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Airberlin nears decision on more cuts

The Airberlin executive committee of the board of directors met on Sept. 29 with the airline’s senior management team to review progress on the 2018 business plan. The plan, which is well underway, will be presented to the full board for approval shortly, airberlin said in a statement. It was reported to ATW the meeting included crucial decisions such as further route cuts...

Airbus BizLab global network expands with accelerator in Hamburg

Airbus has inaugurated a second BizLab aerospace business accelerator as part of its strategy to establish a global network. Alexander Katzung, Innovation manager Airbus Corporate Innovation, will lead the accelerator in Hamburg. In parallel Airbus has opened a second round of applications for start-ups seeking support. Applicants can apply from September 28th to October 28th by register...

Refugees aided by Lufthansa Cargo

Lufthansa Cargo has helped the German Red Cross cope with the influx of refugees by flying more than 15,000 camp beds from North America to Germany to deal with the crisis. On Tuesday last week a Lufthansa Boeing 747-8 flight from Washington DC landed at the carrier’s hub in Frankfurt stocked with approximately 1,000 camp beds. The remaining beds were divided over 12 flight...

Lufthansa Blames GDS Booking Volume Drop Mostly on Pilot Strike

Lufthansa has hit back at GDS bookings figures revealed by Tnooz yesterday as being "heavily influenced" by industrial action affecting the airline. Pilots belonging to the carrier held their 13th strike in the last 18 months in the first week of this month, just days after Lufthansa introduced its controversial Euro 16 fee on all GDS bookings from September 1. A highly confidentia...

Lufthansa and Ryanair CEOs Lock Horns over Airlines' Futures

Deutsche Lufthansa AG boss Carsten Spohr has crossed swords with Michael O'Leary, his counterpart at Ryanair Holdings, vowing to defend the German carrier's domestic market from further encroachment from budget airlines despite Mr. O'Leary's assurances that the business can only shrink. Mr. Spohr said Lufthansa's current revamp of its short-haul operations will protect its m...

Lufthansa today launches the Frankfurt-Tampa route

Lufthansa (Frankfurt) today (September 25) launched its new nonstop service to Florida’s west coast. Lufthansa issued this statement: Flight LH 482 left Frankfurt (FRA) at 11:00 local time, and is due to land at Tampa International Airport (TPA) later today at 15:50 local time. The corresponding eastbound flight LH 483 will depart from Tampa at 17:20 local time, and is scheduled to t...

Lufthansa Technik overhauls the 25th landing gear set of Boeing 777-300ER

Lufthansa Technik Landing Gear Services UK (LTLGS) has overhauled the 25th Landing Gear set of the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft type. This important milestone in overhaul operations of the latest Boeing 777 product introduction, reached at LTLGS facility in Hayes, near London, United Kingdom, makes LTLGS the most experienced overhaul provider of this Landing Gear type. Landing gear overh...

Work Stoppage on New Berlin Airport Could Further Delay Opening

Construction on the new, much-delayed Berlin Brandenburg International Airport (BER) has been halted in the entire area beneath the terminal roof. According to BER, a part of the terminal was closed Sep. 18 as a purely precautionary measure due to preparations associated with installation of the smoke extraction funnels on the terminal roof. Three out of 20 ceiling panels were believe...

EU to Challenge Germany over Pilot Licensing After Germanwings Crash - Source

The European Commission is poised to launch a legal challenge against Germany's air safety authorities and in particular its system for renewing pilots' licences, a person familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. The Commission will tell Germany that its licence renewal practices are not in line with EU law in that they gave priority to privacy rules over safety for pilots...

Lufthansa to Trial Inflight High-Speed Internet for Passengers

High-speed internet access via smartphones could become a feature on European airline flights following a deal involving the German carrier Lufthansa - but voice calls will be blocked at first. Lufthansa will offer Wi-Fi on its short- and medium-haul flights from 2017, provided by the satellite firm Inmarsat and Deutsche Telekom. The companies claim their venture, which combin...

Accident: airberlin A321 at Dusseldorf on Sep. 19, 2015, Burst Tyre on Takeoff

An airberlin Airbus A321-200, registration D-ABCK performing flight AB-3156 from Dusseldorf (Germany) to Kos (Greece) with 171 passengers and 7 crew, departed Dusseldorf's runway 23L and was climbing out of Dusseldorf when tyre debris was found on the runway. The crew of D-ABCK was informed about the debris, stopped the climb at FL270, descended the aircraft to FL100 and diverted to Munich (Ge...

DHL’s expanded Leipzig hub to boost European operations

DHL Express is to invest up to $70 million expanding its European hub at Leipzig Halle Airport so it can handle up to 150,000 shipments per hour by the fourth quarter of 2015. DHL will be doubling warehouse space to 80,000 square metres and will upgrade the conveyer belts to reduce the time it takes for packages to travel around the site from 35 to 10 minutes. The company says when...