August 26, 2021| 406 0

Germany Ends Afghanistan Evacuation As Threat Levels Rise

Germany will end its evacuation effort from Afghanistan today as the risk of an attack on Western forces is reportedly rising. Since last Monday, the country has been evacuating those in need from the country with the help of Lufthansa. Germany is one of many countries currently participating in the repatriation effort. For the past week and a half, countries have been working around the clock to get their citizens and others at risk out of the Afghan capital, Kabul. The US is set to withdraw its troops by the end of the month, effectively signaling a deadline for all nations. Germany to withdraw today According to multiple reports, including the Geman publication DW, today will be the last day of German operations rescuing people from Kabul Airport. The reason given for the withdrawal is the deteriorating situation in the city from a security point of view. According to the Bundeswehr (German armed forces), the risk of an attack from a terrorist organization such as the Islamic State is “very specific and to be taken very seriously.” Within an hour at the time of writing, the German Ministry of Defence tweeted, “Now is the most sensitive phase, the terror threats are intensifying. We continue to work feverishly on the evacuations, at the same time it is about protecting our soldiers.” So far, over 5,300 people have been evacuated from Kabul by Germany. On Monday morning, this figure stood at roughly 2,700. Of this figure, more than 4,100 were Afghans, including local staff who helped Germany during the Afghanistan War. According to German-language publication Der Spiegel, Germany was already being forced to end its operations from Kabul Airport. The publication reports that on August 31st, the 6,000 US troops currently securing the airport will be removed from the country. As a result, other countries have already been told to leave the airport 48 hours before this time. What’s next? The German repatriation effort is operating out of Tashkent, the capital city of Uzbekistan. As the evacuation effort draws to a close, Germany will remove its remaining troops and equipment, such as two helicopters, from […]

March 14, 2021| 357 0

Lufthansa Doubles Services For Easter After Jump In Bookings

German national flag carrier Lufthansa said in a statement released on March 12 that it had doubled its number of flights to spring sun destinations over the Easter holidays after seeing a massive increase in bookings. Not surprisingly, after almost a year of lockdowns and restrictions, people in Germany are eager to get away to somewhere warm over …

March 8, 2021| 395 0

Could Trains Replace Planes On Lufthansa’s Domestic Routes?

Lufthansa today revealed that it is to operate new “sprinter” trains to select major cities from Frankfurt as part of a rail and fly partnership with German train operator Deutsche Bahn. The high-speed trains will reduce journey times to major cities from the airline’s Frankfurt Airport. Around the world, airlines are focused on their emissions. In …

March 5, 2021| 400 0

The Impressive Rise Of Amazon Air

Search the news for Amazon Air, and you’ll find a number of stories regarding expansions and aircraft acquisitions. Formerly known as Amazon Prime Air, the growth of the eCommerce site Amazon and its dedicated fleet of aircraft is indeed nothing short of impressive. Let’s take a brief look at this five-year-old ‘airline’ and how it has reached its …

March 4, 2021| 356 0

US To Drop UK Tariffs In Boeing-Airbus Dispute

The US has suspended all retaliatory tariffs on imported UK goods that were levied as part of the long-running Boeing-Airbus dispute. The suspension of tariffs will last four months and come into force on March 8th, backdated to March 4th. The two countries will now look to resolve the dispute amicably through the World Trade Organization (WTO). US- …

February 28, 2021| 337 0

What Was The French Aircraft Sud-Ouest S.O.30 Bretagne?

Developed during the early part of the Second World War while under German occupation, the Sud-Ouest S.O.30 Bretagne was a French military transport plane designed for the Vichy Air Force. In 1941 a small group of engineers and technicians were sent to Cannes in the South of France to design a military transport for the Vichy government. In case you …

February 27, 2021| 329 0

Condor Now Flying Boeing 767 Cargo Flights For DHL

Condor is now flying four Boeing 767 aircraft on behalf of DHL Express. The German leisure carrier has been boosting its cargo efforts over the last year, and its first flight under the partnership with the delivery powerhouse was this week. European duties The 767s will be based at DHL Express’s site in Leipzig, which is the company’s largest hub In …

February 25, 2021| 414 0

Lufthansa Outlines Summer Leisure Travel Program

German flag carrier Lufthansa has today revealed its leisure travel plans for the summer of 2021. The airline will focus on flights to the Caribbean, Greece, and the Canary Islands, giving German holidaymakers plenty of options for experiencing summer sun. With strict travel bans, tied with what German experts are calling the start of the third wave …

February 23, 2021| 471 0

Lufthansa To Trial Health Passports On Select Routes

German flag carrier Lufthansa is looking to trial a health passport solution on select international routes. Passengers will be able to send Lufthansa proof of their COVID-19 test results in advance to avoid airport checks and verify that they meet the requirements. Health passports are being touted around the world as a possible way to reopen inter …

February 16, 2021| 363 0

airBaltic Partners With Lufthansa For Worldwide Codeshare

Riga-based airline airBaltic has signed a new codeshare agreement with Lufthansa, the German flag carrier. The deal will allow Lufthansa customers to connect onto Baltic-bound flights at Munich, while airBaltic’s customers will be able to access many more corners of the world. Codeshare agreements are a crucial part of the global aviation industry. …

February 14, 2021| 410 0

Lufthansa Cuts 103 India-Based Jobs

Lufthansa has axed 103 India-based cabin crew jobs this week. The move comes as the German giant suffers deep losses and burns through €500,000 an hour. Lufthansa has had a turbulent year in India, only returning in July and seeing its flight scheduled axed by the government in October. Another blow According to the Times of India, Lufthansa has axed …

February 13, 2021| 366 0

United States DOT Complains To Israel Over Tel Aviv Operations

The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has filed a complaint over Israel barring passenger rights for US carriers to fly to Israel. The DOT is concerned that Israel is giving more favorable status to its flag carrier, El Al, and not letting US airlines transport passengers to Tel Aviv. The US DOT files a complaint with Israel The Jerusa …

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