- 'No' fleet growth until 2014, capacity will not rise in 2012, in 2013 and 2014 there will be a max increase in seat count of 4%
- The original 9% capacity increase for Swiss, Austrian and Brussels Airlines was cut in October, now they are planning 2% (don't know for which time period though).
- They'll cut loss making routes. They already stopped Guangzhou, Kalkutta and Hyderabad recently. Routes to Nanjing and Bangkok are in danger... BKK is a suprise for me, but never say never (look at AF that reduced BKK to 3 weekly and considers to stop that route, for many European airlines the yields have dropped dramaticly on this route due to high competition, and Thai will introduce the A380 to FRA and CDG)
- Germanwings will take over a large part of the domestic (and even regional) network, except out of MUC and FRA.
- First class may be 'removed' from a part of the fleet, LH's long haul fleet has a low density configuration, with high amount of premium seats. This proves to be problem for certain routes. That's also a part of the reason why the planned route from DUS to Tokyo is undefinitely delayed and Air China was 'asked' to open PEK-DUS instead of starting the route themself.
- Rumours say LH's considering to introduce Premium economy
- LH wants to improve profitability by 1,5 billion.
- LH asks a 10-20% reduction in airport fees
Because LH may have to save personell costs the unions also reacted on this. Union Verdi said it fears job losses and they will fight to prevent this. A spokeswoman told Reuters: "Lufthansa makes good profit on operative base and we don't believe this saving programme is necessary."
Lufthansa says the saving programme is needed because they have to invest in new fuel efficient aircraft.
When talking about fleet. Swiss is planning to retire the A340 fleet as from/by (don't know that exactly) 2014. They are searching for bigger aircraft as they call the A343 to small for their needs as they already have the A333 for the routes will lower demand.