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Lufthansa CityLine (Germany)

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Lufthansa CityLine
IATA ICAO Callsign
(as Ostfriesische Lufttaxi)
Frequent-flyer programMiles & More
AllianceStar Alliance (affiliate)
Fleet size52
Parent companyLufthansa Group
HeadquartersMunich Airport, Germany[1]
Key people
  • Carsten Wirths
  • Jörg Eberhart
Employees2,236 (31 December 2017)

Lufthansa CityLine GmbH is a German airline with its headquarters on the grounds of Munich Airport.[1][2] It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lufthansa and maintains hubs at Frankfurt Airport and Munich Airport,[3] from where it operates a dense domestic and European network as a member of Lufthansa Regional.


Early years

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.[4]

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.[5]

Development since 2014

The airline was previously headquartered at Cologne Bonn Airport.[6] In May 2013 it was announced that the management and administration offices of CityLine would be relocated from Cologne to Munich.[7] The move was completed as of September 2014.[1] Its corporate headquarters are now at the Flight Operations Center (FOC) at Munich Airport.[1]

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.[8] The first destinations to be served by the new CityLine-operated long-haul fleet were Cancún, Mexico; Male, Maldives; Mauritius; Tampa, USA;[9] and Panama City, Panama.[10] These were later expanded to include Philadelphia and Montreal.[11]

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.[12] These were also used to replace the remaining slightly smaller Bombardier CRJ700s which left CityLine's fleet by March 2015.[13]

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 were gradually terminated.[14]

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.



Current fleet

As of January 2020, the Lufthansa CityLine fleet consists of the following aircraft:[15][16]

Lufthansa CityLine fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
J W Y Total
Airbus A319-100 4 2 var var 138 To be transferred from Lufthansa from 2019.[17]
Airbus A340-300 4 18 19 261 298 Operated for Lufthansa.[14]
Bombardier CRJ900 35 11 68 79
Embraer 190 9 8 92 100
Embraer 195 3 8 104 112 To be transferred to Air Dolomiti.[17]
Total 55 2
Historical fleet

Over the years, Lufthansa CityLine has operated the following aircraft types:[18][19][20]

Lufthansa CityLine historical fleet
Aircraft Introduced Retired
ATR 42 1992 2002
Avro RJ85 1994 2012
Bombardier CRJ100/200 1992 2010
Bombardier CRJ700 2001 2015
Dash 8-100/-300 1992 1997
Boeing 737-200 1986 1999
Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia 1986 1990
Fokker F27 Friendship 1987 1988
Fokker 50 1987 1997
Hawker Siddeley HS 748 1981 1989
Short 330 1977 1984

Accidents and incidents

  • On 6 January 1993, Lufthansa Flight 5634 from Bremen to Paris, which was carried out under the Lufthansa CityLine brand using a Contact Air Dash 8-300 (registered D-BEAT), hit the ground 1800 metres short of the runway of Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, resulting in the death of four out of the 23 passengers on board. The four crew members survived. The accident occurred after the pilot had to abort the final approach to the airport because the runway had been closed due to the aircraft ahead, a Korean Air Boeing 747, suffering a blown tire upon landing.[21]
  • On 28 December 1999, a passenger on board Lufthansa Flight 5293 from Prague to Düsseldorf, which was operated by Lufthansa CityLine using a Bombardier CRJ100 aircraft (registered D-ACJA), claimed to have a bomb on board and demanded the flight be diverted to the United Kingdom. The pilots convinced him to have a fuel stop at Düsseldorf Airport, where all passengers left the plane (many of them unaware of the hijacking attempt), and the perpetrator was arrested.[22]
  • On 5 July 2014, Lufthansa Flight 1360 from Frankfurt to Katowice, operated by Lufthansa CityLine using a Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft (registered D-ACPJ), landed on an unopened and under construction runway at Katowice International Airport. The pilots performed a normal approach from the East in good conditions and visibility before landing on the closed runway. No one was hurt, and the aircraft later made a technical flight to land on the correct runway. The Polish State Commission on Aircraft Accidents Investigation made recommendations to add additional markings to the runway (in the form of red X shapes on the runway), and to modify the ATIS to include warnings about the closed runway. The CAT I ILS was disabled due to the construction, and the aircraft featured an older EGPWS that lacked a "Smart Landing" mode and high resolution map of the area which prevented it from informing the crew of the situation. During the approach, PAPI and threshold lights were set to maximum brightness. The incident is still being investigated by Polish authorities.[23]


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  2. ^ "Flughafen München - FOC - Flight Operations Center". Munich-airport.de. Retrieved 2015-05-02.
  3. ^ "Route network". Lufthansacityline.com. Retrieved 2015-05-02.
  4. ^ "Directory: CLH official site". lufthansacityline.com. 24 Jan 2012. p. About us.
  5. ^ "Lufthansa CityLine retires the last British Aerospace AVRO RJ85". worldairlinenews.com. 27 August 2012.
  6. ^ Contact" (). Lufthansa CityLine. 5 May 2013. Retrieved on 7 January 2014. "Lufthansa CityLine GmbH Airport Köln/Bonn Waldstraße 247 51147 Cologne Germany "
  7. ^ "Lufthansa-Tochter Cityline zieht nach München um." Münchner Merkur (DE). 29 May 2013.
  8. ^ "CityLine pilots to operate Lufthansa's A340 'Jump' fleet". Ch-aviation.com. Retrieved 2015-05-02.
  9. ^ "Lufthansa Adds 3 Destinations from Dec 2015; Transfer Select A340 Fleet to CityLine". Airlineroute.net. 2014-12-16. Retrieved 2015-05-02.
  10. ^ "Lufthansa to Start Panama City Service from mid-Nov 2015". Airlineroute.net. 2015-02-05. Retrieved 2015-05-02.
  11. ^ 2016, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Lufthansa S16 Long-Haul Operation Changes as of 15OCT15". Routesonline. Retrieved 2016-06-11.
  12. ^ "Austrian confirms CityLine E195s will replace Fokker fleet". Ch-aviation.com. Retrieved 2015-05-02.
  13. ^ "Lufthansa Plans Last CRJ700 Scheduled Service in late-March 2015". Airlineroute.net. 2015-02-03. Retrieved 2015-05-02.
  14. ^ a b airliners.de - "Brussels Airlines to take off on long-haul for Eurowings (German) 19 October 2017
  15. ^ airfleets.net - Lufthansa CityLine retrieved 10 June 2019
  16. ^ "Lufthansa CityLine Fleet Details and History". www.planespotters.net. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  17. ^ a b aerotelegraph.com - "Lufthansa Cityline bekommt Airbus A319" (German) 12 Oktober 2018]
  18. ^ "Lufthansa Cityline Fleet | Airfleets aviation". Airfleets.net. Retrieved 2015-05-02.
  19. ^ "AeroTransport Data Bank". Aerotransport.org. Retrieved 2015-05-02.
  20. ^ Germany, COMKOM° GmbH. "Lufthansa CityLine - History". www.lufthansacityline.com.
  21. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident de Havilland Canada DHC-8-311 D-BEAT Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)". Aviation-safety.net. 1993-01-06. Retrieved 2015-05-02.
  22. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Canadair CL-600-2B19 Regional Jet CRJ-100LR D-ACJA Düsseldorf Airport (DUS)". Aviation-safety.net. 1999-12-28. Retrieved 2015-05-02.
  23. ^ "STATE COMMISSION ON AIRCRAFT ACCIDENTS INVESTIGATION : PRELIMINARY REPORT" (PDF). Mir.gov.pl. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2015-05-02.

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