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Alexandre de Juniac, Chairman and CEO of Air France, has presented to Company managers the project for the new Air France organization, supporting the implementation of Transform 2015, in an aim to restore the Company’s competitiveness and place the customer at the heart of its strategy. 

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Lufthansa is transferring its point-to-point services that are not operated through the Frankfurt and Munich hubs to a unified business model under the Germanwings brand. Up to now, both Lufthansa and Germanwings have offered point-to-point flights on domestic German and European routes.

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The airlines in the Lufthansa Group continued their course for further growth in passenger numbers: From January until September 2012 Lufthansa German Airlines, SWISS and Austrian Airlines carried a total of 78.8 million passengers, an increase of 3.5 per cent on the year-earlier level. Capacity was up by 1.8 per cent, while sales increased by 3.3 per cent. The seat load factor in the Group’s passenger traffic rose accordingly on the prior-year level by 1.2 percentage points to a total of 79.3 per cent. 

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Wednesday morning, 10 October: At 9.50 hrs precisely, as scheduled, the first aircraft pushed back from the new Pier A-Plus at Frankfurt Airport. Aboard the Lufthansa Airbus A380 “Zürich”, operating under flight number LH454, were 466 passengers bound for San Francisco. This was the first of a total of 13 flight departures scheduled for Wednesday.

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Turkish Airlines has placed an order for 15 A330-300s, their seventh order for the A330 family of aircraft and their twentieth Airbus order overall. The aircraft will be operated on medium and long haul routes from the Turkish Airlines hub in Istanbul.

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Eurocopter’s newest lightweight single engine helicopter – the EC130 T2 - is completing a two-week demo tour in several European countries to demonstrate its exceptional capabilities for aerial work and heavy lifting operations in mountainous and low altitude environments.

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Carolyn McCall, CEO of easyJet, today encouraged the EU to break down the remaining walls of protectionism in European aviation on slots and ground handling.

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Tomorrow morning the new A-Plus Concourse at Frankfurt Airport will go into operation, and at the same time Lufthansa will open five new lounges there. A First Class Lounge, a Senator Lounge and a Business Lounge are located on the EU Departures and Arrivals level. For passengers in the so-called Non-Schengen area there is a Senator Lounge and a Business Lounge.

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From January through the end of September 2012, Munich Airport handled more passengers than ever before in the first three quarters of a calendar year. The approximately 29.2 million arriving and departing passengers represented an increase of more than 2 percent as compared with the same period a year earlier. At the same time, the average aircraft load factor rose to a new record of 75 percent, which represents a year-on-year improvement of 1.3 percentage points. That means that, on average, three quarters of all seats in planes arriving in or departing from Munich are booked. The 302,000 aircraft movements counted during the first three quarters of this year was 2.7 percent lower than the figure for the first nine months of 2011.
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