Lufthansa is one of the world's largest and most prestigious airlines as well as an aviation group with a network of more than 400 subsidiaries around the globe. These companies are either airlines (Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, JetBlue, Germanwings, Sun Express, SWISS) or service companies operating in the logistics, MRO, catering and IT areas. The Lufthansa Group is dedicated to quality and innovation, safety and reliability. Headquartered in Germany (Cologne), Deutsche Lufthansa AG operates in five business segments – passenger transportation, logistics, MRO, catering and IT services. Its operational centre for passenger and cargo services is located at its first hub Frankfurt, its second hub is based in Munich and its third hub is located in Duesseldorf. Other key locations in Germany are Hamburg, Berlin and Stuttgart.
Quality, innovation, safety and reliability have always been the characteristics of Deutsche Lufthansa and will remain so in the future. They shape the image of the company and also ensure the on-going success of this company. To be mentioned as latest news is, that Lufthansa is the “launching customer” of the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental passenger aircraft. When the new Lufthansa Jumbo, the Boeing 747-8, enters scheduled service, passengers will also have their first opportunity to enjoy the features of the new Business Class cabin, Lufthansa launches in 2012. The new Lufthansa Business Class seat boasts a horizontal sleeping surface measuring 1.98 metres in length. At the press of a button, it converts into a comfortable bed. The seat impresses with the exceptional comfort it offers as a flat bed or as an upright or reclining seat, with its intuitive adjustments, additional storage space and enhanced entertainment system.
Passenger transportation is the Group’s core business: The airlines engaged in the passenger transportation business of Lufthansa Passenger Airlines are Lufthansa and Lufthansa Regional. Large, modern and environmentally compatible, the Lufthansa Passenger Airlines fleet comprises aircraft of almost every size. The entire fleet complies with the most stringent noise criteria worldwide. Quality and innovation, safety and reliability remain the Lufthansa hallmarks and will also guarantee the success of the Group in the future. Lufthansa Passenger Airlines is the biggest business segment in the Group. These figures reflect just this segment.
In the 2011 business year, the airlines in the Lufthansa Passenger Airlines welcomed more than 65 million passengers on board their flights. The Lufthansa Passenger Airlines fleet currently consists of more than 400 aircrafts. With its on going expenditure in fleet renewal, the Lufthansa Group is consistently making the fleet more cost-efficient and its operations more environment-friendly. In July 2011, Lufthansa launched a six-month bio fuel trial on regular scheduled flights. A Lufthansa Airbus A321 was flying the Hamburg-Frankfurt-Hamburg route four times daily. One of its engines was run on a 50/50 mix of regular fuel and biosynthetic kerosene. Since bio kerosene has similar properties to those of conventional kerosene it can be used for all aircraft types without any need for modifications to the aircraft or its engines. During the six months test run period, the use of bio fuel will reduce CO2 emissions by up to 1,500 tonnes.
In summer 2012 Lufthansa is operating a fleet of ten Airbus A380 in the configuration of 526 seats. The entirely new First Class cabin with eight generously proportioned seats on the upper deck gives reflects the concept of individuality and offers the ultimate in comfort and technical innovation, which further enhances the travel experience. Also on the upper deck is the prize-winning Lufthansa Business Class cabin with 98 seats. On the main deck, the 420 seats in the impressively spacious Economy Class cabin provide an unprecedented level of passenger comfort. On 11 June 2010 the A380 commenced its scheduled flights on the Frankfurt-Tokyo route, replacing the current Boeing 747-400 service. By the A380s had been put into service on routes to New York, Miami, Johannesburg, Peking San Francisco, Tokyo, Singapore and – from summer 2012 – Houston.
The Lufthansa Group currently employs around 120,000 people. In the 2011 business year, it returned revenues totalling 22,3 billion Euros. The Group is managed by an Executive Board of four members: Christoph Franz, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Carsten Spohr, Chief Executive Officer Lufthansa German Airlines, Stefan Lauer, Chief Officer Group Airlines and Corporate Human Resources, and Stephan Gemkow, Chief Financial Officer. Along with Lufthansa, the Lufthansa Group airlines – Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and SWISS – serve a total of 283 destinations in 105 countries on four continents via their hubs at Brussels, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna and Zurich. The carriers also supplement their own services with numerous codeshare flights.
*Lufthansa Passenger Airlines (only)