FRANKFURT/BERLIN (Reuters) – Lufthansa said talks with pilots over an early retirement scheme had ended without an agreement on Thursday, leading to strike action on Friday that will affect thousands of travellers coming back from summer holidays.
The Lufthansa pilots want the management to maintain the 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.
FRANKFURT/BERLIN (Reuters) – Pilots at Lufthansa’s (LHAG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) budget carrier said they would walk off the job on Friday if an agreement on an early retirement scheme is not reached, upping the pressure on the airline’s management for talks planned on Thursday.
Like their colleagues in other Lufthansa units, the pilots at low-cost carrier Germanwings want the management to maintain the 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. [ID:nL5N0QW4F3]
BERLIN, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Lufthansa has asked the
German pilots’ union VC to return to talks as the airline tries
to stave off another costly strike over changes to an early
Vereinigung Cockpit (VC), which represents most of
Lufthansa’s 5,400 pilots, decided in favour of imminent
industrial action after it said late on Friday that talks about
the scheme had failed.
BERLIN, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Crowdfunding has been used to
finance everything from bands to business start-ups, social
causes and even plastic surgery. Now it’s being used to buy
A new online platform is attempting to attract investors to
finance the purchase of small regional passenger jets – deals
that have often struggled to find backing from traditional
BERLIN (Reuters) – Sponsors Puma, Evonik and Signal Iduna will buy a stake in Borussia Dortmund as the Ruhr Valley club raises funds to compete with Bayern Munich, the German league champions.
Dortmund BVB.DE said on Thursday they will issue up to 24.5 million shares in a capital increase worth up to 114.4 million euros (92 million pounds) to boost finances and reduce its debt.
BERLIN, Aug 21 (Reuters) – German soccer club Borussia Dortmund will issue up to 24.5 million shares in a capital increase worth up to 114.4 million euros ($152 million), adding some of the proceeds would be used to pay off debt.
Shares in Dortmund BVB.DE will be offered at 4.66 euros, the club which is one of the richest in the Bundesliga, said.
DUESSELDORF/BERLIN, Aug 15 (Reuters) – German department
store giant Karstadt is changing hands for the second time in
four years, with Austrian property investor Rene Benko set to
overhaul the loss-making chain.
A familiar sight in German cities and the owner of the
famous KaDeWe luxury department store in Berlin, Karstadt
competes with Kaufhof, which has capitalised on Karstadt’s woes
to gain market share. The two run around 100 stores each.
BERLIN, Aug 11 (Reuters) – Beset by low air fares and
relentless competition, airlines around the world are waking up
to the value of their frequent flyer programmes and realising
they can boost profits as well as brand profile.
A multitude of global carriers – preserved by complex
cross-border ownership rules that curb dealmaking – means that
simply selling tickets is no longer lucrative. Industry body
IATA predicts a 3.5 percent drop in fares this year and for
airlines’ net profit margins to reach just 2.4 percent.
BERLIN, Aug 7 (Reuters) – Companies in Germany, Russia’s
biggest trade partner in the European Union, are starting to
feel the pain of a deepening standoff between the West and
Moscow, with firms from defence to car manufacturing warning
about a hit to business.
Germany sold about 36 billion euros ($48 billion) of goods
to Russia last year, almost a third of the EU’s total, and some
6,200 German firms are active there with 20 billion euros of
BERLIN, Aug 6 (Reuters) – The outbreak of the Ebola virus in
West Africa, conflict in the Middle East and a possible trade
war with Russia could all hurt air travel this year, a leading
industry group said.
“All have the potential to dent demand,” Tony Tyler,
Director General of the International Air Transport Association
(IATA), which represents around 240 airlines, said on Wednesday.