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Lufthansa Consolidates Germanwings and Direct Services in Cologne

September 27, 2012 By: Jena Tesse Fox

Lufthansa direct European services, which include all German domestic and European services outside of the Lufthansa Frankfurt and Munich hubs, will be merged commercially and organizationally with Germanwings to form one company on the basis of Germanwings GmbH beginning January 1, 2013. The company's headquarters will be Cologne.

The new company is to operate the Germanwings aircraft and the Direct Services fleet beginning in 2013. In addition, the aircraft of Eurowings GmbH are set to fly on behalf of the new company, meaning that around 90 aircraft will cover direct services in Germany and Europe. In the first year, over 18 million passengers are to be transported.

Christoph Franz, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, said that the decision about the future brand name will only be made in the upcoming months. 

“Combining our domestic German and European point-to-point services has enormous potential to improve efficiency. Our aim is to once again fly these services profitably under the umbrella of a single company. This means we are continuing to offer our guests the prospect of a dense, high-quality network even outside of our Frankfurt and Munich hubs. And our employees in these areas have the prospect of secure jobs within a company of the Lufthansa Group,” Franz emphasized.


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Jena Tesse Fox
Jena Tesse Fox covers Europe, Africa, Australia/South Pacific and business travel for the Questex Travel Group's publications. The daughter of history teachers, she can spend...

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By Jena Tesse Fox | September 27, 2012
Lufthansa direct European services will be merged commercially and organizationally with Germanwings to form one company beginning next year.
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