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German court allows Etihad to continue most airberlin codeshares

An appeals court in Germany on Thursday allowed Etihad to continue most of its disputed codeshare flights with airberlin for the winter schedule ending in March, handing the Abu Dhabi-based airline a partial victory. The court ruled that Etihad should be allowed to continue its codeshare agreement for 26 international routes but rejected its request to continue codesharing on five domestic Germ...

Lufthansa Group achieves record number of passengers in 2015

The airlines of the Lufthansa Group transported 107.7 million passengers in 2015, which is a new record. The Group carried 1.6 per cent more passengers than in the previous year. At the same time the company carried out more than one million flights and achieved the highest ever seat load factor of 80.4 per cent. This corresponds to an increase in capacity utilization of 0.3 percentage points comp...

Lufthansa May Make More Money in 2016, Thanks to Cheap Fuel

Deutsche Lufthansa AG is forecasting that operating profit will rise in 2016 as fuel costs decline a fourth consecutive year. Adjusted earnings before interest and taxes will exceed the 2015 range of 1.75 billion euros ($1.9 billion) and 1.95 billion euros, the Cologne, Germany-based airline said in a presentation for investors published on Friday. While a predicted 20 percent drop in the pr...

Lufthansa Technik delivers second VVIP Boeing 747-8

The Lufthansa Technik completion center has finished the VVIP cabin conversion of the second Boeing 747-8 in Hamburg. The aircraft has now been delivered to an undisclosed customer. Another aircraft of this type is currently undergoing completion. In the past the company equipped fourteen aircraft of the predecessors to the current Boeing 747-8 and is the leading provider for this aircraft type...

West Atlantic Statement on CRJ-200 SE-DUX Accident

Following the accident involving the aircraft SE-DUX West Atlantic Sweden AB will hold a press conference at 11:00 a.m. at Best Western Tidbloms Hotel with address Olskroksgatan 23, SE 416-66 Gothenburg. The aircraft departed Oslo on route to Tromsö and declared mayday at 1:31 p.m. whereby the Swedish and Norwegian search and rescue teams were notified. The crash site was located at 3...

airberlin joins Etihad Airways' appeal to protect competition and consumer choice

airberlin filed notice to join Etihad Airways in its appeal against last week’s decision of the Administrative Court of Braunschweig to revoke the approval for 29 of its codeshare flights with airberlin. Stefan Pichler, Chief Executive Officer of airberlin said: "We are appealing against this decision because it does not serve the best interests of the travelling public. Indeed, the...

Lufthansa hires more than 4,000 new employees

2,800 flight attendants wanted at various locations. • Eurowings and Austrian Airlines are hiring 240 pilots. • More jobs for ground staff and trainees with airlines and Lufthansa Group service companies. The Lufthansa Group is hiring more than 4,000 new employees in 2016, giving the organization a top position amongst the leading German companies. “We are proud that yet again t...

EMP Finances First Emirates A380 Operating Lease Using Traditional And Islamic Capital

Munich-based aviation finance arranger EMP structured assets GmbH (EMP), working in conjunction with senior and junior lenders in Germany and Dubai has arranged the purchase of an A380-800 operating lease to Emirates from Stellwagen Finance Company Limited, the holding company for Aviation Finance Company Limited (AFC). AFC initially arranged 100% of the financing for Stellwage...

Germany Plans Spot Drug Tests On Pilots

Germany plans legislation requiring random drug and alcohol testing of pilots, hoping to reduce the risk of a repeat of the Germanwings crash in March. The plans follow the recommendation of a task-force set up by the Transport Ministry, after a pilot barricaded himself inside the cockpit of a plane operated by Germanwings and crashed it in the Alps, killing all 150 people on board. Prosecut...

New Chief Executive Finance at Lufthansa Technik

Constanze Hufenbecher succeeds Dr. Peter Jansen Change in Executive Board of Lufthansa Technik AG in Hamburg: The company’s Supervisory Board has appointed Constanze Hufenbecher to the Executive Board with responsibility for Finance for three years beginning February 1, 2016. She succeeds Dr. Peter Jansen, who will  step down as a member of the Executive Board of Luft...

New Berlin Airport Denies Opening Postponed Again

Officials at Berlin's long-delayed new Brandenburg Airport denied a newspaper report that the opening had been pushed back until 2018. The airport, originally due to open in 2012, has been under construction since 2006, with red tape and technical problems repeatedly delaying its inauguration. Newspaper Bild am Sonntag cited a confidential schedule from the airport's project manageme...

Lufthansa trials UAV at Frankfurt

Lufthansa has flight-tested an unmanned air vehicle at Frankfurt airport as the airline plans to employ the technology for aerial surveillance purposes for third-party customers. Together with airport operator Fraport and German air navigation service provider DFS, Lufthansa has tested a remote-controlled, camera-equipped UAV around runway 07L/25R, northwest of the...