Lufthansa Confirms December Delivery Date for Its First A350-900

The aircraft will be based at Lufthansa’s secondary hub at Munich Airport, along with nine others of the 25 A350-900s it has ordered to date.

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Munich Airport Looks for Third Runway to Open in 2022

Dr. Michael Kerkloh, president and CEO of Flughafen München GmbH, Munich Airport’s operating company, says that while the airport already has legal approval for construction of the third runway, construction remains “subject to [receiving] a political green light”.

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The latest addition to the Swiss International Air Lines fleet touched down at Zurich Airport on January 29, following a non-stop delivery flight of 4,545 nautical miles from Boeing’s Everett Delivery Center at Paine Field in Everett, Washington.

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Lufthansa, the namesake flagship airline of the Lufthansa Group, has taken delivery of the first customer A320neo. The occasion also represents the first delivery of Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1000G-family geared-turbofan engines to any operator.

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Lufthansa Group subsidiary Austrian Airlines began using 120-seat Embraer 195s on scheduled services January 4 on routes linking its hub at Vienna Airport with Belgrade, Warsaw, Hamburg, Thessaloniki and Tirana, as well as other European destinations.

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Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa Group have signed a partnership agreement that will see the two airline groups operating routes between Singapore and Europe on a joint-venture basis, in addition to expanding codeshare ties significantly and deepening commercial cooperation.

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From May 11, 2016, Frankfurt-based Lufthansa will operate five round-trips a week between Munich Airport and Denver International Airport, using Airbus A330-300s.

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Star Alliance member Lufthansa will operate five round-trips a week on the route, using Airbus A340-300s offering Business Class, Premium Economy and Economy seating.

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Accra, which Brussels Airlines will serve four times a week from its Brussels Airport hub with its fleet of Airbus A330s, will become the carrier’s 16th destination in West Africa. However, the carrier will stop serving Kenya’s capital Nairobi at the end of October.

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Austrian Airlines’ supervisory board has approved the purchase of 17 Embraer 195s from sister Lufthansa Group company Lufthansa CityLine, to replace 15 aging Fokker 100s and seven Fokker 70s Austrian now has in service.

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With the introduction of its 2015 summer schedule, Lufthansa will serve New York JFK with its two largest aircraft types for the first time.

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At a press conference in Germany announcing its annual results for 2014, Lufthansa Group has revealed it is ordering three more Boeing 777-300ER widebodies for subsidiary carrier Swiss International Air Lines.

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Austrian Airlines is adding two tourist destinations to its 2015 network, Mahon on the Mediterranean island of Menorca and Miami in Florida.

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Lufthansa is introducing a three-tier Economy Class fare structure this autumn for all its flights within Europe. The airline is calling its three intra-Europe Economy fare tiers Light, Classic and Flex.

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Austrian Airlines is increasing the frequency of its Vienna-Newark service to a daily flight in June and will launch new weekly service between Vienna and Mauritius in late October.

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On Sunday, 1 February 2015, an Airbus A320 registered D-AIZQ and painted in the new Eurowings livery departed Hamburg at 10:55 a.m. and flew to Prague, where it was expected to land at 12:00 noon.

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With the transfer of the Düsseldorf–Zurich route this week, Lufthansa Group has completed transferring all of Lufthansa’s short-haul, non-hub routes within Germany and Europe from the mainline Lufthansa operation to Germanwings, the group’s lower-cost subsidiary.

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As part of the go-ahead decision, Lufthansa Group’s supervisory board has approved the lease of up to seven Airbus A330-200 widebodies for the new low-cost operation’s intercontinental routes. The operation will also operate up to 23 Airbus A320 single-aisle jets.

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The new operating unit, internally code-named ‘Jump’, will begin service between Frankfurt and Tampa on September 25, 2015, using Airbus A340-300s. Each Jump flight will operate under full Lufthansa branding and using a Lufthansa flight number.

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