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Luxair Official Logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1962
Hubs Luxembourg Findel Airport
Focus cities Saarbrücken Airport
Frequent-flyer program Lufthansa Miles & More
Airport lounge The Lounge by Luxair[1]
Fleet size 17
Destinations 64
Company slogan Fly in good company
Headquarters Sandweiler, Luxembourg
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.[2][3] 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.


Luxair's first aircraft was this Fokker F27 Friendship, pictured here in 1966.
A former Luxair Boeing 747SP
A former Luxair Boeing 737-500

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.[citation needed]

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 and were registered in Luxembourg.[4] By 1967, Luxair's fleet consisted of three Fokker F27 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 Sud Aviation Caravelle. The first Boeing aircraft, a 737–200, joined the fleet in 1977.[citation needed]

Over the years, Luxair gradually introduced further jet aircraft: Boeing 747SPs (for routes to South Africa), Boeing 737–400s and Boeing 737–500s; as well as Fokker 50 turboprops and Embraer jets. In March 2003, Luxair ordered two new Boeing 737–700s 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.[citation needed]

In an effort to move to an all-jet fleet, the last Fokker 50 aircraft was withdrawn from service in April 2005.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 Aerospace for three Dash 8-Q400s, plus three options. The last of the three aircraft was delivered in September 2007. Two additional Q400s were ordered later.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed] 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.[5] In 2011 Luxair carried 1,302,771 passengers.[6]

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.[citation needed]

In July 2015, Luxair's minority shareholder Lufthansa announced it would sell its 13 percent stake in the airline that it had held since 1993. The government of Luxembourg was named as the preferred buyer.[7][better source needed] In November 2015, the sale was finalized when Lufthansa sold its entire stake to the state of Luxembourg.[8] Luxair also announced it would stop flying its route to Frankfurt Airport previously operated on a codeshare with Lufthansa as the latter started the same route itself.[9] Luxair is still part of the Lufthansa frequent flyer program Miles & More.[citation needed]

In 2015, Luxair decided on a new strategy to tackle rising costs and competition, aimed at increasing passenger numbers, to in turn raise fleet capacity and flight frequency.[citation needed]

Corporate affairs[edit]


As of November 2015, after 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%).[10] 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.

Business trends[edit]

The key trends for Luxair Group over recent years are shown below (as at year ending 31 December):

- 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
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
Notes/sources [11] [11] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15]


Main article: Luxair destinations


Current fleet[edit]

Luxair Bombardier Dash 8 Q400
Luxair Boeing 737-800

As of July 2016, the Luxair fleet consists of the following aircraft:[16]

Luxair fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 9 1[17] 76
Boeing 737-700 2 141
Boeing 737-800 4 186
Embraer ERJ 145 2 49 to be phased out in October 2016[17]
Total 17 1

Historic fleet[edit]

Former Luxair fleet
Airbus A300B4-203[citation needed]
Boeing 707[18]
Boeing 737-200[citation needed]
Boeing 737-400[citation needed]
Boeing 737-500[citation needed]
Boeing 747SP[citation needed]
Boeing 767-300[citation needed]
Sud Aviation Caravelle 6R[18]
Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia[citation needed]
Embraer ERJ 135LR[citation needed]
Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner[citation needed]
Fokker F27 Friendship[18]
Fokker 50[citation needed]
Vickers Viscount[18]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • 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.[19]
  • 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. Twenty passengers and two 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.[citation needed]
  • On 30 September 2015, Luxair Flight 9562, operated by a Bombardier Q400, 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.[20] The aircraft was damaged beyond repair and Luxair ordered a replacement Q400 to be delivered in August 2016.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Luxemburg Business Lounge -". Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Legal." Luxair. Retrieved on 7 February 2011. "Luxair S.A. LuxairGroup Luxembourg Airport L-2987 Luxembourg."
  3. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 108. 
  4. ^ – Luxair, Retrieved 6 November 2010
  5. ^ " - 2008 Awards". Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "LuxairGroup - Corporate Site". Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  7. ^ - "Lufthansa wants to get rid of Luxair shares" (German) 6 July 2015
  8. ^ - Lufthansa macht Luxair-Anteile zu Geld ("Lufthansa cashes in Luxair shares") (German) 17 November 2015
  9. ^ - Luxair Ends Frankfurt Service from Dec 2015 11 August 2015
  10. ^ The State of Luxembourg directly owns 26.85%; a further 21.81% is controlled by fully state-owned Banque et Caisse d’Epargne de l’Etat."About Luxair Group – Shareholders". Luxair Group. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  11. ^ a b c "Financial Report 2010". Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
  12. ^ "Annual Report 2011". Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
  13. ^ "Annual Report 2012". Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  14. ^ "Annual Report 2013". Retrieved 8 February 2015. 
  15. ^ "Annual Report 2014". Retrieved 11 December 2015. 
  16. ^ "Relevé luxembourgeois des immatriculations" [List of Luxembourgeois registrations] (PDF) (in French). Direction de l’Aviation Civile (Directorate of Civil Aviation). 11 July 2016. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 
  17. ^ a b "Dash 8 statt Embraer 145: Luxair erneuert die Flotte - aeroTELEGRAPH". aeroTELEGRAPH. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  18. ^ a b c d "World Airlines 1970 - Flight Archive". Retrieved 27 July 2016. 
  19. ^ FOCUS Online (24 April 2015). "Airline-Sicherheit - Fliegen - Reisen". FOCUS Online. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  20. ^ "Luxair-Maschinn brécht Start of a kënnt um Bauch un d'Halen" (in Luxembourgish). RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg. Retrieved 30 September 2015. 

External links[edit]

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