Lufthansa CityLine
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded1958; 66 years ago (1958)
(as Ostfriesische Lufttaxi)
Frequent-flyer programMiles & More
AllianceStar Alliance (affiliate)
Fleet size54[1]
Parent companyLufthansa Group
HeadquartersMunich, Bavaria, Germany[2]
Key people
  • Carsten Wirths
  • Jörg Eberhart
Employees2,236 (31 December 2017)

Lufthansa CityLine GmbH is a German airline with its headquarters on the grounds of Munich Airport.[2][3] It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lufthansa and maintains hubs at Frankfurt Airport and Munich Airport,[4] from where it operates a dense domestic and European network as a member of Lufthansa Regional.


A former Lufthansa CityLine Avro RJ85 wearing the airline's former livery, 2007.
A former Lufthansa CityLine Bombardier CRJ200 wearing a special livery, 2008.

Early years

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.[5]

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.[6]

Development since 2014

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 and serviced by Lufthansa cabin crews starting in 2015 for use on leisure routes.[7] The first destinations to be served by the new Bombardier CRJ-700s which left CityLine's fleet by March 2015.[8]

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.[9]

As part of Lufthansa's new corporate design introduced in early 2018, Lufthansa Regional aircraft operated by Lufthansa CityLine also received 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.[10] In spring 2022, the airline transferred their last two remaining Embraer 195 to Air Dolomiti.[11] In the same time, they were given operations of two Airbus A321P2F converted freighter aircraft on behalf of Lufthansa Cargo[12] as well as several Airbus A319-100 aircraft to be flown for Lufthansa mainline.[13] Additionally, Lufthansa announced in 2023 that they would relocate several of their A320neo to Lufthansa CityLine.[14]

Corporate affairs

The airline's corporate headquarters are at the Flight Operations Center (FOC) at Munich Airport.[2] In May 2013 it was announced that the management and administration offices of CityLine would be relocated from Cologne to Munich.[15][16] The move was completed as of September 2014.[2]

The airline was previously headquartered at Cologne Bonn Airport.[17] 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.[15]


Lufthansa CityLine Bombardier CRJ900
A former Lufthansa CityLine Embraer 195 wearing an earlier livery
A former Lufthansa CityLine Airbus A340-300. Due to labor agreements, these A340s missed the small Lufthansa-titles which the Star Alliance-livery aircraft of parent Lufthansa do feature.

Current fleet

As of March 2024, the Lufthansa CityLine fleet consists of the following aircraft:[1]

Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
J Y Total
Airbus A319-100 12 var 138
Airbus A320neo 5 180
Bombardier CRJ900 28 90
Embraer 190 5 100 Further aircraft to be reallocated to Air Dolomiti.[18]
Cargo fleet
Airbus A321-200/P2F 4[1] Cargo Operated for Lufthansa Cargo.[19][20][21]
Total 54

Historical fleet

Over the years, Lufthansa CityLine has operated the following aircraft types:[22][23][24]

Aircraft Introduced Retired Notes/Refs
Airbus A340-300 2015 2020 [10]
ATR 42-300 1992 2002 [note 1][note 2]
Avro RJ 85 1994 2012
Boeing 737-200 1992 1999 [note 1]
Bombardier CRJ100 1992 2010
Bombardier CRJ200
Bombardier CRJ700 2001 2015
De Havilland Canada Dash 8-100 1992 1997 [note 1][note 3]
De Havilland Canada Dash 8-300
Embraer 190 2009 2021
Fokker 50 1992 1997 [note 1]

Accidents and incidents


General References

  1. ^ a b c "Lufthansa CityLine Fleet Details and History". Retrieved 3 March 2024.
  2. ^ a b c d "Contact". Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Flughafen München - FOC - Flight Operations Center". Archived from the original on 13 May 2015. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Route network". Archived from the original on 24 October 2017. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Directory: CLH official site". 24 January 2012. p. About us.
  6. ^ "Lufthansa CityLine retires the last British Aerospace AVRO RJ85". 27 August 2012.
  7. ^ "CityLine pilots to operate Lufthansa's A340 'Jump' fleet". Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  8. ^ "Lufthansa Plans Last CRJ700 Scheduled Service in late-March 2015". 3 February 2015. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  9. ^ - "Brussels Airlines to take off on long-haul for Eurowings (German) 19 October 2017
  10. ^ a b 5 August 2020
  11. ^ (German) 1 February 2022
  12. ^ "Lufthansa CityLine to add two A321 freighters in 2022". Ch-Aviation. 6 July 2021.
  13. ^ - "Lufthansa Cityline bekommt Airbus A319" (German) 12 Oktober 2018]
  14. ^ - "Lufthansa CityLine receives A320neo" (German) 9 February 2023
  15. ^ a b "History". Lufthansa Cityline. Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  16. ^ "Lufthansa-Tochter Cityline zieht nach München um." Münchner Merkur). 29 May 2013.
  17. ^ Contact" (). Lufthansa CityLine. 5 May 2013. Retrieved on 7 January 2014. "Lufthansa CityLine GmbH Airport Köln/Bonn Waldstraße 247 51147 Cologne Germany " - Older address: "Heinrich-Steinmann-Straße 51 51147 Köln"
  18. ^ (German) 8 December 2022
  19. ^ "Lufthansa Cargo deploys two Airbus A321s permanently converted into freighters" (Press release). Lufthansa Cargo. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
  20. ^ "Lufthansa takes delivery of first A321P2F aircraft". Aerotime Hub. Retrieved 1 February 2022.
  21. ^ "Lufthansa Cargo continues to grow its intra-European route network with additional A321 freighters". 29 August 2022. Retrieved 27 October 2022.
  22. ^ "Lufthansa Cityline Fleet | Airfleets aviation". Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  23. ^ "AeroTransport Data Bank". Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  24. ^ "Lufthansa CityLine - History".
  25. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident de Havilland Canada DHC-8-311 D-BEAT Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)". 6 January 1993. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  26. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Canadair CL-600-2B19 Regional Jet CRJ-100LR D-ACJA Düsseldorf Airport (DUS)". 28 December 1999. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  27. ^ "STATE COMMISSION ON AIRCRAFT ACCIDENTS INVESTIGATION : PRELIMINARY REPORT" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2015.


  1. ^ a b c d Former DLT Fleet
  2. ^ Operated By Cimber Air
  3. ^ Operated By Contact Air

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