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Lufthansa

Lufthansa

Industry: 
Airline
Value of USG Contracts: 
37
Symbol: 
ETR:LHA
Country: 
Germany
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“The German Lufthansa airline resumed its direct flights between Tehran and Munich. Lufthansa will have three flights per week to Tehran and back to Munich. The Airbus A330-300 offers Lufthansa passengers the latest cabin facilities including Premium Economy with 21 seats. With this new connection, the Lufthansa Group is expanding its daily offer with a Boeing B747-400 from Frankfurt. Moreover, Austrian Airlines is flying up to twice a week from Vienna with an Airbus A320. ‘Due to increasing business relations, we are expecting a significantly higher demand in the future. Iran has also gained greater significance with culture tourists,’ CEO of Lufthansa's Munich hub Thomas Winkelmann said.” (Fars News Agency, “Germany's Lufthansa Resumes Tehran-Munich Direct Flights,” 7/5/2016)

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"Iran Air could be a buyer of some A340 planes that Lufthansa no longer needs, the chief executive of the German airline said on Thursday. Lufthansa has signed a memorandum of understanding with Iran Air that comprises cooperation on maintenance and catering, as the country emerges from a period of sanctions... 'We are looking at whether Iran Air is perhaps a customer to take those planes from Lufthansa,' Carsten Spohr said after Lufthansa reported annual results on Thursday." (Reuters, “Lufthansa sees Iran Air as possible buyer of old A340s,” 3/17/2016)

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"Germany’s Lufthansa aviation giant is set to establish a repair and maintenance service unit in Iran.  The company is reported to have sealed a deal with Iran Air to the same effect which also envisages cooperation in several other key areas. The deal was signed when a group from Lufthansa visited Tehran on Wednesday, the media reported. Based on it, Iran Air and Lufthansa work closely over five fields such as technical issues, commercial activities, aviation IT systems, navigation mechanisms and restricting. The technical issues over which the two will cooperate include the maintenance and repairing planes and the commercial activities will include the transfer of passengers and cargos, the media have quoted a statement by Iran’s Ministry of Road and Urban Development." (Press TV, “Lufthansa inks deal to repair planes in Iran,” 3/10/2016)

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Lufthansa offers daily flights between Tehran's Imam Khomeini Airport (IKA) and Frankfurt Airport (FRA) (see company website). The airline is also the parent company of Austrian Airlines, which also offers daily flights to Tehran's Imam Khomeini Airport.

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"Lufthansa Technik, the maintenance division of the German flagship carrier, says it is in discussions with Iranian airlines to repair and overhaul their aging fleet. A top company executive has said the world's leading provider of services in the aviation industry was open to setting up a facility in Iran. 'There's an aircraft fleet in Iran that needs to be taken care of to bring it up in the air,' a Dubai-based newspaper quoted Lufthansa Technik Chief Executive Johannes Bussmann as saying at the Dubai Airshow." (Press TV, "Lufthansa arm eyes services center in Iran," 11/9/15)

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"German airliner Lufthansa and its subsidiary Austrian Airlines plan new flights to Iran amid a growing demand as business and tourism is crawling back to life in the resource-rich country, media reports say.  Lufthansa will launch flights from Munich to Tehran and switch to larger planes for its flights from Frankfurt to Tehran from the summer of 2016, the IRNA news agency said, citing the German aviation website aerotelegraph. 'The German air carrier will use a Boeing 747 on its route from Frankfurt to Tehran instead of an Airbus A340,' it said. Austrian Airlines is also expanding its flight service to Iran, offering one extra daily flight to Tehran starting March 11, 2016. As a result, Austria’s national carrier will be departing twice a day from Vienna for the Iranian capital. Deploying an Airbus A320, Austrian Airlines will also offer a day flight in addition to the existing night flights, the report said. It quoted Chief Commercial Officer of Austrian Airlines Andreas Otto as saying that his company was 'receiving clear signals of a revival in economic relations between Austria and Iran from the business community and political decision-makers'. 'That's why we wanted to react quickly,' Otto added. Austrian President Heinz Fischer became the first Western head of state to visit Iran in more than a decade in September." (Press TV, “Lufthansa, Austrian to increase Iran flights,” 10/25/2015)

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“Lufthansa is closely following the political situation in Iran as the country weighs up the potential of a further easing of sanctions, an executive at the German airline said. ‘Iran is going to be an interesting development for us,’ Carsten Schaeffer, Lufthansa’s Vice President Sales and Services Southeast Europe, Africa, Middle East/Pakistan, said at a media briefing in Dubai on Wednesday. Schaeffer recently visited Tehran, the Iranian capital…He said that Iran, with a population of 75 million, represents a significant opportunity for the airline. ‘Obviously, airlines provide the interchange business and create new traffic streams and so we are looking forward to what is happening in Iran,’ he said.” (Gulf News, “Lufthansa interested in Iran,” 2/6/14)

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"Austrian Airlines , a unit of Germany's Deutsche Lufthansa , is cancelling its services to Iran due to a lack of demand, a spokesman said. The carrier's last flight from Vienna to Tehran will be on January 13... A spokesman for Lufthansa said the German carrier was continuing to fly to Tehran five times a week. Italian airline Alitalia also flies to Iran, according to its website." (Reuters, "Two airlines suspend Iran flights as economy weakens," 1/12/2013)

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"Some major Western airlines were continuing to fly to Tehran, though, namely Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, KLM and Alitalia." (The Daily Star, "Airlines stop Iran flights as currency crisis bites," 10/8/2012)

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"Deutsche Lufthansa AG (LHA.XE) and its U.K.-based airline British Midland International said Wednesday it faces refueling issues after Iranian authorities said there were fuel shortages, but Iran's state-run newspaper reported it was a retaliatory move... The decision comes after some European countries last year refused to refuel Iranian aircraft. That led to Iran warning it would take action if their planes continued to be refused fuel. A spokesman for Lufthansa said it received a phone call about fuel issues and that it had been warned there may not be enough supply to complete refueling or refuel altogether from Thursday. The Lufthansa spokesman said the airline is looking at its options to refuel at other countries as aircraft return to Germany." (Dow Jones, "European Airlines Face Refueling Issues in Iran," 4/13/11)

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Lufthansa is being investigated for its role in transporting nuclear-related supplies through Europe, a part of a greater incident which diplomats say “turned into a major battleground as world powers hashed out international sanctions against Iran.” “Frankfurt prosecutors say they launched their investigations after customs officials seized air-freight cargo en route from Moscow to Tehran that they determined contained monitoring equipment bound for the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant, which has been haltingly under construction since the 1970s. The EU argues that helping even the civilian side of Iran's nuclear program serves to strengthen the full nuclear program, so it prohibits dealings with Bushehr...The prosecution spokeswoman said the November 2009 shipment, seized in a Frankfurt airport warehouse, was handled by Lufthansa Cargo, a subsidiary of Deutsche Lufthansa AG...A Lufthansa Cargo spokesman said the carrier complies with EU regulations and has 'strengthened its controls in cooperation with the German Customs Office' since the seizure.” Unlike the more extensive Russian activities in Iran, a European intelligence official believes the Germany seizures are making progress: "The closure of EU airspace to Iran nuclear trade decreases delivery options and increases the cost of business" (The Wall Street Journal, "Germany Probes Russian Shipments to Iran," 6/12/10).

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"The airline has maintained a route to Iran since 1956, a spokesperson said."  From 2000-2009, the company was the recipient of $36.8 million US federal funds.  Their investments in Iran are currently active.  (The New York Times, "Profiting from Iran, and the US," 3/6/2010)

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Germany's trade ties to Iran stretch back to the Middle Ages, and many of the companies currently there have been active in Iran for decades. Some 85 German companies have operations in Iran, from chemical maker BASF AG to Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Bayer AG, and others such as Linde AG and Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler AG are active there, according to the Hamburg-based German-Iranian Chamber of Commerce. More than 7,000 companies conduct business there through local representatives. Germany has become such a big trading partner for Iran because so many of its companies provide the machinery and engineering prowess Iran needs to improve its infrastructure. (The Wall Street Journal, "German Firms Feel Pressure Over Tehran Trade," 10/3/09)

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