Issue No. 827
Lufthansa's Mixed Bag
Cargo, MRO, Catering Help Stanch Losses at the Group's Airlines
Pushing Back: Inside the Issue
The three biggest European airline groups have reported their second-quarter earnings results, and it's the same mixed bag for Lufthansa as it was for IAG and Air France/KLM. Leisure markets are booming, while longhaul and business are a fraction of what they were before the pandemic. This is great news for budget arm Eurowings, but not such good news for the group's network airlines, which are rejiggering their networks to serve more leisure destinations. Lufthansa Cargo, however, pulled in record revenues, and both the catering and MRO businesses did well. Like his peers, Lufthansa Group CEO Carsten Spohr thinks the worst days of the pandemic are behind the industry and the recovery will begin in earnest next year.
Meanwhile, a new report finds that airline leaders' optimism about the return of business travel is bumping into the reality that many companies still don't want to send employees back on the road — or haven't reopened their offices. Delays at the airframers could result in Air Lease Corp. taking delivery of just more than half the aircraft it had planned to add in the second half. Congress could vote on the so-called "flag of convenience airline" bill, a shot across Norse Atlantic Airways' bow. And SunCountry won approval to fly to the U.S. And where are the busiest five domestic routes? Turn to the Routes & Networks section to find out.
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The Airline Weekly Lounge Podcast
In this week's episode of 'The Lounge, Editor Madhu Unnikrishnan and Skift Editor at Large Brian Sumers discuss when the business travel rebound might start, given that so many companies have delayed recalling employees to their offices. Will the Delta variant delay when companies send their road warriors back out on the road? And Sumers, always an avid traveler, took his first trip on a commercial flight in 18 months and the experience left him ... well, we'll let you listen to find out. Past episodes are archived here.