Lufthansa has accepted the mediation recommendations of Gunter Pleuger, ending a dispute with pilots at the flag-carrier that has spanned five years. The deal will see Lufthansa increase cockpit remuneration by around €85 million annually.
The airlines of the Lufthansa Group transported some 7.9 million passengers in January, 12.6 per cent more than in the same period last year.
Etihad Aviation Group and Lufthansa German Airlines, part of Europe’s largest aviation group, today unveiled details of a new commercial partnership. The two airline groups have concluded a US $100 million global catering agreement and a memorandum of understanding to cooperate in aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul.
Send emails from a height of 32,808 feet, shop online while soaring over the Alps, stream videos above the clouds - and all of that with broadband quality. Soon, passengers of Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines will be able to go online on shorter journeys too - as they have already been able to do for quite some time on long haul flights.
Lufthansa has taken delivery of its latest A320neo from Airbus, with German flag-carrier now operating five of the planes. The new aircraft - with the registration D-AINE – was handed over on the Airbus business premises in Hamburg-Finkenwerder.
Lufthansa and the pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit have agreed to approach a mediator for the collective wage agreement together. Yesterday, the negotiating parties agreed to finalize the arbitration by the end of January and to maintain industrial peace regarding the collective wage agreement until then.
Etihad Airways and Lufthansa German Airlines have announced the conclusion of a codeshare agreement. The arrangement is set to start in January 2017, subject to government approval. The wet-lease agreement between Lufthansa Group and airberlin – in which Etihad Aviation Group indirectly holds a 29 per cent stake – was also announced today.
Lufthansa has confirmed it will exercise the call option for the outstanding 55 per cent of the shares it does not own in Brussels Airlines. The call option will come into effect by the end of December, with the closing of the transaction will expected at the beginning of January 2017.
Changes to the sales structure of the Lufthansa Group have resulted in the reshaping of the current sales areas and senior sales positions being appointed. Since 2014 Heike Birlenbach has held the position of vice president sales Europe Lufthansa Group Airlines. As of next year, she has been appointed vice president sales, EMEA Lufthansa Group Airlines.
Lufthansa has criticised Frankfurt Airport’s new fee structure following authorisation by the ministry of economic affairs, energy, transport and regional development of Hesse. The new fee structure not only involves an unreasonable increase in fees overall but also lowers fees for those airlines that are new to flying out of Frankfurt, argues the German flag-carrier.
Deutsche Lufthansa has made the Vereinigung Cockpit pilots’ union a new offer to resolve the present industrial dispute. The move follows days of strike action in recent weeks with hundreds of thousands of passengers hit by disruption. The airline is now offering a two-step 4.4 per cent increase in remuneration plus a one-off payment.
With the Vereinigung Cockpit pilots’ union having resolved on Sunday evening to call for two further days of strike action, Lufthansa has put special flight schedules into effect for Tuesday and Wednesday. This further strike action will affect all short-haul services from Germany on Tuesday and short-, medium- and long-haul services from Germany on Wednesday.