Lufthansa Pilot Strike Extends to Long-Haul Flights

Air France Pilots strike

Pilots at Deutsche Lufthansa AG extended their latest two-day stoppage on Tuesday, grounding long-haul flights in addition to domestic and European routes and stranding thousands of travellers. The strike, the ninth this year in a dispute over an early retirement scheme, has forced Germany’s flagship airline to cancel close to half of all scheduled flights […]

Lufthansa strike disrupts travel for 200,000 airline passengers

Luftansa pilots' strike

A pilot strike at Lufthansa has expanded as it enters a second day Tuesday, forcing the carrier to ground a significant portion of its schedule. Cancellations include many of the carrier’s lucrative long-haul routes, including flights to the United States, Canada and Asia. The strike – one of several to hit Lufthansa this year – […]

First Boeing 747-8 equipped with Premium Economy Class

Lufthansa 747-8I

“Today, we are seeing a genuine première”, said Karl Ulrich Garnadt, Member of the Executive Board of Lufthansa AG and CEO of Lufthansa German Airlines. “We are launching a new travel class for the first time in 35 years.” Garnadt stressed that Premium Economy was an important part of the “biggest product upgrade in Lufthansa’s […]

Europe’s Airline Labor Woes Play Into Hands of Discount Carriers

Air France and Deutsche Lufthansa AG may find that the main beneficiaries of the worst strikes in their histories are the low-cost competitors they seek to repel. Protesting pilots crippled traffic at Air France for two weeks, while Lufthansa has endured a wave of walkouts by pilots. Lufthansa Chief Executive Officer Carsten Spohr asked customers […]

Update: Lufthansa Pilots’ Strike – Flights Resume

Lufthansa Pilots Strike

Passengers seeking to fly with Lufthansa have been facing only limited disruptions as the German airline’s pilots have resumed industrial action. Their fifth walkout this year is primarily affecting Frankfurt Airport. German flagship carrier Lufthansa said Tuesday that despite the renewed strike over its pilots’ early retirement scheme it would provide 32 out of 57 […]

Lufthansa pilots’ 15-hour strike affects 9,000 travelers

Luftansa pilots' strike

The pilots, represented by union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC), are striking from 0600 to 1700 ET on long-haul routes from Frankfurt, Europe’s third-largest airport and Lufthansa’s main hub. The strike, affecting around 9,000 travelers, is the longest since a three-day nationwide walkout in April, and the union threatened more. Three strikes since the end of August […]

ANALYSIS: German Airline Market Shifts to Low-Cost Travel

As Lufthansa is expanding its Wings family of low-cost subsidiaries and Air Berlin is restructuring its business with a reduced fleet and network, European budget carriers are targeting a greater slice of the German travel market. The continent’s largest economy is thorny terrain for airlines. Despite its size and central location with easy access to […]