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FORMED AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1955. WAS FOUNDED AS LUFTTRANSPORT UNION, AND PRESENT NAME WAS ADOPTED IN 1956. DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
HALLE 8, FLUGHAFEN,
D-40474 DUSSELDORF, GERMANY
Germany (Federal Republic of Germany) was established in 1949, it covers an area of 356,945 sq km, its population is 85 million, its capital city is Berlin, and its official language is German.
OCTOBER 1995: OWNS (LTS), AND 25% (LTE).
TO >70 DESTINATIONS.
NEW ROUTES TO CAYO LARGO, HOLGUIN, MUNICH, TO DURBAN, CAPE TOWN, TEL AVIV, AND OVDA.
JANUARY 1996: 1995 = +9.3% RPK (TRAFFIC), +5.6% PASSENGERS (PAX), +18.1% FTK (FREIGHT TRAFFIC).
MARCH 1996: NEW ROUTE TO PHOENIX, ARIZONA, & CODE SHARE WITH AIR NEW ZEALAND (ANZ), FRANKFURT TO LOS ANGELES (LAX).
APRIL 1996: 1 L-1011-500, LEASED TO RICH INTERNATIONAL AIRWAYS (RIH). 1 757-200 (RR), & 1 767-300ER (PW4060) DELIVERIES.
JANUARY 1997: NEW ROUTE TO SAN FRANCISCO (SFO). CODE SHARE WITH AIR NEW ZEALAND (ANZ), FROM FRANKFURT, TO PHOENIX, AND LOS ANGELES (LAX). TO EXPAND IN SUMMER, TO BERGEN, & LAKSELV, NORWAY, & SCHEDULED SERVICE TO LUXOR, AND AGADIR (MOROCCO).
APRIL 1997: 1 A330-300 (PW4168) DELIVERY.
MAY 1997: 4,000 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 1,800 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 800 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
1 A330-322 (095), TO SKYSERVICE (SKB), (ILF) LEASED.
JULY 1997: OFFICIAL START OF (LTU) AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE COMPANY. ALL (LTS) TECHNICAL PERSONNEL, TO MOVE BY 11/97.
TO DENVER, AND PUERTO VALLARTA, VIA FORT MYERS, FLORIDA, IN WINTER. ALSO, NEW SERVICE TO UTAPAO (THAILAND), FROM DUSSELDORF, BERLIN, AND MUNICH, AND TO COLOMBO (SRI LANKA), FROM BERLIN, STUTTGART & HANNOVER.
1996 = $70M (-13.7%): 6.9M PAX (+6.9%), 85.6% LF (+1).
TO REDUCE CAPACITY (ASK)'S BY -11%, & CEASE MD-11 OPERATIONS. LEAVES 757'S, 767'S, & A300'S.
OCTOBER 1997: IN 12/97, TO OPERATE NONSTOP TO DENVER (767).
180 MINUTES EXTENDED TWIN-ENGINE OPERATIONS (ETOPS): 757: 1,068 FLIGHTS OVER ATLANTIC, & INDIAN OCEAN; 767 FLIGHTS/MONTH: 120 OVER NORTH ATLANTIC & 17 OVER INDIAN OCEAN, ASIA, INDONESIA, & AFRICA.
NOVEMBER 1997: SOLD ITS 4 MD-11'S TO SWISSAIR (SWS) (DELIVERY 4TH Q 1998).
DECEMBER 1997: HELMUT HIMMELREICH, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR, NOW ALSO MANAGER AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE (LTM) MUNICH. ROY EGERTON, MANAGER PRODUCTION PLANNING & CONTROL; HEINRICH LINDAUER, MANAGER LINE MAINTENANCE; FRANK ROSE, MANAGER BASE MAINTENANCE. JOHANN WILD, FORMER (LTS) TECHNICAL DIRECTOR; & HERMANN KRANABETTER, QUALITY CONTROL MANAGER; ARE NO LONGER WITH THE COMPANY.
4 MD-11'S SOLD TO SWISSAIR (SWS) FOR DELIVERY 11/98, WILL BE REPLACED BY +1 757, & +2 767-300ER'S.
MARCH 1998: "PALMA EXPRESS SHUTTLE" (MD-11 & A330).
APRIL 1998: 5,254 EMPLOYEES.
MAY 1998: JOERG ERDMANN, MANAGER MAINTENANCE. REIHNHARD DORKA, 767 FLEET MANAGER.
CODE SHARE WITH AIR NAMIBIA (NAM).
JUNE 1998: NEW ROUTE TO TROMSO, NORWAY.
SWISSAIR NEGOTIATION FOR 34% OF (LTU), FROM WESTLB, GERMANY.
JULY 1998: (ETOPS) 180 MINUTES FLIGHTS/MONTH (TOTAL): 10 757 = (1,380) ATLANTIC, INDIAN OCEAN, ASIA; 5 767 = 61 (2,471) AFRICA, INDIAN OCEAN, ASIA, INDONESIA, 143 (4,927) ATLANTIC.
AUGUST 1998: 767'S IN 11/98, TO BE CONFIGURED ON SELECTED LONG-HAUL SERVICE, WITH "1ST COMFORT PREMIUM SERVICE" INCLUDING 3 ROWS OF 2-2-2 SEATING, WITH 42 INS PITCH, & 5-COURSE MEALS.
SWISSAIR GROUP NEGOTIATING FOR 34.7% STAKE IN (LTU).
SEPTEMBER 1998: TO START SERVICE TO TOKYO (767-300ER), IN 3/99.
SWISSAIR (SWS) ACQUIRES 49.9% STAKE IN (LTU), FOR $295M.
1 767-3G5ER (720-29435) DELIVERY (PW4060).
OCTOBER 1998: 5 ORDERS A320-200'S, (ILF) LEASED. 1 A300-300, WET-LEASED, FOR USE AS A SPARE AIRPLANE. 1 737-700, GERMANIA (GER) WET-LEASED FOR WINTER & 2 ORDERS 737-700'S, (GER) WET-LEASED FOR SUMMER SEASON. 1 A330-322 (PW4168) (143), EX-MALAYSIA AIRLINES (MAS), (ILF) 29 MONTH LEASED. 1 757-2G5 (830-29488) DELIVERY.
(ETOPS) 180 MINUTES FLIGHTS/MONTH (TOTAL FLIGHTS) = 10 757: ATLANTIC, ASIA, INDIAN OCEAN (1,380); 6 767: NORTH ATLANTIC 143 (5,356); INDIAN OCEAN, ASIA, INDONESIA, AFRICA 61 (2,654).
NOVEMBER 1998: 4 MD-11'S TO SWISSAIR (SWS). 757-200 (834-29489) DELIVERY.
DECEMBER 1998: A320-212 (190), EX-NOVAIR (NOO), GATX (NGK) LEASED.
FEBRUARY 1999: SWISSAIR (SWS) APPOINTS PETER FRANKHAUSER, CEO, (LTU) GROUP; & PETER HASLEBACHER, CO-MANAGING DIRECTOR, (LTU).
6 737-700, GERMANIA (GER) 2 YEAR WET-LEASED, 3 YEARS DRY.
APRIL 1999: 5,305 EMPLOYEES. (http://www.ltu.de).
DR KLAUS WEIRICH, DIRECTOR CONTROLLER, MANAGING DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE.
ALL 6 737-700'S (28101; 28105; 28106; 28107; 28108; 28110) DELIVERED.
MAY 1999: SAAD KHEDHER, DEPUTY TECHNICAL DIRECTOR, RESPONSIBLE TO COORDINATE MAINTENANCE WITHIN VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS.
737-700 (D-AGEL), GERMANIA (GER) LEASED, HAS GREEN TAIL, WITH TOUR OPERATOR "JAHN-REISEN" LOGO. 1 A320, (ILF) 5 YEAR LEASED (V2500) (530), EX-SAETA (SAE).
JULY 1999: SIGNS UP FOR BOEING ON-LINE DATA (BOLD), AND THE PORTABLE MAINTENANCE AID (PMA).
AUGUST 1999: THIS WINTER, TO CODE SHARE WITH AERO LLOYD (ACH), TO MURCIA, AND NAPLES.
SEPTEMBER 1999: WILL PROVIDE europebyair.com passengers WITH DAILY FLIGHTS, TO ALICANTE, MALAGA, IBIZA, AND PALMA DE MALLORCA. europebyair.com HAS THE MOST EXTENSIVE, ALL-AIRLINE PASS, PROVIDING 125 DESTINATIONS, IN EUROPE.
1 ORDER (10/99) 767-33AER, LAUDA AIR ITALY (LDI), LEASED FOR 5 MONTHS (591, OE-LAS).
NOVEMBER 1999: 1998 NET PROFIT, NOW CONSOLIDATED UNDER SAIRGROUP'S REPORT: +15% RPK, 1.46M PAX (+23%), WITH SPAIN AS MAIN DESTINATION.
IN 5/00, FRANKFURT, NONSTOP TO FORT MYERS, FLORIDA (A330, WEEKLY).
6/6 ORDERS (12/01) A320'S.
DECEMBER 1999: 3 757-2G5'S (23118; 23119; 23651), TRANSFERRED FROM (LTE). SOLD 11 757'S TO UNICAPITAL, AND LEASED BACK.
JANUARY 2000: IN 4/00, MUNICH - LOS ANGELES (LAX), MUNICH - CHONQING, BREMEN - PALMA, LEIPZIG - PALMA, LEIPZIG - ANTALYA, & FRANKFURT - BRINDISI.
1 757-200ER, PEGASUS (PSS) LEASED.
FEBRUARY 2000: IN 5/00, TO TORONTO, NONSTOP (A330-300, 2/WEEK).
HEINRICH LINDAUER, MAINTENANCE MANAGER (MUNICH) RESIGNED.
MARCH 2000: IN 5/00, TO TORONTO (2/WEEK).
APRIL 2000: PETER HASLEBACHER, GENERAL MANAGER CONTRACTS.
IN 5/00, TO CHONGQING.
5,200 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 364 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 1,454 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 351 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
757-2G5 (26278), RETURNED TO (ILF).
MAY 2000: 18 ORDERS A320'S (FAMILY), & 7 ORDERS A330-200'S, TO HAVE AN ALL-AIRBUS FLEET BY END OF 2003, (ILF) 10 YEAR LEASED, INCLUDING PURCHASE AND LEASE BACK OF 1 A330-300, & 4 767-300ER'S, UNTIL A330-200'S ARE DELIVERED IN 11/01. 2 ORDERS (4/01) A320'S, GECAS (GEH) LEASED. PHASE OUT OF 757'S STARTING 10/00, WITH 2 TO 3 AIRPLANES, LEAVING EVERY YEAR, TIL 2003, WHEN REMAINING AIRPLANES WILL LEAVE. 767'S TO BE PHASED OUT STARTING 1/02, WITH 1 EVERY 2 MONTHS, ALL GONE BY END OF 2002.
JULY 2000: ALBERT IRSARA, QUALITY ASSURANCE MANAGER.
1999 = -$112.95M: 22.1B RPK; 7.4M PAX; 5,200 EMPLOYEES (+80.8%).
AUGUST 2000: GERMAN RETAIL & TRAVEL GIANT, REWE, TAKES OVER 100% OF (LTU) TOURISTIK, TO BECOME 2ND LARGEST, TOURISM CONCERN, IN GERMANY, WITH ANNUAL SALES OF $7B. (LTU) WILL BE RETAINED AS A SEPARATE ENTITY. SAIRGROUP (SWS), WHICH HELD 49.9% OF GROUP, NOW ONLY OWNS 49.9% OF THE AIRLINE, (LTU). REWE OWNS 40% OF AIRLINE. 10.1% IS HELD BY WESTDEUTSCHE LANDESBANK.
(LTU) IS PROJECTED TO LOSE $116M, IN 2000 (-$116M).
SEPTEMBER 2000: IN 12/00, TO NAIROBI.
OCTOBER 2000: WET-LEASE OF 6 737-700'S FROM GERMANIA (GER) ENDED.
DECEMBER 2000: CODE SHARE WITH SABENA (SAB), FROM DUSSELDORF, FRANKFURT, MUNICH, & STUTTGART, TO BRUSSELS.
3 757-2G5'S (36-23118; 51-23119; 116-23651), TRANSFERRED TO (LTE). 1 ORDER (2/01) A320-200 (CFM56-5B4), & 1 ORDER (5/01) A330-200 (PW4168A), CIT AEROSPACE (TCI) LEASED.
JANUARY 2001: IN 4/01, TO CHANIA, LUXOR, ISTANBUL, REYKJAVIK, & TENERIFE - NORTE. MUNICH - YEYKJAVIK. FRANKFURT - ARAXOS (757-200).
1 A330-300 (171) RETURNED TO (TCI), LEASED TO SKYSERVICE (SKB), IN 5/01.
FEBRUARY 2001: (LOI) 3 ORDERS (8/01) A320'S, FLIGHTLEASED (FLL). 1 A320-214 (1385, D-ALTB), (TCI) LEASED.
MARCH 2001: STEN DAUGAARD, PRESIDENT & CEO, (LTU) HOLDINGS, REPLACING DR PETER FRANKHAUSER.
IN 4/01, (LTU) MAINTENANCE ORGANIZATION, WILL CEASE TO EXIST. 50% OF MAINTENANCE STAFF AT MUNICH, WILL BE LAID OFF. WILL ONLY EXIST AS LINE MAINTENANCE STATION.
1 A330-322 (143), TO BE LEASED IN 4/01, TO SKYSERVICE (SKB), FOR SUBSIDIARY, ROOTS AIR OPERATIONS.
APRIL 2001: 2000 = -$196M.
5,200 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 364 FC, 1,454 CA, & 351 MT).
2 757-225'S RETURNED TO LESSOR, LEASED TO ATLAS INTERNATIONAL, ISTANBUL, A NEW AIRLINE ATLASJET (ABE), WITH (LTU) CONTRACT TO PROVIDE "A" & "C" CHECKS MAINTENANCE.
2 ORDERS (6/03) A321 (CFM56-5B). 1 A320 (CFM56-5) (1441), (GEF) 10 YEAR LEASED.
MAY 2001: CHARTER FLIGHTS, BASEL TO PUERTO PLATA, FOR FLY FTI (FTZ). THESE FLIGHTS WERE PREVIOUSLY FLOWN BY BRITANNIA (BRI).
2 A330-322'S (143; 171) RETURNED TO CIT AEROSPACE (TCI).
JUNE 2001: OPERATES 767 ON BEHALF OF FROSCH TOURISTIK FOR THE SUMMER SEASON. 1 A320-214, (GEF) 10 YEAR LEASED (1493, D-ALTD). 737-4K5 (1715-24128) RETURNED TO DEFAG, LEASED TO BLUE PANORAMA AIRLINES (BPA).
JULY 2001: WILL START TO RETURN ITS 757'S, TO LESSORS, IN 9/01 (3 IN 2001, 2 IN 2002, & 4 IN 2003). 1 A320-214 (1504, D-ALTE) DELIVERY. 3RD 757-2G5 (23983) TO (GAX), LEASED TO ATLASJET INTERNATIONAL (ABE).
AUGUST 2001: SWISSAIR (SWS) 49% OWNER OF (LTU), INJECTS # EUR 300M, INTO ITS SUBSIDIARY.
SEPTEMBER 2001: 1 737-4K5 (1715-24128, D-AHLO), EX-HAPAG LLOYD (HAP), DEFAG LEASED.
OCTOBER 2001: A320-214 (1553, D-ALTF), (GAX)/(FLL) LEASED.
NOVEMBER 2001: PROVIDES RESTRUCTURING PLAN TO GOVERNMENT, TO GET $139M GOVERNMENT LOAN GUARANTEE, TO HELP (LTU) TO SURVIVE, AFTER SWISSAIR (SWS), WHO OWN 49.9%, WENT BANKRUPT. VARIOUS MEDIA, SPECULATE (LTU), WILL FALL INTO BANKRUPTCY. LATER, REWE AG, WHO OWN 40% OF (LTU), GIVES AIRLINE AN UNSPECIFIED CAPITAL INJECTION, WHILE THE STATE GOVERNMENT OF NORDRHEIN-WESTFALEN, WILL PROVIDE A GUARANTEE OF $91M. STADTPARKASSE DUSSELDORF ASSUMES 49.9% OWNERSHIP.
WINTER SERVICE CHARTER FLIGHTS TO PUERTO PLATA, PUNTA CANA, AND VARADERO, FROM BERLIN (SCHONEFELD), AND LEIPZIG.
1 A330-223 (432, D-ALPB), (ILF) LEASED.
DECEMBER 2001: PLANS WEEKLY SERVICE TO TOKYO NARITA.
767-3G5ER (PW4060) (24257) RETURNED TO (ILF). 1 A321-211 (1629, D-ALSA) DELIVERY.
JANUARY 2002: IN 3/02, TO BEIRUT, FOR ARABICA.
FEBRUARY 2002: (http://www.ltu.de). (email@example.com)
SITA: DUSXRLT. (TELEPHONE: (211) 941 88 88). (FAX: (211) 941 88 81).
April 2002: 4 767-3G5ER's (PW4062) (24257; 24258; 24259; 25531), returned to (ILF), leased to Hawaiian Airlines (HWI). A320-232 (530) returned to (ILF).
June 2002: 2 A320-214's (1797, D-ALTH; 1806, D-ALTI), Tyco (TCI) leased.
August 2002: Canceled 1 A320 order. A320-214 (1838, D-ALTJ) delivery.
September 2002: 1 A330-223 (493, D-ALPG), (ILF) leased.
October 2002: Leipzig to Punta Cana (weekly); and Munich to Cancun (weekly). In 11/02, Munich to Puerto Plata (weekly); Berlin (SXF) to Puerto Plata (weekly); & Munich to Punta Cana.
A330-322 (072, D-AERG), returned to (ILF), leased to Iberworld (IBW).
November 2002: In 12/02, Stuttgart - Hahn - Arvidsjaur (A320, charters, 2/week); 1/03, Munich - Hannover - Arvidsjaur (A320 charter 2/week); & 3/03, to Lamezia Terme, Moscow (Sheremetyevo), Paphos, St Petersburg, Tivat, and Tunis.
A330-322 (087, D-AERH) returned to (ILF), leased to Skyservice (SKB). 2 757-2G5's (24451; 24497), returned to (GAX), leased to Electra (ELC).
December 2002: In 10/03, will base 1 A330-200 in Vienna, to cater to Austrian tour operators.
A320-232 (530), returned to (ILF), leased to Blue Wings (BLW).
January 20003: Projects 2002= -# EUR 50M (-# EUR 150M).
Acquires Lufthansa Flight Training (LFT), onboard "multifunction laptop" product, "SkyBook", designed to bring fltdeck crews a lot closer to realizing the vision of a paperless cockpit. Along with the EFRAS system developed by Condor (CDF)/Thomas Cook, described as an advanced universal performance calculator, SkyBook makes all important flight documents available at a press of a button. (LFT)'s computer-based training programs also can be accessed. Pilots can update the info stored in SkyBook 24 hours a day, at stationary terminals or via the Internet.
February 2003: In 6/03, Dusseldorf - Beirut (weekly).
A320-200 (D-ALTB) wears the name and club logo of German Bundesliga soccer team "Borussia Munchengladbach," whilst (D-ALTD), has "Hertha BSC Berlin."
A320-214 (1931, D-ALTK), delivery.
March 2003: European Commission (EC) OKs # EUR 100m/$106M in state funding guarantees in 4 installments stretching through 2008, from German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, which bears 80% liability of (LTU).
May 2003: 757-2G5 (173-24176, D-AMUY) returned to GATX (GAX). A320-214 (2009, D-ALTL) delivery.
June 2003: A321-211 (1994, D-ALSB) delivery.
July 2003: 2,300 employees (including 332 FC, 1,243 CA, & 400 MT).
4Q/03 Dusseldorf - Cape Town/ - Montego Bay/ - La Romana, Dominican Republic (A330-200, weekly).
3rd A321-211 (2005, D-ALSC) delivery. Now only operates an Airbus fleet.
August 2003: Takes over 100% of Leisure Cargo GmbH, Dusseldorf, as a joint venture with Swiss Cargo. Leisure Cargo, headed by Ralf Auslander, markets belly hold capacity of the combined 75 airplanes of (LTU), Air Europe (ARE), Sobelair (SBL), Belair (BLB), Iberworld (IBW), Volare Airlines (VLR), East African Safari Airlines (EFZ), and Islas Airways. The company operates from Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, and Munich with 78 subagents worldwide.
1st flight Dusseldorf to Kabul, Afghanistan in more than two decades (A330-200, weekly, technical stop in Dubai on return). In 11/03, Frankfurt - Mombasa (weekly). Munich - Mombasa (weekly). Dusseldorf - Casablanca, Kayseri, & Nador. Dusseldorf - Bangkok (weekly), to Romana (weekly), and to Montego Bay (weekly).
September 2003: Dusseldorf - Chongqing (A330, weekly). In 4/04, Dusseldorf - Beijing, Shanghai (Pudong), & Vancouver.
2002 = 16.10B RPK (-10.6%); -8.9% ASK; 86% LF (+.5); 5.7M PAX(-10.9%); 110M FTK (-12.1%); 2,200 EMPLOYEES (-4.3%).
2002 TOP WORLD AIRLINES PASSENGER TRAFFIC RPK (B):
40 (BRI) 18.43; 41 (ARO) 17.65; 42 (CDF) 17.41; 43 (AUL) 17.34; 44 (AAR) 17.33; 45 (GIA) 16.72; 46 (THY) 16.59; 47 (ATZ) 16.30; 48 (LTU) 16.10; 49 (JAS) 15.90; 50 (HAP) 14.40; 51 (JMA) 13.97; 52 (PAL) 13.52.
October 2003: In 11/03, Dusseldorf - Montego Bay (weekly). Will base 2 A320's in Vienna in summer 2004 for operations on behalf of ITS-Billa.
Sten Daugaard, resigned after a series of disagreements with fellow director Jurgen Marbach.
757-2G5 (830-29488, D-AMUG; 708-28112), leased to Air Astana (AKZ).
November 2003: Vienna - Las Palmas/Tenerife (TFS) (A320, weekly charter). In 4/04, Dusseldorf to Beijing, Shanghai, and Vancouver. Vienna to Antalya, Arrecife, Fuerteventura, Hurghada, Ibiza, Irakleion, Kavalla, Karpathos, Corfu, Kos, Las Palmas, Monastir, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodos, Samos, Sharm el Sheikh, Tenerife (TFS), Thessaloniki, & Zakynthos. Linz to Ibiza, Irakleion, Kerkyra, Kos, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodos, Thessaloniki, & Zajynthos. In 5/04, Munich - Miami (weekly).
January 2004: Maastricht - Malmo (Sturup) (A320, 2/day, for JetSky operations).
March 2004: Dusseldorf - Vancouver (A330-200, weekly). In 5/04, Munich - Miami (A330-200, weekly).
A320-214 (1504, D-ALTE) transferred to LTU Austria.
April 2004: 10-year contract with Snecma Services for maintenance of (CFM56-5B)'s for 15 A320's & A321's, including scheduled & unscheduled shop visits, engineering support, and on-wing support.
1 A321-211 (CFM56-5B3/P) (1451), ex-Volare Airlines (VLR), SALE (SIL) leased.
May 2004: Launches subsidiary, LTU AUSTRIA, headed by Gerhard Begher, CEO, by operating an A320-214 (1504, /01 OE-LTU), for Billa, an Austrian supermarket chain with its own travel agency (Telephone: +43 662 40 88 80), (FAX: +43 662 40 88 44). Flights are offered from Vienna, Salzburg, Linz, and Graz, to 19 points in the Mediterranean, Red Sea, and the Canary islands, and a 2nd A320 will be added in 10/04. The new operation called LTU BILLA is expected to be worth 100K passengers/year for revenue of # EUR 20M.
July 2004: 2003 = 15.5B RPK (+.6%); 83.3% LF; 5.7M PAX (+1.8%); 100K FTK.
October 2004: Dublin to Cape Town (A330-200, weekly charter for Slattery Travel) through 4/05. In 5/05, Dusseldorf - New York (JFK) (A330-200, 6/week). Code share with Air Mauritius (MAU), Mauritius to Dusseldorf, Munich, & Frankfurt.
November 2004: Munich - Fort Myers (RSW) - Miami - Munich (weekly).
May 2005: (LTU) International Airways is a principal German holiday airline, providing scheduled and charter holiday flights to the Mediterranean basin, and further afield to the America's, East Africa, South Africa, and the Far East.
2,610 employees (including 338 Flight Crew (FC); 1,368 Cabin Attendants (CA; & 400 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).
(IATA) Code: LT - 266. (ICAO) Code: LTU - LTU.
Parent organization/shareholders: VBE Beteiligungsgesellschaft (49.9%); Rewe Touristik (40%); & CKA (10.1%).
Alliances: Air Mauritius (MAU).
Main Base: Dusseldorf International (DUS). SITA: DUSXRLT.
Hub: Munich International (MUC).
Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Berlin; Cologne; Dusseldorf; Frankfurt; Hamburg; Leipzig/Halle; Munich; & Stuttgart.
International, Scheduled Destinations: Agadir; Alicante; Almeria; Antalya; Athens; Bangkok; Beijing; Calgary; Cancun; Cape Town; Catania; Columbo; Djerba; Faro; Fort Myers; Fuerteventura; Funchal; Havana; Holguin; Hurghada; Ibiza; La Roman; Lanzarote; Las Palmas; Lisbon; Luxor; Malaga; Male; Miami; Mombasa; Monastir; Montego Bay; Orlando; Palma de Mallorca; Phuket; Puerto Plata; Punta Cana; Santa Cruz de la Palma; Seville; Sharm el Sheikh; Tenerife; Thessaloniki; Varadero; Vienna; & Windhoek.
A330-322 (171, D-AERS), CIT Group (TCI) leased.
June 2005: Will offer low-fare scheduled service under the brand "City Quickies" by 11/05.
2,610 employees (+24.3%).
November 2005: (LTU) German Airlines will increase frequencies to Vancouver and Los Angeles to 3X weekly. (LTU) will increase the frequency of Dusseldorf - New York (JFK) service from 6 flights a week, operated this past summer, to daily service the next summer. For the winter the airline operated 5 flights a week, daily ex Wed/Sat, and from June 17th the flight will operate every day with an A330.
December 2005: (LTU) German Airlines plans to grow at a rate of +3% - +5% per year and add a new airplane every year. Most of the growth will be on long-haul sectors on which the carrier earns around 50% of its total turnover. On the medium sectors, (LTU) wants to strengthen its position at its Dusseldorf base and continue with its low-fare segment, (LTU) "City-Quickies," which operates to sun destinations such as the Balearic Islands. It has suspended thrice-daily service between Dusseldorf and Vienna.
(LTU) will resume Dusseldorf to Toronto service on Jun 15th however the seasonal summer service will become year-round and continue through the 2006 - 2007 winter schedule. The airline will operate 2 flights a week, on Tue/Thu, using an A330-200.
(LTU), which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year and currently operates a fleet of 26 airplanes (11 A320s, 4 A321s and 11 A330s), announced it plans to add 1 airplane to its fleet in each of the coming years.
Pelesys Learning Systems signed with (LTU) of Germany to provide Web-based training courseware for the next five years. It also signed to deliver its recurrent training program to Emirates Airlines (EAD).
February 2006: Lufthansa (DLH) denied rumors that it has plans to take over troubled German leisure airline (LTU) and transform it into a long-haul, low-cost carrier based in Dusseldorf. "That really does not fit into our concept. Lufthansa (DLH) has enough capacity available, also on long-haul routes," a spokesperson said. (LTU), which has struggled financially over the past few years, is 40% owned by Rewe, which said the airline is no longer part of its core business. It operates nine A320s, four A321s and 11 A330-200s/-300s and flies to 81 destinations. It also has two A320s dedicated to its Austrian subsidiary (LTU) Billa.
dba (DBA), days after announcing that it doubled its capital through the sale of a 25.1% stake to investor Lutz Helmig, acquired a 60% share of charter carrier (LTU) through majority owner Hans Rudolf Woehrl's Intro Verwaltungs investment group, creating a low-cost alliance it hopes can compete with Lufthansa (DLH). (DBA) will handle domestic operations in Germany while Dusseldorf-based (LTU) will focus on international services. The remaining 40% of (LTU) will continue to be held by German firm Rewe Group and the two airlines do not plan to merge. "Inasmuch as both companies have an outstanding infrastructure for their differing business models, it would be pointless to change anything," Intro CEO Peter Oncken said. The value of the deal was not released.
(LTU) said in a statement that the carriers' route networks "dovetail ideally" with one another and that even though (LTU) has been struggling financially, (DBA) considered the charter airline a valuable asset. "Although the company has suffered serious losses in recent years, these losses are attributable to anemic value creation rather than faulty strategy," Woehrl said in a statement, adding that no layoffs will be required "if (LTU)'s personnel support the required restructuring measures in a proactive and flexible manner."
The carrier operates a fleet of nine A320-200s, four A321-200s, seven A330-200s and four A330-300s and flies to North America with a concentration in the Caribbean, southern Africa, Thailand, Sri Lanka and a host of destinations throughout the Mediterranean. Supervisory board Chairman Wolfgang van Betteray, who holds 49.9% of the airline, said, "(DBA) is the ideal partner for (LTU)."
April 2006: (LTU) will operate one of its three weekly Dusseldorf - Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) flights and its weekly Munich - (RSW) flight as nonstops effective May 2 and 3 respectively, dropping the Miami stopover prior to arrival at (RSW). (LTU) will upgrade its Munich to Miami route from direct to nonstop service on May 4th. The current flight on Wednesdays making a stopover, will go nonstop on Thursdays using an A330. (LTU) will upgrade its Dusseldorf to Miami route. Currently, the Fridau flight operates nonstop, however, the Tuesday flight makes a stop. From May 3rd, that flight will switch to Wednesdays and operate nonstop. Both flights will continue to operate with an A330.
Munich Airport (MUN) claimed that (IATA) used partial and misleading data to buttress its claim that Munich is among Europe's costliest airports in its call for tougher regulation of airport charges. (MUN) did not dispute that passenger fees rose +26% between 2001 and 2004, as stated by (IATA); however, "airplane landing fees based on airplane weight and type decreased by -17% during the same period, [the] result of a new landing fee pricing structure requested by airlines serving Munich Airport." Using the example of a 737-300 carrying 104 passengers and weighing 63 tonnes flying within the (EU), (MUN) said that "total passenger and airplane landing fees . . . only increased +5.7% between 2001 and 2004," or an average annual rate of +1.9%.
A330-223 (739, D-ALPH), (ILF) leased.
May 2006: (LTU) German Airlines unveiled a new strategy focused on long-haul routes and business travelers. The carrier will concentrate on its Munich and Dusseldorf hubs, where partner (DBA) will provide feeder services for domestic routes. (DBA) acquired a 60% share of (LTU) in February. According to the new plan, which (LTU) hopes to begin implementing late this year, it will add one A330-200 to its fleet per year. It currently operates seven A330-200s, four A330-300s and 15 A320s/A321s. (LTU) said it is seeking to cut annual costs by -€45 million/-$56.8 million this year and is in talks with unions representing its workers on potential cost-saving plans. It said reduced costs also could come from increased synergies with (DBA) and greater operating efficiency.
(LTU) will double the frequency on its Dusseldorf to Istanbul route from 1 to 2 flights a week from June 28th. The airline will add a Wed nesday service to its current Saturday service, both operated with an A330. The Wednesday flight will operate through September 6th. Then on November 1st, (LTU) will go to 6 flights a week on the route, daily except Saturdays, operated with an A320. (LTU) will increase the frequency on its Dusseldorf to Naples route from 1 to 5 flights a week on November 1st. Currently, for the summer season, the airline is operating a Saturday flight only with a mix of A320, A321 and A330s. On November 1st, the airline will operate daily except Tuesdays & Thursdays, using an A320. (LTU) will increase the frequency on its Munich to Palma route from 4 to 7 flights a week on November 1st, at the same time the airline will upgrade capacity from the current A320 to a daily A321 flight. (LTU) will increase the frequency on its Munich to Alicante route from 2 to 3 flights a week on November 1st. To the current Fridays & Sundays flights, (LTU) will add a Wednesday flight. Most will be operated with A320s. (LTU) will increase the frequency on its Munich to Thessaloniki route from 1 direct flight to 2 nonstop flights a week on November 1st. The airline will operate flights on Wednesdays & Sundays using an A320.
June 2006: Dba (DBA) purchased the remaining 40% stake in (LTU) German Airlines held by Rewe Group through the Intro Verwaultungs investment concern, belonging to Hans Rudolf Woehrl, dba (DBA)'s largest shareholder. Intro now owns 100% of (LTU), having acquired a 60% share of the struggling charter carrier in a deal announced in February. Woehrl will face difficulties attempting to implement a -€45 million/-$57.3 million cost-cutting program at (LTU). According to Handelsblatt, (LTU) employees are unwilling to agree to a further -€15 million in salary cuts. Unions reportedly want to have a clearer picture of (LTU)'s future before discussing more concessions. The airline is struggling with high fuel costs and increasing pressure from low-cost carriers. It still has room to expand its network, however.
From the start of the winter season on November 2nd, it will offer services to Bangkok from Munich (thrice-weekly using an A330-200 departing Munich on Mondays, Thursdays, & Saturdays and Bangkok on Tuesdays, Fridays, & Sundays) and Dusseldorf (DUS) (four-times-weekly) and a weekly (DUS) - Samana, Dominican Republic, flight.
(LTU) owner Hans Rudolf Woehrl does not see much likelihood that the troubled leisure airline will achieve a breakeven operating result this year, after he was unable to reach agreement with the carrier's unions on wage cuts he proposed. He is seeking to reduce costs by -€45 million/-$57.3 million, including -€15 million in salary cuts. According to Die Welt, Woehrl has not ruled out layoffs as a way to lower costs. Insiders believe that with 2,800 employees, (LTU) is overstaffed for its size. It carries around 5.6 million passengers a year. Woehrl, who personally holds 76% of the airline and also owns dba (DBA), does not believe (LTU) is on the endangered list. "That situation will not kill (LTU)," he told Die Welt, adding that his goal is to be profitable in 2007.
July 2006: Germany's leading carriers, in an effort to strengthen their lobbying position with political and economic institutions, have transformed the old Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutscher Luftfahrtunternehmen into the Bundesverband der Deutschen Fluggesellschaften (BDF). The new association includes Air Berlin (BER), Condor Airlines (CDF), dba (DBA), Eurowings/Germanwings (RFG), Germania (GER), Hamburg International (HAU), Hapagfly (HAP), (LTU) German Airlines, and Lufthansa (DLH). The carriers operate more than 500 airplanes, employ approximately 100,000 and serve nearly 100 million passengers annually. Air Berlin (BER) CEO, Joachim Hunold was named (BDF) president.
August 2006: (LTU) German Airlines is having difficulty returning to the black and is expecting a -€15 to -€20 million loss for the current business year. (LTU) is generating around -€30 million in savings through synergies with parent dba (DBA) new contracts with suppliers and other initiatives, but will not reach its +€45 million target, because of high fuel prices. Other financial details were not released, but a spokesperson said the carrier expects a +10% increase in annual turnover to €1 billion and a +1.2-point rise in 2006 load factor to 85% LF. It remains focused on extending its long-haul network and plans to add more A330s. "We have a strategic goal to offer more business destinations from Germany," the spokesperson said.
Air Berlin (BER), Germany's second-biggest carrier after Lufthansa (DLH), said that it will take over 100% of dba (DBA), the country's No 3 airline.
The contract was signed in Munich by dba (DBA) owner, Hans Rudolf Woehrl and Air Berlin (BER) CEO, Joachim Hunold after several weeks of secret negotiations and is subject to approval from competition authorities. Dba (DBA) acquired (LTU) German Airlines just two months ago and that carrier is expected to follow its new parent under the (BER) umbrella.
Hunold said the price was "a middle-double-digit euro million deal" and that no capital increase is necessary. He added that the airlines' respective networks fit perfectly with no overlaps. Dba (DBA) will operate independently from Air Berlin (BER) but airplanes will be repainted in (BER)'s white-and-maroon livery and read "powered by dba (DBA)." Martin Gauss and Peter Wojahn will remain as Managing Directors at dba (DBA) and a (BER) spokesperson said that "there is no cutting of staff planned."
Schedules should be integrated fully with the summer timetable starting April 1, with dba (DBA)'s domestic routes folding into (BER)'s European network. Dba (DBA)'s slots at Munich and Dusseldorf, where (BER) could not grow any further, were a critical component of the deal. Additional synergies will be implemented through joint orders, yield management, logistics and the entree for dba (DBA) to 13,000 German travel agencies.
Air Berlin (BER) and dba (DBA) expect to transport 20 million passengers this year and (BER) has no plans to cancel dba (DBA)'s order for 25 737NGs scheduled to begin delivering in 2008, according to the spokesperson, who said that "dba (DBA) got a very good price for that deal from Boeing and we need those airplanes for further growth."
(BER) earned a +€30 million/+$38.4 million profit in the second quarter, Hunold said, following a first quarter in which it lost -€31 million. It operates 58 airplanes and expects a profitable year. Dba (DBA) operates 29 airplanes and transported 4.3 million passengers in its last fiscal year with turnover of €404 million.
(LTU) German Airlines Managing Director, Juergen Marbach said the leisure airline's cooperation with dba (DBA) will continue after the latter is acquired by Air Berlin (BER).
(LTU) will maintain its program of network expansion, focusing on the long-haul side. Marbach said that in the past six months, all synergies with dba (DBA) have been realized with savings expected to reach double-digit million euros.
Air Berlin (BER) partner, Niki Lauda said that (BER) has no plans to take over (LTU), which like dba (DBA) is controlled by Hans Rudolf Woehrl. "I don't believe that makes sense, because [long-haul] is not the core business for Air Berlin (BER)," Lauda said. He added that (BER)'s acquisition of dba (DBA) will benefit his Niki (NKI) Low Cost Carrier (LCC) "because my partner Air Berlin (BER) gets stronger. And that's good for us."
(LTU) German Airlines majority owner, Hans Rudolf Woehrl said he wants to use the proceeds of the sale of dba (DBA) to Air Berlin (BER) to strengthen the financial situation of the Dusseldorf-based leisure carrier. He told Die Welt, that he wants to improve the product, especially in business class. Woehrl is expecting (LTU) to lose -€10 to -€15 million/-$12.9 to -$19.3 million this year. No financial details have been released about the sale of dba (DBA).
September 2006: Lufthansa (DLH) remains in negotiations to sell its 50% stake in tourism firm Thomas Cook (JMA), including leisure carrier Condor Airlines (CDF), to co-owner KarstadtQuelle. Lufthansa (DLH) board member Stefan Lauer confirmed discussions but told journalists last week in Frankfurt that "they are a long way from being finished." The German retailer has been after (DLH)'s holding in Europe's second-largest tourism company for some time. The unit returned to profitability last year, but (DLH) has said Cook (JMA) is not a core business. KarstadtQuelle could pay €800 million for the share, Der Spiegel reported.
The talks open yet another scenario on the recently volatile German airline landscape, which has been altered by Air Berlin (BER)'s acquisition of dba (DBA), and TUI's decision to merge Hapagfly (HAP) and Hapag-Lloyd Express (HLX). (LTU) German Airlines Managing Director, Juergen Marbach was quoted by several German sources as saying that Condor (CDF) and (LTU), which is owned by dba (DBA)'s former owner, the mercurial Hans Rudolf Woehrl, would make ideal partners. An (LTU) spokesperson would not comment on the speculation, but industry insiders say the airlines' networks and business models are complementary. TUI said following the (BER)/dba (DBA) merger that it will evaluate partnerships with other carriers. Condor (CDF) operates 14 A320s, one 757-200, 13 757-300s and nine 767-300ERs. (LTU) has a fleet of nine A320s, four A321s, eight A330-200s and four A330-300s.
October 2006: (LTU) German Airlines said it is expecting its annual loss to be -€25 million/-$31.3 million in 2006, higher than the -€10 --€15 million forecast by majority owner Hans Rudolf Woehrl this summer, but still an improvement over the -€40 million lost in 2005. However, it still is planning to cut costs further by outsourcing its Maintenance 5Repair & Overhaul (MRO) and Information Technology (IT) services.
(LTU) will launch six-times-weekly Dusseldorf - Istanbul service for its summer 2007 schedule and will operate daily services to Malaga, Alicante and Lisbon and a twice-weekly flight to Valencia.
(LTU) will inaugurate nonstop service from Dusseldorf to Las Vegas on May 3rd. The airline will operate a weekly flight on Thursdays using an A330-200. On May 21st, (LTU) will double the frequency to 2 flights a week with the addition of a Monday flight.
LTU) German Airlines added two flights each weekday between Dusseldorf and Munich. Flights will be operated with a mix of A320s, A321s and A330s.
(LTU) wet leased a B Ae 146-300 (E3134, D-AWBA) from WDL - see photo. The airplane can be seen this winter on routes such as Dusseldorf to Lisbon and Dusseldorf to Rome.
November 2006: (LTU) German Airlines has increased the frequency of service to Thailand from just 2 flights a week last month to 9 flights operated on 3 routes as follows:
Dusseldorf to Bangkok, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, & Sundays;
Munich to Bangkok, on Mondays, Thursdays & Saturdays;
Munich to Phuket, on Wednesdays & Sundays
All flights are operated with A330-200s.
December 2006: A321-211 wet-leased to Antrak Air (ABV) for Accra to Dusseldorf weekly service.
January 2007: Air Madrid (AMD), which declared bankruptcy and suspended operations last month, was unable to reach a rescue deal with Germany's (LTU), but remains confident a buyer will emerge, according to Spanish press reports cited by "AFX News."
(LTU) German Airlines wants to take over certain Latin American routes belonging to Air Madrid (AMD), which shut down operations December 15, but an (LTU) spokesperson said that the airline does not plan to take over the bankrupt Spanish carrier, despite rumors to the contrary. Spanish transport authorities reportedly said that (LTU) also plans to absorb 568 Air Madrid (AMD) employees, some 52% of the total, as part of its plan to create a subsidiary named (LTU) Espana within six months. (LTU) said that is not the case, but it did confirm its interest in (AMD)'s transatlantic network. It appears interested in routes to Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica and Panama, but not Brazil or Colombia. The German carrier currently operates 11 A320-200s, four A321-200s, eight A330-200s and three A330-300s. It transported around 5.6 million passengers in 2005.
(LTU) German Airlines Managing Director, Juergen Marbach confirmed that the carrier intends to launch a Spanish subsidiary. "We are having intensive talks with Spanish co-investors as well as Spanish authorities to establish a new company, which should be in position to take over some Air Madrid (AMD) routes to South America as soon as possible," he said. He also reiterated that (LTU) has no plan to take over Air Madrid (AMD).
Later, (LTU) German Airlines Managing Director, Juergen Marbach announced that after talks between (LTU), investors and Spanish authorities, (LTU) will not establish a new company to take over some South American routes from collapsed Air Madrid (AMD). Marbach said there was not enough time to put together a plan "on a solid economic basis" and that (LTU)'s offer to absorb the routes was void.
(LTU) German Airlines named Michael Grimme as its new Director Marketing & International Sales.
February 2007: BCI Aircraft Leasing of Chicago announced the purchase of an A330-300 leased by LTU from Alex Leasing.
March 2007: (LTU) German Airlines and Condor (CDF) confirmed they are discussing a possible tie-up, six months after (LTU) Managing Director, Juergen Marbach said the two might forge a partnership in the wake of Air-Berlin (BER)'s acquisition of dba (DBA). "We are in concrete talks. Currently, we are discussing what cost savings could be achieved," (LTU) majority owner, Hans Rudolf Woehrl told the "dpa" news service. He said he believes a merger could achieve -€70 million/-$92.5 million in savings, but that progress would be slow, in large part because Condor (CDF) is involved in other partnerships and is majority owned by KarstadtQuelle. Lufthansa (DLH) holds 25% of Condor (CDF).
(LTU) stated they had decided to not proceed with the opportunity to form a new airline in Spain to take over the South American routes of Air Madrid (AMD), who has ceased operations.
Seven months after solidifying its position in Germany with the purchase of dba (DBA), Air-Berlin (BER) established itself as the fourth-largest carrier in Europe with the acquisition of leisure carrier (LTU), for which it will pay €140 million. The deal, which is subject to approval from competition authorities, includes a provision requiring Air-Berlin (BER) to assume €200 million in (LTU) debts. (BER) also announced its intention to buy 49% of Swiss carrier Belair (BLB). Its expansion gained traction with last summer's acquisition of dba (DBA) and speculation concerning (LTU)'s fate continued even as that airline explored a partnership with Condor (CDF). (BER) expects the merger to drive annual synergies of up to €100 million. (LTU) will remain independent and maintain its name and management personnel. In a statement, (BER) CEO, Joachim Hunold ruled out other job losses. (LTU)'s European routes will be integrated into (BER)'s network. "Many of our clients wanted (BER) to offer long-haul routes. Now we can do that, in addition to our German and European networks," Hunold said.
Condor (CDF) will be involved as a codeshare partner as (BER) ends its relationship with TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX). "Schedules of both carriers will fit perfectly together," Condor (CDF) Managing Director, Ralf Teckentrup said. Condor (CDF) operates 36 airplanes and flew 7.8 million passengers last year. (LTU) operates 15 A320s/A321s and 11 A330s/A340s, employs 2,244 and transported 5.3 million passengers in 2006. Air-Berlin (BER) carried 16.8 million passengers aboard 93 airplanes and has 4,000 staff.
No further details were offered about (BER)'s interest in Belair (BLB), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hotelplan Group, that in turn is a subsidiary of Migros. Belair operates two 757-200s and one 767-300ER. It is suffering from competition from Low Cost Carriers (LCC)s and a small seasonal domestic market, especially for charter carriers.
Currently, (LTU) is working to reposition itself through an extension of its long-haul network and an effort to attract more business (C) travelers. It will add an A330-200 this month, and by the next winter schedule, will launch 14-times-weekly flights to Bangkok, thrice-weekly service to Los Angeles, and twice-weekly flights to Las Vegas from either Munich or Dusseldorf. It is expecting positive results in 2007, after more than a decade in the red. Marbach said he is anticipating a +5% increase in revenue this year. (LTU) flew 5.75 million passengers last year, with an 82.1% LF load factor.
The new A330 will have a new livery, remaining red and white, with a touch of silver added, and feature a larger logo on the tail. The new look "stands for the transformation of the former vacation carrier into an airline with standard routes and extremely attractive price-to-performance ratios for vacationers and business travelers."
A330-223 (828, D-ALPI), (ILF) leased.
May 2007: (LTU) launched twice-weekly Dusseldorf - Las Vegas service and increased flights to Los Angeles to five-times-weekly from two. (LTU) will establish a third long-haul base in addition to Dusseldorf and Munich, at Berlin Tegel (TXL) starting with the 2007 to 2008 winter schedule. It will base one A330-200 at (TXL) and launch thrice-weekly flights to Bangkok and a weekly service to Melbourne, Florida. Charters to Punta Cana and Varadero will depart from (TXL) rather than Schoenefeld. (LTU) said it hopes to use (TXL) as a base for future services to the Far East.
June 2007: Starts Dusseldorf - Rome (FCO), using B Ae 146s. Starting November 24th, Munich - Aruba, using A330-200s.
August 2007: (LTU) Airlines will open a third long-haul base at Berlin Tegel in November. It will operate thrice-weekly flights to Bangkok and weekly flights to Punta Cana and Varadero. It will expand its long-haul operation from Dusseldorf as well, operating six-times-weekly to New York (JFK) and Bangkok, thrice-weekly to Miami and twice-weekly to Fort Myers. It also will fly thrice-weekly to Bangkok from Munich. All flights will use A330-200s/300s.
Air-Berlin (BER) announced the conclusion of its first labor agreements with pilots (FC) and cabin staff (CA). The deals, covering members of both the Vereinigung Cockpit and ver.di unions, are effective from August 1, and were agreed to "on the basis of the present actual working conditions at Air-Berlin (BER)," the airline said. The agreement, covering compensation, runs until December 31, 2008, with the accord on work rules expiring one year later. (BER) employs 805 pilots (FC), and 1,442 flight attendants (CA).
The contract does not cover pilots (FC) from (LTU), which was bought by (BER) in the spring. (LTU) pilots (FC) are seeking a +6% pay increase, and conducted brief walkouts Monday, with further work actions threatened for the weekend. Talks between the pilots (FC) and (LTU) are scheduled this month.
Air-Berlin (BER), Germany's second-biggest carrier, said that the German Federal Cartel Office approved its acquisition of (LTU) "without any restrictions." (BER) reached a deal in March to buy (LTU) for €140 million and assume €200 million of the company's debt. (BER) CEO, Joachim Hunold said it was "regrettable that this process took so long" and that "synergies could not be exploited during this year as planned. We were not able to adjust summer flight timetables of both airlines." From next year, (BER) is expecting annual savings of -€70 to -€100 million, although Hunold said some of that depends on the outcome of negotiations with (LTU) pilots (FC). (LTU) has a fleet of 27 airplanes and reported revenue of €1.06 billion in 2006.
Air-Berlin (BER) announced the creation of a new, independent maintenance and engineering company, that will combine its own Air-Berlin Technik (ABT) Berlin division, 600 employees working for (LTU) in Dusseldorf and Munich, (BER) employees in Dusseldorf, and 130 dba (DBA)-Technik workers in Munich. The new company, Air-Berlin (BER) Technik (ABT), will employ 1,100. The (LTU) workers and (BER)'s employees in Dusseldorf will comprise Air-Berlin (BER) Luftfahrttechnik Dusseldorf, a subsidiary of (ABT).
(BER) said (ABT) will service the airline's fleet of 130 airplanes and will look to develop third-party business. "Air-Berlin (BER) is hoping that by merging these technical operations, it will achieve better utilization of the facilities at the individual sites, and a reduction in technical costs. The intention is also to separate these activities from seasonal flight operations," the airline said.
October 2007: Munich and Frankfurt airports will introduce a charge of EU3 /$4.24 per kg of nitrous oxide emissions for all airlines landing there effective January 1. The airports noted that the fee will not generate additional airport revenue, as it will be offset by "an equivalent reduction in the weight-based component of the airport charge." Munich Airport CEO, Michael Kerkloh said the program "will achieve two effects. We create an incentive for airlines to operate airplanes with the lowest possible NOx emissions and send a long-term signal to manufacturers to forge ahead with technological innovation." The pilot project, which will run for three years, was developed by the German Airport Transport Initiative in consultation with the Ministry of Transport, Building & Urban Affairs.
November 2007: Double-digit passenger growth rates helped Air-Berlin (BER) "claw back" from a disappointing second quarter, CEO, Joachim Hunold said as the German Low Cost Carrier (LCC) reported third-quarter earnings of +€60.8 million/+$89.5 million, up +57.2% from the +€38.7 million reported in the year-ago period. Hunold called the result "gratifying" - - the carrier had expected net profit of +€48 to +€57 million - - but said the figures still "put us in the lowest bracket of our planning for the nine-month period" owing to weather-related losses in the second quarter, and the delayed integration of (LTU), which is "costing us hard cash." He admitted that the realization of synergies is behind schedule and revealed that "(LTU) will be a zero-sum game on the bottom line in 2007." (BER) incurred €13.2 million in one-time integration and restructuring charges.
Third-quarter revenue rose +68.1% to €857.5 million, against a +73.3% increase in expenses to €791.9 million, sending operating result up +28.4% to +€69.8 million. Passenger numbers climbed +12% to 8.1 million, while traffic grew +10.5% to 12.42 billion (RPK)s, and capacity was up +8.5% to 14.85 billion (ASK)s. Load factor rose +2.3 points to 83.7% LF. At quarter's end, the (BER) mainline, (LTU), and dba (DBA) were operating 126 airplanes to 99 destinations. CFO, Ulf Huttmeyer said competition, new routes, increasing frequencies, and promotional pricing, combined to lower revenue per passenger by -4% to €106, and unit revenue by -1.2% to 5.77 euro cents. "Nevertheless, this development was significantly more stable than in the second quarter," he said.
Nine-month net profit of +€31.5 million represented a -16.4% decline from the +€37.7 million reported in the year-ago period. Operating profit fell -21.5% to +€32.5 million. "We have now laid the foundations for optimally positioning ourselves strategically for the future. As of now, we will concentrate on cutting additional costs. 2008 will be the year of increased profit for the Air-Berlin (BER) Group," Hunold said.
Air-Berlin (BER) named dba (DBA) Flight Operations Head, Helmut Weixler as (LTU)'s Managing Director Flight Operations & Accountable Manager. CEO, Joachim Hunold also added the title of (LTU) Chairman. He ceded the duties of (BER) accountable manager to Karl Lotz.
Fresh from its acquisition of dba (DBA) and (LTU), Air-Berlin (BER) has taken another major step towards consolidation in the German market by agreeing to take over Condor (CDF) as part of a share-swap deal with Thomas Cook (JMA). If the deal goes ahead, Air-Berlin (BER) will become Germany's second biggest carrier, and will be propelled into the European top five. (BER) will acquire a 75.1% stake in Condor (CDF) directly from Thomas Cook in February 2009, subject to regulatory approval. At the same time, Thomas Cook (JMA) plans to acquire the remaining 24.9% of Condor (CDF) from Lufthansa (DLH), and will pass this stake onto Air-Berlin (BER) in February 2010. In return, Thomas Cook (JMA) will receive between 380 million/$533 million and 475 million worth of Air-Berlin (BER) shares as well as about 120 million in cash, giving the tour operator up to a 29.99% stake in the German carrier. Thomas Cook (JMA) joint CEO, Manny Fontenla-Novoa says there are "categorically no plans" to further increase this stake in the future.
Condor (CDF) presently operates a fleet of 35 airplanes, comprising 13 737s, 9 767-300s, and 13 A320s. The carrier's network includes a range of short- and long-haul destinations, which it operates from its Frankfurt base and Munich hub. "This step makes sense, especially following the takeover of (LTU), since it will enable us to offer our clients a more tightly meshed long-haul flight network," said Air-Berlin (BER) CEO, Joachim Hunold.
In August, Air-Berlin (BER) got the green light for its 140 million acquisition of (LTU). As part of the integration process, (BER) has decided to drop the (LTU) brand name on most of its routes. "We will continue to fly under the (LTU) logo on traditional long-haul leisure flights, for example, to South Africa, Cuba, Thailand, and the Dominican Republic. However, this will not apply to our medium-haul flights and our new long-haul business (C) flights," explained Hunold - see attached "Market Chart Nov07."
December 2007: For (LTU)/Air Berlin (BER) long-haul plans - SEE ATTACHED - "LTU-BER-PLANS-DEC07."
January 2008: German travel conglomerate TUI (TUG) announced that it signed a Memo of Understanding (MOU) with Lufthansa (DLH) to combine their Low Cost Carrier (LCC) subsidiaries under one "joint and independent holding company." TUI (TUG) owns TUIfly, the combination of Hapag-Lloyd Flug (HAP) and Hapag-Lloyd Express (HLX), while Lufthansa (DLH) partners with Germanwings (RFG) and Eurowings (EWG), along with Albrecht Knauf Industriebeteiligung. The latter also signed the (MOU), TUI (TUG) said. "Agence France Presse" said a mid-2009 timeframe for finalization is TUI (TUG)'s target. No other details were released, and TUI (TUG) said a binding agreement will depend on "a due diligence process and negotiations of the specific details," as well as the approval of antitrust authorities. The combination is likely designed to counter the growing domestic influence of airberlin (BER), which has expanded with the acquisitions of (LTU) and dba (DBA).
March 2008: Air Berlin (BER)'s acquisition of (LTU) has proven to be costly, as the German Low Cost Carrier (LCC) reported a steep drop in full-year profit to +€11 million/+$16.9 million from the +€50.1 million earned in 2006. "We are right on track with the (LTU) integration," CEO, Joachim Hunold said as the carrier released preliminary financial figures. "Although the preliminary earnings for 2007 did not meet our expectations, we have reason to be optimistic for 2008." He said capacity utilization and unit revenue improved "significantly" through February, and he was "pleased" with bookings.
Full-year revenue rose +61% to €2.54 billion, but operating profit plunged -66.5% to +€21.5 million from +€64.2 million, owing to "one-time charges in the double-digit millions resulting from the delayed (LTU) integration, and issues associated with the technical integration of the Information Technology (IT) systems." (BER) also said that "the expected compensation from releasing certain reserves could not be realized," without elaborating. A detailed financial report is due March 31.
(LTU) German Airlines Managing Director, Jurgen Marbach resigned on February 29 and will be replaced by former dba (DBA), Managing Director, Helmut Weixler. Marbach sold his 45% stake in (LTU ) to airberlin (BER) in August.
Dusseldorf International will invest €300 million in infrastructure upgrades in order to offer shorter connecting times and compete more effectively with other European hubs. (DUS) is looking to increase the percentage of passengers flying long-haul to 20% from 10%. It is the third-busiest airport in Germany with 17.8 million passengers last year.
(LTU) airplanes are now being marketed in parent airberlin (BER) livery - SEE ATTACHED PHOTO - "LTU-A330-322-MAR08."
These airplanes feature "Premium Business Class" with 30 fully flat contoured seats.
Hainan Airlines (HNA) provides connections to airberlin (BER)/(LTU) flights at Beijing.
A330-223 (911, D-ALPJ), (ILF) leased.
May 2008: airBerlin (BER) announced the sale of its Dusseldorf-based, "(LTU) plus" service center to former (LTU) partners Jurgen Marbach (55%) and Rudolf Worhl (45%) for an undisclosed sum. The center employs 65 and provides services to (BER) under a two-year deal.
June 2008: airBerlin (BER) recently appointed former dba (DBA) Managing Director, Wolfgang Kurth to the board and made him responsible for airBerlin Technik as Head Engineering Group (BER)/(DBA)/(LTU).
July 2008: Lufthansa (DLH) Systems said AirBerlin (BER) and (LTU) recently standardized flight planning for short- and long-haul fleets with its Lido Operations Center solution. The technology features flight planning and optimization capabilities expected to reduce fuel burn.
August 2008: AirBerlin (BER)'s second-quarter net profit rose +38.3% to +€8.3 million/+$12.2 million compared to +€6 million in the year-ago period, if the 2007 results of (LTU), (BER)'s acquisition of which was approved in last year's third quarter, are included.
The company said the profit increase demonstrated the strength of its low-cost business model. "In light of the trying times that the airline sector is currently experiencing . . . we are pleased with our result," CEO, Joachim Hunold said. "Despite all the challenges stemming from the weakening global economy and the explosive development of kerosene prices, we remain optimistic about achieving a positive operating income for the current year." In a letter to shareholders, he pointed to (BER)'s fuel hedging program to explain how the carrier has "been able to handle the extreme price hikes for aviation fuel far better than some of our competitors." (BER) has said that 88% of its fuel is hedged for 2008. Hunold claimed that owing to hedging, (BER)'s fuel costs rose just +10% over the last 12 months, as fuel prices doubled.
He added that nonfuel optimization initiatives will yield -€35 million in cost savings in the second half, and that (BER) continues to attract an increasing number of business passengers by promoting itself as the "European quality airline with lower prices."
Consolidated second-quarter revenue, which includes (LTU) and Belair (BLB), rose +6.7% to €869.5 million, while expenses escalated +8.6% to €744.5 million. (BER) said operating (EBITAR) was €132.2 million, down -3.2% from €136.6 million last year. Traffic decreased -0.9% to 11.71 billion (RPK)s, on a -4.3% lowering of capacity to 14.59 billion (ASK)s, producing a load factor of 80.3% LF, down -2.8 points. Yield increased +12.2% to 5.44 euro cents.
April 2009: Former (LTU) owner Hans Rudolf Woehrl said he is entertaining the idea of reacquiring the Air Berlin (BER) subsidiary, (LTU) which (BER) CEO, Joachim Hunold said last month is being considered for divestment. Speaking to "Handelsblatt," Woerhl said airline acquisition "is part of our business, and we were always very successful there," "Reuters" reported. He sold (LTU) to (BER) in March 2007 for €140 million/$186.5 million and said he has been in touch with (BER) management regarding his interest.
May 2009: Worldwide Flight Services inked a three-year contract with (LTU) International to provide cargo handling services, warehousing and customs clearance in Miami.
September 2009: Air Berlin (BER) and (LTU) pilots (FC) represented by Vereinigung Cockpit went on strike for 3 hours and 16 hours, respectively. (BER) said the (LTU) pilots (FC) have demanded a +11.7% pay increase and the airline has countered with an offer of +2% with inflation adjustment plus redundancy protection until the end of 2010.
October 2009: (LTU) reached a settlement with ver.di, the service workers' union representing its 1,400 flight attendants (CA), on a new labor contract. The Air Berlin (BER) subsidiary now has concluded collective bargaining negotiations with all its unions. The flight attendants' agreement is subject to ratification by November 13 via a secret ballot vote to be conducted by ver.di.
(LTU) reached a tentative agreement with the Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) pilots (FC) union on a new labor contract retroactive to January 1, 2009. It includes a guarantee of no pilot (FC) layoffs through December 31, 2010, when the contract will expire. The (VC) membership will vote on ratification at a November 13 meeting.
July 2010: (LTU) reached a settlement with ver.di, the service workers' union representing its 1,400 flight attendants (CA), on a new labor contract. The Air Berlin (BER) subsidiary now has concluded collective bargaining negotiations with all its unions. The flight attendants' agreement is subject to ratification by November 13 via a secret ballot vote to be conducted by ver.di.
September 2010: (LTU) International Airways has transferred its last A321-200 to parent Air Berlin (BER). (LTU) currently operates 13 A320-200s, 10 A330-200s and 3 A330-300s on behalf of Air Berlin (BER).
March 2011: Air Berlin (BER) said it will completely integrate (LTU) International Airways, which it acquired in August 2007, into its operations. "This integration allows us to create the required preconditions to eliminate double structures, simplify work routines and increase the overall efficiency of the operation," (CEO), Joachim Hunold said in a statement. "We not only expect noticeable savings, but also further integration of all employees, which is an important step for future challenges such as our planned membership in the Oneworld (ONW) alliance."
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LTU-B AE 146
0 737-35B (CFM56-3), (GER) WET-LSD FOR WINTER SEASON, RTND (GER).
0 737-4K5 (CFM56-3) (1715-24128, D-AHLO), EX-(HAP), DEFAG LSD 2001-09, RTND.
0 737-700 (CFM56-7B) (28101; 28105; 28106; 28107; 28108; 28110), (GER) WET/DRY 2/3 LSD, (D-AGEL), RTND (GER).
0 757-2G5 (RB211-535E4) (227-24451, /89) (23118; 23119; 23651; EX-(LTE), 26278 RTND (ILF) 2000-04 (146-23928, /87 D-AMUV, EX-(LTS); 17-22689, /86 K, EX-(EAL)/(LTS)). 22688; 22689; 23983; RTND (GAX), LST (ABE) 2001-08. 2 IN STORAGE. 24451; 24497; RTND (GAX), LST (ELC) 2002-12. 24176 RTND (GAX) 2003-05. 29488 RTT (PSS), LST (AKZ) 2003-10. 708-28112 RTND 2003-11. 29489; 28112; LST (AKZ) 2003-12. 23929 RTND 2004-01. 23118 PARTED OUT 2004-06. 23119 SCRAPPED AT MARANA 2004-09. (ETOPS). 210Y.
0 757-200ER, (PSS) LSD 2000-01, RTND.
0 767-3G5ER (PW4062) (251-24257, /89 D-AMUR; 255-24258, /89 D-AMUS; 268-24259, /89 D-AMUN; 612-28111, /96 D-AMUJ; 720-29435, /98 D-AMUO). 24257 RTND 2001-12. 28111 & 29435 RTND 2002-01, LST (BPA). 24257; 24258; 24259; 25531; LST (HWI). (ETOPS). 18F, 244Y.
0 767-33A (591-27909, /95 OE-LAS), EX-(LAL)/(LDI), RTND (AWW).
3 +6 OPTIONS A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/P) (1762, /02 D-ALTG; 1797, /02 D-ALTH; 2009, /03 D-ALTL). 174Y.
2 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/P) (1441, /01 D-ALTC; 1493, /01 D-ALTD HAS "RCD MALLORCA" TITLE (A SPANISH SOCCER CLUB)), (GEF) 10 YR LSD 2001-04. 174Y.
2 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/P) (1385, /01 D-ALTB; 1806, /02 D-ALTI), (TCI) LSD. 174Y.
3 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/P) (1504, /01 D-ALTE; 1553, /01 D-ALTF), (FLL) LSD. 1504 TRANSFERRED TO (LTU) AUSTRIA 2004-03 AS (OE-LTU). 174Y.
1 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/P) (1553), (GAX) LSD, TO (LTU) AUSTRIA. 174Y.
2 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/P) (1838, /02 D-ALTJ; 1931, 2003-02 D-ALTK). 174Y.
3 +7 ORDERS A320-232 (V2527-A5) (190, D-ALTA), EX-(NOO), (GAX) LSD 1998-12, (ILF) LSD 1999-05, (530), EX-(SAE), 530 RTND 2001-04, TO (BLW) 2002-12, 174Y.
3 A321-211 (CFM56-5B3/P) (1629, /01 D-ALSA; 1994, D-ALSB, 2003-06; 2005, D-ALSC, 2003-07), 210Y.
1 A321-211 (CFM56-5B3/P) (1451), EX-(VLR), (SIL) LSD 2004-04. 220Y.
1 A321-211 (CFM56-5B3/P) (1607, D-ALSD), (SIL) LSD.
10 A330-223 (PW4168A) (403, /01 D-ALPA; 432, /01 D-ALPB; 434, /02 D-ALPC; 454, /02 D-ALPD; 469, /02 D-ALPE; 476, /02 D-ALPF; 493, /02 D-ALPG; 739, D-ALPH, 2006-04; 828, D-ALPI, 2007-04; 911, D-ALPJ, 2008-03), (ILF) 10 YR LSD. 340Y; OR 18C, 305Y.
3 A330-322 (PW4168) (082, /94 D-AERF; 120, /96 D-AERK; 127, /96 D-AERQ), 1 TO (SKB) (095) (1997-05). 171 RTND (TCI), LST (SKB) 2001-05. 072 RTT (ILF), LST (IBW) 2002-11. 087 RTT (ILF) 2002-11, LST (SKB). 171, D-AERS; (TCI) LSD (AGAIN) 2005-05. 387Y.
0 A330-322 (PW4168) (143), EX-(MAS), (ILF) 29 MTH LSD. +2 ORDERS, 143 LST (SKB) 2001-04, OPS BY ROOTS AIR, RTND (TCI) 2001-04.
1 B AE 146-300 (ALF502R) (E3134, /89 D-AWBA), WDL WET-LSD 2006-10. IN ALL WHITE COLORS - SEE PHOTO. 100Y.
JOACHIM HUNOLD, CHAIRMAN, PLUS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) (BER).
HELMUT WEIXLER, (CEO) & MANAGING DIRECTOR, EX-(DBA) (2008-02).
JURGEN MARBACH, (CEO) & MANAGING DIRECTOR, RESIGNED (2008-02).
GERHARD BEGHER, (CEO), (LTU) AUSTRIA (2004-05).
WOLFGANG KURTH, HEAD ENGINEERING GROUP (BER)/(DBA)/(LTU) & AIRBERLIN TECHNIK (2008-06).
HELMUT HIMMELREICH, EXECUTIVE VP OPERATIONS (firstname.lastname@example.org) (2001-06).
WERNER BORCHERT, SENIOR VP FLIGHT OPERATIONS.
CAPTAIN JOSEPH MOSER, DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS (email@example.com).
CAPTAIN HANS-JURGEN FATH, FLEET CHIEF PILOT.
CAPTAIN MATTHIAS MADER, FLIGHT SAFETY PILOT (firstname.lastname@example.org).
DR KLAUS WEIRICH, DIRECTOR CONTROLLER TREASURY, MANAGING DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE.
MICHAEL BOCK, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR (email@example.com) (2001-06).
KARL ISKEN, DIRECTOR HUMAN RESOURCES (HR) & LEGAL AFFAIRS.
MARCO DADOMO, DIRECTOR PUBLIC RELATIONS (PR).
MICHAEL GRIMME, DIRECTOR MARKETING & INTERNATIONAL SALES (2007-01), BECAME SENIOR VP SALES & MARKETING AT AIR BALTIC (BAU) (2012-02).
KLAUS SIMON, DIRECTOR SALES.
SAAD KHEDHER, ASSISTANT TECHNICAL DIRECTOR (firstname.lastname@example.org).
KARL LOTZ, ACCOUNTABLE MANAGER (2007-11).
PETER HASLEBACHER, GENERAL MANAGER CONTRACTS (4/00).
JOERG ERDMANN, PLANNING & INSPECTION MANAGER (4/00) (MUCMMLT).
GERHARD LACKNER, MAINTENANCE MANAGER (MUNICH) (4/00).
HEINRICH KUCHLEBAUER, QUALITY MANAGER (4/00).
ALBERT IRSARA, QUALITY ASSURANCE MANAGER (6/00).
HUBERTUS POHLKAMP, PROJECT MANAGER BOEING 757 FLEET,
PETER WOJAHN, MANAGER QUALITY CONTROL & ENGINEERING (6/00).
WOLFGANG PRUSS, QUALITY CONTROL MANAGER (6/01).
HERBERT DOENGES, APU & ENGINE MANAGER (10/97).
ROY EGERTON, MANAGER PLANNING & PRODUCTION CONTROL (12/97).
FRANK ROSE, MANAGER BASE MAINTENANCE (12/97).
WALTER REISINGER, QUALITY MANAGER (MUNICH) (7/98).