Together with its subsidiaries, Lufthansa is the largest airline in Europe. Its headquarters are in Cologne, Germany. The airline was founded in January 1953 but only commenced operations in 1955.
Lufthansa is a member of the Star Alliance and is headed up by chairman and CEO, Carsten Spohr. The annual revenue of the airline is in excess of 32 billion euros per year.
Having placed orders for four aircraft in 1953, Lufthansa had to wait 2 years to commence operations amid airspace law complications after WWII. In April 1955 the airline launched with domestic flights adding international flights in June of the same year. At the time, East Germany attempted to start up an airline under the same name which resulted in a legal battle between the East and the West. West Germany won.
In the 1960s the airline entered the Jet age market with four Boeing 707s, with the introduction of the Boeing 747 wide-body in the 70s. In 1979 the airline gained increased publicity as one of only two airlines chosen to be the launch customer of the Airbus A310.
Lufthansa continued to expand over the years with minimal financial setbacks until the recession of 2010. The only major setback during these years was the September 11 attacks, but the airline recovered. In 2010, economic downturn caused the airline to suffer major losses which lead to a restructuring of the company.
Key international routes and destinations
Lufthansa flies to 193 international destinations located in Asia, USA, Africa and Europe. The airline offers flights to Johannesburg and Cape Town in South Africa.
The 2017 fleet
The airline has a total of 270 aircraft and 175 on order:
- Airbus A319-100: 30
- Airbus A320-200: 63
- Airbus A320neo: 5
- Airbus A321-100: 20
- Airbus A321-200: 44
- Airbus A330-300: 19
- Airbus A340-300: 18
- Airbus A340-600: 23
- Airbus A350-900: 1
- Airbus A380-800: 14
- Boeing 747-400: 13
- Boeing 747-8: 19
On Board Entertainment
All passengers are able to access the latest movies, television programs, music and audio books. Entertainment is provided via in-seat screens or via the Lufthansa app on your mobile device.
Economy Class: 1 bag up to 23kg, as checked in baggage and 1 piece of carry-on baggage up to 8kg.
Premium Economy Class: 2 bags up to 23kg each, as checked in baggage and 1 piece of carry-on baggage up to 8kg.
Business Class: 2 bags up to 32kg each, as checked in baggage and 2 pieces of carry-on baggage up to 8kg.
First Class: 3 bags up to 32kg each, as checked in baggage and 2 pieces of carry-on baggage up to 8kg.
Rewards / Frequent Flyer Program
Lufthansa’s frequent flyer program is called Miles and More. Passengers can earn miles by buying flight tickers, booking car hire and renting hotel rooms. Miles can be spent to buy tickets, pay for extra baggage and shop online.
Partnerships and Codeshare Agreements
Lufthansa has codeshare agreements with Adria Airways, Aegean Airways, Air Canada, Air China, Air Dolomiti, Air India, Air Malta, Air New Zealand, All Nippon Airways, Austrian Airlines, Avianca, Azerbaijan Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EqyptAir, Ethiopian Airways, Etihad Airways, Eurowings, Germanwings, Japan Airlines, Iran Air, LATAM Brasil, LOT Polish Airlines, Luxair, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Swiss International Air Lines, TAAG Angola Airlines, TACA Airlines, Thai Airways, United Airlines, TAP Portugal and BMI Regional.
Lufthansa offers Economy Class, Premium Economy Class, First Class and Business Class on board all of its aircraft.
Passengers can check in online using their booking reference, first name and last name into the online system.
Contacting Lufthansa in South Africa
Passengers can contact Lufthansa in South Africa on the following numbers:
Telephone: 0861 842 538 or +27 (0) 21 415 3747
Lufthansa in the News
Andre Schulz, Lufthansa general manager in South Africa has stated that the company is committed to the continued improvement of Lufthansa. This is seen in the dedication of the airline to make 2017 the year of digitalization. The airline has several digital innovations planned to make the travel experience better for the passenger.
Lufthansa increases baggage allowance for South African travellers. All economy passengers were previously only allowed one piece of checked in baggage, and now they will be allowed two. Each bag can weigh up to 23kg.