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Apr 30, 2015

Air France-KLM narrows Q1 operating loss

BERLIN, April 30 (Reuters) – Air France-KLM said
pressure on ticket prices and negative currency effects would
offset virtually all the benefits of lower fuel prices this year
after it reported a narrower first-quarter operating loss.

Like Lufthansa, Air France-KLM is battling with
unions to cut costs amid tough price competition in Europe and
is cutting back on investments to bolster its finances.

Apr 16, 2015

Airline seat squeeze raises health and safety concerns

BERLIN (Reuters) – Airlines are packing ever more seats into economy class to protect profit margins from falling ticket prices, prompting concerns over health and safety from travelers and crew.

Slim-line designs, extra emergency exits and creative placing of galleys and toilets are all playing their part in the great seat squeeze, say industry watchers.

Apr 15, 2015

Panasonic eyes doubling of airline Wi-Fi installation to meet demand

HAMBURG (Reuters) – Panasonic Avionics says it will need to double the rate at which it installs Wi-Fi systems on aircraft to catch up with skyrocketing demand from airlines to keep passengers connected above the clouds.

Airlines are rushing to install Wi-Fi on board, seeing not only an opportunity to meet demands from customers to be always connected, but also to make the most of advertising contracts from companies keen on access to this captive audience.

Apr 8, 2015

Airbus eyes new seat choices as economy traffic booms

PARIS/BERLIN (Reuters) – Airbus (AIR.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) plans to offer airlines more choice in the way they configure their planes, and sees carriers opting for different levels of comfort within their economy cabins, a senior Airbus executive said on Wednesday.

It also plans to redefine the capacity of its wide-body jets to add premium economy to the traditional economy and business classes to recognize market trends, Chris Emerson, head of marketing at Airbus, said in a telephone interview.

Apr 5, 2015

German aviation watchdog did not know crash pilot’s medical history

BERLIN, April 5 (Reuters) – The German aviation authority
did not know about co-pilot Andreas Lubitz’s medical background
prior to the Germanwings crash that killed 150 people, it told
Reuters on Sunday, raising more questions over medical oversight
of pilots.

Lubitz, believed to have deliberately steered the plane into
a mountain in the French Alps, broke off his pilot training for
several months in 2009 and upon restarting informed the
Lufthansa pilot training school by email he had
overcome a period of severe depression.

Apr 2, 2015

Germanwings crash another burden in Lufthansa’s financial battle

BERLIN (Reuters) – Lufthansa’s Germanwings crash intensifies the airline’s battle to keep up with rivals and find the money to invest in its planes, but is unlikely to bring about its demise in the way that Lockerbie did for Pan Am.

Lufthansa is fighting stiff competition from low cost and Middle Eastern airlines that have eaten away at its market share both in Europe and on long-haul flights. The airline is trying to cut costs to offer lower ticket prices without sacrificing profits, but that has prompted its pilots to go on strike.

Apr 2, 2015

Germanwings crash families must prepare for differing payouts

BERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Families of those killed aboard the Germanwings flight are likely to receive vastly different payouts depending on their nationality, where they bought the ticket, and how much they earned, even though they all shared the same fate, lawyers said.

Claims can be made either where the ticket was purchased, in the home country of the airline, at courts in the passenger’s destination or in the passenger’s home country.

Mar 31, 2015

Lufthansa flight school knew of crash pilot’s depression

BERLIN (Reuters) – The German pilot who crashed a plane in the French Alps last week, killing 150 people, told officials at a Lufthansa training school in 2009 that he had gone through a period of severe depression, the airline said on Tuesday.

The statement is potentially damaging for the airline and its CEO Carsten Spohr, who told reporters last week that the carrier knew of no reason why 27-year-old Andreas Lubitz might deliberately crash a plane.

Mar 30, 2015

Lufthansa CEO faces tough test after Germanwings crash

BERLIN (Reuters) – After an already troubled first year as CEO of Lufthansa, Carsten Spohr must now deal with the aftermath of the Germanwings disaster whilst making the airline group fit to compete for the future.

The crash in the French Alps, believed to have been deliberately caused by co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, happened while Lufthansa is trying to halt declining ticket prices, expand low-cost operations, reduce staff costs and bring an end to a series of pilot strikes.

Mar 26, 2015

Analysis – Pilot’s actions may add to Germanwings’ liability in mountain crash: lawyers

NEW YORK/BERLIN (Reuters) – Lufthansa (LHAG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research) subsidiary Germanwings could face liabilities well above the typical ceiling in airline crashes for the passengers who died on Tuesday when one of its jets was flown into an Alpine mountain, some aviation lawyers said.

A lot will depend on whether the airline can defend itself against negligence claims given that prosecutors said on Thursday that a young German co-pilot locked himself alone in the cockpit of the Airbus A320 and set it on course to crash, killing all 144 passengers and six crew members.

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