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The formal name of Lufthansa is Deutsche Lufthansa AG. However, the airline is more commonly known as Lufthansa or Lufthansa German Airlines. The name of the company comes from the German word, Luft ‘air’ and Hansa, the Hanseatic League. The airline was a government-owned enterprise and the German flag carrier until 1994 when the company became privatised.
Lufthansa is the largest German airline. When combined with its subsidiaries, it is also the largest airline in Europe both in terms of fleet size and passengers carried during 2017.
Lufthansa is one of the five founding members of Star Alliance, the world’s largest airline alliance, formed in 1997.
Besides its own services, and owning subsidiary passenger airlines Austrian Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines, Brussels Airlines, and Eurowings including Germanwings, Deutsche Lufthansa AG owns several aviation-related companies, such as Lufthansa Technik.
In total, the Lufthansa group has over 600 aircraft, making it one of the largest airline fleets in the world!
Lufthansa’s registered office and corporate headquarters are based in Cologne. The main operations base, called Lufthansa Aviation Center, is at Frankfurt Airport. The airline has a secondary hub at Munich Airport.
Lufthansa quick facts
Joined Star Alliance in May 1997
Airports Served – 205
Daily Departures – 780
Aircraft in service – 350
Frequent Flyer Programme – Miles & More
Passengers Annually – 62.4 m
Countries Served – 74
Hub Airport(s) – Frankfurt and Munich
Aircraft Types – A319, A320, A320 neo, A321, A330, A340, A380, B747, Bombardier CRJ, Embraer ERJ