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Lufthansa voted Best Airline International

Lufthansa voted Best Airline International29 March 2010

Lufthansa has been awarded by the Nordic Business Travel Barometer

About 10,000 Nordic decision-makers and business travelers voted for Lufthansa as the “Best Airline International 2010”. At today’s prize ceremony on the travel fair TUR 2010 in Gothenburg, Lufthansa received the award in one of the six categories of the Business Travel Award 2010. In cooperation with ReseGeometri, the travel magazine Travel News, and the Swedish Business Travel Association SBTA the award is appointed annually.

“We are very happy about this award. We see it as an acknowledgment of the investments Lufthansa is making in continually enhancing our premium products for business travelers”, says Harro Julius Petersen, Lufthansa General Manager for Scandinavia, Finland and the Baltic States. ”It is a proof that our ongoing efforts to offer a top Business Class product, a maximum in network coverage, connectivity and flexibility are highly valued by our customers.”

The judges evaluated categories such as price, environmental efforts, punctuality and internet services. “Lufthansa also takes this award as an incentive to maintain its leading position in the market. We are continuously looking for new and innovative ways to further improve our customer’s travel experience”, points out Petersen. This year for example, Lufthansa will relaunch FlyNet, our on-board broadband internet service. This new enhanced service will permit inflight data transfer over standard GSM/GPRS mobile networks so that Lufthansa passengers will not only have wireless internet access, but will also be able to send SMS, and transfer data by smartphones such as PDA, iPhone, or BlackBerry devices.

But also on ground, Lufthansa keeps further enhancing its product. By 2013, Lufthansa will have invested about 150 million Euros in the renovation and improvement of its lounges across the world. 17 new lounges throughout the world have recently been opened or reopened after renovations and improvements, including lounges in Frankfurt, Munich, New York and Mumbai.

 
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Lufthansa to resume flights to Iraq in April

Lufthansa to resume flights to Iraq in April24 March 2010

New service between Frankfurt and Erbil

After a 20-year break, Lufthansa will resume flights to Iraq. On 25 April 2010, Germany’s leading airline will launch services from Frankfurt to the city of Erbil in Northern Iraq. Lufthansa customers will have a choice of four flights per week on this new route. Lufthansa will operate the four-and-a-half hour flight with an Airbus A319 with 132 seats in Business and Economy Class.

With the resumption of flights to Iraq, Lufthansa is continuing to expand its route network in the Middle East and will then offer 100 flights per week to 15 destinations in twelve countries. Erbil has been served since 2006 from Vienna by Austrian Airlines, which flies under the Lufthansa Group banner. This flight is operated on a codeshare basis with Lufthansa, thereby offering customers of both airlines a choice of nine flights per week to Erbil.

The demand for flights to Iraq is growing amid signs of an economic recovery and foreign investment. With a population of one million, Erbil (also written Arbil), is the fourth-largest city in Iraq and has a rich history spanning thousands of years. The economy in this region is growing vigorously. Numerous diplomatic and commercial representations, organisations and foreign companies have been set up in Northern Iraq. Erbil International Airport has recently been expanded and offers a modern passenger terminal.

Lufthansa also plans still intends to resume flights to the Iraqi capital Baghdad this year and is currently making the necessary preparations to do so.

 
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Lufthansa offers flights from Munich to Riyadh non-stop

Lufthansa offers flights from Munich to Riyadh non-stop18 March 2010

From 26 April 2010 Lufthansa passenger will be able to fly from Munich to the new long-haul destination of Riyadh. Lufthansa will be offering three direct flights a week to the Saudi capital which, with its modern architecture, is an exciting contrast to the country’s historical centres of Mecca and Medina.

Schedule from 26APR
MUC - RUH (LH 608) 14:00 - 19:15
RUH - MUC (LH 609) 21:45 - 03:20

 
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New daily route: Munich - Chişinău

New daily route: Munich - Chişinău 22 March 2010

From 22 April 2010 Lufthansa will operate a daily flight between Munich (MUC) and Chişinău (KIV), the capital of the emerging market of Moldova, and a city that also promises many new possibilities to the wine connoisseurs among the Lufthansa passenger.
Our seamless connection from MUC to this fascinating region in Eastern Europe can be recommended to both Business travellers as well as to tourists.

Schedule from 22APR
MUC – KIV (LH3256) 09.05 – 12.25
KIV – MUC (LH3257) 13.10 – 14.35

 
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Lufthansa presents its Annual Report 2009

Lufthansa presents its Annual Report 200911 March 2010

Lufthansa Group ends crisis year 2009 with an operating profit of 130 million Euros. There is no dividend for 2009 and improving profitability remains a priority for the Lufthansa Group.
Chairman Wolfgang Mayrhuber says Lufthansa will continue to focus on quality in the future
For reading the whole statement, please visit our Aviation Page.

Lufthansa Annual Report 2009

 
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Lufthansa and Brussels Airlines expand codeshare services to Africa

Lufthansa and Brussels Airlines expand codeshare services to Africa16 February 2010

Wider choice of flights to African destinations for customers of both airlines

Lufthansa customers can now book codeshare flights with Brussels Airlines to four more destinations in Africa. For the first time, passengers can thus fly with the Belgian carrier from Berlin-Tegel, Hamburg, Hanover, Frankfurt, Munich, Nuremberg and Stuttgart through Brussels direct to the African capitals Conakry (Guinea), Freetown (Sierra Leone) and Kigali (Rwanda). Furthermore, Lufthansa can now offer its passengers two codeshare flights with Brussels Airlines to the Angolan capital Luanda in addition to its own twice-weekly service from Frankfurt. Frequencies to Angola are thus being doubled from two to four per week. Members of Lufthansa’s frequent flyer programme Miles & More can earn miles on all flights operated by Lufthansa and Brussels Airlines or redeem miles for award flights.
As part of the extended cooperation between the two carriers, Brussels Airlines, which belongs to the Lufthansa Group, will also issue its own tickets to passengers on Lufthansa flights from Frankfurt to Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt (Nigeria), Malabo (Equatorial Guinea) and also to Luanda.
Since July 2009, an increasing number of long-haul flights to Africa operated by Lufthansa and Brussels Airlines have also been offered under the partner airline’s flight number. The new codeshare services operated by Brussels Airlines give Lufthansa passengers a choice of three further destinations, which the German carrier does not serve itself. Lufthansa currently operates its own flights to 17 destinations in Africa. If one counts the services operated by the Lufthansa Group airlines Austrian, Brussels Airlines, SWISS and bmi, passengers now have a choice of 31 destinations in 27 countries in Africa. In addition, Lufthansa and Brussels Airlines offer all their flights on cross-border routes between Germany and Belgium as well as on selected European routes as codeshare services.

 
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New non-stop service: Stockholm - Milan

New non-stop service: Stockholm - MilanNon-stop flights from Stockholm to Milan Malpensa with Lufthansa Italia

Effective 28 March, Lufthansa Italia will further expand its network by launching new direct connections from Stockholm to its hub Milan Malpensa.

The new flight LH 1815, operated by a modern Airbus A319 in a Business and Economy Class configuration will leave Stockholm at 20.50 and arrive in Milan Malpensa at 23.35. The return service LH 1814 will leave Milan at 17.30 and arrive at 20.15 back in Stockholm. Flights have been timed as to allow passengers to ideally use a full day for business or leisure at their destination. From Milan Malpensa Lufthansa Italia offers flights to Paris (CDG), Barcelona, Madrid, Budapest, Bucharest, Lisbon, London (LHR), Warsaw, Naples, Bari, Olbia and Palermo.

Milan Malpensa is ideally located in the vicinity of Milan and offers transport links to the Northern Italian lake region and Southern Switzerland.

“We are pleased to launch a whole new route out of Sweden. We are happy to offer our customers direct connections to the capital of fashion and business complementing our existing 180 weekly flights from Sweden to Germany and Switzerland and the onwards to our 191 destinations worldwide. The Northern Italian region is one of the most powerful economic regions in Europe and offers great opportunities for both business and leisure travellers” says Harro Julius Petersen, Lufthansa General Manager for Scandinavia, Finland and the Baltic States

Lufthansa Italia was launched in February 2009 offering flights from Milan Malpensa to Italy and Europe operating with Airbus A319's in Business and Econonmy Class configuration. Awaiting passengers on board are in-flight services labelled “Sentirsi a casa“, which have been specially developed for Lufthansa Italia and designed to help customers feel at home. Italian speaking flight attendants serve Cornetti filled with vanilla cream for breakfast or during the day, tramezzini sandwiches with cheese and pesto will be offered as snacks. On lunch-time flights and in the evening, the menu in Business Class includes ravioli stuffed with gorgonzola with pumpkin sauce or veal cutlets with gnocchi and lemon sauce. Aside from the usual juices and wines, the Italian-speaking flight attendants will offer passengers in both Business and Economy Class typical Italian drinks like spumante, grappa or averna. A wide choice of free Italian newspapers and magazines will keep the news-hungry entertained.

The launch of the Stockholm route is an integral part of Lufthansa Italia’s expansion strategy in Europe. Besides from Stockholm, Lufthansa Italia will launch new services to Warsaw as well as the Italian destinations of Palermo and Olbia. Furthermore, the flight offer to Naples and Budapest will be increased. Naples will then be served with 19 weekly flights while Budapest services will be doubled to then 12 weekly frequencies.

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Lufthansa is planning flights to Iraq

Lufthansa is planning flights to Iraq12 January 2010

Baghdad and Erbil new Middle East destinations

As Iraq is increasingly opening up to civil aviation, demand for flights to the country is growing. Lufthansa is therefore examining the possibility of launching several new services to Iraq and is currently planning to serve the capital, Baghdad, and the city of Erbil in Northern Iraq from Frankfurt and Munich.

Lufthansa aims to launch the new services in the summer of 2010, once it has obtained the necessary traffic rights. Further infrastructure requirements are also being examined. With the resumption of flights to Iraq, Lufthansa is pursuing its policy of expanding its route network in the Middle East, which it presently serves with 88 flights per week to 14 destinations in eleven countries.

Lufthansa operated flights to Baghdad from 1956 until the start of the Gulf War in 1990. Erbil is already served from Vienna by Austrian Airlines, which is part of the Lufthansa Group. From next summer, Baghdad and Erbil will be linked to Lufthansa’s hubs at Frankfurt and Munich and will thus be integrated into Lufthansa’s global route network.

The exact flight times and fares will be announced at a later date as soon as booking for the new routes opens.

 
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