Product development: broad-based capital expenditure

Investments by Lufthansa Passenger Airlines were concentrated on the fleet, ground and in-flight products, and the expansion of the service infrastructure at selected airports. Examples include the new Europa cabin and the introduction of the new First Class product, which were both rated very positively by customers. The seat comfort in Economy Class was improved again on long-haul routes and a new entertainment system brought in. The offer of the internet system FlyNet was expanded in 2011, so that by the end of the year customers on over 48 aircraft were able to enjoy the service on routes to North America and the Middle East.

The largest Lufthansa Lounge in the world, covering some 1,800 square metres, was opened in Frankfurt in the summer. This new Senator Lounge offers its guests the first Senator Spa as well as an exciting City Light Bar with a view onto the apron.

The greater presence planned in Berlin as part of the new service concept presented in November will also help to put Lufthansa in a strong position here compared with its national and international competitors. A total of 23 aircraft from the Lufthansa Passenger Airlines Airbus fleet will fly on routes to and from Berlin. A package of measures is intended to cut unit costs there by one third compared with the average in European traffic.