|Hubs||Luxembourg Findel Airport|
|Focus cities||Saarbrücken Airport|
|Frequent-flyer program||Miles & More|
|Destinations||59 (39 seasonal)|
|Parent company||49.96% state owned|
|Headquarters||Findel Airport, Sandweiler, Luxembourg|
|Key people||Adrien Ney (CEO)|
Luxair S.A., Société Luxembourgeoise de Navigation Aérienne, operating as Luxair, is the flag carrier airline of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. It operates scheduled services to 50 destinations in Europe, North Africa, the Mediterranean and Middle East, plus charter and seasonal summer services. Its head office is located on the grounds of Luxembourg - Findel Airport in Sandweiler. Its main base is Luxembourg – Findel Airport.
Descended from the Luxembourg Airlines Company, founded in 1948, Luxair was set up in 1961 to meet the growing demand for air links between Luxembourg and other European cities.
In 1962, Luxair began flights by launching a Luxembourg–Paris route with a Fokker F27 Friendship. From 1964 to 1969, Luxair operated three Lockheed L-1649A Starliner aircraft in a co-operative agreement with Trek Airways, from Luxembourg to Johannesburg. The Starliners were painted in Luxair livery along with Luxair registrations. By 1967, Luxair's fleet consisted of three Fokker Friendships and one Vickers Viscount. The latter was written off in a non-fatal accident in 1969 and replaced the following year by the airline's first jet airliner, a Caravelle built by Sud Aviation in Toulouse. The first Boeing aircraft, a Boeing 737–200, joined the fleet in 1977. Over the years, Luxair gradually introduced further jet aircraft Boeing 747SP (for routes to South Africa), Boeing 737–400 and Boeing 737–500 as well as Fokker 50 turboprops and Embraer jets. In an effort to move to an all-jet fleet, the last Fokker 50 aircraft was withdrawn from service in April 2005.
In March 2003, Luxair ordered two new Boeing 737–700 to replace its older Boeing aircraft. The first of the new aircraft was delivered on 18 February 2004. A third aircraft was ordered in August 2003 and delivered in January 2005.
The rising cost of oil made operating regional jets increasingly difficult. To lessen its exposure, Luxair decided to reintroduce turboprop aircraft, and in June 2006 it signed a firm order with Bombardier for three Dash 8-Q400, plus three options. The last of the three aircraft was delivered in September 2007. Two additional Q400s were ordered later.
At March 2007, Luxair had 2,210 employees.
In October 2008, Luxair decided to place an order for its first Boeing 737–800. This aircraft replaced the last Boeing 737–500 in Luxair's fleet and facilitated Luxair's offer on its holiday destinations.
In 2011 Luxair carried 1,302,771 passengers.
The airline is owned by the State of Luxembourg (26.85%), Banque et Caisse d'Épargne de l'État (21.81%), Banque internationale à Luxembourg (13.14%), Deutsche Lufthansa (13.00%), Panalpina World Transport (12.09%) as well as Luxair Group and others (13.11%). In total, the State of Luxembourg owns 49.96% of the company through various state-owned corporations and through its recent acquisition of 10% of Banque Internationale à Luxembourg.
The key trends for Luxair Group over recent years are shown below (as at year ending 31 December):
|Turnover (Group) (€ m)||417||383||409||429||447|
|Profits (Group) (net) (€ m)||8.5||1.3||8.9||3.6||−10.5|
|Number of employees (average)||2,461||2,334||2,317||2,344||2,309|
|Number of passengers (m)||1.22||1.18||1.25||1.30||1.37|
|Passenger load factor (%)||73.4||72.9||73.8||72.4||73.4|
|Cargo carried (tons 000s)||810||672||735||678||638|
|Number of aircraft (at year end)||15||16||16||15||16|
The Luxair fleet includes the following aircraft with an average age of 4.9 years (as of October 2013):
|Boeing 737–800||2||2||—||186||To be delivered in 2014 – 2015|
|Bombardier Dash 8 Q400||6||1||5||76||1 order and 1 option for NextGen version|
|Embraer ERJ 145||6||—||—||49|
Historic fleet - 1969
|Vickers Viscount 803||1|
Incidents and accidents
- On 22 December 1969, a Vickers Viscount (registration LX-LGC) arriving from Frankfurt hit a snowbank on the runway while landing at Luxembourg airport in severe weather. No passengers were killed, but the aircraft was damaged beyond repair. It was scrapped in May 1970.
- On 6 November 2002, Luxair Flight 9642, Fokker 50 (registration LX-LGB) was flying from Berlin, Germany, and crashed in a field near the village of Niederanven during its final approach to Luxembourg airport. 20 passengers and 2 crew-members died, including artist Michel Majerus except the pilot in command and one PAP survived,. This is the only fatal accident in Luxair's history.
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