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New regional airline: Lufthansa halts construction of Cityline 2

New regional airline: Lufthansa halts construction of Cityline 2

The German aviation giant was planning to create a new regional airline with 40 aircraft. Lufthansa has now halted construction work on Cityline 2 – to please the pilots.

The company is called Flugverkehrsbetrieb Munchen. In May it became from Lufthansa is officially established. A new airline should come out of it. According to the plan, Newcont, or Cityline 2 as the project is called, will operate a fleet of 40 aircraft.

The new airline had its own Air Operator Certification (AOC). In the future, it should be similar to the German and European domestic Lufthansa Traffic feeding the Frankfurt-Munich hubs » Delivery, CEO Carsten Spohr once said. But above all, their purpose was to reduce personnel costs in the cockpit.

Create “no facts on the part of the employer”.

But now Cityline 2 construction has been halted. Formal work on air operator certification will continue in order to meet legal requirements, according to a letter from Lufthansa to pilots, provided by aeroTELEGRAPH. However, “the cockpit crew will not be assigned or trained for scheduled services.”

The background is that Lufthansa and the Vereinigung Cockpit trade union are battling against the backdrop of more threatened strikes. Agreed to a wage increase in September. At the same time, they agreed on a “comprehensive peace commitment” to run through June 30, 2023. With Cityline 2 at a standstill, one does not want to create “any facts” on the part of the employer, according to the letter.

Otherwise, there is no structure next to Lufthansa and Lufthansa Cargo

Lufthansa management isn’t just pulling the handbrake on Cityline 2. In a letter to pilots, the company wrote that “no permanent development of another platform will take place.” At the same time, no strategic decisions will be made that would “permanently increase the number of employees at Lufthansa or Lufthansa Cargo”.

The actions demonstrate “a clear will to address and resolve open issues in the coming months in a dialogue of confidence with the Cockpit Assembly.” The goal remains to offer attractive careers to future pilots.