Lufthansa warns on impact of state-owned airliners

Lufthansa (DLAKY) CEO Carsten Spohr calls state-owned airline carriers the biggest challenge facing the industry in Europe.

State-sponsored airliners from the Gulf region (Emirates , Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways) in particular make it harder for Lufthansa to compete, says Spohr.

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  • A310
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    I cannot see why, Emirates can only transport passengers from Germany tö Dubai
    for an example, how can Lufthansa be affected on other global destinations?
    21 May 2014, 02:06 PM Reply Like
  • B777x
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    The why is simple: Emirates flies wide bodies from and to 4 or 5 major airports in Germany (and is still eager for more points) connecting via Dubai to its entire worldwide network. That means that a passenger on Emirates can fly wide body comfort point to point virtually via a single hub in Dubai. Compare that with European carriers (like Lufthansa or Air France or KLM or British Airways), whom offer narrow body to their hub from where a wide body can take a passenger to a limited number of international destinations, where if you are unlucky, you might have t take another narrow body to reach your final destination. No contest. Under old fashioned international traffic right rules, this is obviously a torn in the eyes of those European (and Asian or US) carriers since about 85% of Emirates passengers never see the relatively tiny Emirate of Dubai, but merely swap aircrafts at Dubai Airport (traffic rights do not allow them to use the same aircraft). With Eitihad and Qatar Airways happily copying the Emirates model, carriers like Lufthansa are in for a rough ride and have been loosing market share as Middle Eastern carriers continue to grow. And the worrying part is that no other carrier has been able to come up with a successful new business model to respond to this, other than complaining they keep loosing business and asking their goverments to limit the damage by refusing traffic rights....
    21 May 2014, 09:01 PM Reply Like
  • Ismail Saadiq
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    The game is over for European carriers. They can keep their jobs in Seattle and Toulouse
    21 May 2014, 10:13 PM Reply Like
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