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Niki Lands Niki

Former motor racing champion and aviation entrepreneur Niki Lauda is set to regain control of Austrian low-cost carrier Niki.  The Vienna-based airline, which Lauda created in 2003, filed for insolvency in December after parent airberlin ceased operations, having run into

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Five-Star Lufthansa

Lufthansa is in a celebratory mood after securing a five-star rating from airline and airport review and ranking site Skytrax.  The German flag carrier becomes the first in Europe to receive such an accolade – based on passenger reviews spanning

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Lufthansa Moves for Alitalia and airberlin

Lufthansa Group could be set to expand its business significantly after submitting a proposal to acquire elements of ailing Alitalia.  A statement from the German flag carrier issued on October 16 confirmed it was not bidding for the complete airline,

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Airberlin Shortlists Preferred Bidders

Airberlin is confident a buyer will be found for at least part of its business after shortlisting two preferred bidders.  The ailing German airline, which filed for administration in August confirmed it has entered formal negotiations with Lufthansa and easyJet

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airberlin Flies On…

Airberlin has vowed to continue operations after filing for insolvency.  The ailing German carrier, which posted a €782m loss last year, confirmed on August 15 it had filed to commence proceedings under self-administration at the Berlin-Charlottenburg District Court as it

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Lufthansa A350s Heading for Hong Kong

Lufthansa is introducing the Airbus A350-900 on flights from Munich to Hong Kong from September 12.  The Star Alliance carrier expects to take delivery of its fourth and fifth A350s – D-AIXD (c/n 127) and D-AIXE (c/n 136)– shortly, enabling

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Lufthansa A380s Head to Munich

German flag carrier Lufthansa will transfer five Airbus A380s from Frankfurt to Munich next summer under new plans to overhaul its long-haul operation. Commenting on the decision, Munich Airport CEO Dr Michael Kerkloh said it was a “future-defining move”.  He

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LHT Embarks on Cabin Conversions

German maintenance, repair and overhaul provider Lufthansa Technik (LHT) has embarked on a programme to upgrade Airbus A320s for fellow Lufthansa offshoot Eurowings.  The initiative covers cabin conversions for 33 single-aisle jets, including A320s and A319s, being transferred from airberlin

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Lufthansa Says Auf Wiedersehen to the 737

Lufthansa ended its 48-year association with the Boeing 737 when it retired its remaining fleet on October 31. The honour of the final flight fell to 737-300 D-ABEC (c/n 25149), which operated a special service from Frankfurt to Hamburg where

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All Change at airberlin

Airberlin has unveiled a bold restructuring plan intended to streamline its operation, increase profitability and deliver long-term growth.  The new strategy follows a comprehensive review of the German low-cost carrier, which is facing mounting pressure from rival operators such as

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