A year ago, the co-pilot of a Germanwings plane deliberately crashed it into the French Alps. All 150 people on board were killed. Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr says nothing can compensate for the grief inflicted on the victims’ families.
The stylized bird stays but the gray underside and yellow logo background are gone in favor of a purely blue and white exterior. The company plans to release full details of the new design on February 7.
Germany's flag carrier is expanding rapidly after taking over a large part of the fleet of insolvent rival Air Berlin. The hiring spree will boost payrolls at both Lufthansa itself and its low-cost subsidiary Eurowings.
Without much fanfare Lufthansa will take over portions of the insolvent Air Berlin, ending a long period of suffering for Germany's second-biggest airline. That said, competition regulators will be watching very closely.
Germany's Lufthansa Group looks set to expand, even as some rival airlines cut back or fall into bankruptcy. It has set its sights on becoming a leading global player. But air travel markets remain fiercely competitive.
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