Lufthansa expands its long-haul network: New destinations from Munich and Frankfurt in summer 2018

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Lufthansa expands its route network and will offer new intercontinental destinations from Frankfurt and Munich in summer 2018.

New from Frankfurt Hub:
San Diego (USA) is the second largest city in the U.S. state of California and eighth overall in the Unites States. The city is located in southwest California, close to the Mexican border. Due to the pleasant climate, San Diego is known as „America’s Finest City“ by its residents. The beaches and waves of the Pacific are particularly suitable for surfing. The city is also a hotspot for the biotech and telecommunications industry. Beginning in summer 2018, Lufthansa will offer five weekly San Diego flights from Frankfurt.

New from Munich Hub:
Likewise in summer 2018, Lufthansa will reintroduce the Singapore route into its flight schedule from Munich.  Five times a week, passengers will be able to fly from the Bavarian capital to the lively economic metropolis in Asia. At the same time, Lufthansa will offer more additional flights from Munich to Chicago, USA. Instead of seven times a week, Lufthansa will fly from Bavaria to the „Windy City“ ten times per week.

Good news for Airbus A380 Fans in Munich: Starting in summer 2018, Lufthansa will introduce the Airbus A380 in Munich on long-haul destinations to Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Beijing. For this reason, Lufthansa will transfer five of its 14 Airbus A380s from Frankfurt to Munich. As a result up to 500 new positions will be staffed in Bavaria.

“With the A380 we can offer our Munich customers a premium aircraft at a 5-Star Hub,“ said Harry Hohmeister, member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG and responsible for  Hub Management. “In recent years, we have made great progress in steering our hubs. We harmonized and integrated processes and are now more flexible in utilizing our aircraft at different locations. Quality, efficiency and growth will always remain our top priority.”

Lufthansa is showing a clear sign for continued growth in Bavaria. Over the next two years, the Lufthansa long-haul fleet in Munich will be receiving two more aircraft.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Lufthansa is Europe’s best airline

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Lufthansa has been voted the “Best Airline in Europe”. The award was given at the Paris Air Show on 20 June 2017 in Le Bourget. The market research institute Skytrax, which specializes in aviation, surveyed around 18 million passengers from over 160 countries worldwide.

In the survey, passengers from across the globe spoke in favour of the German premium carrier, thus acknowledging the services offered by Lufthansa. Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO at Deutsche Lufthansa AG: “The service offered by our crews on board and on the ground as well as our investments over the past few years in the fitting of our cabins and lounges, in addition to the service and digitalization, have paid off. The Skytrax Award is evidence that Lufthansa passengers appreciate our quality. The combination of premium service and excellent facilities has impressed passengers worldwide and made us Europe’s number one. Our offer has never been better.” On receipt of the award, Carsten Spohr thanked the employees of Lufthansa in particular, who made this success possible with their excellent work.

Lufthansa also won the award of “Best Airline in Western Europe” as well as the award “Best First Class Lounge Dining”. Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian Airlines had been nominated for the award as “Best Airline in Western Europe”. Austrian Airlines won the “Best Airline Staff Service in Europe” award for its employees.

The survey was carried out by the market research institute Skytrax, which specializes in aviation. As part of this, the services on board as well as the airline services at the airports were rated. Skytrax has been carrying out the annual survey since 1999.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Lufthansa to expand Europe network: Six new Frankfurt destinations for the winter now fixed

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Lufthansa will today (June 06th, 2017) launch into the winter season with six new destinations in Europe from Frankfurt. Kuusamo (Finland), Cluj and Timișoara (both in Romania) will be offered from Frankfurt for the first time, supplementing the Lufthansa flight offer. The Lufthansa summer destinations Reykjavik (Iceland), Palermo (Italy) and Santiago de Compostela (Spain) will also be offered all year round from Frankfurt for the first time. The new destinations for winter 2017/18 are available for booking effective immediately.

Focus on Romania

The Romanian cities of Cluj and Timişoara will be offered daily from Frankfurt for the first time with the start of the new winter flight plan 2017/18 (valid from 29 October 2017) and included in Lufthansa’s Europe offer. The two major cities have already been offered successfully from Munich for several years. Lufthansa will thereby offer its passengers four city connections from Germany to Romania, in addition to the popular connections to Bucharest and Sibiu (from Munich only). This considerably expanded offer provides both business travellers and holidaymakers numerous direct connections to destinations in Romania.

The economic centre of Cluj in Transylvania is one of the largest cities in Romania and has some 2.5 million inhabitants in its wide catchment area. The surroundings boast a beautiful landscape of mountains, forests and lakes, and invite visitors to hike through nature. The inner city of Cluj is characterised by historic buildings. Numerous churches are available for viewing.

Today, Timișoara is the historic, economic and cultural centre of the Banat. The modern, multicultural city is characterised by Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings. To this day, Timișoara is also known as “little Vienna”. The city owes this name to its architecture as well as to its charm. But today more than ever, Timișoara enjoys another epithet: “City of Roses and Parks”, which invite visitors to linger.

Kuusamo to become the fourth Lufthansa Lapland destination

Starting from 23 December 2017, there will be a flight every Saturday from Frankfurt to northern Finnish Kuusamo. Due to its nature and the ski sports centre Ruka, Kuusamo has become one of the major tourist centres in Finland. Together with Tromsø, Ivalo and Kittilä, (Lufthansa offers Kittilä from Munich only), Kuusamo is now the fourth Lapland destination to be included by Europe’s largest airline, due to its popularity among winter sports lovers and fans of the Northern Lights.

Reykjavik, Palermo and Santiago de Compostela now included in the flight plan all year round

Good news as well for all Iceland, Sicily and Spain fans: The existing Lufthansa summer destinations of Reykjavik, Palermo and Santiago de Compostela will now also be continued during the winter due to the strong demand. Three times a week, you can fly from Frankfurt to the Icelandic capital Reykjavik. There will also be up to two flights per week to Palermo from Frankfurt in the winter. Santiago de Compostela can now be visited all year round from Frankfurt three times a week, and once a week from Munich.

Further information and booking options for Lufthansa flights can be found online at LH.com or via the Lufthansa Service Center by phone at (069) 86 799 799 (landline rates). Flights can also be booked from Lufthansa travel agency partners as well as at the Lufthansa sales counters at airports.

The new connections at a glance:

Frankfurt (FRA) – Cluj (CLJ)

  • Once daily (from 29 October 2017)
  • LH1412: FRA 14:45 – 17:50 CLJ
  • LH1413: CLJ 18:35 – 19:45 FRA
  • Price: from EUR 159 including taxes and fees
  • Distance: 1,173 km (634 nautical miles)
  • Embraer 190

Frankfurt – Timișoara (TSR)

  • Once daily (from 29 October 2017)
  • LH1416: FRA 09:00 – 11:50 TSR
  • LH1417: TSR 12:45 – 13:45 FRA
  • Price: from EUR 149 including taxes and fees
  • Distance: 1,062 km (573 nautical miles)
  • Embraer 190

Frankfurt (FRA) – Kuusamo (KAO)

  • Once a week (Saturday from 23.12.2017)
  • LH872: FRA 10:05 – 14:10 KAO
  • LH873: KAO 15:15 – 17:30 FRA
  • Price: from EUR 199 including taxes and fees
  • Distance: 2,134 km (1152 nautical miles)
  • Airbus A319

Frankfurt – Reykjavik (KEF)

  • Three times a week (Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday from 29 October 2017)
  • LH1416: FRA 11:40 – 14:35 KEF
  • LH1417: KEF 15:25 – 20:05 FRA
  • Price: from EUR 229 including taxes and fees
  • Distance: 2,408 km (1,300 nautical miles)
  • Airbus A320

Frankfurt – Palermo (PMO)

  • Up to twice a week (Saturday, Sunday from 29 October 2017)
  • LH1416: FRA 13:50 – 16:05 PMO
  • LH1417: PMO 17:15 – 19:40 FRA
  • Price: from EUR 109 including taxes and fees
  • Distance: 1,365 km (737 nautical miles)
  • Airbus A320 or A321

Frankfurt – Santiago de Compostela (SCQ)

  • Three times a week (Monday, Thursday, Friday from 29 October 2017)
  • LH1110: FRA 09:50 – 12:30 SCQ
  • LH1111: SCQ 13:50 – 16:15 FRA
  • Price: from EUR 129 including taxes and fees
  • Distance: 1,522 km (822 nautical miles)
  • Airbus A320

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Lufthasa: “Tow tractor ballet” on New Year’s Eve

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Every year between Christmas and New Year, a remarkable sight can be seen at the Lufthansa hubs. Aircraft after aircraft, but in this case parked on the ground instead of taking off into the skies.

Taking a breather after a stressful year? No – there is a logical reason behind it all. During the low season when demand drops – and the time between Christmas and New Year is traditionally one of most notable of these periods – Lufthansa reacts by considerably reducing its service and cutting up to 75 percent of all flights. At the end of this year, from Christmas Eve onwards, and for the fifth time running, the larger part of the fleet will be seen parked at the Rhine-Main Airport in Frankfurt.

On Christmas Day, 25 December, there were 134 aircraft out “on the yard”, and by New Year’s Eve this will be 148. An impressive picture – and, above all, a huge logistical challenge. Up to 60 long-haul aircraft will be parked there, all exactly according to plan, many of them in specially marked-out parking areas. The employees at the Hub Control Center manually document the parking site for each individual aircraft. The correct placing of the aircraft is crucial. Working according to the principle of “first in, last out”, the positions of the aircraft in the parking area are carefully chosen so that those which are parked first will be the last to be returned to service.

On New Year’s Eve, work will start to get the aircraft all back into place again, ready for service. As the New Year is still being rung in, around 50 long-haul and at least as many inner-continental aircraft need to be made ready for take-off again – all within a short space of time – and exactly this number of towing maneuvers are required in order to achieve this. “Tow tractor ballet” is what the employees of the Hub Control Center have nicknamed this procedure. From New Year onwards, the airport parking area will be markedly emptier – and the Lufthansa aircraft with their famous crane symbol will one by one resume their regular job of flying.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Final approval: Lufthansa Technik provides complete support for A350

Courtesy: Airbus.

Courtesy: Airbus.

Lufthansa Technik AG is equipped to perform all work required for the complete maintenance of the new Lufthansa Airbus A350-900, the team is trained and ready to go and the company is licensed by the German Federal Aviation Office (LBA). The handing over of the “Base Maintenance Approval” certificate by the LBA brings to an end an intense period of preparation.

More than 100 employees of Lufthansa Technik spent in excess of 18 months working in eight related sub-projects. Now Lufthansa is to roll out a new aircraft type in Munich for the first time – a special challenge in the framework of the project. 28 employees in aircraft maintenance in the Bavarian capital are already extensively qualified for the new aircraft type. And a good 200 others will complete training in areas such as new methods of damage detection and repair for carbon fiber-reinforced structures among others. Lufthansa Technik will invest just under 10,000 course days in this training.

New tools, equipment, procedures. The engine transport stand represents the most significant resource, on which an engine – split in two – can be transported in Lufthansa Cargo freighter aircraft. There are more than 5,000 new part numbers available in stock in Munich alone.

The maintenance concept was developed in close cooperation between Lufthansa Technik Aircraft Maintenance in Munich and Engineering in Frankfurt. Engineers will relocate their offices from Frankfurt to Munich when the A350 operations commence. And there will also be employees from Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Panasonic on hand to provide support in the first few weeks so that a high level of technical reliability can be ensured from the outset.

A number of different units are preparing the remaining upgrade of the new aircraft. Special fittings requested by Lufthansa, such as self-service racks, for example, are being specified by Engineering in Frankfurt and approved for installation by Engineering in Hamburg in the Aircraft Modifications unit.

An entire class is even being newly installed for the first time in the framework of the remaining upgrade, since the aircraft is being supplied from the OEM without Premium Economy Class.

Because these adaptations are equivalent to a modification, they have to be approved by a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

Lufthansa Technik already received an extension of its approval as a design organization for the new Airbus A350 from EASA at the start of the year. According to the EASA Part 21/J provisions (Design Organization Approval), Lufthansa Technik is thus authorized to develop and approve repairs and modifications to a limited extent under its own responsibility.

Aircraft maintenance is usually performed in accordance with the manual. However, if the maintenance company has approval according to the Part 21/J provisions, it can independently approve minor repairs without the involvement of the relevant aviation authority. This privilege accelerates the restoration of airworthiness significantly and can have a major impact on flight operation, supporting its punctuality and regularity.

Source: Lufthansa Technik.

Air Canada to launch Vancouver – Frankfurt and Vancouver – London Gatwick flights for Summer 2017

Courtesy: Air Canada.

Courtesy: Air Canada.

Air Canada today (November 9th, 2016) announced it is further boosting international flights at its Vancouver hub next summer with daily seasonal flights from YVR to Frankfurt, and three times weekly seasonal flights from YVR to London Gatwick. Flights begin June 1, 2017 and June 8, 2017 respectively, and tickets are now available for purchase.

“Air Canada continues to strategically increase its European flights at YVR with seasonal daily flights to Frankfurt next summer and three times weekly flights to London Gatwick,” said Benjamin Smith, Air Canada President, Passenger Airlines. “The addition of our flights to Frankfurt, one of Europe’s most important hubs, offers customers a wide array of convenient choices and the ease of one-stop connections with our Star Alliance partner Lufthansa when travelling to southern, central and eastern Europe as well as Africa, the Middle East and beyond.

“We will be the only airline flying non-stop between YVR and the two largest airports in the London metropolitan region during the peak summer travel period with the addition of London Gatwick. By next summer, Air Canada will serve five European destinations non-stop from YVR including two significant hubs, Frankfurt and London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Dublin, and on a code-share basis with joint venture partner Lufthansa Munich, strengthening YVR as an important hub that connects our B.C., Western Canada and U.S. routes to our expanding international network,” concluded Mr. Smith.

“What an amazing year it has been for Air Canada and YVR,” said Craig Richmond, President & CEO of Vancouver Airport Authority. “I want to thank Air Canada for continuing to grow its international hub out of YVR and delivering a steady stream of excellent new services. Air Canada’s new non-stop services to Frankfurt and Gatwick will further expand this award-winning airline’s reach into key European markets and will provide incredible benefits for our passengers, partners and communities.”

“Air Canada’s new flights from YVR to Frankfurt and London Gatwick are great news for B.C.’s diverse tourism sector. Already this year we’ve seen year over year European visitors increase by nearly 18 per cent. These new flights will bring even more visitors while creating jobs and spin-off benefits in our hotels, tourism attractions and businesses,” said the Honourable Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism & Skills Training in BC.

VancouverFrankfurt flights:

Air Canada’s VancouverFrankfurt flights will be operated with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners, featuring a choice of three cabins configured with 20 International Business Class individual lie-flat suites, 21 Premium Economy seats and 210 Economy Class seats. Air Canada’s Dreamliners also feature an enhanced seatback In-Flight Entertainment system which is available at every seat throughout the aircraft. All Air Canada flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access in Vancouver and in Frankfurt, priority boarding and other benefits. Air Canada’s Frankfurt flights complement daily flights operated from Vancouver by Star Alliance partner Lufthansa.

Flight

From

To

Depart

Arrive

AC840

Vancouver (YVR)

Frankfurt (FRA)

12:25

07:05 (+1 day)

AC841

Frankfurt (FRA)

Vancouver (YVR)

10:00

10:55

Next summer, Air Canada will operate to Frankfurt from five points across Canada: Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa.

Vancouver-London Gatwick flights:

Air Canada’s Vancouver-London Gatwick service will be operated by Air Canada Rouge with Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft featuring premium and economy cabins. Flights are timed to optimize connectivity to and from flights within BC and the Pacific North West at Air Canada’s Vancouver hub. All flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access in Vancouver, priority boarding and other benefits.

Flight

From

To

Depart

Arrive

AC1934

Vancouver (YVR)

London Gatwick (LGW)

16:45

Tue, Thur, Sat.

10:25 (+1 day)

AC1935

London Gatwick (LGW)

Vancouver (YVR)

12:00

Tue, Thur, Sat.

14:10

Next summer, Air Canada Rouge will operate to London Gatwick from two points across Canada:  Vancouver and Toronto.

Air Canada’s ongoing international expansion this year has included the recent launch of VancouverDelhi, VancouverBrisbane, VancouverDublin, TorontoSeoul, Toronto-London Gatwick, TorontoPrague, TorontoBudapest, TorontoWarsaw, TorontoGlasgow, MontrealCasablanca and MontrealLyon.

In 2017, the airline will launch new international services between VancouverTaipei, VancouverNagoya, VancouverFrankfurt, Vancouver-London Gatwick, TorontoMumbai, TorontoBerlin, MontrealShanghai, MontrealAlgiers and MontrealMarseille.

Last year, Air Canada launched new international services between VancouverOsaka, TorontoDelhi, TorontoAmsterdam, TorontoDubai, MontrealVenice and MontrealMexico City.

Source: Air Canada.

Lufthansa bids farewell to its Boeing 737 fleet

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Today, 31 October, Lufthansa is saying goodbye to its Boeing 737 fleet after 48 years.  This marks the end of an era for Lufthansa, spanning almost 50 years. A B737-300, with registration D-ABEC (“Karlsruhe”), flew from Frankfurt to Hamburg this morning on special flight LH9922, where Lufthansa’s B737 fleet is to be officially bid farewell during a joint event with Lufthansa Technik. After a special ceremony, Captain and Fleet Commander Ulrich Pade and his crew will be flying back to Frankfurt this afternoon, with a group of media representatives as well as a number of employees on board; the flight is scheduled to land at 5.10 pm local time.

“Lufthansa has always taken innovative approaches to cater the customers’ needs and to take advantage of market opportunities, which is why we played a key role in the B737’s creation and development. We will continue to pursue this innovative approach with the latest generation of aircraft,” said Harry Hohmeister, Member of the Executive Board and Head of Hub Management.

Over the decades, Lufthansa has had a total of 148 B737 of almost all generations. At the beginning of the 1960s, the then Chief Executive Officer of Lufthansa Technik, Professor Gerhard Höltje, pushed the project forward and supported the joint development of a short and medium-haul jet with Boeing. The cabin design and the positioning of the engines under the aircraft’s wings were based on the long-haul aircraft of the time.

A 1960s children’s book described the Boeing 707 as the father and the B727 as the mother of the small jet named “Bobby”. This name caught on. “The B737 has always been called “Bobby” by Lufthansa employees and aircraft fans. Many passengers and employees associate a very special time with this aircraft model. We want to thank the B737 for almost 50 years of reliable and successful operations,” said Klaus Froese, CEO Lufthansa Hub Frankfurt.

With the start of the winter schedule, all six remaining B737-300 aircraft had its last commercial flights on October, 29. The planes will be transferred to Florida in the coming weeks, where they will be resold. In future, Lufthansa will offer continental services with a single type of aircraft, which will result in synergies in various areas, such as pilot licensing, cabin crew and planning and provision of spare parts. The Lufthansa A320 family currently consists of around 150 A319, A320 and A321 aircraft and also includes four aircraft of the latest generation – the A320neo.

On 19 February 1965, Lufthansa was the world’s first purchaser of 22 Boeing 737-100s. Almost three years later, on 4 February 1968, Lufthansa landed the first B737 in Hamburg. Within a short time, the Boeing 737 became the normal size for short-haul aircraft. Besides the B737-200 in various passenger and freight versions, the first B737-300 was delivered to Lufthansa in 1986, which offered a high level of comfort, efficient fuel consumption and low noise levels compared to other aircraft of the period.

In May 1988, the first co-pilots were trained to fly the B737, which was also the first aircraft to witness to the reunification of the two Germanys as it was the first aircraft to land in the former GDR at Leipzig Airport. A little later on 2 October 1990, the first Lufthansa flight with the B737 “Sindelfingen” took off to West Berlin. In the summer of 2016, the B737 was given one last great honor when the B737 with registration D-ABEK was given the colors of the “Fanhansa” and flew to France with German national football team on board.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.