Articles tagged “lufthansa”

Why Ryanair Is Hungry for Acquisitions

Why Ryanair Is Hungry for Acquisitions

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Ryanair is the great white shark of the airline world. It knows which airlines are bleeding cash and it is in the mood to feast.

3 days ago

Lufthansa Forced to Cancel Flights as German Labor Issues Resurface

Lufthansa Forced to Cancel Flights as German Labor Issues Resurface

Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

It looks like Lufthansa is caught up in the greater wave of labor strife cropping up across Germany. After canceling half its flights scheduled for Tuesday, the airline has to hope this is an isolated incident.

1 month ago

How Lufthansa Group Tries to Beat Back Its Own Bureaucracy

How Lufthansa Group Tries to Beat Back Its Own Bureaucracy

Brian Sumers, Skift

The bureaucracy at a major legacy airline often rivals that of a government. So when Lufthansa Group decided it needed an innovation hub, it purposely built it in Berlin, far from the main headquarters. That was probably a good idea.

2 months ago

Lufthansa Will Cut Berlin-New York Route Only Months After Its Launch

Lufthansa Will Cut Berlin-New York Route Only Months After Its Launch

Richard Weiss , Bloomberg

This is more notable than it looks. Legacy airlines in the past were known for keeping high-profile unprofitable routes for years, if only to save face. But here, Lufthansa cut the route remarkably quickly — the definition of "fail fast."

2 months ago

Lufthansa Is Very Worried About Rivals’ Plans in Germany

Lufthansa Is Very Worried About Rivals’ Plans in Germany

Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

Ryanair and EasyJet have both used the demise of Air Berlin to boost their operations in Germany. You get the feeling that we'll be hearing a lot more from Lufthansa's low-cost unit Eurowings in the coming years.

2 months ago

European Airline CEOs Talk Brexit and Are Divided on the Harm

European Airline CEOs Talk Brexit and Are Divided on the Harm

Jonathan Stearns and Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary said "the first industry over the cliffs will be flights" in a Brexit deal, and then perhaps the UK would reexamine its decision. That's not a bad idea at all.

2 months ago

British Airways Wants to Get Smarter About Selling Airline Tickets

British Airways Wants to Get Smarter About Selling Airline Tickets

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Airlines have long hoped for a technological development that would enable them to take back control from travel's middlemen. The New Distribution Capability was supposed to be that solution, but change of this magnitude takes time. At the moment, the British Airways parent seems more than happy to eat up the cost.

3 months ago

Air France-KLM Isn’t Sure What to Do About Low-Cost Rivals

Air France-KLM Isn’t Sure What to Do About Low-Cost Rivals

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Air France-KLM is being much more cautious than its rivals on the subject of low-cost long-haul. Joon isn't the long-term answer and Air France-Klm needs to come up with something better if it is going to compete against Norwegian and others.

3 months ago

Former Formula One Champion Overtakes IAG in Race to Buy Austrian Airline

Former Formula One Champion Overtakes IAG in Race to Buy Austrian Airline

Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

British Airways parent IAG was the odds-on favorite to take over Niki and merge it with low-cost carrier Vueling. It will be interesting to see whether Thomas Cook emerges as Niki Lauda’s mystery backer.

4 months ago

EasyJet Is Transforming the German Market With Launch of Domestic Routes

EasyJet Is Transforming the German Market With Launch of Domestic Routes

Brian Sumers, Skift

Yes, Air Berlin was ostensibly competition for Lufthansa. But for a long time, Air Berlin was a weakened competitor. Now that Easyjet has taken over some of Air Berlin's assets, the German market could be transformed.

5 months ago

Ryanair Still Doing Better Than Its Rivals

Ryanair Still Doing Better Than Its Rivals

Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

Despite all the bad headlines, Ryanair continues to dominate the short-haul European market. The performance – though slightly down on previous years – should also help take some of the heat off Chief Executive Michael O’Leary.

5 months ago

Lufthansa Joins EU Carriers in Adopting Spend-Based Loyalty Program — Business of Loyalty

Lufthansa Joins EU Carriers in Adopting Spend-Based Loyalty Program — Business of Loyalty

Grant Martin, Skift

With the change by Lufthansa Group, travelers in Europe will have to adjust to the new normal in loyalty programs.

5 months ago