Lufthansa, which is called Deutsche Lufthansa AG, is the official air carrier of Germany. The airline, which started its operations in 1954, is the fourth largest airline in the world in terms of the overall passengers carried. It has its registered office in Deutz, Cologne, which is also the headquarters of the airline. The air carrier has its major hubs in the Frankfurt Airport, Munich Airport and Düsseldorf International Airport. The base of most of the flight attendants and pilots is in Frankfurt.
With a fleet size of 279 aircraft, the airline provides flight services to 221 destinations worldwide that include 18 domestic and 203 international destinations. Along with the subsidiaries, the count of the aircraft goes up to 710 and that of the service destinations to 410. It is presently the second largest passenger air carrier in the world. The airline’s service destinations include South America, North America, Asia, Africa and Europe.
Lufthansa is a member of Star Alliance and is its founding member too. The airline group has employees’ strength of 117,000 people all over the world. In the year of 2010, the airline carried almost 90 million people to various places across the globe. It offers the First Class, Business Class and Economy Class of travel to its passengers. Most of its long-distance flights have the First Class seating that can be converted to a flat bed. They provide entertainment facility and power connections for laptops and mobile phones to the passengers. They also provide food upon request from the passengers.
The airline offers the Business Class seating on every long-distance flight. The passengers can recline the seats to a certain angle and there are various entertainment facilities such as AVOD screens available to them. Every Economy Class has a 31-inch seat space. Passengers can enjoy free drinks and meals. The airline has a freight aircraft, which is MD-11F and they use this aircraft only for cargo services.
There are four types of lounges that the airline offers: the First Class Terminal, Senator, Business and Welcome Lounges. The First Class and Senator Lounges are accessible only to the First Class passengers. Business and Welcome Lounges are accessible to Business Class travelers or above. The members can use the lounges even if they have a Star Alliance status or if they are a member of Miles & More, the airline’s frequent flyer program. Lufthansa is the largest air carrier of Europe and SkyTrax gave it the title of the “World’s Best Airline” in 2010. At the World Airline Award ceremony in the same year, SkyTrax voted the airline’s hubs at Munich and Frankfurt as “The Best Hubs”. The airline’s services both on the ground and onboard the flight is noteworthy.