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airberlin expands service to the Azores

From May 2016, airberlin will operate three flights per week nonstop from Dusseldorf to the Azores. The existing weekly summer service to the archipelago’s capital, Ponta Delgada, will be expanded by an additional flight. A new nonstop flight per week from Dusseldorf to Terceira, the second most populous island in the Azores, will also be added to the schedule. The archipelago in the Atla...

airberlin records strong increase in capacity utilization for November

In November 2015, airberlin once again significantly increased capacity utilization (RPK/ASK) in comparison with the preceding month. While capacity was reduced by 7.4 percent, capacity utilization increased to 81.7 percent, i.e. an increase of 1.8 percentage points as compared to the corresponding month of the previous year. Germany’s second-largest airline company, which has been ranked...

Germany to join multinational tanker effort

Germany has revealed plans to join the Multinational MRTT Fleet (MFF) alongside the Netherlands, Norway and Poland, to share a fleet of Airbus Defence & Space A330 multi-role tanker transports. In 2014 the three other nations announced plans to share the burden of operating multirole tanker transports in Europe, and now Germany has decided that as its A310 tanker fleet ages, it will join th...

Air France-KLM's Low-Cost Carrier Moves into Lufthansa's Munich Hub

Air France-KLM's Transavia airline is to become the first low-cost carrier to set up a base at Munich airport as it expands to compete with budget rivals Ryanair, easyJet and Lufthansa's Eurowings. Air France-KLM was forced to scale back plans for a new Transavia Europe division last year after pilot strikes and is expanding its Transavia Netherlands business instead. Like Lufth...

Deutsche Telekom gets technical about European ATG network

The hybrid European Aviation Network (EAN) connectivity system, which combines ground-based LTE technology from Deutsche Telekom and an S-band satellite from Inmarsat, could be a step change in the passenger experience for European flyers once the first Lufthansa test aircraft begins flying with the system in 2017, and when IAG member airlines start fitting their shorthaul fleets, as sug...

Lufthansa Cargo to Undertake Layoffs as Part of Cost-Cutting

Lufthansa Cargo (GEC, Frankfurt Int'l) will be implementing staff layoffs as part of a EUR40 million (US$44 million) cost-cutting drive dubbed 'C-40', CEO Peter Gerber has told German business paper Handelsblatt. While he did not confirm the exact number of employees that would be affected, Gerber said redundancies would be undertaken in a socially acceptable manner - partial retire...

Air Charter Service expands in Germany

Air Charter Service has continued to grow in Germany in 2015, the company has moved into new premises in Frankfurt. Caroline Werf, managing director ACS Germany said: “We are near the end of what is set to be our record year and we have almost doubled in size, in terms of staff, since January. This new office is nearer the centre of the city and will better serve most of our clients who a...

Lufthansa Agrees on Pay with Ground Personnel: Verdi Union

Deutsche Lufthansa on Saturday signed an agreement with services union Verdi on pay for about 33,000 ground personnel, the union and the airline said. Germany's largest airline agreed a pay increase for its ground personnel and for staff at Lufthansa-Systems, Lufthansa-Service GmbH, Lufthansa Technik and Lufthansa Cargo of 2.2 percent on Jan. 1, 2016 and another 2.2 percent one year la...

Pilots' Union Confident of Deal to Join Lufthansa Jobs Summit: Document

German pilots union Vereinigung Cockpit is confident it can come to a deal that will allow it to take part in a round table organized by Lufthansa management in a bid to defuse tensions with unions over job and growth prospects. Lufthansa asked unions representing the pilots, cabin crew and ground staff to the meeting on Dec. 2 but the pilots' union initially said it was be unlikely to take...

Lufthansa Cargo freighter livery designed in support of aid organisation

A Lufthansa Cargo freighter is from now on flying around the world with the footprints of 24 children on its fuselage. The carrier has turned the MD-11F registered “D-ALCH” into a flying ambassador for the aid organisation Cargo Human Care. The colourful design was presented today at Nairobi International Airport. It symbolises the motto “Step by step. Giving children...

New members join Air Cargo Community Frankfurt

The Air Cargo Community Frankfurt continues to grow after Georgi Transporte and Menian joined the trade association at Frankfurt Airport. As a result, the number of members has grown to 35, representing all the areas of the air cargo transport chain and contribute their interests and their expertise to the Community’s various competence teams. Together they develop measures and project...

Alliance Aviation Buys 21 Fokker Jets from Lufthansa Group

Alliance Aviation Services has bought 21 Fokker jets from Lufthansa Group for US$15 million (AU$20.7 million) in cash and shares in a move that will give it spare parts to help its fleet run longer, expand operations into Europe and, potentially, sell the popular aircraft to operators like Qantas and Virgin Australia. Australia's fleet of regional aircraft is ageing, given that Fokker...