Lufthansa – Facts and figures
The Deutsche Lufthansa AG is the largest German airline and is often colloquially called „crane airline“ due to its distinctive logo. The entire group now appears as the „Lufthansa Group“ and enjoys a high reputation throughout Germany. It is based in Cologne, but Frankfurt and Munich are the airline’s main hubs. Chairman of the Executive Board of Lufthansa AG is Carsten Spohr.
At the end of 2018, the company had almost 38,000 employees and generated sales of around 16 billion euros. In the same year, over 70 million passengers were transported. With „Miles & More“, Lufthansa offers its customers a comprehensive frequent flyer programme and stands out for its outstanding service.
Particularly striking slogans are, for example „Say yes to the world“ or „Lufthansa. There’s no better way to fly.“ For many years, Lufthansa has been regarded in the German aviation industry as unrivalled when it comes to comfortable and carefree travel.
The aircrafts of Lufthansa
Frankfurt and Munich airports serve as stations for the aircraft of the Lufthansa fleet. The Boeing aircraft in Frankfurt and the Airbus aircraft in Munich. The airline has 299 passenger planes and the average age of the planes is about 12 years.
The fleet includes aircraft of all sizes, from the Airbus A380-800 with 509 seats to the Boeing 747-400 with 393 seats and the Bombardier CRJR900 with about 100 seats.
As an influential (first-time) customer Lufthansa can influence the development of the aircraft. The company is working to reduce kerosene consumption and thus save variable costs. The long-term goal is to reduce average consumption from just under 3.8 litres of kerosene per 100 passenger kilometres to 3 litres.
In August 2012, some aircraft were taken out of service. This affected aircraft of the Avro RJ85 type and some Airbus aircraft. In 2016 the last Boeing 737 of the Lufthansa fleet disappeared.
Miles & More
The Miles & More service offers members the comfort of using the numerous Lufthansa lounges. Booking flights is greatly simplified, as forms are pre-filled with stored card and account data. There are basically three groups that enjoy different benefits. For frequent travelers there is an increased free baggage allowance, for the Senator class there is the extra fast check-in and for the HON Circle you even get a limousine and transfer service.
Logged in with the Miles & More card, you can also collect miles from the 40 partner airlines, for everyday errands or when booking hotels. In addition to using the collection points for the next flight, you can also use them for a rental car or in the Lufthansa Worldshop. Registration with the Miles & More programme is free of charge. If you download the app, 500 miles are credited immediately.
The creation of Lufthansa
Lufthansa as we know it today was founded in 1953 and became Lufthansa AG in 1954 when it went public. The actual scheduled flight operations, however, were not resumed until 1956, when German air sovereignty was regained. The airline was 100% state-owned until 1963 and was gradually completely privatised until 1997.
Until 1994, the company also served as the flag carrier of the Federal Republic of Germany. However, the company name can be found for the first time around 1924. The airline, which was inaugurated on the Dresden-Munich route, originated from the predecessor company „Junkers Flugverkehr“ and was already renamed „Lufthansa“ at that time. The naming was an allusion to the „Hanseatic League“ – the union of several merchants in Northern Germany in the Middle Ages.
The word Hansa is Old High German and denotes a group. It was not until 1933 that the name „Deutsche Lufthansa Group“ was created. With the end of the Second World War in 1945, Luft Hansa ceased operations completely and was finally completely dissolved in 1951. The company known today, however, is legally not a successor to the former „Luft Hansa“.
However, some historians do see a historical connection between today’s Lufthansa and the airline that has been dominated by the Nazis since 1933. In their self-portrayal, they criticize that Lufthansa denies its own past during the Nazi regime, although the fleet also served war purposes at that time.
The expansion of the Lufthansa Group
In the mid-1990s, the Lufthansa Group opened up further business segments in flight operations. Airfreight was covered by Lufthansa Cargo AG, aircraft maintenance by Lufthansa Technik AG and catering by LSG Service Holding AG. All of these companies are subsidiaries, and in the 2000s the company continued to expand, taking over other airlines such as Air Berlin, Brussel Airlines and Austrian Airlines.
Lufthansa flies to many destinations within Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The flights to Australia and New Zealand were taken over by Star Alliance partners. A code-sharing agreement exists with Air New Zealand for flights via Hong Kong, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver. Lufthansa’s flights to Sydney in Australia were first operated in 1995.
The longest non-stop flight goes from Frankfurt Airport to Buenos Aires (Argentina) at Ezeiza Airport. The flight time per route is about 14 hours and the route length is 11,515 km. Similar long flights are/were: Frankfurt-Singapore-Changi, Frankfurt-Kula Lumpur (has been cancelled), as well as Munich-Los Angeles and Munich-Sao Paul- Guarulhos.
Lufthansa is the first Western airline to serve other destinations in the former Soviet Union, in addition to St. Petersburg and Moscow. In the wake of the Crimean crisis in 2015, the service was reduced to St. Petersburg and Moscow.