Etihad and Lufthansa's joint media event tonight was all about Peace being less painful than War
There is a change of rhetoric going on between Lufthansa and Etihad that might remind us of Qantas and Emirates before they became best friends
Lufthansa has formally taken delivery of its first Airbus A320 NEOs even though the new tech upgrade to the single aisle jet has been in service with the German airline since early in the New Year.
The significance of Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa working as one in Germany wouldn’t be lost on Etihad and its one third stake in AirBerlin. This is all about the Changi hub versus the Middle East hubs, as well as a strike back at the ME3 in general.
In a startling development EU majors Air France KLM and Lufthansa Group are reported to be planning to stop complaining about the success of the leading middle East carriers and instead try competing on quality.
If there is one thing that stands out apart from the utter horror of the Germanwings crash, it is the speed with which the blame was placed on a pilot.
It has been an extraordinary airliner since it first flew in February 1969 and the story of the Boeing 747 isn’t over yet, with Lufthansa overnight taking delivery of the 1500th 747, a 747-8 Intercontinental at Everett north of Seattle.
While there are no announcements yet by Airbus or Boeing, the German giant Lufthansa has provided a detailed statement concering its order for 25 Airbus A350-900s, for delivery from 2016, and 34 Boeing 777-9s starting in 2020.
If the leaks are well founded Lufthansa will tonight (11 am Frankfurt time) order the forthcoming new technology version of the Boeing 777 plus some Airbus A350s, but will Boeing lose a very important 787 order by Qatar Airways?