Tensions for Brussels Airlines rise as Lufthansa debates new plan

Lufthansa, the largest airline in Germany and in Europe in terms of fleet size and passenger numbers, is allegedly considering to replace top management, including the CEO and CFO, of its wholly owned Brussels Airlines. The rumor, together with surrounding uncertainty on the future business model of the airline, is fueling the already-high tensions within […]

Niki grounded after Lufthansa drops plans to purchase it

Lufthansa announced quitting the pursue of Niki as part of the latest concessions made on December 13, 2017 in the course of the intended acquisition of parts of the Air Berlin Group. Consequently, Niki ceased operations. In the so-called Phase One assessment, Lufthansa had already offered commitments such as giving up slots. However, the Commission […]

Air Astana receives big boost from Lufthansa

This article was written by Andreas Spaeth and first published on Airline Ratings. Air Astana boss Peter Foster is beaming. The 57-year-old Englishman and industry veteran has seen the national airline of Kazakhstan develop into Central Asia’s most successful carrier since taking office in 2005. During that time, he has relentlessly worked to establish a […]

Lufthansa becomes first airline in Europe with five Skytrax Stars

On December 4, 2017, Lufthansa received a fifth star from British aviation consulting specialist Skytrax, becoming the first carrier outside Asia and the Middle East with five-star certification from Skytrax. Earlier, the rating service gave five stars to Lufthansa’s first class, and now the entire airline received the award. The carrier attributed its achievement to […]

Lufthansa eyeing up to 78 Air Berlin aircraft

Lufthansa hopes to add a substantial number aircraft after the restructuring of Air Berlin, regardless of what happens to the rest of the troubled carrier’s assets. This was announced to journalists by Lufthansa CEO Karsten Spohr in Frankfurt, on September 20. The German giant‘s priority are the 38 aircraft for medium-haul flights, which it now […]

Lufthansa interested in acquiring Air Berlin

Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr envisions his group fully taking over the problem-afflicted Air Berlin. The antitrust problems are also seen as “solvable”, but the major shareholder of the conflicted airline Etihad Airways would have to solve the debt problem. Lufthansa has always demonstrated a strong interest in taking over its national rival Air Berlin. However, […]

Ryanair to expand presence on Lufthansa territory

Next winter, Ryanair Holdings intends to increase the amount of jets based at Frankfurt airport to seven, uplifting the low-cost carrier’s position in Lufthansa’s main hub, according to Bloomberg. The airline will expand the destinations from the airport from 4 to 24, including business-oriented flights to London, Madrid, Milan, and traditional leisure routes. Ryanair seeks […]

Lufthansa agrees to pay salary increase to pilots

The negotiation between Lufthansa group and its pilots union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) has met a conclusion as the airline accepted the mediation recommendation led by the mediator Gunter Pleuger on the 15th of February 2017. The airline agreed for a pay increase for the 5,400 pilots in the group tariff agreement of Lufthansa, Lufthansa Cargo […]