Founded in 1926 in Berlin, following a merger between 'Deutsche Aero Lloyd' (DAL) and 'Junkers Luftverkehr', Lufthansa's original name was Deutsche Luft Hansa Aktiengesellschaft. The word 'Lufthansa’ was adopted in 1933.
Lufthansa fought the World War II in 1939, but was suspended following the defeat of Germany in 1945. Lufthansa, as a new entity was recreated on 6 January 1953 as Aktiengesellschaft f’r Luftverkehrsbedarf (Luftag) and was renamed Deutsche Lufthansa Aktiengesellschaft on August 6, 1954. On 1st April, 1955, Lufthansa resumed scheduled service within Germany, while international operations started on 15 May 1955, with flights to destinations in Europe, followed by service to New York. South Atlantic routes were resumed in August 1956.
Today, Lufthansa Airlines is Europe's largest airline and also the flag carrier of Germany. The name of the company is derived from Luft (the German word for "air"), and Hansa (after Hanseatic League, the powerful medieval trading group).
Rated fifth in the world's ranking for airlines; Lufthansa Airlines offer its services to over 410 destinations, in association with its partners. It has the second-largest passenger airline fleet in the world, when combined with Lufthansa City Line, Air Dolomiti, Eurowings, Germanwings, Augsburg Airways, Contact Air, and SWISS, operating 529 aircraft. Lufthansa is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world's largest airline alliance, which was formed in 1997 together with Thai Airways, United Airlines, Air Canada and Scandinavian Airlines System. As a part of Star Alliance, the Lufthansa Group operates more than 400 aircraft and employs nearly 100,000 people worldwide. In 2007, 831 million passengers flew with Lufthansa including all its subsidiaries.
Lufthansa Airlines comprises of modern aircrafts, which are economical and environmentally compatible than older models, as they burn less fuel and emit fewer pollutants. In this respect, Lufthansa Airlines launched a fleet modernization program in 2003, during which it replaced old aircraft with ten new Airbus A340-600s and ten new Airbus A330-300 and also Airbus A380. Lufthansa has also changed Lufthansa Cargo is and replaced it with Boeing 747- 200s with MD-11 freighters.
Lufthansa joined the Star Alliance network in 1997, which has made it one of the premier airlines in the world. At the regional level as well, Lufthansa has a huge network of alliances in the form of "Lufthansa Regional," which joins five different carriers under a common roof.
Lufthansa Airlines extends its services to 209 destinations in 81 countries. Together with its partners - Lufthansa CityLine and Lufthansa Regional, Lufthansa Airlines extends its services to over 410 destinations. Lufthansa Airlines has its corporate headquarters in Cologne, whereas its main base and primary traffic hub is at Frankfurt International Airport in Frankfurt am Main with a second hub at Munich International Airport.
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Come 2009, Lufthansa plans to start six new Embraer 195 jets, which will be stationed at Milan Malpensa Airport.
Lufthansa Cargo ranked amongst the Top 20th Agents in Vancouver in 1999
Lufthansa Airlines will expand its services to key Pune, India for business and leisure travellers alike from 1 July 2008.
Lufthansa Airlines launched code share flights with Ethiopian Airlines.
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