Europe needs a clear plan to improve the competitiveness of aviation. One that supports the growth of our industry, one that saves existing jobs and creates new ones in Europe’s aviation sector. This is in the interests of Europe’s economic development; and in the interests of the millions of travelers who fly with us every day.

Carsten Spohr
Chairman and CEO
Lufthansa Group

The Lufthansa Group is the world’s biggest airline group in turnover terms, and is also the market leader in Europe’s airline sector. The Group strives to be the “First Choice in Aviation” for its customers, employees, shareholders and partners. And safety, quality, reliability and innovation are the prime credentials and priorities of all its business activities. The Lufthansa Group is divided into the three strategic areas of Hub Airlines, Point-to-Point Business and Service Companies. The Group’s network carriers, with their premium brands of Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines, serve its home market from their Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich and Vienna hubs. With its Eurowings brand, the Group also offers short- and long-haul point-to-point services in the growing private travel market. And with its service companies, which are all global market leaders in their individual industries, the Lufthansa Group has found success in further areas of the aviation business. The Lufthansa Group’s airlines currently (i.e. as of Summer 2016) serve 301 destinations in 100 countries on five continents. The Group’s total fleet comprises some 617 aircraft, it employed around 124,000 personnel in 2015, welcomed 109.7 million passengers aboard its flights and generated a revenue of more than EUR 31 billion in 2016.

The Lufthansa Group is headed by its five-member Executive Board. Carsten Spohr is Chairman & CEO; Thorsten Dirks is in charge of Eurowings and aviation services; Harry Hohmeister bears responsibility for the commercial management of the Group’s hub airlines and airports; Ulrik Svensson is head of finance and IT; and Dr. Bettina Volkens is in charge of HR and legal affairs.

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