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Old February 9th, 2008, 06:44 AM   #161
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Lufthansa, D.Post file Frankfurt night flight lawsuits

FRANKFURT, Feb 8 (Reuters) - Airline Deutsche Lufthansa and mail and logistics group Deutsche Post are filing lawsuits over restrictions to night flights linked to the future expansion of Fraport's Frankfurt airport.

The companies joined German carriers Condor and TUIfly in taking legal action. Lufthansa has its main hub at Frankfurt, while Post's DHL division also operates from the airport.

Spokesmen for Lufthansa and Deutsche Post said on Friday the legal action related to limits set on night flights as a condition for approving the project.

Friday was the deadline for legal action against the expansion of Europe's third-biggest airport, which will include a fourth runway from 2011 and a third terminal. It won the green light from German authorities in December.

As a condition for the expansion approval, the Hesse state economy ministry said it would set a limit of 17 flights a night on average between 2300 and 0500 local time, down from 41. Night flights on the new runway would not be allowed.

Lufthansa, whose Lufthansa Cargo air freight carrier also has its base at Frankfurt and which owns almost 10 percent of Fraport, had called for permission for 41 flights a night.

Deutsche Post declined to say how many night flights DHL operated at Frankfurt. Condor, which is majority owned by tourism group Thomas Cook but being sold to Air Berlin , has described the night flight conditions as a "fatal signal" for the German air transport industry and a "bitter pill" that could harm its competitiveness.

Frankfurt airport handled some 54.2 million passengers last year, but Fraport sees that figure rising to more than 88 million in 2020 with passenger numbers growing some 3.5 percent annually.

Demand for aircraft take-offs and landings is likely to rise to about 700,000 by 2020 from 489,000 in 2006, Fraport has said. Cargo and mail tonnage carried is also seen up more than 70 percent to 3.16 million metric tonnes in 2020.
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Lufthansa’s real-time booking
06-02-2008:

KUALA LUMPUR: Lufthansa has launched its real-time online booking engine for the Malaysian market, which will enable its customers to select, book and purchase tickets 24 hours a day at www.lufthansa.com.

In a statement yesterday, Lufthansa said its passengers could now select their seats when checking in using the online booking engine. The online check-in option is available 23 hours prior to flight departure.

Lufthansa operates four times weekly connecting Kuala Lumpur via Bangkok to Frankfurt, departing from Kuala Lumpur every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.
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Old February 14th, 2008, 12:22 PM   #163
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Russia agrees to allow Lufthansa overflights, though dispute over cargo hub unresolved
13 February 2008

BERLIN (AP) - Russia has extended airline Deutsche Lufthansa AG's permission to fly through its airspace along its cargo route to its hub in neighboring Kazakhstan, the airline said Wednesday.

The Cologne-based airline, which operates Lufthansa Cargo, has been in a dispute with Russia over the location of its hub, currently in the Kazakh capital. Russia wants the company instead to fly to Krasnoyarsk, Siberia.

While the negotiations continue, the company said Russia has agreed to extend its overflight rights until the end of March. That permission had been set to expire at the end of February.

In October, Russia had halted the flights, saying the airline's permits had not been renewed and that it wanted Lufthansa Cargo fly to Krasnoyarsk.

Lufthansa objects to using Krasnoyarsk as a hub, given its lack of infrastructure, technology and inclement weather.

Lufthansa Cargo is a subsidiary of Lufthansa.
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Old March 4th, 2008, 07:37 AM   #164
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German airline says pilots averted major crash

BERLIN, March 3 (Reuters) - German airline Lufthansa said on Monday its pilots had averted a crash at Hamburg airport after a strong gust of wind caused a plane, with 130 passengers on board, to veer dangerously on landing.

Amateur video footage, played repeatedly on German television, showed the Airbus A320 buffeted by crosswinds and driving rain as it landed on Saturday at Fuhlsbuettel airport near the northern German port city.

The plane approached the asphalt runway at an odd angle, then swerved sharply before touching down, with one of its wings scraping the ground. The pilots averted disaster by quickly taking off again, going into a so-called go-around manoeuvre.

"Just before landing, the plane was hit by a very strong gust of wind that led to the left wing touching the ground very briefly," said Juergen Raps, Lufthansa executive vice president of operations.

"The pilots reacted outstandingly by inducing a go-around."

No passengers or crew were injured and the plane, which had taken off from Munich, circled for about 10 minutes before landing safely on another runway.

Gale force winds caused chaos in Germany and other central European countries over the weekend, killing several people and causing power cuts as well as major travel disruption.

Flights across Germany were cancelled, diverted or delayed.
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Old March 10th, 2008, 09:04 AM   #165
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Lufthansa to build private jet fleet in summer 2008
7 March 2008

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - German flagship airline Deutsche Lufthansa AG plans to build a private jet fleet in summer 2008, a company executive said Friday.

Thierry Antinori, head of marketing and sales at Lufthansa Passage Airlines, detailed the plans while speaking at the international Travel Trade Show ITB in Berlin.

The company added that it will receive nine private jets in the coming weeks and also plans to work with partners in the private jet business.

Lufthansa saw strong demand for private jet flights in 2007. The number of private jet flights rose 26 percent in that year compared to 2006.
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Lufthansa, Brussels Air to detail future together

FRANKFURT/BRUSSELS, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Deutsche Lufthansa and Brussels Airlines will give details later on Monday about their joint plans after the German carrier said in late August it wanted to buy a stake in the fledgling carrier.

SN Airholding President Viscount Etienne Davignon and Lufthansa Chief Executive Wolfgang Mayrhuber will hold a joint news conference at the Belgium carrier's offices at 1415 GMT, the airlines said in a statement.

"It is about our future together," a spokesman for Brussels Airlines said. A spokeswoman for Lufthansa declined to comment on the reason for the news conference.

Lufthansa said on Aug. 28 it planned to pay 65 million euros ($91 million) for a 45 percent stake in Brussels Airlines with the option to buy all of the company in two years. Brussels Airlines is 70 percent owned by Belgian companies and 30 percent by British entrepreneur Richard Branson's budget carrier, Virgin Express.

It was created in 2004 by merging Virgin Express and SN Brussels Airlines, the successor of the country's state airline Sabena.
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Old September 16th, 2008, 11:49 AM   #167
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Old September 17th, 2008, 11:30 AM   #168
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Lufthansa On Shortlist To Buy Austrian Airlines - Source
16 September 2008

FRANKFURT (Dow Jones)--German airline Deutsche Lufthansa AG (LHA.XE) has been put on the shortlist to buy a stake in Austrian Airlines AG (AUA.VI), or AUA, a person familiar with the proceedings told Dow Jones Newswires Tuesday.

The person's comments confirm press reports that said Lufthansa as well as Franco-Dutch carrier Air France-KLM (3112.FR) and Russian airline S7 have been invited to submit binding offers for AUA by the Austrian government's state holding company OIAG.

Press reports have also said that a non-binding bid from British Airways PLC (BAY.LN) has been turned down by OIAG.

OIAG holds a 42.75% stake in AUA for the Austrian government, which last month decided to sell its shares.

Austrian Airlines has come under increasing financial pressure from higher jet fuel costs and the downturn in the industry. At the end of the first half of 2008, it booked a net loss of EUR48.7 million and said it expects a full-year loss of between EUR70 million and EUR90 million.
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Lufthansa's BMI assets should prove lucrative
By GEORGE FREY, AP Business Writer
Fri Oct 31, 1:52 pm ET

FRANKFURT, Germany – Deutsche Lufthansa AG locked up valuable takeoff and landing slots at Heathrow Airport with its decision this week to increase its stake in British Midlands. But analysts differ over how the German-based airline can unlock the value of that asset.

BMI comes with 11 percent of the takeoff and landing slots at London's Heathrow Airport, second only to British Airways PLC. Heathrow is Europe's busiest airport and those slots could position Lufthansa to take advantage of lucrative trans-Atlantic traffic.

But Germany's biggest airline won't divulge its plans for London and analysts have mixed predictions of what the company will do. The basic options: use the asset or sell it.

On the one hand, the purchase could allow Lufthansa to launch more trans-Atlantic flights from London, the busiest business destination from North America, giving it a huge revenue generator outside its domestic market.

But if that is the plan it probably will not happen soon, given economic conditions, said Hans Peter Wodniok, an analyst with Fairesearch in Frankfurt.

"The possibility is there," Wodniok said. "This is a potential threat for British Airways. Lufthansa has the potential to develop the hub in the future. It secures and strengthens Lufthansa's position and British Airways should be a bit afraid."

But Per-Ola Hellgren at Landesbank Baden-Wuerttemberg in Mainz said the cleanest way for Lufthansa to get value out of the transaction would be to sell off BMI and the slots, which he valued at as much as 2 billion euros ($2.5 billion).

"Lufthansa will have a very valuable asset in Heathrow slots," Hellgren said.

The German airline could have a tough time building the slots up with its own flights because the company is not a household name in Britain, Hellgren said.

Claudia Lange, a Lufthansa spokeswoman, said the Cologne-based company was in discussions with BMI managers about how Lufthansa could change service in London, but said no plans would be announced until the BMI deal is finalized in 2009.

Lufthansa arranged the option — giving it 80 percent control of BMI — nearly a decade ago and announced the move Wednesday as it released third-quarter results.

Lufthansa and BMI said the German company would pay Michael Bishop, BMI's main shareholder, 400 million euros ($508 million) for his 50 percent stake, giving Lufthansa 80 percent of the company.

The remaining 20 percent of BMI is owned by Scandinavian airline SAS.

The deal comes as the European airline industry is in crisis over volatile fuel prices and falling passenger numbers. On Wednesday, Lufthansa said profit from the July through September period slumped to 149 million euros ($189.2 million) from 586 million euros a year earlier, depressed by higher fuel costs. It also cut its full-year earnings outlook, citing the economic uncertainty.

The move is one in a series of recent investments by Lufthansa.

In September, it acquired a 45-percent equity stake in Brussels Airlines with an option to buy the rest in 2011. Lufthansa said it sees Brussels operating largely as an independent company in the Lufthansa group.

That's largely the way Lufthansa has handled its acquisition of Swiss International Air Lines, which it announced it in 2005.

In late 2007, Lufthansa announced it would buy a 19 percent stake in American carrier JetBlue Airways Corp., giving it access to more North American business.

Austrian authorities said Lufthansa made a formal bid for a stake of Austrian Airlines this month. And Lufthansa is also keeping a close eye on the possibility of taking a stake in Italian carrier Alitalia.

Shares of Lufthansa were up 1.7 percent at 11 euros ($14) in late Frankfurt trading.
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Old November 14th, 2008, 11:41 PM   #170
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Please rename this thread into "Lufthansa - Swiss - Austrian Airlines".

Now the family is complete!

Next target: SAS



Thursday, November 13, 2008 - 18:40

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Austrian Airlines to be sold to Germany's Lufthansa

Austrian Airlines will be sold to German carrier Lufthansa, the Austrian state holding company OeIAG, which has a 41.6-percent stake in the loss-making airline, announced Thursday evening.

"As of now, OeIAG will only hold concluding talks with Lufthansa," it said in a statement after a meeting of its privatisation committee.

Rival bidders "(Russia's) S7 and Air France-KLM are no longer in the bidding process," it added.

OeIAG explained that S7 had failed to submit documents that were in conformity with the EU bidding rules, while Air France-KLM had not made an offer within the allotted time.

The two companies have been informed of the holding's decision, it added.

OeIAG director Peter Michaelis said the sale price and details in the deal with Lufthansa would still be finalised in the coming weeks, but added that he expected an agreement within a month, which would allow the holding company's directors to examine the decision at their next meeting on December 5.

Among the issues to discuss are Lufthansa's reported demands that the government take over 500 million euros (638 million dollars) of AUA's debt of more than a billion euros.

Lufthansa is offering only a nominal price for OeIAG's 41.6-percent stake -- just 0.01 euro per share or 360,000 euros (445,200 dollars) in all, according to media reports.

On Thursday evening, Lufthansa refused to comment on OeIAG's decision.

At Thursday's close, AUA shares were down 0.38 percent to 2.63 euros on the Vienna stock exchange.






source: http://www.france24.com/en/20081113-...a-holding-co-0
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Lufthansa to park seven planes on slow demand

FRANKFURT, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Deutsche Lufthansa said on Monday it had taken four long-distance aircraft temporarily out of service and that it planned to park a further three planes to counter a drop in demand.

Four Airbus A300-600s have been grounded and three A340-300s are slated to be put out of service for an unspecified time, a company spokesman told Reuters.

The airline had earlier reported in an internal publication for employees that some aircraft would have to be grounded.

Lufthansa had warned in October that its 2009 capacity, excluding its Swiss subsidiary and new routes from the Milan-Malpensa airport, would shrink.
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Brussels Airlines

The Belgian airliner Brussels Airlines is joining the Star Alliance, the largest umbrella alliance in the aviation sector. The news was announced in Chicago in the United States.



Star Alliance was formed in 1997. It is an umbrella alliance between a couple of large airliners and some small airlines. The partnership offers nice benefits to some of the smaller partners.

Brussels Airlines was invited to become a member of the Star Alliance because it was partly taken over by the German airliner Lufthansa, which is a major member of the alliance. The location of Brussels Airlines is also said to be 'strategic'.

Being a member of the Star Alliance strengthens the position of Brussels Airlines strengthens in the market. It offers the passengers of Brussels Airlines more advantages as well, says aviation specialist Luk De Wilde from Chicago.

The connections are better, he points out: “The alliance offers a network of destinations all over the world. So, you can leave from Brussels without having to worry about your luggage or the paper work," points out Luk De Wilde.
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I wish they'd go back to the name Sabena or at least keep the Sabena livery.
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I wish they'd go back to the name Sabena or at least keep the Sabena livery.
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Lufthansa to offer 4.49 eur/share for Austrian

VIENNA, Dec 23 (Reuters) - Austria's Takeover Commission has set the price Lufthansa will offer shareholders in Austrian Airlines at 4.49 euros per share, slightly more than indicated earlier, Lufthansa's law firm said late on Monday.

In a two-step deal, Lufthansa agreed this month to buy Austrian state holding company OeIAG's 42 percent stake in AUA, and said it would take full control for up to 377 million euros ($528 million) once the European Commission approved the tie-up.

Lufthansa had said it expected to offer 4.44 euros per share for shares not owned by OeIAG. It said the Takeover Commission's calculation included more data then it had used originally.

While AUA shares have risen 34 percent since Lufthansa first announced the indicative price it would offer on Dec. 3, the bid is still 26 percent above Monday's closing price of 3.56 euros.

Lufthansa said it expected to launch the public tender for shares in the last week of February. Its bid for AUA is conditional on reaching a 75 percent stake.
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Warning strikes against Germany's Lufthansa: airline
23 January 2009
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Cabin crew at German flag carrier Lufthansa staged warning strikes Friday, causing delays or cancellations of 80 flights, an airline spokeswoman said.

The industrial action came between 6:15 am and 9:15 am (0515 GMT to 0815 GMT) at Frankfurt airport, continental Europe's biggest hub.

Staff stopped work to turn up the pressure on employers during wage talks in which they are demanding a 15-percent hike. Lufthansa has offered an increase of about 10 percent.

Negotiations between the union and Lufthansa broke up on January 16 without agreement.

The trade union which called the strikes, UFO, represents 8,000 of the 16,000 flight attendants at Lufthansa.
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ANALYSIS-More M&A likely for Lufthansa after breather

FRANKFURT, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Lufthansa is taking a breather after its acquisition spree last year but it may not be long before Germany's largest airline is looking around for more deals.

Lufthansa set out plans to buy Brussels Airlines last September and lined up Austrian Airlines last month in moves which have slashed the number of large independent airlines in Europe.

Scandinavian airline SAS beckons as another potential target and Spain's Iberia may become available in the longer term if it fails to agree terms following merger talks with British Airways .

Lufthansa also exercised an option in November to take control of 80 percent of British carrier bmi [BMID.UL], with SAS controlling the other 20 percent.

Its future plans for the airline remain unknown, although Virgin Atlantic [VA.UL] has made no secret of its desire for a tie-up with bmi to provide a short-haul feeder network for its intercontinental routes.

However, bmi has the most landing slots at London's Heathrow, Europe's largest airport, after British Airways -- an asset Lufthansa may seek to retain.

Highlighting the wider volatility - and possible further opportunities - in the recession-hit sector, Ryanair dropped a bid for Aer Lingus in a clash with the Irish government last week.

Lufthansa and its rival Air France-KLM have been largely calling the consolidation shots in Europe recently and in doing so have made each other's lives a little harder.

In the past, Lufthansa and Air France-KLM largely limited their shopping ventures to members of their own airline alliances -- Star Alliance and SkyTeam.

"Both - Lufthansa and Air France - tap their own potential and do not challenge the other unnecessarily," said LBBW analyst Per-Ola Hellgren.

But AirFrance-KLM filed a complaint with the European Union against Lufthansa's plans to buy Austrian Airlines, and the German carrier tried to lure Alitalia , which was being pursued by AirFrance-KLM, into its own Star Alliance.

According to a media report, the French-Dutch carrier -- which issued its second profit warning in three months last week -- is retaliating by wooing SAS for its SkyTeam alliance.

Lufthansa had been in exclusive talks with SAS for several months, but eventually decided against a commitment for the time being, according to people familiar with the situation.

Analysts said closer cooperation between SAS and Lufthansa is still likely, though it may not come this year.

"A more intense alliance between Lufthansa and SAS would be a logical step," said Uwe Weinreich, an analyst at UniCredit.

"Airlines are wary of equity stakes in this environment. It is probably not to be expected this year," Weinreich added.

Lufthansa has affirmed its interest in SAS and the Scandinavian carrier has spruced itself up by disposing of its loss-making unit Spanair and by persuading unions to accept significant wage cuts for workers.

CASH IS KING

Industry experts agree that Lufthansa has the cash firepower to pursue larger acquisitions. At the end of September, it had total liquid assets of 3.4 billion euros ($4.47 billion).

Nonetheless, the company decided to defer to Air France-KLM on Alitalia while focusing on building up its own presence in industry-rich northern Italy.

In theory, Lufthansa could use its extra capacity in Milan to rival Alitalia's business on flights between Rome and Milan, the second-busiest route in the European Union after Madrid-Barcelona.

But analysts do not expect such a frontal attack by Lufthansa.

"It would be very audacious for Lufthansa to confront Air France head-on. Air France would not take that lying down and would retaliate," Hellgren said.

In the end, the two could end up fighting over rival British Airways if consolidation comes to a head.

"It is conceivable that in the coming two to three years -- if the weakness continues -- that a bidding war could erupt over British Airways," said Hellgren.

Lufthansa in 2008 carried around 57 million passengers, making it Europe's biggest airline in passenger volume terms.

In the fiscal year through the end of March 2008, Air France carried 51.7 million passengers, and BA , Europe's third-largest carrier, booked 33.1 million passengers.

BA warned on Monday that it would make an operating loss of 150 million pounds ($209 million) in the year to end-March. The company blamed the profit warning on the weak economy and the decline of the pound.

It is struggling with sliding transatlantic business travel bookings, which depend heavily on the financial sector.

And BA's plans for a merger with Iberia are under pressure as the UK company's widening pension deficit has become a stumbling block in the talks as the Spanish airline's shareholders use it to gain a bigger stake in the new group. $1=.7608 Euro) ($1=.7176 Pound)
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