Ryanair, the rapidly expanding low-cost Irish carrier, earned the title of the European’s continent’s largest airline based on passengers served last year, based on figures released Tuesday.
In 2016, Ryanair flew some 117 million passengers, a 15% year over year increase from 2015.
Lufthansa Group, including its subsidiaries Austrian, Eurowings, and Swiss, served 109.7 million passengers, up 1.8% from the prior year. The German flag carrier remains Europe’s largest airline by revenue.
Lufthansa announced that it will begin to test in-flight Wi-Fi on short- and medium-haul flights this year, starting with five Lufthansa and Aistrian Airlines Airbus A320s.
The Frankfurt-based airline plans to roll out Wi-Fi to its entire short- and medium-haul fleet by the middle of next year.
Passengers will be able to access the Wi-Fi through their mobile devices, and choose from three different packages: FlyNet Message, which will cost 3and allow …
Lufthansa announced that it plans to introduce in-flight e-journals in lieu of printed materials.
The carrier will offer reading selections covering topics such as sports, cars, and travel, as well as celebrity gossip, music, and food. Reading material will be available in 18 different languages.
Passengers can access the library by going to the Lufthansa app and entering their booking code or ticket number. The selections will then be available in PDF …
MUNICH—Air Berlin announced the appointment of a new CEO, Thomas Winkelmann late Sunday.
The Berlin-based carrier said that Winkelmann will succeed its current CEO, Stefan Pichler, on February 1, 2017. Pichler assumed the position two years ago.
Winkelmann previously served as the CEO of Lufthansa’s low-cost carrier Germanwings from 2006 through 2015 and was later manager of that airline’s Munich hub.
The upheaval in the C-suite comes at a time when Air Berlin …
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Etihad Airways announced a new codeshare agreement with Lufthansa.
Under the agreement, Lufthansa will be able to place its code on Etihad’s twice-daily flights between Abu Dhabi and Frankfurt, as well as its twice-daily flights between Abu Dhabi and Munich.
Meanwhile, Etihad will be allowed to place its code on Lufthansa-operated flights between Frankfurt and both Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Bogota, Colombia.
The codeshare is set to take effect in January 2017, …
Lufthansa said Thursday it was exercising an option to acquire the 55% of Brussels Airlines it does not already own.
The transaction will cost the German flag carrier €2.6 million ($2.7 million), the low cost due to the €45 million it has already loaned the airline.
“We value Belgium and especially Brussels as highly attractive markets that perfectly complement our offer in the heart of Europe,” said Carsten Spohr, Lufthansa’s CEO.
The transaction …