Express-Rail: Additional offers starting on december 15Airbus A319: The new “eye in the osce sky”Clear Goals: Women in leadership positions
When air and rail transportation are optimally coordinated, fewer short-distance flights are required. Lufthansa is committed to intermodal solutions and is continuously expanding its Express-Rail offers to Frankfurt Airport together with Deutsche Bahn. Current example: starting on December 15, an additional 159 Lufthansa Express trains will start for FRA every week from stations in Aachen, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Stuttgart and Ulm. These special offers provide optimal connection times and, should there be delays, customers are automatically rebooked onto the next available flight or train.
What works well in Frankfurt is unfortunately impossible at the Munich hub. Three decades after the opening of the airport, there is still no direct connection with Deutsche Bahn’s IC and ICE networks.
Cockpits and leadership positions in airlines are still largely in the hands of men. The International Air Transport Association IATA wants to correct this with the “25by2025” campaign. The goal: by 2025, the percentage of women in the management of airlines and in areas in which women are currently underrepresented is to increase by 25%, or to at least 25%.
Equal opportunity and diversity are also of key importance to the Lufthansa Group. That is why the company is supporting the 25by2025 campaign and had already set its own goals before it was launched: by 2021, the aim is to increase the percentage of women in top management to 18% and the percentage at the second management level to 24%. This change is being actively advanced with initiatives to promote women: for instance, via transparent job ads with diversity criteria, development and mentoring programmes and networking events for women. Special attention is being paid to the cockpit. At the moment the share of female pilots is only just over 6%. But: 15% of pilot candidates in the current courses at the European Flight Academy (who train pilots for all the airlines in the Lufthansa Group) are female.
From Vancouver to Vladivostok, the 34 OSCE states are permitted to take off for mutual observation flights in the name of arms control. In 2020, after 22 years, the Special Air Mission Wing of the German Air Force will get its own new machine again: Lufthansa Technik engineers have spent 500,000 man-hours turning an Airbus A319 into the most modern observation plane in the world. The plane reinforces arms control and its range makes, for example, flyovers over all of Russia possible. It will also further intensify cooperation with OSCE partners as they will be able to use the observation plane for joint missions with Germany or hire it. Lufthansa Technik is the general contractor for the project.
The former Minister of Defence and current President of the EU Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, on the occasion of the hand-over of the Airbus A319 OH with Johannes Bussmann, CEO of Lufthansa Technik (left), and Lieutenant General Ingo Gerhartz, Inspector of the Luftwaffe (right)
Picture: Bundeswehr/Jonas Weber