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Lufthansa Flight Attendants Union Announces Strike Action on 20th October, More Could Follow

The union that claims to represent flight attendants at German flag carrier Lufthansa has announced a five-hour strike which is set to take place on the 20th October at the airline’s hubs in Frankfurt and Munich.  The Indepedent Flight Attendants…

Lufthansa Loses Latest Legal Challenge in Anti-Union Flight Attendant Battle

A few days ago we revealed that a union which represents 20,000 flight attendants at Lufthansa might be prepared to announce a strike on the 14th October – the problem, is that Lufthansa has challenged the legitimacy of the union…

Will This Be The Date That Flight Attendants at Lufthansa Announce Strike Action?

In what has turned into an increasingly bitter dispute, could the union that represents some 20,000 flight attendants at Lufthansa, as well as the low-cost subsidiary Eurowings be about to announce industrial action – including a crippling strike?  If that…

Own a Piece of an Old Lufthansa A340-600 That is Being Upcycled and Turned into Furniture

What happens to an old plane when it comes to the end of its useful flying career?  Some get sent to the desert where they are simply allowed to slowly rust and decay.  Others are painstakingly scrapped for all their…

Allegation: Lufthansa Trying to Limit Compensation Payout from Germanwings Crash

Lufthansa has been accused of trying to limit the compensation payout to the family members of 2015’s Germanwings crash where all 144 passengers and six crew members were killed when the Airbus A320 slammed into the side of a mountain…

Lufthansa A321 Diverts TWICE When Both Air Conditioning Systems Failed

Passengers on a Lufthansa flight from Dublin to Munich say they were left high and dry when their flight was diverted due to technical problems, not once but twice in the space of a few short hours.  In the end,…

Flight Attendants at Lufthansa Are Seeking a 5% Pay Rise and Increased Allowances

The Independent Flight Attendants Organisation (UFO) is seeking a 5% pay rise spread over two years and a raft of other improvements to working conditions for cabin crew at Germany’s Lufthansa. The demands, however, may well fall on deaf ears…

Is Lufthansa Really Abandoning Low-Cost Long-Haul Travel in Eurowings Shakeup?

Yesterday, we learned that Lufthansa planned to radically shake up its low-cost Eurowings subsidiary in an attempt to stem big losses at the carrier.  Rather than pushing ahead with expansion into the long-haul market, the airline has actually taken the…

What We Learned at Lufthansa’s Capital Markets Day and the Future of Eurowings

The Lufthansa Group is holding its first Capital Markets Day since 2011 at the airline’s crew training facility in Frankfurt today.  Carsten Spohr, the chief executive of Lufthansa, opened the day telling the assembled journalists that Lufthansa and its subsidiaries…

Lufthansa Boss Carsten Spohr Says Eurowings Cabin Crew Enjoy “Above Average” Conditions

As Germany’s Independent Flight Attendants Union (UFO) prepares to ballot Eurowings cabin crew on strike action, Carsten Spohr the chief executive of the Lufthansa Group has said that they actually enjoy “above average bargaining and social standards”. Speaking with Der…

Lufthansa and Eurowings Cabin Crew WILL Be Balloted On Strike Action

Over the lasting few weeks and months, I’ve written quite a bit about a possible industrial dispute that has been simmering away at Lufthansa and its low-cost brand Eurowings.  It now looks like things are coming to a head and…

Eurowings Expected to Make More Heavy Losses in 2019 – Lufthansa Adjusts Forecasts Down

Eurowings, the discount subsidiary of the Lufthansa Group, is expected to make more heavy losses in 2019 after the airline updated the markets on its financial position.  The airline had been hoping to break even this year after reporting a…

Lufthansa and Other Group Airlines Could Be Hit by Cabin Crew Strikes as Early as July

Lufthansa is facing the prospect of cabin crew strikes – not only at the mainline brand but also other group airlines like Austrian and SWISS – and they could start as early as July if new reports are to be…

A “Toxic Fume” Event On a Lufthansa A319 May Have Left a Flight Attendant Permanently Unfit to Fly

A flight attendant at Germany’s Lufthansa is believed to have been signed-off as permanently unfit to fly because of a 2016 “toxic fume” event.  The incident was first reported by the Aviation Herald but was recently updated with new details…

Lufthansa is Equipping its Entire Long-haul Fleet with Mobile ECG Readers for Medical Emergencies

Dealing with medical emergencies at 38,000 feet is always a dreaded moment for any member of cabin crew.  Resources are limited, medical expertise might not be readily available and you can’t simply land a fully-loaded plane at the nearest hospital…

Lufthansa Benefits as Internal Dispute at Flight Attendants Union Leads to Resignations

Allegations of nepotism and fraud have rocked Germany’s largest cabin crew union, the Independent Flight Attendant Organisation (UFO) leading to resignations and calls for a criminal inquiry.  The turmoil comes at a particularly crucial point for thousands of flight attendants…

Lufthansa Unveils New Short-Haul Seats But the Best Bit Will Go Unnoticed By Passengers

We’ve known for some time that Lufthansa plans to standardise the cabins of its short and medium-haul fleet of Airbus A320 family aircraft across its network airlines – that includes Lufthansa, as well as SWISS and Austrian Airlines.  Once the…

Nearly 50% of German Flight Attendants Have Been “Sexually Molested” On the Job

A new survey has revealed that sexual harassment and violence is a common occurrence for many German flight attendants and campaigners are now calling on airlines to do much more to stamp out the crime – including banning adverts that…

Lufthansa Buries Bad News Following Notre Dame Tragedy: Falls to Loss in First Quarter

Maybe it was a mere coincidence?  As the world’s attention turned to the terrible news that Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was burning, the German flag carrier Lufthansa suddenly decided to release details of its financial performance for the first…

Software “Malfunction” Grounds More Than 46 Lufthansa Flights: Over 4,600 Passenger Affected

A continuing software “malfunction” at Germany’s air traffic control (ATC) provider, DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung has forced airlines to cancel dozens of flights today.  The German flag carrier, Lufthansa has been worst affected with over 46 flights at its Frankfurt hub…

That’s How You Do It: Lufthansa Posts €2.8 Billion Profit, Orders 40 New Long-Haul Aircraft

Lufthansa may be slightly older and more experienced than Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways (The German flag carrier was formed in 1953, making it 51 years older than its Persian Gulf rival) but the two airline’s fortunes couldn’t be more different…

Is Lufthansa Turning Eurowings into the New Joon? Expansion Prompts Union Fury

A couple of days ago, Lufthansa announced plans to not only expand the presence of its low-cost tourist-oriented airline brand Eurowings at its Munich hub but to also introduce the airline at its Frankfurt stronghold for the first time.  Eurowings…

Talks Between Cabin Crew Union and Lufthansa Management Breakdown – What Next?

Senior managers at German aviation giant Lufthansa are said to have called off crunch negotiations with a major cabin crew union after just 35 minutes of talks.  The key meeting between union officials and the company had originally been scheduled…

Lufthansa Comes Number One in 2018 With Most Passengers Carried by a European Airline

The European airline industry is controlled by three main players – there’s the Lufthansa Group which not only owns the namesake airline but also SWISS, Austrian, Brussels Airlines and the low-cost carrier Eurowings.  Then, there’s the Anglo-Spanish IAG Group that…

Lufthansa Will Hire 5,000 New Staff This Year – 1,300 of Which Will Be Flight Attendants

New Year, New Job?  Lufthansa is going on a hiring spree in 2019, with plans to hire at least 5,000 new employees, including 1,300 flight attendants across the European aviation giant’s group of airlines.  The majority of positions will be…

European Airlines Take Swipe at Ryanair and Gulf Carriers Over Employee Rights

Thought you’d heard the last of airlines trying to “level the playing field” with competitors who they accuse of benefiting from unfair subsidies?  Think again.  We’ve already seen the CEO’s of the big three U.S. airlines call out Qatar Airways…

Uh Oh: Lufthansa Misses Financial Forecasts On the Back of Losses at Low-Cost Subsidiary, Eurowings

European aviation heavyweight, Lufthansa – which also owns Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Eurowings and SWISS – has posted below expected financial results for Quarter 3.  During the first nine months of the year, the Lufthansa Group has reported a profit…

Lufthansa’s Yearly Oktoberfest Celebrations See the Return of Fresh Draft Beer After a 50-Year Hiatus

The world’s biggest and possibly the world’s most famous beer festival gets underway once again in Munich for a two-week extravaganza starting on 22nd September.  The festival, is, of course, Oktoberfest and it draws in tens of thousands of beer…

Will You Be Attending Lufthansa’s Latest Cabin Crew Open Day in Munich on 1st September?

Earlier this year, Lufthansa announced plans to hire 8,000 new employees, including 2,500 flight attendants across its group of airlines – so that’s not only Lufthansa itself but also other brands like Austrian, Eurowings and SWISS.  Most people apply for…

Flight Attendants Wearing Sneakers: First Joon and Now Lufthansa Gets in on the Act

Critics scoffed when Air France launched Joon last summer – an airline designed for millennials with craft beer and flight attendants who wore trendy polo shirts and oh so casual sneakers for a uniform.  But it turns out the idea…

Ryanair and Lufthansa Have Got Themselves Into a War of Words Over a Little Known Austrian Airline

Two of Europe’s largest airlines, the low-cost Dublin-based Ryanair and Germany’s Lufthansa have got themselves into a very public and particularly nasty spat over Laudamotion – a little known Austrian airline in which Ryanair has acquired a 75% stake in.…

Lufthansa Introduces New System to Address Sexual Harassment, Improves Training

The German airline, Lufthansa has said it is going to be “expanding” the number of systems available to staff, including cabin crew to deal with sexual harassment.  At the heart of the extra support being put in place are two…

Lufthansa Will Be Forced To Cancel 800 Flights On Tuesday: 90,000 Passengers Will Be Impacted

A massive strike by ground handling workers and security staff at several airports across Germany has forced Lufthansa to proactively cancel around 800 flights scheduled for Tuesday 10th April.  The airline estimates around 90,000 passengers will be impacted by the…

Lufthansa Closes Cabin Crew Applications Due To “Overwhelming” Numbers: But Other Opportunities Exist

In an Instagram post, the German flag carrier, Lufthansa has said that while it continues to hire new cabin crew, it will be unable to accept any further applications due to the “overwhelming numbers” the recruitment team has already received. …

Inside the Strange World of Skytrax: The Aviation Rating Organization You Maybe Shouldn’t Trust

Worn as a proud badge of honour by airlines around the world, the air transport rating organisation, Skytrax has made a name for itself as the commercial aviation industry’s defacto Star Rating system.  Yet surprisingly little is know about this…

YAWN: Lufthansa Officially ‘Unveils’ its New Brand Image – “Melon Yellow” Colour Will Remain

Good news for Lufthansa fans who feared they might miss the airline’s famous “melon yellow” brand colour – it won’t actually disappear entirely from Lufthansa’s planes after all.  Instead, a bold dark blue will become the leading brand colour while…

Marketing Genius or Major Fail? Lufthansa is Making the Best of Accidentally Stealing its Own Thunder

A new-look livery for German flag-carrier Lufthansa had been widely anticipated for months and ever since the rumours started, creative AvGeeks have been circulating pictures of what they think the new look will be.  But Lufthansa somehow managed to avoid…

Lufthansa CEO Hints of Job Cuts at Alitalia if it Stands Any Chance of Being Saved by the German Airline

Lufthansa’s CEO, Carsten Spohr, has once again rankled Italy’s Ministry of Economic Development with demands to shrink both the number of staff and aircraft at the bankrupt Italian airline, Alitalia.  If approved, thousands of jobs could be axed at the…

Major Recruitment News: Lufthansa to Recruit Nearly 8,000 Flight Attendants in 2018

Wow!  In a major recruitment news announcement, Lufthansa has laid out plans to hire around 8,000 new employees in 2018 – the airline says the “majority” of these new roles will be flight attendants.  According to Lufthansa, last year around…

Lufthansa Has Just Becomes Europe’s First and Only Five Star Awarded Airline

German flag-carrier, Lufthansa has today been awarded a prestigious Five Star ranking by aviation industry rating specialists, Skytrax.  Lufthansa becomes not only the first and only Five Star airline in Europe but also the only airline outside of Asia and…

Lufthansa Reveals Even More Details About its New Business Class Seat – Promises Bed Length of Nearly 87 Inches

A few days ago, German flag carrier, Lufthansa gave us a glimpse of what the airline’s new Business Class seat and cabin would look like when it takes delivery of its first Boeing 777X aircraft.  But while Lufthansa isn’t set…

Reports: Lufthansa Finally Strikes A Deal With its Pilots to Prevent More Costly Strikes

Back in March, we learnt that Lufthansa had reached a tentative deal with the labour who represent cockpit crew, Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) over a long-running and often bitter dispute over planned changes to pilot pay and conditions.  Finally, it looks…

airberlin Latest: What Jobs Are Safe and What Are the Possible Stumbling Blocks?

Last week we learnt that airberlin had begun advanced talks with both Lufthansa and easyJet on taking over parts of the insolvent low-cost carrier.  Alongside that announcement came the good news that up to 80% of airberlin’s current staff could…

Lufthansa Set to Snap Up 38 airberlin Aircraft and Its Cabin Crew, Eurowings Gets Go Ahead to Hire New Crew

If sources at insolvent European airline, airberlin are to be believed, Lufthansa is leading the race to acquire large chunks of the debt-ridden low-cost carrier.  The good news is that this development could be a lifeline for the 8,000 serving…

Emirates is Celebrating the World Famous Oktoberfest But it Will Have to Go Some Way to Beat Lufthansa

For the first time in its history, Emirates is celebrating the world-famous event that is Oktoberfest.  The 18-day Bavarian extravaganza got underway on 16th September with the event culminating on 3rd October.  Dating all the way back to 1818, the…

Ryanair Accuses Lufthansa of Foul Play Over its Bid for airberlin. Is Etihad Airways to Blame?

In 2009, Lufthansa said it would oppose the “wild expansion” of Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways into the European market.  At the time, the airline claimed it welcomed competition but that bilateral agreements between European and Gulf airlines weren’t “balanced.”…

Lufthansa’s New Tableware is “Timeless, modern” and So, So Boring – But at Least it’s Environmentally Friendly

Lufthansa has just unveiled a new set of tableware for all of the airline’s Economy Class passengers flying on intercontinental flights.  It’s not the most exciting airline news ever we admit – but then we took a look at the…

News Roundup – 14th June 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

This week there was speculation that Emirates would bolster its own fleet and aircraft manufacturer Airbus’ fortunes by ordering a further 20 A380 aircraft.  Unfortunately, while Emirates says it regularly “engages with aircraft manufacturers”, it doesn’t plan to place a…

Lufthansa Goes iPad Crazy: 20,000 Cabin Crew Receive Tablet Devices in Major Digital Push

Lufthansa is pushing ahead with its digital transformation plan, codenamed ‘OPSession’, with the delivery of 20,000 iPad Mini’s to all its Cabin Crew.  Like many airlines, Lufthansa and its subsidiaries, Swiss and Austrian, have issued tablet devices to pursers for…

News Roundup – 08th March 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

Virgin Australia has announced that it won’t be starting a service between Perth and Abu Dhabi as was originally planned.  Instead, the carrier intends to focus on international routes to North America and Asia.  But one flight to the USA…

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