,Auntie Ju´ becomes a ,flying memorial´

Junkers Ju52 der Deutschen Lufthansa Berlin-Stiftung im Flug. Foto: Andy Jacobs / 07.1986 D10-13-189
The Junkers Ju52 of Deutsche  Lufthansa Berlin-Stiftung.
Foto: Andy Jacobs / 07.1986

It is one of the oldest passenger planes in the world still flying. Its many admirers at home and abroad lovingly call it “Tante Ju” (Auntie Ju) or more respectfully, the “Grande Dame of the skies”. Now the ”old-timer”, built in 1936 in the Junkers aircraft plant in Dessau has been honored as no passenger plane has ever been before. Being its first and only historic commercial aircraft, Lufthansa’s Ju 52 has been placed under protection by the Office of Historic Monuments of the Hamburg Cultural Authority.

The presentation of the official plaque signifying the Protection of Historic Monuments took place on August 22, 2015 at the Airport Days in Hamburg. At a ceremony attended by 50 distinguished guests, Continue reading “,Auntie Ju´ becomes a ,flying memorial´”

An inspection of the ‘Hushliner’

150804_Qatar_A350_015Qatar Airways, five-star airline and national carrier of the Gulf state of Qatar, invited media representatives to a breakfast and tour of one of their four (of 80 ordered) Airbus A350 XWBs during a transit stop in Frankfurt on 4 August.
Guests were cordially met by Frédéric Gossot, Qatar Manager Germany and Austria. The Gulf airline has been using its Airbus A350 XWB twice a day from Frankfurt since March. The aircraft is nicknamed ‘Hushliner’ due to its low noise levels.
15 January saw Qatar become the world’s first customer to ‘introduce’ the ‘environmental role model’ Airbus A350 XWB in Frankfurt. And not without reason. “We chose Frankfurt in order to demonstrate to Lufthansa the strength of its Gulf competitors”, Qatar CEO Akbar Al Baker explained at the event earlier this year.
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Estonian Air supports Austrian Airlines

estonian_austrian_airlinesEstonian Air, the national airline of Estonia, IATA member and IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit) certified, has flown on behalf of Austrian Airlines since June with aircraft of the type Embraer 170 in the Austrian Group Airline network.

From 1 August a second aircraft will support the Austrians together with cockpit and cabin crew in the event of staff shortages occurring at short notice.
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Passenger Experience of the Future

exotic-beachWhat will flying be like for passen- gers in 2025? Will conventional check-in have long become a thing of the past? These were just some of the topics discussed by representatives from the world of business, aviation and politics at Aviation Event 2015, which took place in the House of Logistics and Mobility (HOLM) in Frankfurt on 6 July.

Nuria Fermoso, IATA Manager for ‘Passenger Experience, Europe’, showed this video

to start off the podium discussion on the topic of ‘What is set to change soon for passengers before, during and after their journey?’ Passenger Experience of the Future.
Will what we see in the video be a reality in ten years’ time? Increasing digitalisation should make flying a relaxed and almost stress-free experience in the future. For example, there will be information Continue reading “Passenger Experience of the Future”

United Airlines to invest US$30m in Jetfuel from Waste

Employees load bags onto a Boeing 737-800 running on algae-based biofuel in Houston. Continental (owned by United Continental Holdings Inc.) flew the nation's first passenger jet powered by biofuels on Monday.
Employees load bags onto a Boeing 737-800 running on algae-based biofuel in Houston. Continental (owned by United Continental Holdings Inc.) flew the nation’s first passenger jet powered by biofuels on Monday.

United Continental said it has invested US$30m in alternative-energy provider Fulcrum BioEnergy in a move that could produce jet fuel from waste. Fulcrum, which is backed by Waste Management, converts household trash into renewable jet fuel.

It has tried to go public, but ended up scrapping its plans for an IPO. Its first alternative fuels plant will begin operation in 2017. United executive VP Brett Hart said investing in biofuel has “the potential to Continue reading “United Airlines to invest US$30m in Jetfuel from Waste”

Propulsive Fuselage: Adding an extra engine to reduce emissions

fuselageIn view of the aviation industry´s ambitious “Flightpath 2050” emissions targets, new approaches for propulsion system design and integration are required to further improve aircraft efficiency. One promising idea proposed by academia and industry is to distribute the power of a single core engine to two or even more fans.

This would increase the propulsive efficiency due to a larger total fan area while main- taining a moderate increase in fan diameter and weight. Generally referred to as “distributed propulsion”, this would open up new options for optimization such as Continue reading “Propulsive Fuselage: Adding an extra engine to reduce emissions”

Austrian Airlines: Uniform Tights and Shoes to Remain Red

Ladiies in red – female Austrian Airlines Cabin Crewmembers love their red shoes and stockings

It is a strong signal: AUA uniform shoes and tights will remain red. 70 percent of the female employees in the Austrian Airlines cabin crew team entitled to vote have decided that their shoes and tights will also remain red in the future. This is the clear result of the uniform vote that has been causing a stir both at Austrian Airlines and in the Austrian press for several weeks.
The Austrian Airlines Employees have now decided to send out an additional signal and tomorrow, on Thursday 18th June, will therefore all wear red socks, tights or stockings in order to Continue reading “Austrian Airlines: Uniform Tights and Shoes to Remain Red”

Necessary goal or green wishful thinking?

Cargo Climate Care Conference 2015, Mehr Logistik und weniger CO2. Frankfurt, den 10.06.2015
Cargo Climate Care Conference 2015, Frankfurt, 10th of June

The G7 countries still want to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions to zero in this century. This was announced by the national leaders in early June at the G7 Summit in Schloss Elmau in Bavaria. By mid-2050, the G7 want to have converted their energy supply to renewable energies. Until then, the global CO2 emissions are to be reduced to one-third of the amount in 2010. This is a major challenge, including for the aviation industry and its supply chain.

Guests from science, politics and business
For some time now, Lufthansa Cargo has been staging the “Cargo Climate Care Conference” every two years. Customers and suppliers are invited to the conference to discuss environmentally friendly and sustainable logistics. The event also includes renowned personalities from science, politics and business as guests – for example Continue reading “Necessary goal or green wishful thinking?”

Transfer of the victims of 4U9525 begins

150417-Trauergottesdienst-FRA-002The repatriation and transfer of victims of the Germanwings flight 4U9525 to the relatives starts tomorrow, June 9th. To start off the repatriation flights, Lufthansa has arranged a special flight with a MD11 of Lufthansa Cargo from Marseille to Dusseldorf.

The plane will take off from Marseille on 9 June at 20:50 and is expected at Dusseldorf at 22:30. There will be 30 coffins of the victims of flight 4U9525 on board. The repatriation of the victims was initially scheduled for next week. At short notice, however, a delay had resulted due to regulatory requirements. The Federal Government Commissioner for the victims’ relatives had then turned to the authorities and received assurances that preparations for repatriation could be made immediately.
After this first special flight to Dusseldorf, the other victims will be gradually transferred to their home countries in the coming weeks.
According to a Lufthansa Press Release, from June 8 are “The French authorities working hard in order to create the formal conditions for the transfer of the victims as soon as possible. Lufthansa is in close contact with the relatives to ensure that the transfer of the victims is carried out according to the relatives’ wishes” .

Foto: Oliver Rösler

IAGOS project: airborne climate research laboratory installed

20150507_IAGOS_450Lufthansa  has expanded its involvement in the IAGOS (In-service Aircraft for a Global Observing System) climate research project and installed special measuring equipment on a second aircraft. The Lufthansa Airbus A330-300 with the tail number “D-AIKO” is gathering data on atmospheric trace elements and cloud particles at cruising altitude on all of its flights – on a global basis.

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