February 2, 2017 1
Etihad and Lufthansa's joint media event tonight was all about Peace being less painful than War
December 17, 2016 2
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
April 6, 2016 16
A top Asian and European carrier combine to cut out or bypass the Middle East hubs
February 13, 2016 10
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.
November 12, 2015
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.
June 6, 2015 10
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.
April 4, 2015 49
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.
June 29, 2014 6
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.
September 19, 2013 3
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.
September 19, 2013 1
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?
September 14, 2013 4
Airbus and Boeing have a big problem if unconfirmed reports that Lufthansa has split an order for $14 billion worth of new twin-engined widebody jets between them are true.
December 28, 2012 4
EU rule changing wheels grind slowly but proposals intended to curb Emirates were adopted this week, which could get messy for the Qantas partnership
September 19, 2012 8
It’s hardly surprising to read reports that Lufthansa is contemplating a low cost subsidiary, but the name of the project, Direct4You, is a commendably blunt admission of one of the major reasons why Ryanair and easyJet are faster growing and more profitable on intra-European routes than appears to be the case for the struggling German […]
July 31, 2012 2
There is an intriguing exercise in European flag carrier arrogance to customers in Australian Business Traveller this morning in its illustrated story on Air France going partially fully truly inclined wedgie sloper in its business class product instead of the full wedgie that has been the lot of those paying good money for their flights […]
May 26, 2012 7
Only a few days after Ryanair reported record profits, Air France KLM, Lufthansa and Iberia, are reporting troubled times. Air France is combining Brit Air, Regional and Airlinair, which serve secondary and even tertiary cities, into a single unit, and says, somewhat opaquely that a leisure arm will be established around discount unit Transavia while […]
May 2, 2012 10
Lufthansa has flown out of Seattle with the first of its purchase of 20 Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental jets, which is the final passenger version of the 747 family to go into production. The jet was flown to the Lufthansa base at Frankfurt from where it will be prepared for its inaugural regular revenue flight on […]
October 25, 2011 3
There are some common issues for Lufthansa and Qantas that are touched on in this interview in Der Spiegel’s free English language online edition with the German giant’s newest CEO Christoph Franz. Of course Franz was not asked more specific questions about Asia and off shore investments that are at the heart of the Qantas […]
September 17, 2011 12
There is a developing story in the US concerning Cargolux refusing delivery of the first Boeing 747-8F. This issue has been brewing for some time, and again highlights the inadequacy of relying on manufacturer claims about performance in advance of delivery. The real question is how or whether Boeing can fix the issues. It was […]
February 21, 2011 2
The Sunday Times report that Air France KLM and Delta are planning a bid for part of Virgin Atlantic is fascinating but lacking in detail. The crucial question is, who placed the story? If it came from Richard Branson’s team it can most likely be seen as a move to encourage Lufthansa, or just possibly, […]
November 19, 2010 24
Airbus is seeking compensation from Rolls-Royce for the additional costs it is incurring because of the serious issues that have emerged with the Trent 900 engine used by Qantas, Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa on their A380 fleets. It is also under siege over its failure to tell the airlines and Airbus over changes it made […]