Lufthansa has placed a new firm order for eight Embraer E195s for use within the Lufthansa Regional system, the Brazilian manufacturer announced last month. The deal raises the total number of Embraer E-Jets ordered by the German airline to 38.
Lufthansa Group’s Supervisory Board has approved the acquisition of 40 Airbus aircraft worth some $4.3 billion, the European airframer announced today. Planned to fly with Lufthansa and two of the group’s subsidiaries, the batch of airplanes consists of 20 A320-family jets and three A330-300s for Lufthansa, four A320-family aircraft and five A330-300s for Swiss and eight A319s for Germanwings.
The major airlines have taken a big hit on high-yield premium fares during the economic downturn, and German flag carrier Lufthansa has removed first-class seats from some of its airliners to accommodate more passengers in economy class; nonetheless, the airline claims its Private Jet executive charter operation has continued to perform well as it passes its fifth anniversary.
Lufthansa Technik has opened a new aircraft maintenance and component services facility on the Italian airport Malpensa. Lufthansa Technik Milan (LTMIL) is offering component and planned maintenance services up to A checks, aircraft-on-ground support and troubleshooting.
Buoyed by the first European deliveries of Cessna’s new Citation XLS+ aircraft, Lufthansa Private Jet is now offering “exclusive and flexible” flight options on its own fleet of Citations–a Citation CJ1, two Citation CJ3s and two new Citation XLS+ medium-cabin jets. The charter network is currently operating an average of about 10 flights each day.
Embraer delivered the first of 30 E-Jets ordered by Lufthansa–a 116-seat E195–
When the Italian government put ailing Alitalia up for sale last winter, Lufthansa was not interested. However, the German group’s Italian regional subsidiary, Air Dolomiti, is stepping up efforts to hook passengers in northern Italy. The company announced plans to base six new Embraer E195s in Milan to enhance its intra-European flight offerings starting in the first half of next year.
Air Dolomiti president and majority shareholder Alcide Leali last month announced his intention to exercise an option to sell 31.2 percent of the regional airline’s shares to German flag carrier Lufthansa. The estimated E40 million ($42.5 million) transaction, scheduled to take effect on April 16, would give Lufthansa a controlling stake in the Italian regional airline.
Lufthansa is ordering its own business jets to replace those supplied thus far by NetJets Europe (NJE) for Lufthansa’s Private Jet service. The German-based carrier claims the success of the service makes a sound business case for buying the aircraft.
Lufthansa and DHL today announced their establishment of a yet unnamed joint cargo airline to serve the fast-growing trade between Europe and Asia. The companies plan to base the opera-tion in Leipzig, Germany, and open for business in early 2009 with a fleet of 11 leased Boeing 777-200LRF freighters.
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