Tag: Lufthansa

Lufthansa Acquisition of Niki Collapses After EC Blocks Deal

Air Berlin subsidiary Niki is closing its flight operations, after the take-over by Lufthansa has failed. Niki has filed for insolvency and as of December 14, flights will no longer take off. The European Commission has refused to authorize the airlines’ acquisition by Germany’s largest carrier, Lufthansa. Despite offering to give up a number of […]

Lufthansa Reveals the First Secrets of Its New Business Class

Lufthansa has revealed one of its best-kept secrets and unveiled the concept for its brand-new Business Class. It will be available on regular routes for the first time in 2020, with the roll-out of the Boeing 777-9. The new seat is the key element of the service and comfort level in the cabin, which have […]

VC Looks for Better Conditions for Pilots at Eurowings

German pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) is looking to Lufthansa offshoot, Eurowings, to provide better conditions after the union had rejected a labor agreement which would have allowed the low-cost carrier to employ staff from the now defunct Air Berlin on German contracts. Lufthansa is looking to grow Eurowings by taking on 1,700 staff from […]

Lufthansa Submits €500m Bid for Ailing Alitalia

According to Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, the German airline Lufthansa has offered €500 million (US$590) for the ailing Italian flag-carrying airline, Alitalia. It is understood that the offer is for the planes, airport runway slots, and air crew. However, it is believed that Lufthansa’s intention will be to reduce the 12,000-strong workforce by half, […]

Lufthansa Buys Major Portion of Defunct Air Berlin

In what Carsten Spohr, chief executive of Lufthansa, said was a “great day” for his company, Germany’s largest carrier has agreed to purchase the lion’s share of Air Berlin, which filed for bankruptcy protection on August 15. The purchase price of €210m (US$245m) will see Lufthansa looking to acquire 80 of Air Berlin’s 144 aircraft, […]

Emirates to Be Launch Boeing 777X Operator

Emirates Airline will be the first operator of the Boeing 777X and expects to take delivery of the first aircraft in early 2020, Emirates president Tim Clark says. The delivery, which a Boeing spokesperson confirmed, means that Emirates will skip ahead of 777X launch customer Lufthansa and become the widebody’s launch operator. “I believe we […]

Bankrupt Air Berlin to Stop Flying at the End of the Month

When Air Berlin, Germany’s second-largest airline, filed for bankruptcy protection, the stricken carrier was given a government bridging loan of €150 million (US$177 million) to keep it operational while a buyer, or buyers were sought. It was hoped that the carrier would prove more attractive if it remained operational and the loan was intended to […]

Lufthansa To Hire 1,000 Flight Attendants For A380 Munich Operations

Lufthansa will hire 1,000 flight attendants for its Munich hub as its launches Airbus A380 operations from the Bavarian capital in spring 2018. “From March 25, our A380s will take off for Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Beijing,” Lufthansa Munich hub CEO Wilken Bormann said. Lufthansa will transfer five of 14 509-seat Airbus A380s from […]

Lufthansa Set To Land Air Berlin Assets

Germany’s Air Berlin filed for insolvency in August and its creditors are now discussing how to carve it up. Lufthansa is set to pick up a large part of insolvent rival Air Berlin, and easyJet is also still in the running for some assets, two sources familiar with the matter said. Air Berlin’s creditors met […]

Air Berlin May Soon Cancel Flights As Cash Crunch Looms

Despite a government guarantee of EUR150 million, Air Berlin (AB, Berlin Tegel) may soon find itself having to cancel flights, according to German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung. Citing insider information, the news site says that Air Berlin will be unable to maintain parts of its network as it does not have access to revenue generated by […]