Lufthansa CityLine

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Lufthansa CityLine
Lufthansacityline-logo.png
IATA
CL
ICAO
CLH
Callsign
HANSALINE
Founded 1958 (as Ostfriesische Lufttaxi)
Hubs
Frequent-flyer program Miles & More
Airport lounge
  • Senator Lounge
  • Business Lounge
Alliance Star Alliance (affiliate)
Fleet size 57
Destinations 75
Parent company Lufthansa Group
Headquarters Munich, Germany[1]
Key people Stephan Klar
Michael Knitter
Employees 2,532 (December 31, 2013)
Website lufthansacityline.com

Lufthansa CityLine GmbH is a German regional airline based in Munich.[1] It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lufthansa and member of the Lufthansa Regional network. It is the largest regional airline in Europe with hubs at Frankfurt Airport and Munich Airport.[2]

History[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 December 31, 2011).[3]

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 October 29 2012 and was scrapped on February 15 2013.

In May 2013 it has been announced that the management and administration offices of CityLine will be relocated from Cologne to Munich.[4] As of September 2014 the move has been completed.[1]

Destinations[edit]

Fleet[edit]

A Lufthansa CityLine Embraer 190

As of May 2014, the Lufthansa CityLine fleet consists of the following aircraft with an average age of 5.9 years:[5]

Lufthansa CityLine fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Bombardier CRJ700 14 70 all to be sold by the end of 2015[6]
Bombardier CRJ900 12 84
Embraer E-190 9 100
Embraer E-195 24 116
Total 59

Fleet development[edit]

A former Lufthansa Regional CityLine Avro RJ85

Over the years, Lufthansa CityLine operated the following aircraft types:[7][8]

Aircraft Introduced Retired
ATR 42
1992
2002
Avro RJ85
1992
2013
Bombardier CRJ100/200
1992
2013
Bombardier CRJ700
2000
Bombardier CRJ900
2008
Dash 8-100/-300
1992
1997
Boeing 737-200
1986
1999
Embraer 190
2009
Embraer 195
2009
Fokker F27 Friendship
1987
1988
Fokker 50
1992
1997
Hawker Siddeley HS 748
1981
1989
Short 330
1974
1992

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.[10]
  • 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.[11]

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External links[edit]

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