium-ion battery system allows rapid recharging even during short interruptions to work, which is carried out utilizing a dedicated charging infrastructure. Charging is done with green electricity. And this is already from the point of energy generation.

Lufthansa LEOS has been committed to sustainability on the ground for many years. Since 2014, the company has been testing novel, sustainable ground handling concepts with Fraport as part of the E-PORT AN initiative. In addition to the all-electric towbarless aircraft tractor, it already has two hybrid tow vehicles in operation at Frankfurt Airport.

On the ground: conversion to CO2-neutral mobility by 2030

Since 2020, the Lufthansa Group has been sourcing exclusively green electricity in its home market. As a further measure, the Group is converting there to CO2-neutral mobility on the ground by 2030.

Lufthansa to launch a new regional subsidiary in 2023

Lufthansa’s CEO Carstan Spohr has confirmed plans to launch a new regional airline in Germany that should operate with its regional subsidiary CityLine.

The new airline will have its own Airline Operator Certificate (AOC) and is being targeted to launch services in early 2023.

No name has been announced.

Lufthansa Group to suspend flights to Kyiv and Odessa

Lufthansa on Monday will suspend its flights to both Kyiv and Odessa in Ukraine until the end of February due to a pending Russian invasion.

Service to Lviv in western Ukraine will continue.

Lufthansa stated it is “constantly monitoring the situation and will decide on further flights at a later date.”

Austrian Airlines has also cancelled flights to both cities until the end of the month.

Swiss is also suspending service to Kyiv starting on Monday.

Flights scheduled departures from Boryspil International Airport in Kyiv for Monday:

Flight Time Destination Airline Terminal Gate Status
PQ 7123 00:05 Sharm El Sheikh Sky Up Airlines D D14 Scheduled
PQ 7131 00:15 Sharm El Sheikh Sky Up Airlines D D15 Scheduled
PC 1723 01:55 Ankara Pegasus Airlines D D4 Scheduled
PS 9407 04:35 Riga Ukraine International Airlines D Scheduled
BT 407 04:35 Riga Air Baltic D Scheduled
7B 331 07:05 Tbilisi Bees Airline D Scheduled
FR 3085 08:45 Vilnius Ryanair D Scheduled
FR 6897 09:05 Katowice Ryanair D Scheduled
FR 3277 09:05 Riga Ryanair D Scheduled
ET 4235 09:10 Istanbul Ethiopian Airlines Corporation D Scheduled
MS 9505 09:10 Istanbul Egypt Air D Scheduled
TK 8811 09:10 Istanbul Turkish Airlines D Scheduled
PS 711 09:10 Istanbul Ukraine International Airlines D Scheduled
PQ 441 09:30 Tbilisi Sky Up Airlines D Scheduled
TP 8242 09:40 Munich TAP Portugal D Scheduled
PS 415 09:40 Munich Ukraine International Airlines D Scheduled
AF 3375 09:45 Paris Air France D Scheduled
PS 775 09:45 Tel Aviv Ukraine International Airlines D Scheduled
PS 127 09:45 Paris Ukraine International Airlines D Scheduled
KL 3139 09:50 Odesa KLM D Scheduled
PS 55 09:50 Odesa Ukraine International Airlines D Scheduled
TK 458 09:50 Istanbul Turkish Airlines D Scheduled
TP 8228 09:50 London TAP Portugal D Scheduled
PS 111 09:50 London Ukraine International Airlines D Scheduled
TP 8238 09:50 Prague TAP Portugal D Scheduled
PS 9558 09:50 Istanbul Ukraine International Airlines D Scheduled
PS 807 09:50 Prague Ukraine International Airlines D Scheduled
OK 4917 09:50 Prague CSA Czech Airlines D Scheduled
7W 121 09:50 Odesa Wind Rose D Scheduled
PS 177 09:55 Vilnius Ukraine International Airlines D Scheduled
BT 7401 09:55 Vilnius Air Baltic D Scheduled
PS 101 10:00 Amsterdam Ukraine International Airlines D Scheduled
PS 9061 10:00 Lviv Ukraine International Airlines D Scheduled
KL 3097 10:00 Amsterdam KLM D Scheduled
TP 8240 10:00 Amsterdam TAP Portugal D Scheduled
7W 161 10:00 Lviv Wind Rose D Scheduled
7W 101 10:10 Dnipro Wind Rose D Scheduled
PQ 491 10:10 Istanbul Sky Up Airlines D Scheduled
PS 9001 10:10 Dnipro Ukraine International Airlines D Scheduled
PS 9041 10:15 Kharkiv Ukraine International Airlines D Scheduled
7W 141 10:15 Kharkiv Wind Rose D Scheduled
PQ 821 10:15 Beauvais Sky Up Airlines D Scheduled
PQ 741 10:20 Barcelona Sky Up Airlines D Scheduled
PQ 761 10:40 Madrid Sky Up Airlines D Scheduled
PS 311 10:40 Milan Ukraine International Airlines D Scheduled
TP 8218 10:40 Milan TAP Portugal D Scheduled
FR 976 10:55 Vienna Ryanair D Scheduled
LH 2547 11:25 Munich Lufthansa D Cancelled
J2 9684 11:30 Baku Buta Airways D Scheduled
FR 3199 11:30 Berlin Ryanair D Scheduled
FR 6421 12:10 Madrid Ryanair D Scheduled
RK 3678 12:40 London Ryanair Uk D Scheduled
7W 727 12:45 Belgrade Wind Rose D Scheduled
FR 9193 13:10 Paphos Ryanair D Scheduled
G9 262 13:25 Sharjah Air Arabia D Scheduled
LO 752 13:55 Warsaw LOT Polish Airlines D Scheduled
RK 9228 14:10 Manchester Ryanair Uk D Scheduled
TK 7869 14:25 Ankara Turkish Airlines D Scheduled
FZ 1728 14:25 Dubai Flydubai D Scheduled
FR 2112 14:30 Cologne Ryanair D Scheduled
7B 511 14:45 Alicante Bees Airline D Scheduled
TK 1256 15:05 Istanbul Turkish Airlines D Scheduled
PS 9556 15:05 Istanbul Ukraine International Airlines D Scheduled
FR 3167 15:10 Warsaw Ryanair D Scheduled
7W 113 15:15 Ivano-Frankivsk Wind Rose D Scheduled
PS 9013 15:15 Ivano-Frankivsk Ukraine International Airlines D Scheduled
PS 9719 15:25 Prague Ukraine International Airlines D Scheduled
OK 919 15:25 Prague CSA Czech Airlines D Scheduled
7W 103 15:25 Dnipro Wind Rose D Scheduled
PS 9413 15:30 Riga Ukraine International Airlines D Scheduled
BT 403 15:30 Riga Air Baltic D Scheduled
FR 3138 16:10 Wroclaw Ryanair D Scheduled
PQ 701 16:10 Lisbon Sky Up Airlines D Scheduled
QR 296 16:40 Doha Qatar Airways Company D Scheduled
FR 7849 17:20 Bergamo Ryanair D Scheduled
FR 7853 17:50 Rome Ryanair D Scheduled
FZ 1730 18:25 Dubai Flydubai D Scheduled
LO 754 18:55 Warsaw LOT Polish Airlines D Scheduled
PS 897 19:40 Chisinau Ukraine International Airlines D Scheduled
PS 777 20:00 Tel Aviv Ukraine International Airlines D Scheduled
PS 9085 20:10 Zaporizhzhia Ukraine International Airlines D Scheduled
PS 611 20:10 Yerevan Ukraine International Airlines D Scheduled
7W 125 20:10 Odesa Wind Rose D Scheduled
7W 185 20:10 Zaporizhzhia Wind Rose D Scheduled
TP 6751 20:10 Odesa TAP Portugal D Scheduled
FR 2741 20:10 Karlsruhe/Baden Baden Ryanair D Scheduled
PS 53 20:10 Odesa Ukraine International Airlines D Scheduled
FR 3832 20:15 Venice Ryanair D Scheduled
FR 3832 20:15 Treviso Ryanair D Scheduled
PS 9005 20:20 Dnipro Ukraine International Airlines D Scheduled
7W 105 20:20 Dnipro Wind Rose D Scheduled
7W 145 20:25 Kharkiv Wind Rose D Scheduled
FR 3069 20:25 Barcelona Ryanair D Scheduled
PS 9045 20:25 Kharkiv Ukraine International Airlines D Scheduled
PS 9065 20:30 Lviv Ukraine International Airlines D Scheduled
7W 165 20:30 Lviv Wind Rose D Scheduled
PS 9556 20:40 Istanbul Ukraine International Airlines D Scheduled
TK 460 20:40 Istanbul Turkish Airlines D Scheduled
FR 3826 20:55 Naples Ryanair D Scheduled
FR 3077 21:15 Bratislava Ryanair D Scheduled
PS 9102 21:40 Almaty Ukraine International Airlines D Scheduled
KC 202 21:40 Almaty Air Astana D Scheduled
FR 3175 21:45 Gdansk Ryanair D Scheduled
FR 7263 22:50 Krakow Ryanair D Scheduled
FR 6918 23:20 Warsaw Ryanair D Scheduled