Lufthansa today said the expansion of its in-flight wireless Internet service, FlyNet, which includes Internet access from Connexion by Boeing, will pass another milestone shortly when half of the airline’s North American gateways have the service. Just 11 months since Lufthansa introduced the world’s first wireless Internet service on commercial airplanes, flights into and out of Boston, Chicago, Detroit, New York, Portland, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. are now joining Charlotte, Denver and Los Angeles in offering the service.
After launching its new Business Class on long-haul routes, Lufthansa is following suit with an improved product of the highest quality standard on continental flights. Starting with the summer flight schedules on 28 March, it will be Europe’s only airline to keep all central seats free in Business Class on flights in Germany and Europe. Business-Class passengers will enjoy up to 50 per cent more room as well as better inflight cuisine and service as well as more stowage space for luggage, making their stay on board an entirely more pleasant experience. Into the bargain, steps are afoot on the ground to enhance punctuality: Almost nationwide in Germany from early April, Senators as well as Frequent Travellers and Business-Class passengers will have privileged use of priority check-in and fast lanes to speed their passage through the terminal. In Economy Class as well, Lufthansa is offering customers a broad range of diverse tariffs, from flexible tickets to “bargain fares”.
Lufthansa has stayed on course and again demonstrated its stability in the turbulent year 2003. “Thanks to our flexibility we were able to progressively recover from a record loss in the first quarter to post an operating profit of Euro 36m for the full year,” Lufthansa’s Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO Wolfgang Mayrhuber (pictured) said today on presenting the company’s annual financial statements. “The weak macroeconomic momentum, the war in Iraq and SARS squeezed demand, further increased price pressures and severely depressed our result. We nonetheless managed to half our indebtedness.” Mayrhuber expressed optimism: “The goal is clear, the strategy is correct, we are on course, but there is still a long way to go before we reach our destination.”
PRNewswire-FirstCall ARLINGTON, Va. and EAST MEADOW, N.Y. Oct. 20 :US Airways and Lufthansa customers now can enjoy the many benefits of the airlines` codeshare relationship, with codeshare flights now available for purchase.
This year Lufthansa became the first airline in the world to provide powerful, high-speed broadband access during a scheduled flight. The Boeing 747-400 jet equipped with a broadband network is esteemed to be the model for commercial airline travel in the future.
Flight LH 418 bound for Washington DC on 15 January is far more than just one of the 1,300 scheduled flights operated by Lufthansa this Wednesday. When the Boeing 747-400 “Sachsen-Anhalt” lifts off from Frankfurt at 13:10 hours, it will be a world premiere, ushering in a new era in communications in global air travel. During the three-month trial phase of FlyNet, Lufthansa will be the first airline worldwide to provide powerful, high-speed broadband access during a scheduled flight. The technically ambitious project is the result of the collaboration between Lufthansa and Connexion by Boeing launched in mid-June 2001. From March, as the next obvious step in the FlyNet project, Lufthansa is equipping al its 55 airport lounges worldwide with WLAN Internet access in conjunction with its partner Vodafone D2. Even during transit, passengers will thus be able to take advantage of advanced, high-speed communications: Internet connectivity on board and on the ground å- all from one source.
With an exceptional aircraft christening, Lufthansa is making a gesture of gratitude: following the terrorist attacks on 11 September, Lufthansa passengers and crews experienced a wave of exemplary helpfulness.
Travel companies including SAS, SABRE, Lufthansa, Finnish Tourist Board, Swissair, lastminute.com, Icelandair Oracle, Transport for London, will be speaking at the SMS and Location Based Services for the Travel Industry Conference that will take place this February 12-13 in Olympia London.
Introduction on 1 January 2002
Operating profit quadrupled
Initially to service Philippine Airlines fleet; intended ultimately to operate regionally and internationally