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Oct 20, 2014

German strikes prompt calls to curb smaller unions

BERLIN, Oct 20 (Reuters) – A succession of strikes by German
pilots and train drivers has left companies, politicians and
travellers pushing for measures to curb the power of smaller
unions in Europe’s largest economy.

Following a 50-hour strike by train drivers leaving millions
stranded over the weekend, Lufthansa pilots followed
up with their eighth strike action of the year on Monday and
Tuesday, causing flight disruptions for hundreds of thousands of

Oct 14, 2014

Airbus CEO says may shun Germany for helicopter programmes

BERLIN, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Airbus is seriously
considering building new helicopter programmes in France rather
than Germany in the future due to a restrictive export policy in
Europe’s largest economy, the chief executive of the group told

Airbus is currently considering a follow-up model to its
Super Puma helicopter, which can be used for military missions
as well as civilian operations, such as transporting workers to
oil rigs.

Oct 10, 2014

Airbus signs tentative deal to open new plant in China

BERLIN, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Airbus took a step on Friday
towards opening a second plant in China by signing a letter of
intent with Chinese authorities to set up a cabin completion
centre for its wide-body A330 jets.

The tentative agreement, signed in Berlin during a visit by
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, coincided with a deal to sell 70
smaller A320-family jets worth $7 billion at list prices.

Oct 10, 2014

Air Berlin dealt blow as Germany rejects some Etihad codeshare flights

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany is blocking Abu Dhabi-based airline Etihad from selling tickets for some flights operated by partner Air Berlin, meaning the German airline could lose out on passengers it needs to fight its way back to profit.

Air Berlin, in which Etihad owns a 29 percent stake, said on Friday that 34 so-called codeshare flights with Etihad for its winter schedule had failed to win the approval of the German federal aviation authority (LBA), despite having been cleared in the past. The flights account for around 46,000 bookings.

Oct 2, 2014

Air industry battles Ebola with heat scans and handwash

BERLIN, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Airlines and airports handling
travel to countries worst hit by the Ebola epidemic are trying
to prove that flying to West Africa is safe, following concerns
that the first case diagnosed in the United States could curtail
worldwide services.

Some airlines have already suspended or cut back flights
since the summer, and only one European carrier now offers
direct services to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. However,
those still operating have taken measures to protect passengers
and crew, along with airports in the region and beyond.

Sep 28, 2014

Low-cost? Low chance for Air France and Lufthansa

BERLIN, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Venerable old airlines Lufthansa
and Air France know the smart money is in
the low-cost market -Ryanair raised its forecasts again
on Thursday – but powerful labour unions are keeping them from
the bounty.

The full-cost airlines were slow to respond to the explosive
growth of the likes of Ryanair and easyJet from the late
1990s for fear of cannibalising their main revenue and because
the upstarts were not directly competing on the same routes, and
the efforts of Lufthansa and Air France were modest at best.

Sep 15, 2014

Rosetta team picks spot for historic comet landing

BERLIN/PARIS, Sept 15 (Reuters) – A team of scientists
identified on Monday the point on the surface of a comet, known
as “Site J,” where they aim to land a probe in what would be a
historic breakthrough for their decade-long project.

The probe or lander will be dispatched from the Rosetta
spacecraft, which was launched by the European Space Agency
(ESA) in 2004 and has been tracking comet
67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on its trip around the sun.

Sep 9, 2014

Lufthansa will offer striking pilots more details on retirement plan

BERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Lufthansa said it would offer pilots more definite details of an early-retirement package as it seeks to avert further costly strikes after Germany’s flagship airline saw three walkouts announced in the space of two weeks.

“We want to provide the pilots with a more concrete offer, which we will work on over the next few days,” Lufthansa Chief Executive Carsten Spohr told reporters at an event in Frankfurt on Tuesday. “This offer will be communicated at the start of next week.”

Aug 29, 2014

Germanwings pilots strike as Lufthansa row rumbles on

BERLIN (Reuters) – Pilots at Lufthansa’s (LHAG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) budget carrier Germanwings staged a six-hour strike on Friday, disrupting travel plans of thousands of people returning from summer holidays and putting pressure on Lufthansa management in a pension scheme dispute.

Pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) wants Lufthansa to maintain an early retirement scheme that allows pilots to retire at 55 and still receive up to 60 percent of their pay until state pension payments kick in.

Aug 29, 2014

Germanwings pilots to strike in Lufthansa dispute

FRANKFURT/BERLIN, Aug 28 (Reuters) – A row at German airline
Lufthansa over an early retirement scheme for its
pilots shows no sign of being resolved any time soon after talks
broke down and a strike was announced for Friday at its low-cost
carrier Germanwings.

The Lufthansa pilots want the management to maintain a
scheme that allows them to retire early at 55 and still keep
some of their pay until they reach the age at which state
pension payments start.

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      "Based in Frankfurt, covering German companies in the retail, travel and leisure sectors. In my previous Reuters incarnation in London, I focused on green tech firms, utilities and an array of smallcaps that came my way on the Breaking News team. I started my career as a translator with the Financial Times in London before switching into journalism."
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