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Frankfurt Airport Traffic Up for October Despite Strikes

Frankfurt Airport Traffic Up for October Despite Strikes

Fraport AG, the owner and operator of Frankfurt Airport, announced results for October 2014.
The airport’s passenger traffic for the month increased 1.4% year-over-year to 5.5 million passengers.  The rise occurred despite approximately 1,100 strike-related flight cancellations at the airport, which affected nearly 137,500 passengers.
The strikes did result in an overall decline in aircraft movements however, with a 1.5% drop in October 2014, for a total of 41,947 takeoffs and landings.
The …

American Airlines to Launch Miami-Frankfurt Route in 2015

American Airlines to Launch Miami-Frankfurt Route in 2015

American Airlines said it will continue to expand its Miami hub, including adding a non-stop flight to Frankfurt, Germany.
The Fort Worth-based airline recently announced plans for new routes out of Miami, linking the city to Austin, Kansas City, San Antonio, and Salt Lake City.  It also recently began service between Miami and Cap-Haitien, Haiti.
Speaking in front of a group of journalists, Doug Parker, the airline’s CEO, said that American would …

Lufthansa Cargo Pilots Strike

Lufthansa Cargo Pilots Strike

Lufthansa pilots said Monday that they will go on strike this week, as an ongoing dispute about retirement benefits continues.
Vereinigung Cockpit, the union that represents the pilots, said that the strike, which will impact the airline’s cargo flights, will take place from 3:00 a.m. on Wednesday through 10:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Lufthansa pilots last planned a strike in mid-September, which was cancelled at the last minute.
Passenger flights will not be impacted …

Etihad Unveils New Livery on its First A380

Etihad Unveils New Livery on its First A380

Concurrent with the delivery of its first Airbus A380 superjumbo, Etihad Airways unveiled a new livery design at the Airbus Finkenwerder facility in Hamburg, Germany on Thursday.
The carrier’s first Airbus A380 was outfitted with the new design that Etihad is calling “Facets of Abu Dhabi.”
The airline says that the new look uses a palette that reflects the various colors of the landscape of the United Arab Emirates.  The national emblem …

Lufthansa’s Eurowings to Take Delivery of 10 Airbus A320ceos

Lufthansa’s Eurowings to Take Delivery of 10 Airbus A320ceos

Lufthansa Group announced that it ordered ten Airbus A320ceo (current engine option) aircraft for Eurowings, a regional carrier and subsidiary.
The aircraft will be delivered to Eurowings between 2016 and 2017, and are expected to replace Bombardier CRJ900s currently in the airline’s fleet.
Airbus has approximately 11,000 orders for the A320 family to date, and has delivered over 6,200 of the aircraft.  The planes are single-aisle, and have 18”-wide seats in economy …

Lufthansa Pilots Plan Strike in Frankfurt for Tuesday

Lufthansa Pilots Plan Strike in Frankfurt for Tuesday

Lufthansa pilots announced the fourth strike against the German airline in three weeks.  The strike was later cancelled, according to a message on the Vereinigung Cockpit website.
The strike, which was to take place on Tuesday in Frankfurt, would have been in response to proposed changes in retirement benefits, which include raising the early retirement age.  Lufthansa wants to adjust the age because pilots can now fly until they reach 65.
Pilot union …

Lufthansa Spins Off Miles & More Frequent Flyer Program

Lufthansa Spins Off Miles & More Frequent Flyer Program

German flag carrier Lufthansa announced the formation of a separate company to manage the Miles & More frequent flyer program.  The move was originally approved by shareholders at the company’s annual meeting in April of this year.
The new subsidiary, Miles & More GmbH, took over responsibility for managing award miles this week.  Lufthansa, however, continues to be the responsible party for issues relating to status miles at the present time.  …