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Lufthansa Italia

 

Lufthansa Italia

Lufthansa Italia
IATA
LH
ICAO
DLH
Callsign
LUFTHANSA
Founded 2008
Commenced operations 2 February 2009
Ceased operations 29 October 2011
Operating bases Malpensa Airport (Milan)
Frequent-flyer program Miles & More
Airport lounge Senator Lounge
Alliance Star Alliance
Fleet size 20
Destinations 8 (6 countries)
Parent company Lufthansa
Headquarters Milan, Italy
Key people Michael Kraus (CEO)

Lufthansa Italia S.p.A was a wholly owned subsidiary of German airline Lufthansa based in Milan, Italy. Operations started on 2 February 2009 and ceased on 29 October 2011.[1]

Contents

  • History 1
    • Cease operations 1.1
  • Destinations 2
  • Fleet 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

History

The interiors during the first flight
4 Lufthansa Italia Airbus A319's at Malpensa Airport, Italy. (2009)

On 28 April 2008 Lufthansa announced plans to commence intra-European flights out of Milan Malpensa Airport using 6 Embraer 195 aircraft from its subsidiary Air Dolomiti.[2] On 26 November 2008 the new brand Lufthansa Italia was formed instead of the originally planned Air Dolomiti operations.[1][3] Operations started on 2 February 2009 using the larger Airbus A319 jetliner.[4] The new subsidiary was established to allow Lufthansa to better tap into the lucrative North Italian market that was all but abandoned by Alitalia during a series of cutbacks. The airline's on board cuisine was aimed towards the Italian market, with Italian foods and drinks. For example, in business class, Italian espresso was served.

Cease operations

On 23 July 2011, Lufthansa reported in a press release that it would stop all Lufthansa Italia flights at the end of the IATA summer 2011 timetable (ending 29 October 2011).[5] The last scheduled flight of Lufthansa Italia was LH3627 on 29 October 2011, which landed at 16:35, coming from Palermo to Milan-Malpensa, which was flown on the Airbus A319-100 with the registration D-AKNJ.

Destinations

The following cities were served by Lufthansa Italia prior to its shutdown on 29 October:[6]
Hub
Future destination
Seasonal
Terminated destination

Fleet

As of June 2013, the average age of Lufthansa Italia's aircraft was 14.7 years. The fleet was composed of the following:

Five of the airline's aircraft came from Lufthansa subsidiary Germanwings, and the other five came from Lufthansa's base at Munich. All aircraft were given names of Italian cities, such as 'Bologna' and 'Varese', and were painted in a modified Lufthansa livery. The aircraft retained their German registrations. In 2010, the airline planned to replace one A319 with two Airbus A320, but this never occurred. Two of the five daily flights to London were operated by a BMI Airbus A321 in a 31/118 configuration.

References

  1. ^ a b Lufthansa press release: "Lufthansa launches new Lufthansa Italia brand"
  2. ^ Lufthansa press release: "Lufthansa boosts services from Milan"
  3. ^ Espinoza, Javier. "Lufthansa's Italian Adventure." Forbes. 26 November 2008.
  4. ^ Lufthansa press release: "Fly Lufthansa direct from Milan to major European cities"
  5. ^ "Lufthansa and Air Dolomiti will take over role of the Lufthansa Italia brand – Air Dolomiti to expand route network". 2011-05-23. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  6. ^ http://www.ch-aviation.ch/portal/airline.php?cha=LHI

External links

  • Lufthansa
  • Lufthansa Italia (Archive)
  • Official Lufthansa Italia Website (Archive)
  • http://wayback.archive.org/
  • Official Lufthansa Italia Website (Italian) (Archive)


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