Lufthansa CityLine

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Lufthansa CityLine
Founded 1958 (as Ostfriesische Lufttaxi)
Frequent-flyer program Miles & More
Airport lounge
  • Senator Lounge
  • Business Lounge
Alliance Star Alliance (affiliate)
Fleet size 52
Destinations 75
Parent company Lufthansa Group
Headquarters Munich Airport, Germany[1]
Key people Stephan Klar
Michael Knitter
Employees 2,532 (31 December 2013)

Lufthansa CityLine GmbH is a German regional airline with its headquarters on the grounds of Munich Airport.[1][2] It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lufthansa and member of the Lufthansa Regional network and maintains hubs at Frankfurt Airport and Munich Airport.[3]


Early years[edit]

The airline was founded as Ostfriesische Lufttaxi (OLT) in 1958 and became Ostfriesische Lufttransport (OLT) in 1970 - which existed until 2013 as a separate airline - in Emden. It was reorganised and renamed as DLT Luftverkehrsgesellschaft mbH on 1 October 1974 and began cooperation with Lufthansa in 1978 with short-range international routes.

By 1988 all operations were on behalf of Lufthansa. In March 1992 DLT became a wholly owned subsidiary of Lufthansa and was renamed Lufthansa CityLine. Lufthansa CityLine employs 2,332 people, of whom 664 are cockpit crew, 849 cabin crew and 819 work in the technical and administrative areas as of 31 December 2011.[4]

Lufthansa placed an order on 17 April 2007 for 30 Embraer E-190/195 and 15 Bombardier CRJ-900 aircraft to directly replace LH CityLine's fleet of BAe 146 and Avro RJ aircraft. The last Avro RJ 85 took off from Zurich Airport at 17:00 on 29 October 2012 and was scrapped on 15 February 2013.

Development since 2014[edit]

The airline was previously headquartered at Cologne Bonn Airport.[5] In May 2013 it has been announced that the management and administration offices of CityLine will be relocated from Cologne to Munich.[6] As of September 2014 the move has been completed.[1] It now maintains its corporate headquarters in the Flight Operations Center (FOC) of Munich Airport.[1]

In late 2014, parent company Lufthansa announced it would begin transferring eight of its current Airbus A340-300 aircraft to CityLine. After reconfiguration to a high-density configuration, these aircraft will be owned by CityLine and operated by CityLine pilots, but wet-leased back to Lufthansa to be used on leisure routes and serviced by Lufthansa cabin crews starting in 2015.[7] The first destinations to be served by the new CityLine-operated long-haul fleet are Cancún, Mexico; Male, Maldives; Mauritius; Tampa, USA;[8] and Panama City, Panama.[9]

In March 2015, the Lufthansa Group announced to transfer 17 Embraer 195 from Lufthansa CityLine to Austrian Airlines. As a replacement, CityLine will receive several more Bombardier CRJ900s that are currently phased out at sister company Eurowings.[10] These will also be used to replace the remaining slightly smaller Bombardier CRJ700s which will leave CityLine's fleet by 29 March 2015.[11]



Lufthansa CityLine Embraer 195

As of December 2014, the Lufthansa CityLine fleet consists of the following aircraft with an average age of 5.9 years:[12]

Lufthansa CityLine fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
Airbus A340-300 8 298 to be transferred from Lufthansa mainline by late 2015;[8] will be wet-leased back to Lufthansa[7]
Bombardier CRJ900 15 84 more arriving from Germanwings to replace E-195's and retiring CRJ700's
Embraer E-190 9 100
Embraer E-195 24 116 17 to be transferred to Austrian Airlines from 2015[13]
Total 48 8

Fleet development[edit]

A former Lufthansa CityLine Avro RJ85

Over the years, Lufthansa CityLine operated the following aircraft types:[14][15]

Aircraft Introduced Retired
ATR 42
Avro RJ85
Bombardier CRJ100/200
Bombardier CRJ700
Bombardier CRJ900
Dash 8-100/-300
Boeing 737-200
Embraer 190
Embraer 195
Fokker F27 Friendship
Fokker 50
Hawker Siddeley HS 748
Short 330

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 28 December 1999, a passenger on board Lufthansa Flight 5293 from Prague to Düsseldorf, which was operated by Lufthansa CityLine using a Bombardier CRJ100 aircraft (registered D-ACJA), claimed to have a bomb on board and demanded the flight be diverted to the United Kingdom. The pilots convinced him to have a fuel stop at Düsseldorf International Airport, where all passengers left the plane (many of them unaware of the hijacking attempt), and the perpetrator was arrested.[17]
  • On 5 July 2014, Lufthansa Flight 1360 from Frankfurt to Katowice, operated by Lufthansa CityLine using a Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft (registered D-ACPJ), landed on an unopened and under construction runway at Katowice International Airport. The pilots performed a normal approach from the East in good conditions and visibility before landing on the closed runway. No one was hurt, and the aircraft later made a technical flight to land on the correct runway. The Polish State Commission on Aircraft Accidents Investigation made recommendations to add additional markings to the runway (in the form of red X shapes on the runway), and to modify the ATIS to include warnings about the closed runway. The CAT I ILS was disabled due to the construction, and the aircraft featured an older EGPWS that lacked a "Smart Landing" mode and high resolution map of the area which prevented it from informing the crew of the situation. During the approach, PAPI and threshold lights were set to maximum brightness. The incident is still being investigated by Polish authorities.[18]


  1. ^ a b c d "Contact." Lufthansa CityLine. Retrieved on January 7, 2015. "Lufthansa CityLine GmbH Flughafen München, FOC Südallee 15 85356 München Germany "
  2. ^ "FOC - Flight Operations Center." Munich Airport. Retrieved on 7 January 2015.
  3. ^ Lufthansa CityLine Route Network Retrieved on 20 November 2011.
  4. ^ "Directory: CLH official site". 24 Jan 2012. p. About us. 
  5. ^ "Contact" (Archive). Lufthansa CityLine. 5 May 2013. Retrieved on 7 January 2014. "Lufthansa CityLine GmbH Airport Köln/Bonn Waldstraße 247 51147 Cologne Germany "
  6. ^ "Lufthansa-Tochter Cityline zieht nach München um." Münchner Merkur (DE). 29 May 2013.
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  11. ^ Lufthansa Plans Last CRJ700 Scheduled Service in late-March 2015
  12. ^ - Lufthansa CityLine Fleet
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  14. ^ Lufthansa CityLine fleet at
  15. ^ Information about Lufthansa CityLine at
  16. ^ Lufthansa Flight 5634 at the Aviation safety Network
  17. ^ 1999 hijacking attempt at the Aviation Safety Network
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External links[edit]

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