The Lufthansa supervisory board has loosened its purse strings and approved a series of major fleet additions, led by 100 Airbus A320 family jets. The Lufthansa Group also plans to order a pair of Airbus A380s and six Boeing 777-300ERs, raising the total value of its newly announced acquisitions to $13.1 billion.
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Lufthansa Technik Switzerland in Basel has been unable to sustain its operations and will be closing its two line maintenance and logistics services businesses at the end of April.
“We will no longer have any operations at Basel Airport. We’re leaving the facility permanently,” a spokesman for the MRO told AIN. According to the company, the plant closure will lead to 31 job terminations, though another 29 employees will transfer to Swiss at the Basel site.
Jet Aviation Basel said it will save as many as 60 jobs previously slated to be eliminated. A Swiss labor law-mandated consultation phase resulted in 115 employee suggestions on how to reduce the cuts. Last September AIN reported Jet Aviation would axe up to 300 of the 1,565 jobs at its Basel completions facility over a 12-month period as part of a larger cost-cutting program.
Lufthansa Technik Switzerland (LTSW) in Basel will undergo extensive restructuring to concentrate exclusively on line maintenance, light base maintenance and logistics services for its customers at Euro Airport. The company plans to reduce its 304-employee workforce to 82.
Gama Aviation has announced plans to open a new base in Switzerland at Geneva Airport. The aircraft management operation is expected to be up and running by July, with the intention of getting its Swiss air operators certificate by year-end. It will be led by general manager Hamish Ross.
Lufthansa announced yesterday it will introduce its Lufthansa Private Jet service to the North American market on February 1 through an expanded relationship with fractional provider NetJets. The new service will build on the existing Lufthansa Private Jet service in Europe, which is done in conjunction with NetJets Europe.
Jet Aviation will cut 200 to 300 jobs at its Basel, Switzerland aircraft completions facility, a company spokesman told AIN, confirming local press reports. The cuts, which will be spread over the next 12 months, are part of a broader cost-cutting plan. For example, the working week might be increased from 42.5 to 45 hours with no increase in pay.
With its ACJ318 on a demonstration flight and on the display line for the opening of the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition, Airbus unleashed a considerable first-time presence at the show in São Paulo, Brazil.
Against a background of broadly optimistic forecasts for a slowly recovering global business aviation sector, prospects for the industry in Europe include a lower share of new aircraft deliveries, increasing numbers of international flights and ambitions to upgrade to larger, longer-range equipment, say manufacturers.
Lufthansa Private Jets confirmed the relaunch of its partnership with NetJets Europe, following the closure of its Swiss Private Aviation subsidiary. The German airline has also announced plans to expand its executive charter service into Middle Eastern and U.S. markets later this year. Under the new arrangement, Lufthansa passengers will be able to book flights in NetJets aircraft with as little as 10 hours’ notice.
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