U.S. airlines might be reporting near record profits, but that's not the case in Europe, where travelers are fearful.
Lufthansa is renowned for having its succession act together so the abrupt departure of its CFO, one of the few female executives at large Germany companies, amounts to a punch in the stomach for investors.
There's no real advantage for any airline to stick around, but do expect them to rush back in when the current leadership goes away.
Low unemployment sounds like a good problem, unless you're an airline looking to add routes and hire more flight attendants. Lufthansa is going to have to get creative — or resolve contract issues with the union.
Lufthansa is looking to increase its presence among Europe's low-cost carriers.
Lufthansa's CEO on airline consolidation in Europe: “So we are speaking with everyone, and everyone is speaking to us.” Enough said.
It's smart for Lufthansa to be cautious about 2016: We don't think it's got its act together yet.
It's been a turbulent, albeit profitable, year for Lufthansa's low-cost revolution to take off, thanks to labor woes and long-haul delays.
We believe that a partnership between Norwegian and Ryanair makes sense and could take off with few complications. But we don't believe converting long-term rivals to new friends is done easily in aviation. Still, if anyone could argue until this gets done, it would be O'Leary--with credit going to Willie Walsh. That alone is a remarkable thing.
Lufthansa's brand is becoming more about its labor woes than its long and successful history of service.