“Turkey is for sure a key market for Lufthansa and our Group airlines. Year after year we have achieved new passenger records in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir – we are very thankful for the loyalty of our Turkish customers” said Jens Bischof, Chief Commercial Officer of Lufthansa German Airlines during a press conference in Istanbul today. “With the new additional daily flight from Istanbul to Frankfurt in Summer 2014 we will offer 7 daily flights from Istanbul.”
“This year we have seen interesting product enhancements at Lufthansa like specially prepared Turkish meals onboard our flights from Turkey. With additional innovations on board we will make sure to strengthen Lufthansa’s role as leading European carrier”, explained Stefan Löcherbach General Manager of Lufthansa Turkey.
“We are investing into our product” said Carsten Schaeffer, Lufthansa Vice President Sales & Services South Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, “The retro-fit of the new First and Business Class, the installation of FlyNet (wifi-internet on board), new lounges at our hubs & international premium stations long-haul flights. A new Premium Economy Class on all longhaul airplanes as well as inflight entertainment solution on shorthaul flights are the new highlights to be introduced in the near future.”
Lufthansa and Germanwings increase capacity together
Lufthansa and Germanwings are marginally expanding their services in the winter flight schedules. Their joint capacity in terms of available seat-kilometers will increase overall by 1.1 per cent. This growth is attributable to the deployment of larger aircraft. In combination with Germanwings, Lufthansa is offering customers an even wider choice of destinations totaling 211 in 81 countries. Of the total, Lufthansa is serving 199 destinations on its own, while Germanwings is counting services to 64 destinations in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. In winter, Lufthansa and Germanwings flight attendants will be welcoming passengers aboard on a weekly total of 12,162 flights. Worldwide, statistically, a flight by Lufthansa and Germanwings will be taking off on average every 50 seconds. In total, the group of airlines (Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Germanwings and Swiss) will be serving a total of 274 destinations in 106 countries on four continents besides offering numerous codeshare flights along with their own services. Week-in, week-out, the Group airlines will be carrying passengers on 19,798 flights comfortably and reliably to their destination. The new winter timetable runs from Sunday, 27 October 2013 to Saturday, 29 March 2014.
The Supervisory Board of Lufthansa approved the purchase of 59 ultra-modern aircraft for the Group. 34 Boeing 777-9Xs and 25 Airbus A350-900s will be added to the Lufthansa Group's wide-body fleet. The first of these new aircraft will be delivered as early as 2016. Older Boeing 747-400s and Airbus A340-300s will be phased out by 2025. The new aeroplanes will primarily serve to replace existing aircraft at Lufthansa. The investment amount for the Lufthansa Group's latest order totals EUR 14bn at list prices and is the largest single private-sector investment in the history of German industry.