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Lufthansa dispatches more aircraft to Asia
Caroline Boey, Singapore

Caroline Boey, Singapore  
(25th Jun 2002)

Lufthansa has increased the number of seats to Asia by 19 per cent by relocating capacity from the US and North America to the region.

Executive vice-president sales, Mr Thierry Antinori, said 18 of the 43 aircraft pulled from service after 9-11 had been reinstated, and new services and bigger aircraft were being deployed in Asia.

Capacity has been added between Frankfurt and Ho Chi Minh City; Munich and Shanghai; Munich and Tokyo; Frankfurt and Nagoya; and Frankfurt and Mumbai.

Lufthansa, which added three more flights to Shanghai for a total of 10 weekly flights, has earmarked China for expansion. "Lufthansa now operates more frequencies to China than to Japan," Mr Antinori said.

Vice-president Asia & Pacific, Mr Manfred Reimer, said Lufthansa had to turn away 7,000 passengers from China in September and October last year.

Lufthansa, which signed a bilateral agreement with Air China two years ago, is also negotiating a bilateral agreement with Air China codshare partner Shanghai Airlines.

"Subject to government approval, the next step after the bilateral is codesharing with Shanghai Airlines," he added.

Mr Antinori announced that Lufthansa made an operating profit of E12m (US$11.35 million) in the first quarter, and the German national carrier was expecting to close the year strongly with an operating profit of E400 million, compared to E28 million last year.

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