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Lufthansa pilots on four-day strike


More than 4,000 Lufthansa pilots have begun a four-day strike
More than 4,000 pilots at Germany's Lufthansa airline launched a four-day strike early on Monday which is expected to cause headaches for travellers around the world.

Lufthansa spokeswoman Stefanie Stotz said the strike, organised by the Cockpit pilots union, would last until Thursday.

The airline enacted a special limited flight plan and said it regretted "the inconveniences caused" to passengers. Lufthansa was forced to cancel hundreds of flights.

Pilots for Lufthansa Cargo and Lufthansa's low-budget subsidiary, Germanwings, are also taking part in the strike.

They are seeking increased job security and for German working conditions to apply to Lufthansa pilots hired abroad, in an effort to prevent their jobs from going to neighbouring countries with cheaper conditions.

Lufthansa had scrambled in advance to rebook passengers on other flights, or within Germany, trains.

Travellers began complaining in blogs and tweets about being stuck on hold for several hours trying to get through to Lufthansa hotlines.

Earlier on Sunday transport minister Peter Ramsauer failed to get both sides to return to negotiations in an effort to ward off the strike.

Lufthansa normally offers 1,800 flights daily, including some 160 long-haul flights. It has estimated the strike could cost it about £22 million a day.


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The Wall Street Journal reports: the load factor for the month for Lufthansa Airlines was 82.6%, up 1.9 percentage points.

Lufthansa Group passenger traffic during the month rose 7.9% on the year to 8.65 million while the load factor was 82.6%, up 2 percentage points.
 

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Good news for Lufthansa there first new Boeing 747-8 has rolled off the production line and is finally in there livery, Pictures (below)









The aircraft is due to enter service once the summer 2012 commences. Luthansa is the launch customer of the aircraft with 20 ordered with an option for another 15.
 

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[textarea]Lufthansa announce Berlin flights to Manchester and Birmingham


Lufthansa will boost links to Berlin from the UK with new daily flights from Manchester and Birmingham taking off next June. The flights will launch with the opening of the new Berlin-Brandenburg ‘Willy Brandt’ Airport on June 3 and will be operated with modern and fuel-efficient aircraft from the Airbus 320 family (A321, A320, A319) in a two class configuration

A spokesman for the German airline said: ‘The opening of the new Berlin-Brandenburg ‘Willy Brandt’ Airport next year creates new growth opportunities. Lufthansa is planning a massive expansion of flights, the creation of several hundreds of jobs in Berlin and investments of more than €60m.'

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Riyadh MD-11F crash pilots failed to recognise bounce


Pilots of a Lufthansa Cargo Boeing MD-11F failed to recognise the landing bounce which preceded a sequence of hard touchdowns and the destruction of the trijet at Riyadh, Saudi Arabian investigators have concluded.

As it conducted an instrument landing system approach to Runway 33L the aircraft flared at a low height for its 207t landing weight, and the MD-11 touched down with a sink rate of 780ft/min - far higher than the typical 120ft/min.

The resulting 2.1g impact caused the aircraft to bounce but the Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation said the landing was still recoverable at this point.

But the crew did not appear to recognise the bounce, it said, and did not apply the recovery technique, which requires pilots to hold a normal landing attitude and apply thrust to control the rate of descent.

The technique specifically warns against making large forward or aft movement with the control column, because rapidly changing the pitch rate can result in nose-wheel damage or a tail strike.

After the initial touchdown the MD-11F bounced to a height of 4ft. Crucially the captain pushed the control column significantly forward, reducing the pitch. Because of main-gear spin-up, the aircraft's spoilers had also started deploying and this effectively reduced the angle of attack further.

These combined dynamics sapped the MD-11F's lift. Both pilots pulled on their control columns but the aircraft hit the runway a second time, in a flat attitude, with a sink rate of 660ft/min.

Its nose-gear rebounded from the 3g impact and this, combined with the pilots' control inputs, caused a 14° pitch-up as the MD-11F bounced a second time, to 12ft.

The captain responded by pushing the control column forward again, and then both pilots pulled back, but could not avert a third hard impact - some 4.4g, far above the design load - which ruptured the fuselage aft of the wing and severed fuel lines, sparking an intense fire.

"While the first touchdown resulted in a bounce, the landing was recoverable," said the GACA. "The severity of the subsequent touchdowns was not a consequence of the first touchdown, but primarily a result of the pitch angle during the bounces, which resulted from the actions of both flight crews on the control column."

Lufthansa had a long-established bounced-landing procedure, practised in simulators, which required the pilot to maintain 7.5° pitch and apply go-around thrust.

The GACA inquiry said the reason for the captain's contrary response to the initial touchdown - pushing the control column hard forward - was "unclear".

"One possibility is that the captain did not realise the aircraft had bounced and was attempting to de-rotate the aircraft while assuming the main gear were still on the ground," it said.

It points out that crews on certain aircraft types "may have difficulty" in perceiving a bounce, particularly because the cockpit height above the runway might remain constant, or even decrease.

Neither pilot mentioned handover of control, leading both to make inputs to their control columns and "aggravating" a serious situation, said the GACA, although it acknowledged that the alarm and confusion made the crew's reactions "somewhat easier to understand".

Both pilots survived the 27 July 2010 accident, despite the severe structural damage to the MD-11F (D-ALCQ), which veered off the left side of runway 33L and was consumed by the blaze.

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[textarea]Lufthansa to cut 3,500 office jobs

Lufthansa AG says it will shed 3,500 office jobs to cut costs and boost lagging profits.

The news on Thursday follows the announcement of $521 million loss in the first quarter because of higher fuel costs and taxes.

The company said it would achieve the workforce reduction "in the coming years" by combining redundant functions and dropping "activities that do not create added value for our customers." Some functions could be outsourced, it added.[/textarea]

Full report at http://businesstoday.intoday.in/story/l ... 24568.html

More gloomy news to go with the announcements today re bmibaby and Cimber.
 

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[textarea]Pay dispute strike effectively shuts down Lufthansa

The majority of Lufthansa flights scheduled for today have been cancelled due to a strike over pay.

The German airline said only about 20 of its flights would run as planned, out of more than 1,700 originally scheduled.

Lufthansa warned passengers to expect "massive" flight cancellations and delays that started to affect long-haul flights from yesterday. The airline is offering free alternative bookings.

Flights to and from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Glasgow, Dublin, Aberdeen and Edinburgh will be hit. German airports affected are Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf and Hamburg.

Full Story: http://www.travelweekly.co.uk/Articles/ ... hansa.html[/textarea]
 

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Lufthansa confirms huge Airbus, Boeing jet order

(Reuters) - Deutsche Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) unveiled a $19 billion order for 59 wide-body jets On Thursday, split between Airbus (EAD.PA) and Boeing (BA.N) to replace its ageing fleet as it fights to win customers from fast-growing Middle East and low-cost rivals...


....Lufthansa said the order for 34 Boeing 777-9X and 25 Airbus A350-900 jets, which the supervisory board had approved on Wednesday, would help it cut fuel consumption and shrink unit costs by about 20 percent compared with old aircraft models.
Full article: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/09/1 ... 9T20130919
 

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Translated with Google.

Lufthansa after profit warning on their Wings family

FRANKFURT - Lufthansa is under its new CEO Carsten Spohr on an expansion of budget flight offer. "Lufthansa is in the point-to-point traffic within Europe, the number three be," Spohr said on Wednesday. "That's for me in focus." Cheap long distance Spohr may want to offer with Turkish Airlines. Lufthansa will strengthen geared to self-pay patients Wings concept, Spohr put the first waypoint of his term. German Wings, Wings euro and a project under the working title "Wings / Interkont" to keep the Group fit for the Spohr one last profit warning had to issue. German Wings going as planned grow to 60 aircraft. Euro Wings imagine their fleet of 23 CRJ completely on Airbus A320 will fly to and from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium. Next year Euro Wings to deploy first two to four A320s in Basel, their first base for pan-European lines. "Swiss will withdraw from Basel and Euro Wings left to the market," said Spohr. In Basel Euro Wings hits directly on Easyjet, which suggests putting a price war.
Full article: http://www.aero.de/news-19928/Lufthansa ... milie.html
 

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Lufthansa pilots are due to go on strike tomorrow.

The airline is making an eleventh-hour court appeal to try to halt a planned pilots' strike. The airline expects extensive delays and cancellations if the planned strike goes ahead.
 

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Reported in Business Traveler that Lufthansa are to modify their new colour scheme only three weeks after launching it as apparently it's the wrong sort of blue which appears almost black in poor weather conditions.
Most un German like mistake.
 

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Reported in Business Traveler that Lufthansa are to modify their new colour scheme only three weeks after launching it as apparently it's the wrong sort of blue which appears almost black in poor weather conditions.
Most un German like mistake.
The updated colours (or colour if you don't count white) have been rolled out on a 747. The logo on the tail has also been made larger.



(Image from Lufthansa Twitter)
 

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Two fascinating videos from the flight deck of a Lufthansa A350.

The first is approach and landing into Boston, the second is the full flight from Munich to Tokyo starting with the crew briefing. Well worth a look (y)

Boston


Munich to Tokyo

 

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Just booked my first flight with Lufthansa! Frankfurt to Heathrow on the A320neo!
 

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German carriers don't have a great reputation within Germany so the news Brussels Airlines will not be integrated doesn't come as any great surprise to me.
 

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Eurowings does seem to be a problem for them and it's very good that the Brussels airlines brand will survive!
 

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