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Lufthansa to shed staff in savings push

Lufthansa announced on Friday it plans to cut 400 administrative jobs by the end of 2011 as part of a major cost-cutting drive.

Lufthansa to shed staff in savings push
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Thomas Klühr, the head of the airline’s efficiency drive programme “Climb 2011,” told the company’s internal newspaper, Lufthanseat that about 270 jobs would be phased out by 2010.

The cuts should help with the company’s aim to save €1 billion by the end of 2011.

Klühr said forced layoffs were not anticipated. Rather, cuts would take the form of partial early retirement, voluntary redundancy payouts and special leave.

To raise productivity, Lufthansa was also considering a cut in cabin crew of perhaps 10 percent, said Klühr.

Another possible saving could come from suppliers. Lufthansa would be looking for agreements on cuts of 10 percent to meet a further saving goal of €130 million, he said. Savings of €50 million were also planned in catering.

Lufthansa also planned to raise revenues through greater seating capacity per flight, which primarily would come from flights within Europe.

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Could sleeper trains offer Germans cheap, low-carbon travel across Europe?

Several political parties in Germany have said they want to bring back sleeper trains in order to meet carbon emissions targets.

Could sleeper trains offer Germans cheap, low-carbon travel across Europe?
A sleeper train in Austria. Photo: dpa/APA | Georg Hochmuth

The Green party have said that they want to put state subsidies into night trains that will connect Germany with cities as far flung as St Petersburg in the north and Lisbon in the south.

According to the environmentalist party’s plans, 40 night rail lines could connect 200 destinations across the continent including islands like Mallorca, which would be linked in by train and ferry.

The Greens want the EU to buy a fleet of sleeper trains that could travel at speeds of between 200 km/h and 250 km/h.

The CDU have also announced plans to rebuild the country’s sleeper train services.

Deutsche Bahn stopped its last sleeper service in 2016 citing the high costs involved in maintaining its fleet that was not recuperated through ticket sales.

Earlier this year the state owned company said it had “no plans” to purchase new sleeper wagons.

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