Toxic Fumes: German Airline Safety Issues Larger than Thought

Toxic Fumes: German Airline Safety Issues Larger than Thought

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 08, 2012

Just how dangerous is flying in Germany? Airlines often fail to report safety issues and, according to a pilots' union spokesman, air quality incidents inside jet cabins are commonplace. Now Germany's transport minister has demanded that the European Union come up with a unified approach to the problem. more...

Disgruntled Cabin Crew: Lufthansa's Cost-Cutting Strategy Backfires

Disgruntled Cabin Crew: Lufthansa's Cost-Cutting Strategy Backfires

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 12, 2012

The anger that fueled last week's strike by Lufthansa cabin crew members caught the company off guard. The airline wants to reduce its relatively high personnel costs, but appears to misunderstand how certain efforts to do so have alienated their employees. By Dinah Deckstein and Martin U. Müller more... Comment ]


Cabin Crew Dispute: Strike Grounds Half of Lufthansa's Flights 

Cabin Crew Dispute: Strike Grounds Half of Lufthansa's Flights 

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 07, 2012

The latest in a series of cabin crew strikes forced German flagship airline Lufthansa to cancel about half of its flights on Friday, marking a "dark day" for customers, a spokesman said. But the bitter labor dispute may be resolved soon, with both the union and the airline signaling they are ready to resume talks. more...

Labor Dispute Lingers: Lufthansa Cancels 1,200 Flights for Friday

Labor Dispute Lingers: Lufthansa Cancels 1,200 Flights for Friday

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 06, 2012

A planned nationwide strike by the union representing most of Lufthansa's flight attendants has forced the airline to cancel some 1,200 flights going into the weekend. Trans-Atlantic flights have likewise been affected. Chances that a last-minute compromise will avert the strike are considered slim. more...


Strikes Across Germany: Fronts Harden in Lufthansa Labor Dispute

Strikes Across Germany: Fronts Harden in Lufthansa Labor Dispute

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 04, 2012

Lufthansa flight attendants held strikes at three major German airports on Tuesday to protest against cost-cutting measures, resulting in the cancellation of over 300 flights. But the industrial action may be just getting started. Labor disputes with pilots and ground crews could follow. By Dinah Deckstein and Martin U. Müller more... Comment ]

Partial Closure: Chaos as Strikes Ground Planes at Frankfurt Airport

Partial Closure: Chaos as Strikes Ground Planes at Frankfurt Airport

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 31, 2012

Lufthansa flight attendants walked off the job for eight hours on Friday resulting in over 200 flight cancellations and a temporary ban on incoming flights into Germany's biggest airport. The labor dispute will likely result in more strikes soon. more...


The World from Berlin: 'A Question of Lufthansa's Very Future'

The World from Berlin: 'A Question of Lufthansa's Very Future'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 29, 2012

Flight crew at Lufthansa vowed to strike this week over the collapse of wage talks as the company struggles to regain profitability on its European routes. Germany's flag carrier airline has little choice but to push through massive cost cuts, say commentators, and its employees must be willing to contribute their share. more... Comment ]

Nine-Month Delay: New Berlin Airport Won't Open until March 2013

Nine-Month Delay: New Berlin Airport Won't Open until March 2013

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 17, 2012

The mayor of Berlin has confirmed that the city's new international airport will not open until March 17, 2013, nine months after its planned June opening. The operators need additional time to complete a fire safety system. more...


Trouble at Lufthansa: Europe's Largest Airline Flies the Budget Route

Trouble at Lufthansa: Europe's Largest Airline Flies the Budget Route

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 09, 2012

CEO Christoph Franz at Lufthansa has alarmed employees in recent days with  radical plans for cost-cutting at the German national airline. He wants to combine the airline's low-cost subsidiary Germanwings and large portions of its European flights. The move is intended to reduce costs, but not fares -- and it could be the customers who lose out. By Dinah Deckstein more... Comment ]

Cost-Cutting at Lufthansa: German National Carrier Undergoes Mass Restructuring

Cost-Cutting at Lufthansa: German National Carrier Undergoes Mass Restructuring

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 03, 2012

The CEO of German flag carrier airline Lufthansa has been forced to make cuts in the face of growing losses. With the restructuring, Christoph Franz is dismantling the legacy of the company's former CEO and future supervisory board chairman. Is he steering directly into a conflict? By Dinah Deckstein more... Comment ]