Lufthansa to launch new airline based in Munich

City Airlines to operate flights within Europe with an exclusive fleet of single-aisle Airbus jets

Lufthansa will debut a new subsidiary in 2023, City Airlines. The carrier will have a regional presence in Europe, based in Munich and operating only Airbus jets.

City Airlines was founded in 2022 and will work in coordination with Lufthansa CityLine and other companies in the group.

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The new airline already has its own website, which announces vacancies from the summer of 2023. At the same time, the workforce is being prepared to start the service in the coming months.

“As a new airline and the youngest member of the Lufthansa Group, we are thrilled to fly daily from our home base in Munich to major European cities and remote regions”, says the website.

There are no details on how many and which aircraft will be used by City Airlines, but it is thought that it will receive A319 models used by Lufthansa.

Germanwings ceased operations in 2020 (SEBASTIEN MORTIER)

Another expectation surrounding the new company is to absorb former crews from Germanwings, the group’s airline that was closed in April 2020.

City Airlines should also play a key role from 2026, when, according to unions, City Line will not be able to fly with aircraft with more than 75 seats.

Competitor in Munich

Although the creation of City Airlines took place almost a year ago, its launch in Munich coincides with the plans of a German startup, Bavarian Airlines, which aims to establish a hub at the same airport in 2023.

Bavarian announced its intention to have 12 Embraer E195-E2 jets, configured with 126 seats in two classes. The flight network includes destinations such as Berlin, Frankfurt and Düsseldorf, Vienna, Amsterdam, Geneva and London.


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