(as Ostfriesische Lufttaxi)
|Frequent-flyer program||Miles & More|
|Alliance||Star Alliance (affiliate)|
|Parent company||Lufthansa Group|
|Headquarters||Munich Airport, Germany|
|Employees||2,236 (31 December 2017)|
Lufthansa CityLine GmbH is a German airline with its headquarters on the grounds of Munich Airport. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lufthansa and maintains hubs at Frankfurt Airport and Munich Airport, from where it operates a dense domestic and European network as a member of Lufthansa Regional.
The airline was founded as Ostfriesische Lufttaxi (OLT) in 1958 and became Ostfriesische Lufttransport (OLT) in 1970 - which existed until 2013 as a separate airline - in Emden. It was reorganised and renamed as DLT Luftverkehrsgesellschaft mbH on 1 October 1974 and began cooperation with Lufthansa in 1978 with short-range international routes.
By 1989, all operations were on behalf of Lufthansa. In March 1992, DLT became a wholly owned subsidiary of Lufthansa and was renamed Lufthansa CityLine. Lufthansa CityLine employs 2,332 people, of whom 664 are cockpit crew, 849 cabin crew and 819 work in the technical and administrative areas as of 31 December 2011.
Lufthansa placed an order on 17 April 2007 for 30 Embraer E190/E195 and 15 Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft to directly replace CityLine's fleet of BAe 146 and Avro RJ aircraft. The last Avro RJ85 took off from Cologne Bonn Airport on 27 August 2012 as LH1985.
In late 2014, parent company Lufthansa announced it would begin transferring eight of its Airbus A340-300 aircraft to CityLine. After reconfiguration to a high-density configuration, these aircraft would be owned by CityLine and operated by CityLine pilots, but wet-leased back to Lufthansa to be used on leisure routes and serviced by Lufthansa cabin crews starting in 2015. The first destinations to be served by the new Bombardier CRJ-700s which left CityLine's fleet by March 2015.
In October 2017, a new labour agreement between Lufthansa and its pilot unions was reached. As part of this agreement, the wetlease operations of Lufthansa CityLine on behalf of Lufthansa consisting of eight Airbus A340s were gradually terminated.
As part of Lufthansa's new corporate design introduced in early 2018, Lufthansa Regional aircraft operated by Lufthansa CityLine are also receiving the new livery, with the Lufthansa Regional titles being removed from the fuselage and replaced by Lufthansa.
In August 2020, Lufthansa CityLine handed back six Airbus A340-300 longhaul aircraft it operated for parent Lufthansa as part of their revised leisure route strategy. In spring 2022, the airline transferred their last two remaining Embraer 195 to Air Dolomiti. In the same time, they were given operations of two Airbus A321P2F converted freighter aircraft on behalf of Lufthansa Cargo as well as several Airbus A319-100 to be flown for Lufthansa mainline. Additionally, Lufthansa announced in 2023 to relocate several of their A320neo to Lufthansa CityLine.
The airline was previously headquartered at Cologne Bonn Airport. In 1998 the airline moved its offices to the security area of that airport; several of its departments however were in Munich. In 2009 the airline moved its head office into the former Cologne/Bonn Airport administrative building. In May 2013 it was announced that the management and administration offices of CityLine would be relocated from Cologne to Munich. The move was completed as of September 2014. Its corporate headquarters are now at the Flight Operations Center (FOC) at Munich Airport.
Main article: List of Lufthansa CityLine destinations
As of April 2023[update], the Lufthansa CityLine fleet consists of the following aircraft:
|Airbus A320neo||2||—||var||var||180||Further aircraft to be relocated from Lufthansa.|
|Embraer 190||7||—||8||92||100||Further aircraft to be relocated to Air Dolomiti.|
|Airbus A321-200/P2F||3||1||Cargo||Operated for Lufthansa Cargo.|
One more on order due by mid-2023.
Over the years, Lufthansa CityLine has operated the following aircraft types:
|De Havilland Canada Dash 8-100||1992||1997|
|De Havilland Canada Dash 8-300|
|Hawker Siddeley HS 748||1981||1989|