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An Austrian Airlines plane flew through a thunderstorm on Sunday. The plane was pelted by hail, shattering its windscreen and tearing off its nose. download the app Email address Sign up By clicking “Sign Up”, you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy . AdvertisementAn Austrian Airlines plane traveling from Spain to Austria was left severely damaged after flying through a thunderstorm on Sunday. "Airbus A320 aircraft was damaged by hail on yesterday's flight OS434 from Palma de Mallorca to Vienna," the airline said in a statement to CNN on Monday.
Persons: Organizations: Austrian Airlines, Service, Airbus, Palma de Mallorca, CNN Locations: Vienna, Spain, Austria, Palma
CNN —An Austrian Airlines plane was badly damaged by hail when the airborne jet hit a “thunderstorm cell” Sunday, Austrian Airlines said. A storm cell is an air mass that contains up and down drafts, which can cause turbulence when a plane encounters one. A mayday emergency call was made during the flight, says Austrian. exithamster/X“Airbus A320 aircraft was damaged by hail on yesterday’s flight OS434 from Palma de Mallorca to Vienna. It follows an incident last month upon Singapore Airlines flight SQ321 when a passenger died and more than 70 were injured after the plane hit severe turbulence.
Persons: Organizations: CNN, Austrian Airlines, Palma de Mallorca, Social, Airbus, Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways Locations: Austrian, Palma, Spain, Vienna, Austria, Doha, Dublin
Airports in the Iranian capital of Tehran have resumed flights at 6:00 a.m. local time on Monday, according to Iran's state-aligned Tasnim news agency. On Sunday both of Tehran's airports, Imam Khomeini Airport and Mehrabad Airport, suspended flights after Iran's attack on Israel stoked regional tensions. Travel disrupted: On Saturday, at least three United Airlines flights headed to or departing from the Middle East were canceled as the conflict unfolded. Dutch carrier KLM has said it would stop flying over Iran and Israel "as a precaution" but continue to fly to and from Tel Aviv. Austrian Airlines and Lufthansa — currently the only two Western carriers that operate international flights to Iran — have announced a suspension of flights to and from Tehran through April 18.
Persons: Khomeini, Iran — Organizations: Mehrabad, United Airlines, Dutch, KLM, Tel Aviv . Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa — Locations: Tehran, Israel, Iran, Tel Aviv
Pictures on social media show an Austrian Airlines jet lost its right horizontal stabilizer. A local aviation news site reported the ground crew didn't park the jet properly and it rolled away. Austrian Airlines A320-271N substantially damaged on the ground at Vienna Airport after reportedly colliding with a jet bridge. After the plane arrived at Vienna Airport on Saturday night, it was towed to a parking position. But a member of the ground crew forgot to place the wheel chocks and may not have activated the parking brake, the report said.
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Lufthansa is hurting as Germany is gripped by strikes
  + stars: | 2024-03-07 | by ( Anna Cooban | )   time to read: +4 min
The strikes have also discouraged numerous customers from booking flights — particularly last-minute ”profitable” flights — resulting in a ”significant sales loss” for the company, he added. Lufthansa Group reported operating profit of around €2.7 billion ($2.9 billion) — the third-biggest in its history, and up 76% from 2022. The Verdi union, which represents 25,000 Lufthansa ground staff, had called for them to go on strike from early Thursday and until Saturday morning. The strikes are just the latest in a wave of industrial action in Germany, famed for its strong legal protections for workers, and follow walkouts by train drivers in January over wages. Deutsche Bahn, Germany’s state-owned rail operator, said it expected the industrial action to have a “massive” impact on its operations.
Persons: Berlin CNN —, Remco Steenbergen, Verdi, Marvin Reschinsky, Michael Niggemann, Chris Stern, Olesya Dmitracova, Eve Brennan, Rob North Organizations: Berlin CNN, Berlin CNN — Germany’s, Lufthansa Group, Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Security, Hamburg, Monetary Fund, Deutsche Bahn Locations: Berlin, , Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Germany, Germany’s, London
CNN —United Airlines said it will resume flights from the United States to Israel beginning in March. United is the first major US airline carrier to resume flights to Israel following the October 7 Hamas terror attack and ensuing war in Gaza. United said there will be some connecting flights from New York and Newark on March 2 and March 4 and the goal is to begin daily non-stop flights on March 6. “United conducted a detailed safety analysis in making this decision, including close work with security experts and government officials in the United States and Israel. Neither of the other major US airlines that historically offered flights to Israel, Delta and American Airlines, have resumed service yet.
Organizations: CNN — United Airlines, United, , Air Line Pilots Association, Association of, Washington Dulles, Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Air, American Airlines Locations: United States, Israel, Gaza, United, New York, Newark, San Francisco, Washington, Chicago, Tel Aviv, Air France, Delta
Here are airlines that have temporarily halted flights to and from Israel:AFRICARoyal Air Maroc cancelled flights to and from Tel Aviv on Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday, United Airlines (UAL.O) and American Airlines (AAL.O) suspended direct flights to Tel Aviv. EUROPEAll airlines owned by Germany's Lufthansa (LHAG.DE), including Austrian Airlines, Swiss International Airlines and Brussels Airlines, cancelled flights to and from Tel Aviv through Saturday. Norwegian Air (NAS.OL) cancelled flights from Copenhagen and Stockholm to Tel Aviv and return flights through Sunday. Portugal's TAP suspended flights to and from Tel Aviv without providing a time frame.
Persons: Amir Cohen, Britain's, Vueling, Alessandro Parodi, Joao Manuel Mauricio, Milla Nissi, Bernadette Baum 私 Organizations: Gaza, REUTERS, AFRICA Royal Air Maroc, Delta Air Lines, Sunday, United Airlines, American Airlines, Tel Aviv . United, Air Canada, ASIA Hainan Airlines, Cathay, HK, Korean, Germany's Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Swiss International Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Saturday, Ryanair, Air France KLM, Norwegian, TAP, Sunday . British Airways, IAG, Air Europa, Italy's ITA, Aegean Airlines, Bulgaria Air, Air Malta, Virgin Atlantic, EAST Etihad Airways, . Gulf Air Locations: Sderot, Israel, Tel Aviv, AFRICA, ASIA, China, Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Incheon, EUROPE, Europe's, France, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Hungarian, Iberia, Spanish, London Heathrow, Abu Dhabi, Gdansk
Major airlines suspend Israel flights after attacks
  + stars: | 2023-10-08 | by ( Leslie Josephs | )   time to read: +1 min
Passengers look at a departure board at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, on October 7, 2023, as flights are canceled because of the Hamas surprise attacks. Several airlines suspended service to Israel this weekend after surprise attacks by Hamas and Israeli retaliation left hundreds dead. United Airlines , Delta Air Lines and American Airlines each scrubbed service to Tel Aviv. United Flight 954, which departed San Francisco Friday night for Israel, turned back near Greenland, according to flight-tracker FlightAware. Lufthansa Group said all of its flights, including those on Swiss International Air Lines and Austrian Airlines, were suspended into Tel Aviv through Monday.
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Airlines cancel flights to Israel amid attacks
  + stars: | 2023-10-07 | by ( Nicole Goodkind | )   time to read: +2 min
New York CNN —Airlines scrambled to cancel flights into Israel early Saturday after Palestinian militants launched a surprise attack, firing thousands of rockets from Gaza into nearby Israeli towns during a Jewish holiday. German airline Lufthansa also announced on Saturday it would drastically reduce flights to Tel Aviv. The safety of our guests and crew members has top priority for Lufthansa,” airline representatives wrote. News reported on Saturday Swiss Air, Austrian Airlines and Turkish Airlines had canceled flights to and from Israel. El Al, Israel’s national airline, said customers “may suspend flights without charge or cancel with a voucher without costs,” and set up an emergency hotline for customers who need to change their flights.
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While a civil suit lodged against KLM (AIRF.PA) in the Netherlands is one of the most prominent, complaints and cases against other airlines have been mounting. Lockwood said the ASA would use machine learning tools to scan online advertising to catch potentially misleading wording. Separately, the Austrian advertising watchdog told Lufthansa's Austrian Airlines arm last year to stop making claims about a carbon neutral flight using biofuel. The lawsuit alleges that carbon offset programmes don't work as advertised and the company misled consumers. The company is investing in newer planes and sustainable fuel to "decarbonise" its operations, the person added.
Persons: Miles Lockwood, Lockwood, Joanna Plucinska, Mark Potter Organizations: KLM Airlines, Fossielvrij, Dutch, KLM, Airlines, Ryanair, Lufthansa, Etihad, Standards Authority, ASA, Reuters, Lufthansa Group, Austrian Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Delta, Thomson Locations: Netherlands, Amsterdam, Austrian, Los Angeles
The CEO of Lufthansa Airlines wrote a LinkedIn post detailing his experience working as a flight attendant. CEO Jens Ritter said he helped out staff on flights between Germany and the Middle East. AdvertisementAdvertisementThe CEO of Lufthansa Airlines worked as a flight attendant on a round-trip between Germany and the Middle East, serving passengers onboard the German airline. According to a Lufthansa spokesperson, Ritter worked on an outbound and return flight between Frankfurt in Germany and Bahrain. Ritter has been in charge of Lufthansa Airlines since last April.
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Lufthansa upbeat as leisure travel demand remains high
  + stars: | 2023-08-03 | by ( )   time to read: +2 min
Lufthansa logo is seen displayed in this illustration taken, May 3, 2022. Lufthansa rival IAG (ICAG.L) last month said it was "mindful" of uncertainty in the wider economy, even as it reported consensus-beating quarterly profit, and Ryanair (RYA.I) was cautious on demand for the rest of 2023. In April to June, Lufthansa's adjusted earnings before interest and tax nearly tripled to 1.09 billion euros ($1.19 billion), slightly above consensus for 1.04 billion, from 341 million a year earlier. For the full year 2023, it now expects adjusted EBIT to come to more than 2.6 billion euros, having previously forecast a significant increase from last year's 1.5 billion. ($1 = 0.9148 euros)Reporting by Maria Sheahan Editing by Miranda Murray and Friederike HeineOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Dado Ruvic, Maria Sheahan, Miranda Murray, Friederike Heine Our Organizations: Lufthansa, REUTERS, Deutsche Lufthansa, Airlines, IAG, Ryanair, Austrian Airlines, SWISS, Boeing, Airbus, Thomson Locations: BERLIN, Asia, China, Japan
Shares in Lufthansa were down 0.2% on Friday, a day after the airline and the Italian Treasury announced the ITA deal. A report from TRA consulting firm says some 43 million people travelled through Rome Fiumicino in 2019, before the COVID-19 outbreak, and the airport has potential to become an even stronger hub for the Mediterranean area. His report said this is due to the weakness of the national airline, and the integration of ITA into the Lufthansa group might help Fiumicino become an hub for travellers heading to the Americas. Lufthansa, which already operates the brands Swiss, Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines, said it would look to feed more passengers into Fiumicino airport. Analysts believe Lufthansa has good chances to boost Fiumicino, after fostering development of other airports it entered after its previous takeovers.
Aviation emissions in Europe increased an average of 5% year-on-year between 2013 and 2019, according to the EU. Not surprisingly these moves have set alarm bells ringing in the aviation industry. “For many decision-makers, banning short-haul flights and showing support to the rail industry is an easy win to gain favor with the public, especially in Europe,” Montserrat Barriga, the ERA’s director general, told CNN. “Governments continue ignoring the biggest source of aviation emissions – long-haul flights, that remain unpriced and unregulated,” says T&E’s Dardenne. Better connectivity between intercity rail and airports would also reduce the need for short-haul flights.
This is causing flight delays and cancellations. We regret the inconvenience this is causing our passengers,” Lufthansa said on Twitter. Lufthansa owns carriers Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Eurowings and Swiss. In a separate statement on its website, Lufthansa recommended that passengers in Frankfurt avoid traveling to the city’s airport. Passengers with domestic flights can switch to Deutsche Bahn — Germany’s national rail service — for free until Sunday, the airline added.
Lufthansa: IT fault causes massive flight disruptions worldwide
  + stars: | 2023-02-15 | by ( )   time to read: +1 min
BERLIN, Feb 15 (Reuters) - An IT fault at Germany's flagship carrier Lufthansa has caused massive flight delays and disruption at airlines across the group worldwide, the company said on Wednesday, adding that the fault cause was still unclear. "There is a group-wide IT system failure," a Lufthansa spokesperson told Reuters. In a tweet, Lufthansa said, "Currently, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group are affected by an IT outage. This is causing flight delays and cancellations. The IT system failure comes two days ahead of planned strikes at seven German airports expected to lead to major disruptions.
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[1/3] Planes of German air carrier Lufthansa are parked as Lufthansa pilots start a strike over a wage dispute, at the airport in Frankfurt, Germany September 2, 2022. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/File PhotoROME, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Italy's Treasury on Friday said it had signed a letter of intent with Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) over the sale of a minority stake in state-owned airline ITA Airways, paving the way for negotiations with German carrier. Last week, Lufthansa offered to buy a minority stake in the loss-making successor of Italy's Alitalia, saying Italy was a prominent market both for business travellers and tourists. Lufthansa said on Friday it had signed the letter of intent with the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance and ITA Airways. The new right-wing administration in Rome passed a decree in December to initially sell a minority stake through capital increases, to speed up a full divestment in ITA.
[1/2] FILE PHOTO-Planes of German air carrier Lufthansa are parked as Lufthansa pilots start a strike over a wage dispute, at the airport in Frankfurt, Germany, September 2, 2022. REUTERS/Kai PfaffenbachROME/FRANKFURT, Jan 18 (Reuters) - German carrier Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) said on Wednesday it had offered to buy an minority stake in ITA Airways, betting on reviving the loss-making successor to Italy's Alitalia and expanding its footprint in Europe. One of the sources said it was valued at 200-300 million euros ($540 million). The new right-wing administration in Rome passed a decree in December to initially sell a minority stake through capital increases, in order to speed up a full divestment in ITA. "Acquiring ITA is one of the most challenging propositions in European aviation: the airline has been persistently loss-making," said Bernstein analyst Alex Irving.
[1/2] FILE PHOTO-Planes of German air carrier Lufthansa are parked as Lufthansa pilots start a strike over a wage dispute, at the airport in Frankfurt, Germany, September 2, 2022. REUTERS/Kai PfaffenbachBERLIN/ROME, Jan 18 (Reuters) - German carrier Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) said on Wednesday it had offered to buy an initial minority stake in ITA Airways, Italy's state-owned successor to Alitalia. Lufthansa said Italy is the most important market outside of its existing home markets and the United States, noting its prominence as both a business and tourism destination. The move comes after the new right-wing administration in Rome passed a decree in December to initially sell a minority stake through capital increases, in order to speed up a full divestment in ITA. Beside its domestic German business, Lufthansa already operates the brands Swiss, Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines.
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Lufthansa declined to comment on Rome's decision to offer an initial minority stake. Some of Italy's politicians consider ITA as the heir to cultural icon Alitalia, which they want to preserve. Some also say that ITA does not have to worry so much about losing its national identity should Lufthansa take over. The Certares-led alliance was willing to pay 350 million euros for a 50% stake plus one share of the state-controlled airline, sources had said. ($1 = 0.9412 euros)Reporting by Angelo Amante in Rome and Joanna Plucinska in London; additional reporting by Giuseppe Fonte in Rome.
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