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Oktoberfest in Flight: Lufthansa ‘Trachtencrew’ Continues Storied Airline Tradition

Lufthansa announced on Monday that even though Munich’s world-famous Oktoberfest will not take place this year due to the pandemic, the carrier will continue their traditional ‘Trachtencrew’ flights this year to New York and select European destinations.


Lufthansa Boeing 707-430 (1960) - Courtesy Lufthansa

On Monday (September 14, 2020) Lufthansa announced that they will continue their long tradition of ‘Trachtencrew’ flights this year, paying homage to Oktoberfest, even though the world-famous festival won’t take place this year. The pandemic may have paused the Bavarian celebration this year but Lufthansa guests traveling to New York and select European destinations can still experience a taste of Oktoberfest. As a tribute to the folk festival, eleven flight attendants will take off for New York-Newark on September 22, 2020 on an Airbus A350. Additionally, Lufthansa CityLine guests traveling from September 21 through September 25th can experience traditionally costumed crews when traveling between Munich and Copenhagen, Helsinki, Manchester, Berlin, Vienna Santorini and Sylt.


Lufthansa Stewardess in Dirndl Serves Guests (1957) - Courtesy Lufthansa

Lufthansa’s highly successful Trachtencrew flights with traditionally dressed cabin crews first took place in 1957, delighting passengers from around the world. In 2006, the carrier relaunched the program with an inaugural flight to New York and since then, the Lufthansa Trachtencrew has served guests on flights to 25 destinations in China, Japan, India, the U.S. and throughout Europe. The traditional Bavarian dress or ‘Dirndl’ for Lufthansa’s long-haul crews was created by the celebrated Munich costume designer Angermaier. The flight attendants’ Wiesn-Dirndl (Oktoberfest dress) is dark blue with a silver-grey apron, while the men wear traditional lederhosen (short leather pants) with a dark blue vest in the fabric of the Dirndl.


During the Wiesn (Oktoberfest) season, it has long been a tradition of Lufthansa’s Terminal 2 passenger service team in Munich to welcome guests in Dirndl and traditional costume attire during the Oktoberfest season. Additionally, guests of Lufthansa’s Munich lounges will enjoy traditional Bavarian dishes such as Leberkäs’, cabbage or potato salad, not to mention roasted almonds, pretzel pearls and of course Oktoberfest beer. During the month of September, Business Class guests will enjoy trout and Bavarian cream and naturally, upon request, a traditional Weissbier. Prost!


Source: Lufthansa

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