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Lufthansa’s New City Airlines Subsidiary to Take Flight in Summer 2024

Lufthansa’s City Airlines subsidiary will start operations with Airbus A319s in Summer 2024, expanding the Group’s short haul network to/from Munich and Frankfurt. The Group is also currently evaluating the use of other aircraft, including Airbus A220s or Embraer jets.

City Airlines Airbus A319 - Courtesy Lufthansa

On Wednesday (October 25, 2023), Lufthansa announced that their City Airlines subsidiary will commence operations in summer 2024 with Airbus A319s. Founded in 2022, City Airlines received their Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from the German Federal Aviation Authority last June. The new airline will strengthen the Group’s short-haul network to/from Munich and Frankfurt, while providing convenient one-stop connectivity from the airline’s hubs to Lufthansa’s long-haul network. Recruitment for cockpit and cabin crew will commence in November 2023. City Airlines will operate alongside Lufthansa CityLine.

In Wednesday’s announcement, City Airlines’ Managing Director, Jens Fehlinger, said,

“With City Airlines, we want to create prospects for the coming decades and secure sustainable jobs in Germany. This is the only way for us to grow and sustainably strengthen the hubs in Munich and Frankfurt.”

To position City Airlines for the long term, the carrier is also considering English-speaking pilots in the recruitment process, with experienced candidates given preference during hiring. For current Group team members interested in transferring to City Airlines, including Lufthansa CityLine staff, voluntary switching conditions can be negotiated.

Guests traveling on City Airlines’ flights can expect the same world-class Lufthansa experience they have become accustomed to. As previously mentioned, City Airlines will launch passenger revenue service next summer wit Airbus A319s, but the Group is also evaluating the use of similar sized aircraft such as the Airbus A220 and/or Embraer jets.

Source: Lufthansa

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