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Lufthansa to fly less and with smaller planes

The Local · 22 Sep 2011, 08:03

Published: 22 Sep 2011 08:03 GMT+02:00

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“We are removing part of the anticipated additional capacity out of planning, in that we are reducing frequency, cutting some connections, and using smaller airplanes,” Chairman Carsten Spohr told the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.

It was crucial in these times to take make such decisions early rather than flying through the crisis with empty planes, he added.

The firm has just reduced its prognosis for this year, to a growth rate of four percent – dramatically lower than the 12 percent which had initially been expected.

In a small ray of sunshine for travellers who may find their connections either full or no longer on offer, Spohr said he expected passengers to be able to send text messages from their mobile phones while in the plane.

“We will possibly allow the transmission and receipt of text messages on board, without allowing telephone calls at the same time,” he said.

Germany’s second-largest carrier Air Berlin also announced cuts this week, designed to save as much as €200 million a year by cutting at least 100 flights a week and significantly reducing its fleet.

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Your comments about this article

08:30 September 22, 2011 by Bigfoot76
The big A380's will make nice hotels or homes for the homeless.
20:54 September 22, 2011 by BierKerl
I don't think the A380 will ever turn a profit for Airbus, much like the Concorde never made money.
19:57 September 23, 2011 by nemo999
I know they bought the A-380 for Frankfurt to Athens route, that is after Greece defaults on its Debt, leaves the Euro, and then re-creates the Drachma, at new much reduced value, you know somewhere between 100 to 200 Drachma to the Euro. Vacations will be really cheap. But please wait to book that flight until after all of the street violence has stopped, and we are sure that there really is a country to go to.
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