Lufthansa: New summer destinations from Munich

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Starting next summer, Lufthansa will be extending its route network from Munich to include two great new flight destinations – from 28 March 2017, there will be flights six times a week from Munich to Nantes in the Pays de la Loire region of France and, at the beginning of the Easter holidays, on 9 April, Lufthansa will for the first time be offering flights from Bavaria‘s capital city to Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain. In addition, from 27 March 2017 onwards, there will also be flights departing from Frankfurt every Monday, Thursday and Friday to the pilgrimage destination in Spain. On top of this, travelers will also have the chance this summer to fly non-stop to Marrakech for the first time. There will be flights twice a week to the Moroccan royal city – popular with lovers of culture – departing every Friday and Sunday.

As well as these new destinations, the summer flight schedule is also being expanded to include more flights to some already popular destinations – more weekly flights to Malta, Dublin, to the Romanian city of Sibiu and to Geneva.

North America fans will be happy too – both the Canadian city of Montreal and Denver in the USA will feature daily in the flight program in future. There is also something special coming for Lufthansa passengers traveling to Boston – from March onwards, the new Lufthansa A350-900 will be flying to this city in New England. This aircraft is currently the most advanced and most environmentally-friendly long haul aircraft in the world.  And if you don’t want to wait until then for this amazing new flight experience, starting on 10 February, you can fly in the Airbus A350-900 to New Delhi. Lufthansa will be operating daily flights to the Indian capital city right through the summer.

The new routes in the summer flight schedule at a glance 

Munich (MUC) – Santiago de Compostela (SCQ) (1x / week 09.04. – 22.10.)
LH1866: MUC 08:40 – 11:30 SCQ
LH1867: SCQ 12:20 – 15:00 MUC

Price: from EUR 149 including taxes and fees
Airbus A320

Munich (MUC) – Nantes (NTE) (6x / week: 28.03. – 28.10.)

LH2242:
Monday MUC 06:35 – 08:30 NTE
Tuesday, Saturday MUC 15:45 – 17:40 NTE
Thursday MUC 15:50 – 17:45 NTE
Friday MUC 08:30 – 10:25 NTE
LH2243:
Monday NTE 09:10 – 10:55 MUC
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday: NTE 18:55 – 20:40 MUC
Sunday NTE 17:20 – 19:50 MUC

Price: from EUR 119 including taxes and fees
Airbus A319

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.

Countdown for the Lufthansa A350-900

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

The countdown to the delivery of the most modern long-haul aircraft and the newest addition to the Lufthansa fleet has now started. On 19 December 2016, Lufthansa will receive its first A350-900 and two days later, on 21 December, the Airbus will be transferred from Toulouse to Munich. It is expected to arrive sometime in the afternoon. Subsequently, the A350-900 will be making guest appearances at a number of different German airports: in the period before and after the Christmas holidays, Lufthansa pilots will be carrying out flight training exercises with a range of different takeoff and landing procedures. Details regarding the transfer flight and the flight training exercises will be released later on.

Exclusive A350 flight from Munich to Hamburg on 9 February

One day before the A350-900 takes up regular commercial service from Munich to Delhi on 10 February 2017, it will take off for a special flight. For the very first time, the A350-900 will depart with passengers on board on 9 February. On this flight from Munich to Hamburg and back, guests will have the unique opportunity to be one of the first passengers on board of the world’s most modern long-haul aircraft. Takeoff will be at 10.30 am and landing in the Hanseatic city is scheduled for 12.00 pm. The passengers will return to Munich at around 5.00 pm. The ticket price of €179 comprises a return flight with all taxes and fees and also includes a reception with breakfast and sparkling wine before the takeoff in Munich – as well as a gate event in Hamburg and much more. Another special feature of the Hamburg flight: if you book early, you have a good chance of traveling in Business Class or Premium Economy Class for the same price of €179. The flight can be booked on LH.com/A350 from 13 December onwards.

Lufthansa plans to base ten type A350-900 aircraft at their Munich hub. In total, 25 aircraft were ordered; it has yet to be decided where the remaining 15 aircraft are to be based. The world’s most modern long-haul aircraft is an investment in the future – it produces 25 percent fewer emissions than comparable types of aircraft and is also considerably quieter during takeoff.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Lufthansa A350-900 successfully takes off on maiden flight

Courtesy: Airbus.

Courtesy: Airbus.

The latest Lufthansa fleet aircraft has completed its maiden flight to Munich around three weeks before delivery. The Lufthansa Airbus A350-900 took off on its first flight in Toulouse but without passengers. An international Airbus crew tested the on-board systems and the behavior of the aircraft during all flight stages.

The Lufthansa Group will receive the first of ten A350-900 on 19 December 2016 and will start its scheduled service between Munich and Delhi on 10 February 2017. The world’s most modern long-range aircraft is an investment into the future: It reduces emissions by 25 percent and is significantly quieter during take-off than comparable aircraft types.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Austrian Airlines: Airbus A320 OE-LBZ took off on maiden flight to Bucharest

Courtesy: Austrian Airlines - Hannes Winter.

Courtesy: Austrian Airlines – Hannes Winter.

The Airbus A320 with the registration number OE-LBZ took off punctually today (November 28th, 2016) at 7:15 a.m. local time on its first flight OS 789 from Vienna to Bucharest. The aircraft named “Obertauern” offers sufficient space to seat 168 passengers. The medium-haul jet with the Star Alliance livery will be primarily deployed for bilateral flight traffic between Austria and Germany.

In addition to upgrading the fleet by integrating almost new Embraer aircraft to replace its Fokker jets, Austrian Airlines is also adding two Airbus A320 aircraft to expand its fleet. At the end of October the first of the two A320 with the registration number OE-LBY departed from Vienna on its initial flight, followed today by the jet with the designator OE-LBZ. On balance, a total of 31 aircraft of the A320 family are now being operated by Austrian Airlines: seven Airbus A319, 18 A320 and six A321.

Source: Austrian Airlines.

Lufthansa: Welcome to the Airbus A350-900

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

On 19 December 2016, the Lufthansa Group will receive its first A350-900, which is the most modern long haul aircraft worldwide and which will be based at Lufthansa’s Munich Hub. The first regular commercial flight will be from Munich to Delhi on 10 February 2017. Tickets are available now. “We are looking forward to welcoming our first A350-900 shortly before Christmas. And already in February, our passengers will be able to enjoy a higher level of comfort on their flights to Delhi as we have now made further improvements to key components of the A350-900’s cabin interior. This includes, among other things, a newly designed self-service area in Business Class, new seats with ergonomically designed cushions in Economy Class, larger screens in all classes and improved broadband internet services”, says Thomas Winkelmann, CEO of the Munich Hub.

Once Lufthansa has taken ownership of the aircraft on 19 December, the A350-900 will be transferred to Munich during the week leading up to Christmas. Lufthansa Technik in Munich will then install the cabin interior including the new Premium Economy Class as well as other features so that the new flagship aircraft will be ready to be presented to the public at the beginning of February.

From February 2017 onwards, Lufthansa will station the first ten Airbus A350-900 aircrafts in Munich. The first flight destinations are Delhi and Boston. The aircraft will have space for 293 passengers – 48 in Business Class, 21 in Premium Economy and 224 in the regular Economy Class section. The A350-900 is the most modern and environmentally friendly long haul aircraft worldwide and uses 25 percent less kerosene and produces 25 percent fewer emissions. The A350-900’s noise “footprint” is up to 50 percent lower than that of comparable aircraft types.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Austrian Airlines again looking to hire 100 new pilots in 2017

Courtesy: Austrian Airlines – Michele Pauty.

Courtesy: Austrian Airlines – Michele Pauty.

Austrian Airlines will have hired a total of 145 new male and female pilots before the end of 2016. Moreover, it is searching for 100 pilots for the year 2017. The additional need for young pilots is related to the retraining drive triggered by the integration of 17 Embraer jets to replace the previous 21 Fokker planes, as well as the expansion of the fleet by two Airbus A320 and a long-haul Boeing 777 jet, which is scheduled for deployment starting with the 2018 summer flight schedule.

The pilots hired by Austrian Airlines in the year 2016 were pilots who were already trained. Some had flight experience outside of the Lufthansa Group, but the majority successfully completed their training within the Group however did not have any flight experience (young commercial pilots). “In 2017, Austrian Airlines will recruit applicants on the market who not possess any flight experience, and will train them from scratch”, explains Jens Ritter, Accountable Manager Austrian Airlines. “I am pleased that we will be able to give the go-ahead for the European Flight Academy, the new flight school for the Lufthansa Group, where future pilots will commence their basic flight instruction.”

Group flight school: the “European Flight Academy”

The first course for up to 30 young future pilots will begin on February 6, 2017. The future commercial pilots will complete the theoretical phase of their training in Bremen, Germany. Practical flight training will be held in Goodyear, Arizona in the USA and in Rostock-Laage, Germany, using modern and low-emission training aircraft. At the end of their training, which lasts for about 21 months, they will receive the so-called Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL). Subsequently, the graduates will have to acquire the license to fly a specific type of aircraft, in which they will begin their flying career at Austrian Airlines.

The selection process will take place in Vienna or Hamburg. The course participants are required to successfully complete the aptitude test prepared by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt – DLR).

Requirements

The job vacancies target both men and women and are aimed at applicants with flight experience (so-called ready entries) as well as those without any flight experience (so-called ab initios). The requirements for potential candidates are EU citizenship as well as a secondary school diploma, vocational diploma or university entrance qualification or subject-specific entrance qualification of the country of origin. Candidates should be at least 165 cm tall, and possess an unrestricted passport. Moreover, they should have a very good command of German and English (written and spoken). People with eyeglasses or contact lenses may only have a maximum of +/-3.0 diopters. Further information for potential applicants is available at www.austrianpilot.at.

The Austrian Airlines fleet

On balance, Austrian Airlines will employ about 1,100 pilots on its staff by the end of 2016. The Austrian Airlines fleet currently consists of 78 aircraft, including 11 long-haul airplanes and 67 short- and medium-haul jets.

Source: Austrian Airlines.