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Article from BTNews 13 SEPTEMBER 2010

Lufthansa Passenger Airlines

AUSTRIAN, BMI, LUFTHANSA AND SWISS, collectively the Lufthansa Passenger Airlines Group, has published it passengers' figures for August, demonstrating its different approach to a collective, rather than the Air France/KLM scenario, and that also proposed by BA and Iberia.  Lufthansa itself achieved a load factor of 82.9% (down -0.6%).  The use of larger aircraft meant that capacity went up by 5.7 %, whereas the number of flights only increased by 3.5%.  SWISS carried more passengers this August than in the same period last year (+3.4%) giving a load factor of 86.3 % (-1.0).  A similarly high passenger load factor of 83.3 % (+1.5 per person) was also reported by Austrian Airlines.  Sales (+2.8%) were well above the slight expansion of capacity (+0.9%).  Austrian Airlines carried 11.3 % more passengers than last year.  Evidence of the sustainable restructuring of bmi can be seen in a sharp adjustment to capacity (-28.0%).  This was accompanied by a load factor of 78.6 % (-2.5 per person). www.lufthansa.com

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