|Hubs||Luxembourg Findel Airport|
|Focus cities||Saarbrücken Airport|
|Frequent-flyer program||Miles & More|
|Airport lounge||The Lounge by Luxair|
|Company slogan||Fly in good company|
|Key people||Adrien Ney, CEO|
Luxair, legally Luxair S.A., Société Luxembourgeoise de Navigation Aérienne, is the flag carrier airline of Luxembourg with its headquarters and homebase at Luxembourg Findel Airport in Sandweiler. It operates scheduled services to destinations in Europe, North Africa, the Mediterranean and Middle East with additional charter and seasonal services. It is Luxembourg's only passenger-carrying airline.
Descended from Luxembourg Airlines, founded in 1948, Luxair was starting to be set up in 1961 to meet the growing demand for air links between Luxembourg and other European cities. In 1962, Luxembourg Airlines became Luxair and 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 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.
In an effort to move to an all-jet fleet, the last Fokker 50 aircraft was withdrawn from service in April 2005.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 2009, the airline was awarded as the most punctual scheduled operator at London City Airport during 2008 by Flight on Time, based on CAA statistics. In 2011 Luxair carried 1,302,771 passengers.
In 2013 and 2014, two new Boeing 737-800s fitted with the brand new Boeing Sky Interior became part of the fleet, which enabled Luxair to retire the last Boeing 737-500 from service.
In July 2015, Luxair's minority shareholder Lufthansa announced to sell their 13 percent stake in the airline which it had held since 1993. The government of Luxembourg was named as the preferred buyer. In November 2015, the sale was finalized when Lufthansa sold its entire stakes to the state of Luxembourg. Luxair also announced to cease its route to Frankfurt Airport previously operated on a codeshare with Lufthansa as the latter started the same route itself. Luxair still is part of the Lufthansa frequent flyer program Miles & More.
In 2015, Luxair decided on a new strategy to tackle rising costs and competition. Luxair aims at increasing passenger numbers, to in turn raise fleet capacity and flight frequency.
As of November 2015, when Lufthansa sold its shares, the airline is owned by the State of Luxembourg (52.04%), Banque et Caisse d'Épargne de l'État (21.81%), Banque Internationale à Luxembourg (13.14%), the Luxair Group and others (13.11%). In total, the State of Luxembourg owns 74.98% of the company through various state-owned corporations and through its holding 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||472||495|
|Profits (Group) (net) (€m)||8.5||1.3||8.9||3.6||−10.5||8.2||−0.4|
|Number of employees (average)||2,461||2,334||2,317||2,344||2,309||2,288||2,394|
|Number of passengers (m)||1.22||1.18||1.25||1.30||1.37||1.51||1.68|
|Passenger load factor (%)||73.4||72.9||73.8||72.4||73.4||75.3||74.5|
|Cargo carried (tons 000s)||810||672||735||678||638||693||725|
|Number of aircraft (at year end)||15||16||16||15||16||16||17|
As of June 2016, the Luxair fleet includes the following aircraft:
|Bombardier Dash 8 Q400||9||1||2||76|
|Embraer ERJ 145||2||—||—||49||to be phased out from 2016|
|Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner||2|
Incidents and accidents
- On 22 December 1969, a Vickers Viscount (registration LX-LGC) arriving from Frankfurt Airport, Germany, hit a snowbank on the runway while landing at Luxembourg Findel 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, a Fokker 50 (registration LX-LGB) incoming from Berlin, Germany, crashed in a field near the village of Niederanven during its final approach to Luxembourg Findel Airport. 20 passengers and 2 crew-members died, including artist Michel Majerus. Only the pilot in command and one passenger survived. This is the only fatal accident in Luxair's history.
- On 30 September 2015, Luxair Flight 9562, operated by a Bombardier Q400 LX-LGH, was taking off from Saarbrücken Airport when the first officer retracted the landing gear prior to the aircraft lifting off. The aircraft collapsed onto its belly and came to a stop on the runway. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair and Luxair ordered a replacement Q400 to be delivered in August 2016.
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