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Deutsche Lufthansa

Lufthansa-FlugzeugWith its twin propellers whirring, the "Convair 340" sped down the runway before lifting off smoothly from Hamburg to Munich. History was made as flight LH 104 took off on 1 April 1955: With that flight from Hamburg to Munich via Dusseldorf and Frankfurt, the newly founded Deutsche Lufthansa AG became the first domestic airline to resume scheduled services over Germany after World War Two. The first timetable, a plain leaflet, listed just four intra-German flights.

That timetable is now the size of a paperback: Detailing on 360 pages the information on all the schedules on Lufthansa routes to 207 destinations in 81 countries (summer timetable 2008). In 2007, the Lufthansa corporate group carried about 63 million passengers in comfort and safety to their destination - Lufthansa is one of Europe's most successful airlines. Over the years, it has evolved from a state-owned carrier into a fully privatised Aviation Group. Quality and innovation, safety and reliability have become the hallmarks of the Lufthansa brand. Alongside its core passenger traffic business, Lufthansa is operating successfully in other industries such as logistics, MRO, catering and IT services. All in all, the Aviation Group comprises around 400 subsidiaries and affiliates around the world.

Run firmly along strictly commercial and strategic guidelines, Lufthansa is well position against the competition and ranks financially among the soundest companies in the airline business. In 2007, the Group posted operating profits totaling million 1,378 billion euros. Chairman and CEO Wolfgang Mayrhuber has been at the helm since June 2003, supported on the Executive Board by Stefan Lauer (Aviation Services and Human Resources) and Stephan Gemkow (Chief Financial Officer).

The fleet operated by the Group is all set for the future. It numbers in total more than 500 Jets with an average age of 10.3 years and is one of the youngest and most environment-friendly in the air traffic industry. Lufthansa relies on fuel-efficient aircraft and takes an active part in developing fuel-saving engines. Its environmental commitment also has its rewards: The fleet currently consumes an average 4.4 liters to transport one passenger 100 kilometers, well down on the 12 liters it required to carry one passenger the same distance in the Seventies. And standards are still rising: the new Lufthansa flagship, the Airbus A380, burns only 3.4 liters. The Aviation Group has placed orders for 15 of the mega-liners - the first A380 will be entering scheduled service with Lufthansa in 2009. Lufthansa has ordered over 170 new aircraft valued at a list price of around 14 billion euros, also including 20 modern Boeing 747-8s.

A modern fleet is only one constituent of an array of excellent services laid on for customers. It contributes to the experience of flying with Lufthansa together with a global route network in the Star Alliance, convenient and modern check-in options, superlative lounges and the highest standards in in-flight service. Not least among the perks is the attractive Miles & More frequent flyer programme, allowing 15 million Lufthansa customers (as of March 2008) worldwide to earn and redeem mile credits on flights with the airline.