Lufthansa is the flagship airline of Germany, the largest airline company in Europe, including such major airlines as Swiss International Airlines and Austrian Airlines. The airline is a member of the co-founder of the Star Alliance, established in 1997. The headquarters are located in Cologne. The main technical and transport bases are located at the airports of Frankfurt, Munich and Dusseldorf.

Lufthansa Airbus A350
Lufthansa Airbus A350

Lufthansa History

The history of the airline began in 1926 when the joint-stock company Deutsche Lufthansa was formed as a result of the merger of the two companies. The logo of the new airline has become a crane. The initial fleet of Lufthansa consisted of 162 aircraft. The first transcontinental flight to China was made the same year. In the early 1930s, the airline co-founded the Spanish airline Iberia, the Brazilian Syndicato Condor and Chinese Eurasia.

The Second World War halted civilian flights of the airline, which by that time was already operating at record levels for Europe. After the war, Lufthansa fell into the “Black List” of companies that collaborated with the Nazi government, and its activities were banned.

In the early 50s, after a difficult period, when two airlines operated under the same name Lufthansa in the GDR and the Federal Republic of Germany, which created certain legal difficulties, it was decided to reorganize the air fleet. In 1953, the new airline Luftag was officially registered, and since 1953 it has resumed regular flights under the usual name Lufthansa.

In 1960, the airline begins to use high-speed liners Boeing-707, and after 10 years, ends the operation of screw machines. Most routes use the new Boeing (727, 737, and 747) and Airbus A300 models. The 90s became crisis for Lufthansa: some of the airline’s branches became independent and the state gradually privatized the air carrier. Over time, the airline not only increased its momentum, but also acquired the Swiss and Austrian airlines, and also stood at the origins of the international alliance Star Alliance.

Lufthansa Airbus A321 retrojet livery
Lufthansa Airbus A321 retrojet livery

Lufthansa service classes

In the economy class cabins, chairs with a thin back are installed, due to which space for the legs is increased. On long flights, the seats are wider and equipped with head restraints. During the flight, passengers can watch movies and listen to music through the entertainment system. Meals and drinks are served to take into account the time and duration of the flight, as well as the country of destination. More personal space, increased baggage allowance and additional services are received by class passengers.

In the business class cabin on short and medium routes, the middle seat remains free, which gives additional space for work and leisure. On long-haul flights, a comfortable armchair transforms into a flatbed almost 2 meters long. The interior is illuminated by muffled natural light. Special attention in the business class lounge deserves a menu developed by chefs. Gourmet meals and drinks are served on chinaware. During the flight, access to the on-board entertainment system is not limited.

Travel in the first class guarantees an even greater degree of comfort: ergonomic chairs, bedding, toiletries. High-ranking passengers are served dishes invented by the best chefs. Black caviar is traditionally served. All conditions for work are created: soundproofing, a convenient table, the ability to use the Internet and make calls.

Lufthansa First Class Airbus A340
Lufthansa First Class in an Airbus A340

Luftansa Aircrafts

As of January 2018, the aircraft fleet consists of 267 aircraft. Another 175 aircraft ordered. The average age of the planes is 11 years. Most liners (235) belong to the Airbus family.

Those airplanes destinations cover more than 400 cities in a hundred countries around the world.

Lufthansa Boeing 747 flying
Lufthansa Boeing 747 flying

Overview of the Lufthansa Fleet

AircraftAmountOrdered (pending)Number of places (Max)
Airbus A319-100 30First class: 0
Business class: 0
Economy premium: 0
Economy: 138
Total: 138
Airbus A320-200 727First class: 0
Business class: 0
Economy premium: 0
Economy: 168-180
Total: 168-180
Airbus A320neo 1699First class: 0
Business class: 0
Economy premium: 0
Economy: 180
Total: 180
Airbus A321-10020First class: 0
Business class: 0
Economy premium: 0
Economy: 200
Total: 200
Airbus A321-20043First class: 0
Business class: 0
Economy premium: 0
Economy: 200
Total: 200
Airbus A321neo041N/A
Airbus A330-30017First class: 8
Business class: 48
Economy premium: 0
Economy: 161-165
Total: 217-221
Airbus A340-30015First class: 8
Business class: 48
Economy premium: 0
Economy: 165
Total: 221
Airbus A340-60016First class: 34
Business class: 0
Economy premium: 236
Economy: 151
Total: 270
Airbus A350-9001213First class: 0
Business class: 48
Economy premium: 21
Economy: 224
Total: 293
Airbus A380-80014First class: 8
Business class: 98
Economy premium: 0
Economy: 420
Total: 526
Boeing 747-40013First class: 8
Business class: 80
Economy premium: 0
Economy: 242
Total: 330
Boeing 747-8I19First class: 8
Business class: 92
Economy premium: 0
Economy: 262
Total: 362
Boeing 777-9X020N/A
Total287180

Compiled from Wikipedia and Lufthansa Group Fleet official website

Some Lufthansa's Airplanes
Some Lufthansa’s Airplanes

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