(as Ostfriesische Lufttaxi)
|Frequent-flyer program||Miles & More|
|Alliance||Star Alliance (affiliate)|
|Parent company||Lufthansa Group|
|Headquarters||Munich Airport, Germany|
|Employees||2,236 (31 December 2017)|
Lufthansa CityLine GmbH is a German airline with its headquarters on the grounds of Munich Airport. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lufthansa and maintains hubs at Frankfurt Airport and Munich Airport, from where it operates a dense domestic and European network as a member of Lufthansa Regional.
The airline was founded as Ostfriesische Lufttaxi (OLT) in 1958 and became Ostfriesische Lufttransport (OLT) in 1970 - which existed until 2013 as a separate airline - in Emden. It was reorganised and renamed as DLT Luftverkehrsgesellschaft mbH on 1 October 1974 and began cooperation with Lufthansa in 1978 with short-range international routes.
By 1988 all operations were on behalf of Lufthansa. In March 1992 DLT became a wholly owned subsidiary of Lufthansa and was renamed Lufthansa CityLine. Lufthansa CityLine employs 2,332 people, of whom 664 are cockpit crew, 849 cabin crew and 819 work in the technical and administrative areas as of 31 December 2011.
Lufthansa placed an order on 17 April 2007 for 30 Embraer E-190/195 and 15 Bombardier CRJ-900 aircraft to directly replace LH CityLine's fleet of BAe 146 and Avro RJ aircraft. The last Avro RJ 85 took off from Cologne Bonn Airport on August 27, 2012 as LH1985.
The airline was previously headquartered at Cologne Bonn Airport. In May 2013 it was announced that the management and administration offices of CityLine would be relocated from Cologne to Munich. The move was completed as of September 2014. Its corporate headquarters are now at the Flight Operations Center (FOC) at Munich Airport.
In late 2014, parent company Lufthansa announced it would begin transferring eight of its Airbus A340-300 aircraft to CityLine. After reconfiguration to a high-density configuration, these aircraft would be owned by CityLine and operated by CityLine pilots, but wet-leased back to Lufthansa to be used on leisure routes and serviced by Lufthansa cabin crews starting in 2015. The first destinations to be served by the new CityLine-operated long-haul fleet were Cancún, Mexico; Male, Maldives; Mauritius; Tampa, USA; and Panama City, Panama. These were later expanded to include Philadelphia and Montreal.
In March 2015, the Lufthansa Group announced it would transfer 17 Embraer 195 jets from Lufthansa CityLine to Austrian Airlines. As a replacement, CityLine received several more Bombardier CRJ900s, which were previously phased out at sister company Eurowings. These were also used to replace the remaining slightly smaller Bombardier CRJ700s which left CityLine's fleet by March 2015.
In October 2017, a new labour agreement between Lufthansa and its pilot unions was reached. As part of this agreement, the wetlease operations of Lufthansa CityLine on behalf of Lufthansa consisting of eight Airbus A340s will be gradually terminated.
As part of Lufthansa's new corporate design introduced in early 2018, Lufthansa Regional aircraft operated by Lufthansa CityLine are also receiving the new livery, with the Lufthansa Regional titles being removed from the fuselage and replaced by Lufthansa.
As of November 2018, the Lufthansa CityLine fleet consists of the following aircraft:
|Airbus A319-100||—||6||TBA||to be transferred from Lufthansa from 2019|
|Airbus A340-300||3||—||18||19||261||298||operated for Lufthansa; to be returned|
|Embraer 190||9||—||8||—||92||100||to be relocated to Air Dolomiti|
|Embraer 195||5||—||8||—||104||112||to be relocated to Air Dolomiti|
|Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia||1986||1990|
|Fokker F27 Friendship||1987||1988|
|Hawker Siddeley HS 748||1981||1989|
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