Lufthansa – Windge Fluester http://windgefluester.net/ Mon, 23 May 2022 18:55:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://windgefluester.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png Lufthansa – Windge Fluester http://windgefluester.net/ 32 32 How to redeem miles for Lufthansa First Class https://windgefluester.net/how-to-redeem-miles-for-lufthansa-first-class/ Mon, 23 May 2022 18:55:42 +0000 https://windgefluester.net/how-to-redeem-miles-for-lufthansa-first-class/ In the interest of full disclosure, OMAAT earns a referral bonus for anyone approved through some of the links below. These are the best publicly available deals (conditions apply) we’ve found for each product or service. The opinions expressed here are those of the author alone, and not those of the bank, credit card issuer, […]]]>
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I may be biased, but Lufthansa First Class is among my favorite First Class products in the world. There is something I love so much about flying Lufthansa’s Boeing 747-8 in first class and visiting Lufthansa’s amazing first class terminal in Frankfurt.

The good news is that it’s entirely possible to redeem a variety of point currencies for travel in Lufthansa First Class, so in this article I wanted to take a closer look at the logistics of how it works.

Basics of redeeming miles for Lufthansa First Class

Lufthansa offers first class on a variety of routes, including those operated by Boeing 747-8s from Frankfurt and those operated by Airbus A340-600s from Munich.

While Lufthansa Miles & More members have access to first class award seats as soon as the calendar opens (approximately one year in advance), those redeeming miles through the frequent flyer programs of partner airlines only have access first class award seats only 15 days before opening. Departure. If you’re flexible and patient, landing Lufthansa First Class seats can be a piece of cake.

In this article, I wanted to focus specifically on redeeming partner airline miles for traveling in Lufthansa First Class. I am not focusing on Lufthansa Miles & More redemptions because:

  • These buybacks carry fuel surcharges, which can cost $950 one-way first class from the US and Germany, taking away much of the value of these buybacks; I will focus on programs with no fuel surcharge
  • Lufthansa Miles & More doesn’t partner with any of the major transferable points currencies, so even if you were ok with these fuel surcharges, most people wouldn’t have a convenient way to earn these miles.

That said, let’s first talk about the best programs for booking Lufthansa First Class, and then we’ll talk about general tips for finding award availability.

First class cabin Lufthansa Boeing 747-8

Best mileage programs for booking first class Lufthansa

Lufthansa is part of Star Alliance, so you can redeem miles with most Star Alliance partners to travel in Lufthansa First Class. Let’s take a look at how many miles you can expect to pay with some major Lufthansa First Class redemption programs, focusing specifically on transatlantic flights.

The Avianca LifeMiles program charges 87,000 one-way miles between the United States and Europe in first class:

Air Canada’s Aeroplan program charges 90,000 to 100,000 points one-way first class for itineraries between the United States and Europe (90,000 points for travel up to 4,000 miles, 100,000 points for a trip of 4,001 to 6,000 miles):

The United MileagePlus program charges 121,000 one-way miles between the United States and Europe in first class:

Now, it’s worth pointing out that there are other programs that might also make sense, but they have certain downsides. For example:

  • Aegean Miles + Bonus only charges 75,000 miles one way, but you are liable for fuel surcharges, and Aegean Miles are also hard to come by
  • All Nippon Airways Mileage Club charges 165,000 round-trip miles between the US and Europe in first class, but you have to pay fuel surcharges and one-ways are not allowed
  • Asiana Club only charges 50,000 miles one way, but fuel surcharges apply, and Asiana Club miles are also hard to come by

Personally, my strategy is usually to redeem Avianca LifeMiles for Lufthansa First Class, and if the itinerary is too complicated or doesn’t turn up there, I book through Air Canada Aeroplan.

Lufthansa First Class Champagne and Nuts

Tips for redeeming miles for Lufthansa First Class

As mentioned above, Lufthansa releases first class award space for partner airlines for a maximum of 15 days. “At most” is the key term here. This does not mean that Lufthansa will make every first class seat bookable with miles at that time.

More often than not, you’ll find most Lufthansa First Class seats available within a week of departure, and even more within a few days of departure. So the closer you get to the start, the better your chances of getting space.

How to assess the chances of opening Lufthansa reward seats

Lufthansa has a complicated algorithm for releasing award seats, so there is no simple rule of thumb I can share that will always be accurate. That being said, there are some general ways to determine your chances of opening seats.

Lufthansa has eight first-class seats on the 747-8 and A340-600, which means at most eight seats will be for sale. The first thing to do is to determine how many first class seats are still available for sale on the flight you are considering. You can use Google Flights for this, just search for the exact route and see how many first class seats are still on sale (gradually increasing the number of tickets you’re trying to book).

Let me share some very general trends that I notice, and of course let me point out that these are just trends and not rules:

  • Don’t expect Lufthansa to open first-class seats more than a week in advance if there aren’t at least four seats for sale
  • Even though all eight first class seats are for sale, don’t necessarily assume that means there will be award seats after 15 days.
  • Most award seats will generally become available within four days of departure, and within two days of departure you can expect a majority of seats to be made available using miles.
  • Lufthansa is making award seats available until the very last minute, so don’t be surprised to see first class award seats made available on the day of departure
  • Generally, the last one or two first class seats for sale will not be available for rewards
  • Sometimes there are just quirks with the availability of rewards based on a variety of factors, as there are a lot of other considerations as well; for example, it may be that even though there are first class seats for sale, business class is oversold and the airline anticipates having to move passengers, so it may not be offering premium seats

For example, this afternoon’s Boston-Frankfurt flight has all eight first-class seats up for sale, and they’re even all available for rewards. So if someone has seven friends and a lot of miles… 😉

Lufthansa uses married segment logic for awards

Lufthansa uses married segment logic for award tickets in all cabins, including first class. Rather than explain this in detail and complicate it unnecessarily, let me share the takeaways.

Essentially, Lufthansa will make different numbers of first-class award seats available depending on whether you log in or not. For example:

  • Lufthansa may not offer first class rewards on a Chicago-Frankfurt flight if you simply book a ticket between these two airports
  • Meanwhile, Lufthansa may have first-class award availability on the Chicago-Frankfurt flight as part of a wider itinerary, like connecting to Paris with the same ticket.

So if you want to maximize your chances of finding first class award availability, look for a connecting route. Sometimes many more allocated places are freed up in these cases.

Lufthansa Frankfurt First Class Terminal

At the end of the line

Lufthansa offers an excellent first-class product, and it is bookable with miles within 15 days of departure. While it might take some work to find availability, and while the calendar isn’t ideal for those who like to plan ahead, I would still say it’s the best and most readily available way to get through the Atlantic in first class using miles without paying fuel surcharges.

Just start looking within a few weeks of departure. The closer you are to departure and the more first class seats there are for sale, the better your chances of finding available rewards.

Let me note that this may well be the trickiest summer ever for the availability of Lufthansa First Class Rewards. I have never seen Lufthansa first class cabins so sold in advance, because even after 15 days I see many flights with only one or two first class seats for sale.

If you redeemed miles for Lufthansa First Class, what was your experience?

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The history of Lufthansa’s yellow box https://windgefluester.net/the-history-of-lufthansas-yellow-box/ Sat, 21 May 2022 16:00:00 +0000 https://windgefluester.net/the-history-of-lufthansas-yellow-box/ Photo: Alex Tino Friedel via Lufthansa Lufthansa IATA/ICAO code LH/DLH Airline type Full service carrier Hub(s) Frankfurt Airport, Munich Airport Year of foundation 1953 Alliance star alliance Air group Lufthansa Group CEO Carsten Spohr Country Germany Have you ever noticed a yellow box next to the door when boarding a Lufthansa flight? At first glance, […]]]>

Have you ever noticed a yellow box next to the door when boarding a Lufthansa flight? At first glance, this may appear to be part of the aircraft’s livery. However, on Lufthansa jets, this small sign is intended to welcome guests on board the plane with a unique gesture in the air world.

When flights are boarded via a jetbridge, only a tiny portion of the fuselage is visible to passengers boarding the flight. With that in mind, carriers usually try to put this small part of the fuselage to good use, often displaying their wedding band or perhaps information about whether the plane has WiFi. Lufthansa has a relatively new use for this space.


welcome aboard

The purpose of the yellow box painted on Lufthansa aircraft next to the doors is to welcome guests aboard the aircraft. A Lufthansa spokesperson told us the box was called the Welcome Panel. It is designed to green the passengers when they board the aircraft.

The skyline of Frankfurt can be drawn for a flight from Frankfurt. Photo: Tom Boon – Single Flight

The plane crew can leave small messages for passengers to read when they board the plane. These are usually tailored to the time of day or origin/destination of the flight. Sometimes special holidays are also observed. The only limits to the crew’s creativity are personal matters and political matters. Posts following either of these themes are not permitted.


Why have a box at all?

Believe it or not, this yellow welcome sign is a relatively new addition to the German flag carrier’s aircraft. The airline first introduced them in early 2019, meaning yellow signs have been flying around the world for about three years now. Panels can be found throughout the fleet, from narrow bodies like the Airbus A320, to the largest aircraft, the Airbus A380. The panels are only painted next to doors that would normally be used for boarding, so they would only be on the left of an aircraft. In the case of the Airbus A380, these would be the two front doors on the main deck and the 1st door on the upper deck.

The yellow welcome sign has been in use for over three years now. Photo: Alex Tino Friedel via Lufthansa

Lufthansa wanted the box to be a personal surprise for passengers when they set foot on the plane. Pursers and captains are allowed to leave a message or doodle with dry-erase pens. Of course, the establishment of a note is optional and not mandatory for the crew.

What happens to the message?

So what happens to the message once all passengers have boarded? The creation can be saved forever as a photo taken by the crew or passengers, but otherwise the post is deleted. Deleting the message is much easier than you might think. The crew is asked to wipe it off once boarding is complete but before the doors close.

As mentioned, some of the designs may live forever as photos. Recently, Lufthansa asked colleagues to send in their best welcome sign photos. Two of them were then printed on bags and mugs for sale. The money raised from sales went to Help Alliance, the Lufthansa Group‘s aid organization, founded by cabin crew in 1999.

Have you seen a greeting on a Lufthansa flight? Let us know your favorite design in the comments!


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Deutsche Lufthansa AG (ETR: LHA) receives consensus “sell” recommendation from brokers https://windgefluester.net/deutsche-lufthansa-ag-etr-lha-receives-consensus-sell-recommendation-from-brokers/ Fri, 20 May 2022 12:48:19 +0000 https://windgefluester.net/deutsche-lufthansa-ag-etr-lha-receives-consensus-sell-recommendation-from-brokers/ Shares of Deutsche Lufthansa AG (ETR: LHA – Get Rating) received an average rating of “Hold” from the twelve analysts who cover the stock, Marketbeat reports. An analyst has rated the stock with a holding rating. The 12-month average price target among brokers who have reported on the stock over the past year is €7.03 […]]]>

Shares of Deutsche Lufthansa AG (ETR: LHA – Get Rating) received an average rating of “Hold” from the twelve analysts who cover the stock, Marketbeat reports. An analyst has rated the stock with a holding rating. The 12-month average price target among brokers who have reported on the stock over the past year is €7.03 ($7.32).

Several brokerages have recently weighed in on LHA. UBS Group set a target price of €7.25 ($7.55) on Deutsche Lufthansa shares in a Friday, May 13 report. Sanford C. Bernstein set a price target of €6.00 ​​($6.25) on Deutsche Lufthansa shares in a Thursday, May 5 report. Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft set a price target of €8.30 ($8.65) on Deutsche Lufthansa shares in a Friday, March 4 report. Berenberg Bank set a price target of €6.30 ($6.56) on Deutsche Lufthansa shares in a Tuesday, April 26 report. Finally, Barclays set a price target of €5.70 ($5.94) on Deutsche Lufthansa shares in a Thursday, May 12 report.

ETR:LHA shares opened at €6.80 ($7.09) on Friday. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $7.09 and its 200-day moving average price is $6.78. The stock has a market capitalization of $8.13 billion and a price-earnings ratio of -2.27. Deutsche Lufthansa has a fifty-two week minimum of €5.24 ($5.46) and a fifty-two week maximum of €11.25 ($11.72). The company has a quick ratio of 0.80, a current ratio of 0.92 and a debt ratio of 371.69.

About Deutsche Lufthansa (Get a rating)

Deutsche Lufthansa AG operates as an airline in Germany and internationally. The Company’s Network Airlines segment provides passenger services. Its Eurowings segment provides passenger services via a route network of more than 100 destinations in more than 50 countries. The Company’s Logistics segment offers transportation services for various cargoes, including general cargo, dangerous goods, valuables, vulnerable commodities, perishables, live animals, courier services, emergency, airmail/e-commerce and temperature-sensitive goods services to approximately 300 destinations in 100 countries.

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Reviews | Why Elon Musk is right to let Trump return to Twitter https://windgefluester.net/reviews-why-elon-musk-is-right-to-let-trump-return-to-twitter/ Tue, 17 May 2022 22:06:00 +0000 https://windgefluester.net/reviews-why-elon-musk-is-right-to-let-trump-return-to-twitter/ Placeholder while loading article actions Elon Musk wants to bring Donald Trump back from exile on Twitter. He thinks a company like Twitter — whether he buys it or not, depending on the time — shouldn’t censor content, even if it’s blatantly false or hateful. He is right. And a story I heard last week […]]]>
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Elon Musk wants to bring Donald Trump back from exile on Twitter. He thinks a company like Twitter — whether he buys it or not, depending on the time — shouldn’t censor content, even if it’s blatantly false or hateful.

He is right. And a story I heard last week reminded me why.

It has to do with a guy named Tom Diaz, whom I knew decades ago when I was writing about American gun manufacturers and he was a prominent gun control activist. Diaz is now retired, but as a hobby he sometimes makes short videos and posts them on social media for his friends and followers.

His most recent video, posted on multiple platforms last week, was a four-minute campaign against German airline Lufthansa, which made headlines after staff members blocked Jewish passengers from boarding a plane. flight to Frankfurt. Diaz traveled through the history of the original airline Luft Hansa as a tool of the Nazis and wondered if the modern incarnation – which disavows any connection to its namesake – might secretly harbor some of the same anti-Semitic attitudes.

YouTube took down the video, notifying Diaz in an automated email that it violated the company’s hate speech policy. “We know this might be disappointing,” the email reads, “but it’s important to us that YouTube is a safe place for everyone.” Diaz appealed but was denied.

Now, I’m not convinced by Diaz’s case against Lufthansa. I guess – human nature being what it is – a few frazzled staff members made a horribly bad decision. That Lufthansa was right to apologize is obvious; that the incident alludes to a dark core of decades-old anti-Semitism within the company strikes me as a bit conspiratorial.

But it’s hard to build a sensible argument to label video hate speech. Diaz does not accuse anyone at Lufthansa of Nazism. It simply lays out the company’s history and asks questions about its behavior today. Maybe a YouTube algorithm flagged the video because it contained multiple images of Nazis. But all these images came from publicly accessible archives, some of which were German. The story may be disturbing, but it cannot in itself be odious.

Here’s what’s really happening: Social media companies, under a barrage of political pressure to police their sites, are finally making a concerted effort to comply. The problem is, they just aren’t designed for it.

They are not media or book publishers. They are run by engineers who have designed their sites as digital bulletin boards where anyone can post a flyer; indifference to actual content is ingrained in their corporate DNA. They’re about as equipped to make decisions about authorized speech as I am to code in Java.

Of course, there are some basic things tech companies should and shouldn’t do as responsible citizens. No site should be a playground for bots programmed to spread division and lies (like Twitter once was). No social media platform should deliberately prioritize hateful content just because it drives traffic (as Facebook has been accused of doing). If someone (like, for example, a Russian president) is using your platform for nefarious purposes, then they are abusing your trust and you need to stop them.

But having worked for a few tech companies myself (Yahoo and its subsequent owner, Verizon), I can tell you that I don’t want to live in a world where coders and product managers decide what speech is appropriate and what should be. censored – and, believe me, neither are you.

Which brings me back to Musk and his libertarian take on Twitter. It is fashionable to say that Musk is naive at best, or a tool for Trumpism at worst. Personally, I found the former Twitter president’s absence a happy one, and I despair at the prospect of him driving news cycles again with his semi-literate chatter.

But at the end of the day, I can’t help but feel that Musk’s vision is one that leads to a freer and more democratic future, however disappointing or chaotic it may be.

The President of the United States should not be censored because dangerous extremists find him inspiring. And I would rather the public have to sift through all sorts of theories and claims – some valid, some comprehensive – than leave the parameters of our public discourse to the judgment of an algorithm.

I’d rather live in a digital society where both Trump and Diaz have a say, than one where both can be silenced. Ultimately, I think we’ll come to understand that it’s not really the job of tech companies to separate fact from fiction, or dangerous rhetoric from legitimate dissent.

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Voluntary re-accommodation of the Lufthansa flight in Frankfurt https://windgefluester.net/voluntary-re-accommodation-of-the-lufthansa-flight-in-frankfurt/ Sat, 14 May 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://windgefluester.net/voluntary-re-accommodation-of-the-lufthansa-flight-in-frankfurt/ Lufthansa IATA/ICAO code LH/DLH Airline type Full service carrier Hub(s) Frankfurt Airport, Munich Airport Year of foundation 1953 Alliance star alliance Air group Lufthansa Group CEO Carsten Spohr Country Germany Although flight advisories are quite common, this trip report will offer something a little different: an examination of the bumping process as it was experienced […]]]>

Although flight advisories are quite common, this trip report will offer something a little different: an examination of the bumping process as it was experienced in early May 2022 at Frankfurt Airport. While traveling from Naples (Italy) to Vilnius (Lithuania) via Frankfurt, the second leg of our trip was overbooked, forcing Lufthansa gate agents to look for volunteers to catch the next flight. It will be an account of what happened and a review of the experience.

As is most often the case, the knocking experience begins at the gate. Photo: Chris Loh | single flight

LH888 overbooked

It was at the beginning of May that my wife and I took a trip to Italy and returned home to Vilnius. Flying with Lufthansa, we needed to connect in Frankfurt and were eager to board the flight. After a few hours in one of Lufthansa’s business lounges, we walked to our door and waited patiently.

SIMPLEFLYING VIDEO OF THE DAY

Just before boarding began, an announcement was made that the flight had been overbooked and the airline was looking for volunteers to be bumped from the flight. In exchange, Lufthansa would provide:

  • One night hotel accommodation
  • Buffet dinner
  • Breakfast buffet
  • And the grand prize, €250 cash per person

Knowing that neither my wife nor I had anything to do the next day, we discussed it. It certainly wasn’t something that crossed his mind, but I pointed out that we would be £500 richer for our inconvenience. We agreed to volunteer for the deal provided the replacement flight was not too far in the future.


Volunteering is one thing, waiting to see if everyone shows up for their flight is another. Photo: Chris Loh | single flight

Waiting for the end of boarding

As we walked towards the gate agent, we could hear the woman in front of us asking about the offer to be bumped. Whatever information she was looking for, the response was not to be favorable as we were apparently the first passengers to volunteer. Upon inquiring about the replacement flight, we were informed that it would be the next day at 10:20am, which would allow us to enter Vilnius at 1:20pm local time.

Upon accepting the offer and volunteering, we were told we had to wait until boarding was complete. This is because if someone missed their connection or got stuck in security beyond the airline’s acceptable limits, we could be put back on the flight. In this situation, my wife and I both agreed that we were in a fairly neutral position – that we would be happy to come home sooner but also happy to be hustled and compensated.


We were informed that the plane was expecting 12 other passengers. Waiting and watching, we counted the frantic travelers rushing for the door. A little group here, another little group there, until we come to the last two or three. I’m not sure of the exact number, but I believe the door was initially closed with an empty seat on the plane, after meeting the one unfortunate traveler who had a delayed flight out of London. Interestingly, the plane would end up taking off with two empty seats as we saw a passenger get kicked off the flight for not wearing a mask on the bus heading to the outstation.

The door being officially closed, we were then given the details of our offer. This consisted of the following:

  • Hotel voucher and details on how to get there
  • Boarding passes for the replacement flight
  • A card payment transfer, being told that it would take several days for the transaction to go through

The hotel stay

Our hotel for the night would be the Holiday Inn Frankfurt Airport. This airport was off site from the airport and required a train/metro ride. Luckily it was a one stop – although it would cost us around €5 each and a bit of a walk from the station to the hotel.

Our hotel for the night: The Holiday Inn Frankfurt Airport. Photo: Chris Loh | single flight

Although I won’t go into too many details about the hotel stay, I can report that the room itself was quite comfortable, clean, and quiet.

The meals, however, were something else. Arrived around 10:00 p.m., the “dinner buffet” consisted of extremely dry lasagna which had clearly been sitting for hours. Also, we were only allowed one drink, with any additional drinks costing more. Funny enough, there was a whole section of seats with a sign in front saying “Flights canceled by Lufthansa”, indicating that this was the main “hub” for the airline’s ousted passengers! Breakfast, at least, was a much better experience!

Buffet meal at the Holiday Inn Frankfurt Airport Photo: Chris Loh | single flight

Check and take off

The next morning we checked out of the hotel and inquired about their airport shuttle service. We learned that it would cost €4 per person. We also learned that the shuttle for the hotel was free – something the Lufthansa gate agent did not mention.

Taking the hotel shuttle we quickly arrived at Frankfurt T1 and went through security and headed for the gate. The flight itself was on time, smooth and uneventful – as was the outward journey.

We had to take the mover to our door the next day. Photo: Chris Loh | single flight

Final thoughts and reflections

With the money showing up on my card only three days after the robbery, I have to say my first experience of being kicked off a robbery and being put in a hotel wasn’t too bad. Although I personally pride myself on being able to tolerate bad food, the Dried Lasagna really put that to the test!

While the Lufthansa gate agents were courteous, I think they should have mentioned the free hotel shuttle as an option. According to the schedules, it could have been faster and more convenient than the train, and of course, free. The gate agents also failed to ask us (or at least explain) the seat preference for the replacement flight, as we were assigned a middle seat and an aisle seat. I would have preferred a window seat, and if the flight was too busy for that, it would have been nice to know.

A number of people we shared the experience with noted that we could have asked for more – or more could have been offered if no one had agreed to the original deal. In retrospect, we obviously would have liked a bigger payout, but we were actually quite happy with the offer. I’m curious, of course, what would have happened if no one had volunteered and how much more the airline could have offered.


Have you ever been kicked out of a flight? How did the experience compare? And if you had nowhere to go the next day, how much would it take to volunteer to be kicked out? Share your impressions by leaving a comment!


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Why were Jewish passengers denied boarding? Lufthansa apologizes in outrage | world news https://windgefluester.net/why-were-jewish-passengers-denied-boarding-lufthansa-apologizes-in-outrage-world-news/ Thu, 12 May 2022 04:05:04 +0000 https://windgefluester.net/why-were-jewish-passengers-denied-boarding-lufthansa-apologizes-in-outrage-world-news/ According to reports, the airline refused a large number of Jewish passengers to board a connecting flight from New York transiting Frankfurt for a flight to Budapest on May 4. Written by Manjiri Sachin Chitré | Edited by Swati Bhasin German airline Lufthansa has issued an apology after being accused of denying a large group […]]]>

According to reports, the airline refused a large number of Jewish passengers to board a connecting flight from New York transiting Frankfurt for a flight to Budapest on May 4.

Written by Manjiri Sachin Chitré | Edited by Swati Bhasin

German airline Lufthansa has issued an apology after being accused of denying a large group of Orthodox Jewish passengers boarding a flight. Some of them reportedly refused to wear masks, it was said. In a statement on Tuesday evening, Lufthansa said it “regrets the circumstances surrounding the decision to exclude the affected passengers from the flight, for which Lufthansa sincerely apologizes.” The airline – accused of anti-Semitism – further mentioned that it was looking into what happened during the incident.


“We regret that the large group was denied boarding rather than limiting it to non-compliant passengers. We have zero tolerance for racism, anti-Semitism and discrimination of any kind,” the airline added in a statement. his statement.

The airline further mentioned that it will “engage with affected passengers to better understand their concerns and openly discuss how we can improve our customer service.”


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The airline reportedly denied a large number of Jewish passengers boarding a connecting flight from New York transiting Frankfurt for a flight to Budapest on May 4 after some passengers reportedly refused to board. comply with rules requiring them to wear face masks. Thereupon, airline staff blocked all passengers who were “visibly” identified as Jewish.

According to local media, staff refused entry to passengers who were “recognizably Jewish because they wore skull caps or had padlocks.”

In a video of the incident published by foreign media, passengers can be seen accusing the airline and the German police of “anti-Semitism”. In a heated exchange, we can also hear a passenger calling a policeman a “Nazi”.


The anti-Semitism commissioner of the Land of Hesse also condemned the incident. Calling it “discriminatory” and “of significant significance”, the state commissioner said the airline’s senior management should “feel personally responsible for apologizing”.

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Angry tweets flooded Twitter following the incident. “A four-step plan for @lufthansa. Step 1. A real apology from the CEO for targeting Orthodox Jews. Step 2. Fire employees who participated in the discrimination. Step 3. Compensate all victims. Step 4. Announce what to do to make sure this never happens again. (sic)” – this was one of many posts on the social media website.




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Star Alliance turns 25 – What does Lufthansa say? – Airway Magazine https://windgefluester.net/star-alliance-turns-25-what-does-lufthansa-say-airway-magazine/ Wed, 11 May 2022 16:28:42 +0000 https://windgefluester.net/star-alliance-turns-25-what-does-lufthansa-say-airway-magazine/ DALLAS – Talk about airline alliances! It’s been almost 25 years for the largest in the world – the Star Alliance, founded by five airlines in Frankfurt, Germany on May 14, 1997. Over the years, this network of alliances and its members have grown from five to twenty-six airline partners with more than 50 global […]]]>

DALLAS – Talk about airline alliances! It’s been almost 25 years for the largest in the world – the Star Alliance, founded by five airlines in Frankfurt, Germany on May 14, 1997.

Over the years, this network of alliances and its members have grown from five to twenty-six airline partners with more than 50 global hubs.

All network airlines benefit from their partners’ network as if it were their own. The similarity in terms of IT solutions and booking platforms, the same baggage rules and, of course, access to lounges at hub airports. The alliance has its primary control in Frankfurt and a secondary control office in Singapore.

Current members | Image: Star Alliance

The five founders and who is part of them now?


Five airlines from three continents United Airlines (UA), Scandinavian Airlines (SK), Thai Airways (TG), Air Canada (AC) and Lufthansa (LH) have teamed up to trace the “star” with an initial budget of 25 million of dollars . And a slogan? “The aerial network for the Earth” was chosen.

In no time, Varig (RG) from Brazil with Air New Zealand (NZ) and ANA (NH) joined the club, and then the alliance only grew and expanded its portfolio.
Today, the Star Alliance network serves 98% of the countries in the world with 26 partner airlines.

19,000 daily departures, a common fleet of 5,033 aircraft to 1,300 destinations in 195 countries, numbers indeed. Skyteam follows as the second largest airline alliance with 19 active member airlines and 15,445 daily flights to 1,036 destinations in 170 countries. Oneworld comes third with 14 active member airlines operating to 900 destinations in 170 territories.

Photo: Lufthansa

Lufthansa on Star Alliance turns 25


Of course, the alliance is a big deal for Lufthansa since both are based in Frankfurt (FRA). This may seem like the workhorse of the star alliance, even if it is, the LH CEO makes it clear how important partner airlines are to the overall picture.

“We would never be as big as we are if we didn’t have Star Alliance power and unpower. In order to fill a jumbo from Frankfurt to Los Angeles, it must be “fed” with guests from up to 50 smaller departure airports”.

Carsten Spohr is still convinced of the advantages of the “Star Alliance” airline alliance. “From the customer’s point of view, no airline in the world can provide this global coverage,” said the boss of Lufthansa, a key alliance partner with US carrier United for 25 years.

But it’s 2022, and the airline industry environment today is vastly different than it was 25 years ago. Do airline alliances like Star Alliance have a future? The rise of joint ventures and codeshare agreements is putting the alliance network on the shelf.


Featured Image: Five Founders of Star Alliance | Photo: Star Alliance Twitter

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Lufthansa orders Dreamliners to create a more sustainable fleet https://windgefluester.net/lufthansa-orders-dreamliners-to-create-a-more-sustainable-fleet/ Tue, 10 May 2022 11:17:51 +0000 https://windgefluester.net/lufthansa-orders-dreamliners-to-create-a-more-sustainable-fleet/ The Lufthansa Group is buying seven more Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners as the European aviation giant seeks to continue renewing its long-haul fleet with more fuel-efficient planes. The group, which also owns Austrian Airlines, Eurowings, Brussels Airlines and Swiss, said the new Dreamliners would “compensate” for delivery delays of Boeing 777-9s, which were due to arrive […]]]>

The Lufthansa Group is buying seven more Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners as the European aviation giant seeks to continue renewing its long-haul fleet with more fuel-efficient planes.

The group, which also owns Austrian Airlines, Eurowings, Brussels Airlines and Swiss, said the new Dreamliners would “compensate” for delivery delays of Boeing 777-9s, which were due to arrive in 2023 but are now expected to be delivered in 2025.

The newly ordered B787-9s, which consume about 25% less fuel than their predecessors, are expected to be delivered in 2025 and 2026. Lufthansa‘s previous order for the same aircraft type will also be brought forward to 2023 and 2024 “in some case “. case “.

Carsten Spohr, CEO of Lufthansa, said: “We continue to invest in more fuel-efficient, quieter and more economical aircraft that emit significantly less CO2, enabling us to drive the modernization of our fleet.

“By purchasing these state-of-the-art aircraft, we once again underline the ability of the Lufthansa Group to invest and shape the future.

“We are again taking the lead and expanding our leadership role while taking responsibility for the environment – ​​with premium products for our customers and a sustainable fleet.”

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Lufthansa and Vueling add special flights to welcome football fans https://windgefluester.net/lufthansa-and-vueling-add-special-flights-to-welcome-football-fans/ Sat, 07 May 2022 15:00:00 +0000 https://windgefluester.net/lufthansa-and-vueling-add-special-flights-to-welcome-football-fans/ Photo: Getty Images Lufthansa IATA/ICAO code LH/DLH Airline type Full service carrier Hub(s) Frankfurt Airport, Munich Airport Year of foundation 1953 Alliance star alliance Air group Lufthansa Group CEO Carsten Spohr Country Germany Lufthansa and Vueling come to the rescue of football fans scrambling across Europe. This year’s UEFA Europa League final will see Eintracht […]]]>

Lufthansa and Vueling come to the rescue of football fans scrambling across Europe. This year’s UEFA Europa League final will see Eintracht Frankfurt and Glasgow Rangers face off at Sevilla’s Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán stadium on May 18, while the UEFA Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid is scheduled to take place at the Stade de France in Paris on May 28.

Frankfurt v Glasgow

As Eintracht Frankfurt play their first European final in over 40 years, the German flag bearer is keen to bring as many fans as possible to Sevilla for the live final.

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On May 18, fans traveling from Frankfurt will be able to select seven departures to Seville and two to nearby Jerez de la Frontera. Those traveling from Munich will have the option of six departures to Seville and three to Jerez de la Frontera. The airline will also operate larger aircraft than the Airbus A320s typically used on the route.

Additional Lufthansa and Eurowings Discover services will add hundreds of seats for fans traveling from Munich and Frankfurt. Photo: Lufthansa

For travelers from Glasgow, the options are relatively limited, as there are no direct services from Glasgow to Seville or Jerez de la Frontera. However, Jet2 offers flights to Faro in Portugal, which connects Seville via a bus service. Jet2’s flight leaves Glasgow at 6.40am BST and arrives at 10.05am CEST in Faro.


Edinburgh Airport is offering two additional services on May 28, a direct to Seville departing at 6.30am BST and another to Faro at 6.45am BST.

Liverpool v Madrid

Liverpool face Real Madrid on May 28, four years after losing 3-1 in the 2018 UEFA Champions League final, and of course demand is high.

Fans are facing skyrocketing fares and limited direct services, with flights and even Eurostar tickets selling out quickly for the weekend.

Vueling is tapping into demand for flights from Liverpool, with fans desperate to watch the rematch live in Paris. Photo: Vueling

In sporting spirit, the Spanish airline is set to launch flights from Liverpool John Lennon Airport to Paris Orly in time for the final. Vueling will operate eight additional flights on May 28 and 29, with the full schedule as follows,

Liverpool–Paris OrlyMay 28

  • VY8995 – Departs 7:35 BST
  • VY8999 – Departs 8:35 BST
  • VY8913 – Departs 9:10 a.m. BST
  • VY8911 – Departs 1.40pm BST

Paris Orly–LiverpoolMay 29

  • VY8912 – Departure at 6:30 a.m. CEST
  • VY8994 – Departure at 11:25 CEST
  • VY8914 – Departure at 12:30 CEST
  • VY8998 – Departure 6:40 p.m. CEST

Despite Manchester City’s semi-final defeat on Wednesday, Manchester Airport offers many more options for Liverpool fans, including three easyJet flights at 8.00am, 10.00am and 11.35am, and three Air France flights at 6.00am, 8.10am and 10.25am . However, one-way ticket prices start at £339 for easyJet, rising to £852 for the 6am Air France flight. Vueling Liverpool to Paris prices start from £184.

Real Madrid fans traveling to Paris have the option of several services, including two direct easyJet flights from Madrid at 9.30am and 9.45am, and several Vueling and Iberia flights the day before.

Are you going to Paris or Seville? Let us know in the comments how you travel there.

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IAG, Lufthansa and Air France-KLM announce the relaunch of business travel https://windgefluester.net/iag-lufthansa-and-air-france-klm-announce-the-relaunch-of-business-travel/ Fri, 06 May 2022 10:57:40 +0000 https://windgefluester.net/iag-lufthansa-and-air-france-klm-announce-the-relaunch-of-business-travel/ Business travel continues to rebound from the pandemic, according to first quarter results released this week by International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG), Air France-KLM and Lufthansa Group. The region’s major airline groups have all reported strong business travel demand, largely due to the continued easing of government-mandated travel restrictions. As passenger capacity approaches pre-pandemic levels, […]]]>

Business travel continues to rebound from the pandemic, according to first quarter results released this week by International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG), Air France-KLM and Lufthansa Group.

The region’s major airline groups have all reported strong business travel demand, largely due to the continued easing of government-mandated travel restrictions.

As passenger capacity approaches pre-pandemic levels, the Omicron variant of Covid-19 proved troublesome early in the quarter, while the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine and the surge in Resulting fuel prices have hampered scaling up efforts.

Despite a “strong recovery in business travel“, IAG – which owns Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia, Level and Vueling – recorded an operating loss of 731 million euros in the first quarter. The company reported first-quarter passenger capacity at 65% of 2019 levels, up from 58% in the previous quarter. Available seat kilometers also increased to 49.1 million from 14.8 million in 2021.

In a statement on Friday, CEO Luis Gallego said forward bookings remain encouraging, with high-end leisure the best performing segment and business travel at its “highest level since the start of the pandemic”.

“We expect to be profitable starting in the second quarter and for the full year…We expect to reach 80% of 2019 capacity in the second quarter and 85% in the third quarter,” he said. .

Gallego also acknowledged the ongoing challenges associated with “the biggest surge in operations in history” and said the group is currently focused on improving operations and the customer experience.

The Lufthansa Group saw air passenger numbers in the first quarter more than quadruple compared to the same period in 2021, leading the company to increase capacity towards the end of the quarter.

Passenger numbers increased to more than 13 million in the quarter from around three million a year ago. Capacity increased by 171% year-on-year to reach a recovery level of 57% compared to “pre-crisis level”, at more than 45.6 million available seat-kilometres. Lufthansa said its number of flights in the first quarter rose 230% year-on-year to more than 135,500.

“Restrictions on air traffic have been largely overcome,” Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr said in a statement. “The last few weeks in particular have clearly shown how great the desire to travel is. New bookings are increasing week on week – among business travellers, but especially for holiday and leisure travel.”

The company expects the airline group’s business travel volume by the end of the year to recover to around 70% of its pre-crisis level.

First-quarter revenue more than doubled year-on-year to 5.4 billion euros, including 3.8 billion euros in passenger revenue, up nearly 150% from levels of the first quarter of 2021. Still, the company reported a net loss of 584 million euros, or about 44% of the loss reported a year earlier.

Despite a “difficult context”, Air France-KLM recorded a turnover of 4.5 billion euros in the first quarter, which more than doubled compared to the previous year, and a net loss of 552 million euros. The company announced first-quarter capacity of 75% of 2019 levels for the same period with performance above 2019 levels. Long-haul load factor in March was 80% for premium and economy-plus classes .

The company said total passengers in the first quarter rose more than 200% year-on-year to just over 14.5 million. Capacity increased 67.8% year-on-year to more than 58,000 available seat-kilometres.

Business travel demand “skyrocketed” in the quarter to around 70% recovery from 2019 levels, according to a company presentation which also showed that the long-haul and small segments and medium-sized companies of Air France-KLM recorded solid performances.

“The month of March was particularly encouraging with a significant increase in demand for corporate and premium traffic, complementary to leisure traffic and [visiting friends and relatives] demand on our global network,” Benjamin Smith, CEO of Air France-KLM, said in a statement.

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