Lufthansa CityLine celebrates 60 years
Lufthansa CityLine celebrates today the 60th anniversary of its maiden flight. On June 17, 1959, the then “Ostfriesische Lufttaxi”, short OLT, launched from the newly built airfield in Emden the flight operations to the North Sea islands Borkum, Norderney and Juist. Later, the company expanded and joined as a regional airline under the name DLT destinations within West Germany, the first European routes followed. Since 1992, Lufthansa has been a full member of the Lufthansa Group as Lufthansa CityLine.
Today, the company based in Munich employs around 2,500 people. These include pilots and flight attendants as well as engineers, aircraft mechanics, IT specialists, project managers, controllers and HR experts. The pioneering spirit of the two founders Jan Janssen and Martin Dekker can still be felt today in the still medium-sized companies. For example, in 1992 Lufthansa CityLine was a world premiere customer involved in the launch of the Bombardier CRJ series, one of the most successful regional jets in the world and successfully launched the jet age in regional traffic against numerous skeptics in the industry. Another visionary development was achieved around the turn of the millennium when Lufthansa CityLine became the world’s first airline to introduce professional environmental management, and to this day receives the demanding European EMAS certification every year. The passengers also fly on their airline: In addition to the warm service, guests can expect Lufthansa quality on board. The airline also follows the strict standards of the Lufthansa Group when it comes to training cockpit and cabin crews as well as aircraft technicians.
The basic values of the company are just as relevant today as they used to be: “Quality, flexibility and speed are the key aspects of our successful development,” says Managing Director Steffen Harbarth. “Our company was founded 60 years ago on a good idea and with a great deal of commitment.” Managing Director Carsten Wirths adds: “That’s exactly what keeps us going today: We want to constantly improve and are innovative. For example, we are committed to environmental sustainability, constantly reviewing our structures and using big data approaches to improve our processes. “
Today Lufthansa CityLine connects about 80 destinations in Europe with over 50 modern Airbus, Embraer and Bombardier jets from the hubs of Munich and Frankfurt and offers selected long-haul flights. With around 8 million passengers per year, the airline carries a considerable portion of Lufthansa passengers and thus plays an important role in the route network. For the passengers this is an advantage: the airline flies on routes that would not be economical with larger aircraft or because of technical restrictions would be completely unavailable and connects so many European regions to the worldwide Lufthansa network. In this way, Lufthansa CityLine operates daily with over 300 flights from Ancona to Zagreb.