Surfing above the clouds: Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines going online on short haul and mid-range flights too

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Send emails from a height of 10,000 meters, do your online shopping while soaring over the Alps, stream videos above the clouds – and all of that with broadband quality. Soon, passengers of Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines will be able to go online on shorter journeys too – as they have already been able to do for some time on long haul flights.

Last summer, Lufthansa received the so-called Supplemental Type Certificate for the Airbus fleet A320 from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), and successfully concluded all the necessary preparation work. Now the next stage of testing on Lufthansa and Austrian routes will start, initially involving five aircraft in each case. Passengers who fly on these aircraft will be offered free Internet use during this test phase. The analysis of the user behaviour will provide the data necessary to further enhance the service ahead of its market launch.

Harry Hohmeister, member of the Board of Directors of Deutsche Lufthansa AG and responsible for Hub Management, says “I am pleased that we can soon offer broadband Internet to our passengers on inner-European flights, giving them the chance to have a seamless digital experience. Since the launch of Lufthansa Flynet, it has been our goal to offer added value on board to our customers through innovation – and that also includes our Internet provision”.

In the first quarter of 2017, the number of Lufthansa aircraft fitted out with Internet access will rise to around 20. One by one, the entire Lufthansa A320 fleet is to be equipped with the latest advanced technology by the middle of 2018. The re-fitting of all 31 aircraft at Austrian Airlines is planned to be completed before the end of April 2017. As well as Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines, Eurowings also has plans to bring the Internet on board its aircraft – estimated launch is to be by the end of the first quarter 2017. A total of 69 Eurowings aircraft are to be fitted with the systems by the summer of 2017.

Lufthansa passengers can gain Wifi access to the Internet using their own mobile devices. As well as email services, applications such as video streaming will be possible too. Market launch of the new service is scheduled to take place sometime during the first quarter of the year. Customers will then be able to choose between three different service packages – FlyNet Message for EUR 3, FlyNet Surf for EUR 7 and FlyNet Stream for EUR 12 per flight. Whilst FlyNet Message only allows the use of messaging services such as email, WhatsApp or iMessage, FlyNet Surf also enables passengers to surf the Internet. With the FlyNet Stream service package, streaming is also possible. The packages can be paid for by credit card or via payment services such as Paypal.

The Internet service of Lufthansa Airlines and their technology partner Inmarsat uses the latest broadband satellite technology (Ka-band) and provides seamless, reliable coverage on short haul and mid-range flights via the Inmarsat network Global Xpress (GX). Inmarsat partner Deutsche Telekom will be the Internet Service Provider for Lufthansa passengers.

Lufthansa Technik is responsible for the fitting of all the systems and components, as well as dealing with the required Aviation regulations and other statutory authorisations. They are fitting out the entire Airbus A320 family of the Lufthansa Group Airlines with the latest Ka-band satellite technology. By spring, almost 100 aircraft are scheduled to have been equipped. The aircraft can be fitted with the required antennae and routers on a series of ten production lines, working simultaneously, at the Lufthansa Technik sites. On account of the only minimally-invasive adjustments needed to the aircraft structure, the rapid re-fitting of even large fleets is possible – generally involving just four days downtime per aircraft.

Lufthansa Systems is providing the necessary technical infrastructure for Internet connection on board. This includes the network operations in the aircraft – the technical pre-requisite for Wifi on board – as well as the provision of the necessary software for the operation of the FlyNet portal, through which the customer gains access to the net.

Within the framework of their global partnership, Lufthansa Systems and Lufthansa Technik are in addition providing a modern, multi-functional digital platform (BoardConnect) to enable digital use cases ranging from entertainment to ancillary revenues. Both Lufthansa Group Airlines and external customers will profit from this strong cooperation arrangement.

As long ago as 15 January, 2003, Lufthansa was the operator of the first commercial long haul flight worldwide to have broadband Internet access. The service had to be taken off the market in 2006 despite its technically reliable system and its growing popularity with passengers, because the necessary “Connexion by Boeing” satellites ceased operations. Since the end of 2010, Lufthansa has again been offering broadband Internet access on its inter-continental flights – once again as worldwide first. And since June 2015, FlyNet has been available on all current 107 Lufthansa long haul aircraft, With the addition of the Boeing 777 to the fleet, the group’s subsidiary SWISS also started offering Internet on its long haul flights; for the short haul and mid-range, its introduction is currently also under consideration.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Grupo Lufthansa: novos destinos de férias no próximo horário de voos

Courtesy: Airbus.

Cortesia: Airbus.

As empresas aéreas do Grupo Lufthansa – Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Germanwings, Eurowings, Lufthansa e SWISS – ficarão ainda mais atraentes para passageiros que viajam a lazer a partir do próximo horário de voos, pois a oferta das empresas será complementada principalmente com destinos turísticos ou de lazer, oferecendo o serviço de alto nível, a qualidade e a credibilidade inerentes ao Grupo.

No próximo horário de voos, que entrará em vigor a partir de 25 de outubro de 2015, as empresas aéreas do Grupo Lufthansa oferecerão aos seus clientes uma das malhas aéreas mais densas do mundo, com mais de 20.380 voos semanais. Tanto em seus centros de distribuição Frankfurt, Munique, Zurique, Viena e Bruxelas, como em muitas rotas ponto a ponto, as empresas aéreas do Grupo Lufthansa conectarão 261 destinos em 101 países (horário de voos do ano anterior: 260 destinos em 100 países). Além disso, mais de 18.000 voos compartilhados com cerca de 30 empresas aéreas parceiras complementam as respectivas ofertas de voos e, com isso, oferecem uma malha aérea praticamente mundial. Os horários de voos das respectivas empresas aéreas do grupo estarão em vigor de domingo, 25 de outubro de 2015, até sábado, 27 de março de 2016.

Em 2 de outubro também entrou em vigor o novo conceito de preços nas rotas domésticas e europeias da Austrian Airlines e da Lufthansa. Na Economy Class, os passageiros contam com as três opções individuais de preços “Light”, “Classic” e “Flex”. As diferentes opções de preços se distinguem principalmente quanto às possibilidades de reservas de assento prévias, alterações e estornos de reservas assim como franquia de bagagem. Desde o início das vendas em julho, a nova e vantajosa tarifa “Light” teve boa aceitação entre os clientes. Como transportadoras de qualidade, as empresas aéreas do Grupo Lufthansa continuam oferecendo transporte gratuito de uma peça de bagagem de mão, petiscos e bebidas gratuitas a bordo, assento reservado por ocasião do check-in, além de milhas prêmio, status e seletivas.

As principais novidades das empresas aéreas do Grupo Lufthansa:

Lufthansa

Cortesia: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Cortesia: Deutsche Lufthansa.

O próximo horário de voos da Lufthansa contém um total de 197 destinos e oferece ao todo cerca de 9.900 voos por semana. A Lufthansa está ampliando especialmente seu novo programa de voos intercontinentais voltados para passageiros que viajam a lazer. Nesse contexto, Tampa (Flórida), que já está sendo servido desde 25 de setembro, é o primeiro de vários novos destinos de férias que complementarão a malha aérea a partir de Frankfurt nos próximos meses. Nairóbi (Quênia) será incluído no horário de voos Lufthansa no final de outubro, seguido por Cancun (México), na maior parte por fretamentos, Male (Maldívias) e Ilhas Maurício no início de dezembro, além da Cidade do Panamá (Panamá) em março de 2016.

Ótima notícia para todos os fãs do Airbus A380: no novo horário de voos, a Lufthansa voará pela primeira vez para Hong Kong com seu avião símbolo. A oferta a partir de Luxemburgo também será ampliada: com 28 frequências semanais a partir de Frankfurt e 24 voos a partir de Munique, o país membro do Benelux será servido muito mais vezes do que até então.

O novo horário de voos oferecerá aos passageiros conexões entre Munique e Dusseldorf e entre Munique e Berlim-Tegel de hora em hora. A marcante frequência de hora em hora, já em vigor nos vos voos de Munique para Frankfurt e para Hamburgo, será estendida às cidades de Dusseldorf e Berlim. Os voos Lufthansa de Munique partirão de hora em hora no horário inteiro para Berlim e na metade da hora para Dusseldorf.

A Cidade do Cabo também voltará a ser conectada ao centro de distribuição Munique. A partir de 25 de outubro, o Airbus A340-800 com quatro classes decolará diariamente para a África do Sul. Além disso, os clientes Lufthansa terão como escapar do inverno europeu para dois destinos adicionais nas Ilhas Canárias. A rota Munique-Fuerteventura será inaugurada em 25 de outubro, seguida de Tenerife a partir de 31 de outubro. E para quem quer explorar um novo destino mais frio, terá a primeira oportunidade de voar nonstop de Munique para o maior e mais conhecido centro de esportes de inverno da Finlândia: a partir de 19 de dezembro de 2015, a Lufthansa voará todos os sábados para Kittilä, a 170 quilômetros ao norte do círculo polar. A estância de esqui Levi, próxima dali, é o maior centro de esportes de inverno da Lapônia.

Germanwings e Eurowings

Courtesy: Germanwings.

Cortesia: Germanwings.

A Germanwings e a Eurowings oferecerão amplo pacote de voos para 100 destinos em 36 países no novo horário 2015/16. Seis voos partirão para destinos intercontinentais. A Germanwings complementará sua oferta para Berlim com Berlim-Schönefeld. Ao todo 35 voos por semana passarão a decolar para Schönefeld de Colônia/Bonn e de Stuttgart. Com isso, a Germanwings será a primeira empresa aérea a voar de Colônia/Bonn e de Stuttgart para os dois aeroportos de Berlim, Tegel e Schönefeld.

No novo horário de voos, a Eurowings decolará pela primeira vez de sua nova base austríaca em Viena, de onde servirá nonstop os destinos europeus Barcelona, Palma de Maiorca e Londres. Em novembro de 2015, a nova Eurowings também inaugurará seus voos de longa distância a partir de Colônia/Bonn com o Airbus A330-200. O primeiro de um total de seis destinos intercontinentais será Varadero em Cuba. Os outros serão Phuket e Bancoc, na Tailândia, Dubai, assim como Puerto Plata e Punta Cana na República Dominicana.

SWISS

Courtesy: Boeing.

Cortesia: Boeing.

O novo avião símbolo da SWISS, o Boeing 777-300ER, fará sua estreia no novo horário de voos nos voos de linha da SWISS a partir de Zurique. No início de 2016, o novo avião de longa distância será operado na rota Zurique-Nova York (EUA). As frequências da malha aérea intercontinental para São Paulo (Brasil) e Miami (Flórida) serão aumentadas no início do novo horário de voos. A SWISS também ampliará sua oferta sazonal de Genebra para a Rússia e para Portugal, totalizando 105 destinos em 49 países no novo horário de voos.

Austrian Airlines

Courtesy: Austrian Airlines Group.

Cortesia: Austrian Airlines Group.

A Austrian Airlines oferecerá aos seus passageiros ampla oferta de até 130 destinos em 59 países no horário de voos 2015/16, dando mais ênfase aos destinos turísticos. O novo destino Miami (Flórida), por exemplo, será servido com até cinco voos semanais a partir de outubro. Os destinos Ilhas Maurício e Colombo (Sri Lanka) serão servidos uma vez por semana a partir de outubro. A partir de novembro de 2015, a empresa aérea austríaca servirá Marrakech (Marrocos) com um voo semanal. Com isso, a Austrian Airlines compensará a forte sazonalidade e oferecerá aos seus passageiros uma interessante seleção de destinos ensolarados tanto no inverno como no verão.

Brussels Airlines

Courtesy: Brussels Airlines

Cortesia: Brussels Airlines

A empresa aérea líder da Bélgica destacará mais uma vez sua posição de especialista em África com a introdução de um novo voo entre o aeroporto de Bruxelas e Gana a partir de 26 de outubro. A capital de Gana, Accia, será servida quatro vezes por semana. Os horários de voo oferecerão excelentes possibilidades de baldeação para a Alemanha, França, Grã-Bretanha, Itália, Suíça, Escandinávia e para os EUA.

No próximo horário de voos, a Brussels Airlines também ampliará sua oferta de voos dentro da Europa. Bremen será servida cinco vezes por semana a partir da capital europeia. Também Zagreb (6 voos por semana) e Billund (12 voos por semana) serão oferecidos pela primeira vez pela Brussels Airlines no horário de voos de final de ano. E, para finalizar, a Brussels Airlines tem uma boa notícia para todos os amantes do sol: as Ilhas Canárias Tenerife e Gran Canaria serão conectadas com o aeroporto de Bruxelas duas vezes por semana. Além da introdução de novos destinos, a Brussels Airlines também aumentará o número de voos em rotas já existentes. Os destinos Monróvia (Libéria), Freetown (Sierra Leone), Lomé (Togo), Cotonou (Benin) e Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) passarão a ser servidos com maior frequência.

Fonte: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Lufthansa Group opens up new winter holiday destinations

Courtesy: Airbus.

Courtesy: Airbus.

The Lufthansa Group Airlines – Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Germanwings, Eurowings, Lufthansa and SWISS – will become even more attractive for leisure travellers this winter, as the airlines are adding more destinations that appeal to tourists and leisure travelers to their schedules. As always, passengers can trust in the first-rate service, the quality and the reliability of the Lufthansa Group.

With the introduction of the new winter schedule on 25 October 2015, the Lufthansa Group Airlines will offer their customers one of the densest route networks worldwide, featuring more than 20,380 flights per week. This winter, via their hubs in Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, Vienna and Brussels, as well as via many point-to-point routes, the Lufthansa Group Airlines will serve 261 destinations in 101 countries (previous year: 260 destinations in 100 countries). Furthermore, in cooperation with 30 partner airlines, more than 18,000 codeshare flights will round off the respective flight offering, giving passengers access to an almost global network. The winter schedules of the individual Group airlines will apply from Sunday 25 October 2015 until Saturday 27 March 2016.

From today, the new price concept on domestic German and European routes will also apply to Austrian Airlines and Lufthansa. In Economy Class, travellers can individually choose between the three graded fare options “Light”, “Classic” and “Flex”. These options vary mainly with regard to the possibility of making advance seat reservations, re-booking or cancelling flights, and permitted free luggage allowances. Since tickets went on sale last July, the new low-priced “Light” fare option has proved popular with customers. For all options, the Lufthansa Group Airlines as a premier airline still permits one free item of hand baggage. Passengers are also offered free snacks and drinks on board, fixed seat allocation at the check-in counter as well as bonuses for “award miles”, “status miles” and “select miles”.

The most important news from the Lufthansa Group Airlines:

Lufthansa

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

This winter, Lufthansa will serve 197 destinations and operate a total of 9,900 flights per week. With the introduction of the winter schedule, Lufthansa is expanding its new

intercontinental flight offering, which is tailored to the needs of leisure travelers. Tampa (Florida), a new destination since 25 September, is the first of several new holiday destinations due to be added to the Lufthansa route network from Frankfurt in the coming months.

From the end of October, Nairobi (Kenya) will be included in the Lufthansa flight schedule, and at the beginning of December, Cancun (Mexico), served mainly by charter flights, Malé (Maldives) and Mauritius will follow, with Panama City rounding off the new timetable in March 2016.

Good news for all Airbus A380 fans: this winter, for the first time, Lufthansa will operate its flagship on the Frankfurt-Hong Kong route. Services from Luxembourg will also be expanded, and with 28 weekly flights from Frankfurt and 24 flights from Munich, the Benelux countries will be served much more frequently than before.

The new winter timetable will offer passengers an hourly connection from Munich to Dusseldorf and Berlin-Tegel. The easy-to-remember flight times, which already apply to connections from Munich to Frankfurt and Hamburg, will now be extended to Dusseldorf and Berlin. Lufthansa flights from Munich to Berlin will take off on the hour, and to Dusseldorf at half past the hour.

This winter, Cape Town will once again be connected with the Munich hub. From 25 October, the Airbus A340-600 in a four-class configuration will take off daily for South Africa. Lufthansa customers can also escape the cold winter weather and fly to new destinations in the Canary Islands. On 25 October, the new connection between Munich and Fuerteventura will be launched; on 31 October Tenerife will follow. Travelers in search of a new, cooler winter destination will also be able to fly non-stop from Munich to Finland’s largest and most famous winter sports center. From 19 December 2015, Lufthansa will take off every Saturday to Kittilä, 170 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle. The nearby skiing resort of Levi is the largest winter sports center in Lapland.

Germanwings and Eurowings

Courtesy: Germanwings.

Courtesy: Germanwings.

In the 2015/2016 winter timetable, Germanwings and Eurowings will offer a wide range of flights to 100 destinations in 36 countries, including intercontinental destinations. Germanwings flights to Berlin-Schönefeld will complement the carrier’s existing services to Berlin. A total of 35 flights per week will take off from Cologne/Bonn and Stuttgart to Berlin-Schönefeld Airport. Germanwings will thus be the only airline flying from Cologne/Bonn and Stuttgart to Berlin’s Tegel and Schönefeld airports.

This winter, for the first time, the new Eurowings will take off from its new Austrian base in Vienna, from where it will operate non-stop services to Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca andLondon. In November 2015, the airline will launch long-haul flights from Cologne/Bonn Airport with the Airbus A330-200 aircraft. The first of six intercontinental destinations will be Varadero in Cuba. Further destinations will be Phuket and Bangkok in Thailand, Dubai as well as Puerto Plata and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.

SWISS

Courtesy: Boeing.

Courtesy: Boeing.

This winter, the new SWISS flagship, the Boeing 777-300ER, will enter scheduled service on routes from Zurich. From January 2016, the new long-haul aircraft will be deployed on the Zurich-New York route. With the introduction of the winter timetable, SWISS will boost frequencies on its routes to Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Miami (Florida), and will also expand its services from Geneva to destinations in Russia and Portugal in order to meet seasonal demand. In total, SWISS will thus fly to 105 destinations in 49 countries this winter.

Austrian Airlines

Courtesy: Austrian Airlines Group.

Courtesy: Austrian Airlines Group.

In the 2015/2016 winter season, Austrian Airlines will offer its passengers a wide range of flights to as many as 130 destinations in 59 countries. The airline will focus on tourist destinations such as Miami (Florida), which will be served five times a week. From October, it will also offer flights to Mauritius and Colombo (Sri Lanka), and from November, toMarrakesh (Morocco). In response to seasonal demand, Austrian Airlines will thus offer its passengers an attractive range of sunny destinations in the winter as well as in summer.

Brussels Airlines

Courtesy: Brussels Airlines

Courtesy: Brussels Airlines

Once again, Belgium’s leading airline is underlining its position as the Africa specialist with the launch on 26 October of a new connection between Brussels Airport and Ghana. From that date, the Ghanaian capital Accra will be served four times a week. The flight schedule offers ideal connections to Germany, France, the UK, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Scandinavia, and the USA.

This winter, Brussels Airlines is also expanding its European flight schedule. The airline will fly to Bremen five times a week, while Zagreb (6 flights/week) and Billund (12 flights/week) will be served for the first time. Last but not least, Brussels Airlines has good news for sun-lovers. The Canary Islands Tenerife and Gran Canaria will be connected twice a week with Brussels Airport. As well as introducing new destinations, Brussels Airlines will increase frequencies on existing routes. During the winter months, more flights will therefore be available to Monrovia (Liberia), Freetown (Sierra Leone), Lomé (Togo), Cotonou (Benin) and Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso).

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Lufthansa and Germanwings successfully complete transfer of decentralized routes

Courtesy: Germanwings.

Courtesy: Germanwings.

The Lufthansa Group has made a successful start to the new year with the transfer of the Düsseldorf–Zurich route from Lufthansa to Germanwings today (Thursday, 8 January 2015). One of the biggest structural projects ever undertaken by the company has thus been successfully completed on time.

The concept of the new Germanwings was presented in December 2012, followed by the market launch on 1 July 2013. The transfer of the Düsseldorf–Zurich route means that the decision to operate all domestic and European routes under Germanwings, apart from at the Frankfurt and Munich hubs, has now been fully implemented as scheduled. In all, Germanwings has taken over 115 routes from Lufthansa in recent months, with the biggest number of routes (52) at Düsseldorf Airport.

Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, said: “The first Germanwings flight from Düsseldorf to Zurich today marks the successful completion of what is to date the biggest project to make the Lufthansa Group more competitive. The positioning of the new and significantly larger Germanwings has been a resounding success. I would like to extend my gratitude to all employees, who have worked hard for this achievement. As a result of low costs in the WINGS business model, we combine favourable prices with the punctuality, quality and safety of the Lufthansa Group. This combination meets with a positive response among our passengers and also finds favour in many European markets. At the same time therefore, the success of the project will bolster our confidence for the creation of our new Eurowings, which will be launched before the year is over.”

Thomas Winkelmann, spokesman for the Germanwings Executive Board: “Over recent months, we have been laying the necessary foundations for the continued successful development of the company. We have never been bigger, and have never been a market leader at so many German airports. Of much greater importance, however, is the fact that we are once again enjoying success in commercial terms.” The completion of the migration of Lufthansa routes to Germanwings represents the successful conclusion of a major project that has been a big challenge for the company, added Winkelmann. “However, the team rose to the challenge magnificently. We can now build on this success.”

The new Germanwings service between Düsseldorf and Zurich will comprise 24 flights per week, making it one of the most high-volume routes from the North Rhine-Westphalian capital. The early morning flight will depart from Düsseldorf at 7.00 a.m. In addition to this, there will be a midday flight at 1.30 p.m., an afternoon flight at 5.05 p.m. and an evening service at 6.55 p.m. All flights for the current winter flight timetable and the 2015 summer flight timetable, which will run until the end of October, are already available for booking – at www.germanwings.com, for example.

Editor’s Note:

Germanwings is one of the bests low-cost airline to fly in Europe. With favourable prices with the punctuality, quality and safety of the Lufthansa Group the leadership of the airline in low-cost flights is demonstrated.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

LSG Sky Chefs e Germanwings ampliam parceria

Cortesia: Germanwings.

Cortesia: Germanwings.

Catering para a companhia aérea do grupo Lufthansa é oferecido em sete aeroportos na Alemanha

LSG Sky Chefs, o maior provedor de serviços de bordo no mundo, e Germanwings ampliaram a parceria por mais dois anos. O contrato inclui serviços de produção de alimentos em cinco locais e entregas de catering em um total de sete aeroportos na Alemanha.

Em 2013, a Germanwings revelou um novo conceito de bordo juntamente com um novo posicionamento de mercado. Desde julho de 2013, a oferta em alimentos e bebidas reflete o diferencial em categorias de tarifas. Passageiros na “Best” podem optar por um amplo cardápio a la carte. Aqueles com uma passagem “Smart” recebem um lanche e bebida, incluídos no preço da passagem. Já os passageiros que voam com uma passagem “Basic” podem comprar refeições, bebidas e lanches, a bordo.

“Estamos muito satisfeitos de poder estender nossa parceria com a LSG Sky Chefs”, declarou Katrin Flother, diretora de faturamento e produtos da Germanwings. “Juntos, desenvolvemos e lançamos este modelo híbrido de catering, líder da indústria, ao longo do ano passado.” Segundo ela, otimizações adicionais estão sendo realizadas no momento em ambos os lados.

“Registramos KPIs relativos a dados de vendas e desperdícios em cada local, e assim podemos ajustar e orientar nossa produção e carregamento de acordo com as demandas dos passageiros”, acrescentou José Lino Silva, Sky Chefs Director Retail Management Germany. “Continuaremos a desenvolver este conceito, para customiza-lo ainda mais, em cooperação próxima com a Germanwings”.

A Germanwings tem sido cliente da LSG Sky Chefs desde que foi lançada em 2002. A companhia oferece serviços a cerca de 400 voos diários, partindo de Berlim, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Hamburgo, Colônia e Stuttgart. Mais informações em www.germanwings.de.

Fonte: LSG Sky Chefs.

Lufthansa Group flying to 260 destinations this winter

Deutsche-Lufthansa-Airbus-A340-313-X-Copyrighted-to-Aviation-News-net-do-not-use-for-any-purpose.jpg

The airlines in the Lufthansa Group – Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Germanwings, Lufthansa and SWISS – are again offering their customers a dense and high-frequency route network in the upcoming 2014/2015 winter flight timetable, with 18,900 flights a week. This winter, the Lufthansa Group airlines will be linking 260 destinations in 100 countries on four continents via its hubs in Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, Vienna and Brussels, but also with many point-to-point connections. Around 20,500 weekly code-share flights with other partner airlines extend the carriers’ respective programmes and enable single-source bookings. The winter flight timetables for the individual Group airlines apply from Sunday, 26 October 2014 to Saturday, 28 March 2015.

Thanks to the use of larger aircraft, the Group’s capacity in available seat-kilometres is increasing by 2.9 per cent compared with the same period last year. At the same time, the number of flights in the period of the timetable is going down by 2.9 per cent. On average, therefore, a Lufthansa Group aircraft is taking off somewhere around the world every 32 seconds. The individual route networks of the Group airlines are increasingly converging with one another. Almost all destinations are connected via a Lufthansa Group hub. End-to-end fares enable passengers to book multiple journeys with convenient and punctual connecting flights. 49 per cent of the nearly 105 million passengers a year now book a transfer connection via a Lufthansa hub. 19 European airports are even served by all five airlines in the Lufthansa Group.

Key news from the five Lufthansa Group airlines:

Lufthansa 

Deutsche-Lufthansa-Boeing-747-8-Intercontinental-Fanhansa-Livery-Siegerfliger-DFB-Team-Rio-de-Janeiro-Brazil-Copyrighted-to-Aviation-News-net-DO-NOT-USE-FOR-ANY-PURPOSE(2)

This winter, Lufthansa is extending its route network to attractive new holiday destinations in warmer regions. After a break of over 15 years, Lufthansa is resuming flights to Las Palmas in the Canary Islands this winter. From 26 October, the new connection will take off from Munich to Gran Canaria every Sunday, and every Saturday during school holidays too. Also new in the winter months are flights from Munich to Split (Croatia) and Valencia (Spain). As of 2 October, Lufthansa also flies from Frankfurt to the Moroccan city of Marrakesh. This cultural city is situated at the foot of the Atlas Mountains in the Moroccan interior and can be reached in just under four hours with an Airbus A320 every Thursday and Sunday.

A further addition to the flight plan from Munich is Miami in Florida, the US sunshine state, which will now have a daily non-stop connection. Delhi, the Indian capital, will also get a daily service from Frankfurt with the Airbus A380. The Frankfurt-Luanda connection to the capital of Angola will be strengthened by a third weekly flight.

Starting on 15 December, Lufthansa and Deutsche Bahn will extend their joint AiRail product of fast ICE train connections to Frankfurt Airport from Karlsruhe and Kassel.

SWISS

Swiss-Airbus-A340-313X-Copyrighted-to-Aviation-News-net-do-not-use-for-any-purpose

In the winter flight timetable 2014/2015, SWISS is adapting its flight plans to winter demand. As well as seasonal reductions of some flights, SWISS is increasing its capacity to popular holiday destinations. The long-haul route between Zurich and Miami is to receive four extra SWISS flights a week, taking the total to fourteen weekly connections. Services to São Paolo, the biggest city in Brazil, will also be increased by three flights a week this winter, taking the total to ten weekly connections. The flight timetable will also include a daily connection to Los Angeles again. In Geneva, SWISS is continuing many destinations from its summer flight timetable throughout the winter, including Copenhagen, Rome, Lisbon and Pristina.

Austrian Airlines 

Austrian-Airlines-Airbus-A321-Copyrighted-to-aviation-news-net-do-not-use-for-any-purpose.jpg

In its 2014/2015 winter flight schedule, Austrian Airlines is again offering its passengers a wide range of up to 100 destinations in 56 countries around the world. Following the successful introduction of Newark (USA) last July, Austrian Airlines will increase its weekly capacity from five flights to six flights a week as of April 2015, and to one flight a day from June. From June 2015, Austrian will therefore be flying daily to all its North American destinations. As a result of high demand in transit traffic, Austrian Airlines is also increasing the frequency of its flights to and from Chişinău from seven a week to a maximum of ten a week in the future.

Brussels Airlines

Brussels-airlines-logo-copyrighted-to-brussels-airlines

Courtesy: Brussels Airlines.

Belgium’s largest airline is adding a new European destination to its winter flight timetable and improving many connections by adding additional flights: Riga, the capital of Latvia, will be served six times a week from Brussels as of 26 October. Riga is one of the most important cultural and economic centres in the Baltic region and is hosting the EU presidency in the first half of 2015.

Brussels Airlines is boosting its capacity with additional flights from Brussels to: Tel Aviv, Madrid, Marrakesh, Budapest, Geneva, Vilnius, Hanover and Bologna. Connections are also being improved to the African destinations of Douala, Yaoundé, Nairobi, Kigali, Bujumbura and Luanda.

Germanwings

germanwings-airbus-a319-copyrighted-to-aviation-news-net-do-not-use-for-any-purpose.jpg

In its winter flight timetable, Germanwings is offering a total of 84 destinations from Berlin-Tegel, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Cologne/Bonn and Stuttgart. Additional capacity will still focus on Düsseldorf, where Germanwings is taking over more routes from Lufthansa. There are new high-frequency connections from the Rhineland metropolis to Berlin (57 flights a week), London-Heathrow (33 flights a week) and Zurich (24 flights a week). Also new from Düsseldorf are flights to Málaga (two flights a week), Naples (three flights a week), Nice (two flights a week), Moscow (seven flights a week) and Rome (five flights a week). The transfer of Lufthansa routes to Germanwings will be completed on 8 January 2015 with Düsseldorf – Zurich. Germanwings is also introducing a completely new route, Düsseldorf – Istanbul, with two weekly flights. Its programme in the German capital is also being extended with the takeover of two Lufthansa flights a week between Berlin-Tegel and Tel Aviv. With one flight a week, the German airline is also launching a new connection from Cologne/Bonn to the Cypriot port of Larnaca.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Passengers and staff celebrate one year of the “new Germanwings”

Germanwings-Airbus-A320-Copyrighted-to-Germanwings (2)

Courtesy: Germanwings.

For exactly one year now, the “new Germanwings” has enhanced the range of flights on offer for customers throughout Europe.  On 1 July 2013, it launched an entirely new product and brand concept, and over the space of twelve months it has developed to become the third largest airline in Germany. Since July 2013, Germanwings has carried more than 16 million passengers. The number of routes on offer has also risen from 182 to 296 today. Germanwings now serves 130 destinations, most of which are in Europe.

Lufthansa amalgamated its domestic German and European flights that were not operated through its Frankfurt and Munich hubs in the “new Germanwings”. The handover of flight routes is now well advanced. In Cologne, Stuttgart and Hanover it has been completed, while in Hamburg and Berlin a few routes are still being transferred. Lufthansa began transferring routes to Germanwings in Düsseldorf in March 2014. Once the hand-over has been completed, Düsseldorf will be the largest Germanwings base.

Germanwings passengers rate the airline highly positively. In all the passenger surveys, they attest to the airline’s high-quality service, and the vast majority is extremely satisfied with the new offer. Customers thus reinforce Germanwings’ claim to be a low-cost-carrier offering flights at low prices and a high-quality service.

The expansion of Germanwings has also been successful from a commercial point of view: in comparison to last year, when the airline contributed €93 million to the Lufthansa Group’s earnings improvement year-on-year, the contribution is expected to increase again this year. For 2015, for the first time in many years, the Group expects to achieve a balanced result on its non-hub routes in Europe.

German Wings

Courtesy: Germanwings.

The airline, which is based at Cologne-Bonn Airport, has also significantly expanded its fleet. While just one year ago 38 jets bore the Germanwings livery, 71 aircraft can now be seen sporting the logo of the youngest airline in the Lufthansa Group. A further ten aircraft will join the fleet by the end of the year. The workforce has also increased from 1,600 to just over 2,000, the bulk of new staff recruitment being in flight operations. The number of flight personnel has thus risen from 1,174 to 1,614. Germanwings crews currently complete a total of 3,312 flights each week, compared with 1,891 a mere twelve months ago. Since its launch a year ago, Germanwings with its highly motivated team has already completed around 171,000 safe take-offs and landings.

Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG: “We have been on the offensive with the ‘new Germanwings’ in terms of point-to-point flights on European and German domestic routes that are not operated through our major hubs. We have combined our many years of experience in the low-cost segment and our high quality standards to develop a convincing concept that has been extremely well received by customers. With the ‘new Germanwings’, we have taken an important step and are now closer to achieving our goal of flying profitably beyond the major hubs within the short-haul traffic segment.”

Thomas Winkelmann, spokesman for the Germanwings Executive Board: “Germanwings is without a doubt one of the most creative airlines in Europe. Twelve months ago we entered new territory with Germanwings’ new product and brand promise. Since then, we have been combining the various requirements of different customer groups in one airline. Today we know that this bold decision was the right one: everyone feels at home on board of Germanwings. This is undoubtedly because we refuse to compromise on two points: safety and the friendly and expert way in which we deal with our customers.”

A unique feature of Germanwings is ‘à la carte flying’. When booking their tickets, passengers have a choice of three products in different price segments with different comfort add-ons: ‘BEST’ represents the high-end offer that primarily covers the needs of business passengers but that also appeals to certain leisure travelers. The ‘SMART’ fare product includes certain extra services, and ‘BASIC’ is a no-frills, low-cost fare.

Source: Lufthansa Group.