Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr evalutes the use of external pilots for longhaul flights to leisure destinations. A first attempt could start from November 2015 under the new lowcost brand “JUMP”.
The management will transfer 14 older Airbus A340-300 to swiss airline PrivatAir and leasing them back with Swiss pilots who are not subject to its German labour agreements. Only this would make it possible to fly competitively to destinations such as Las Vegas or Mauritius, Lufthansa told.
A spokesperson confirmed the plan. But further details can not be called. Today only Lufthansa pilots are allowed to fly Lufthansa planes.
PrivatAir already flies on behalf of Lufthansa with Boeing 737 in Business only configuration from Frankfurt to destinations like Pune/India.
In the last weeks rumors surrounded about a new longhaul lowcost subsidiary with working titles as “WINGS” or “WORLD WINGS”
Another option presented two weeks ago is a new platform based on Sun Express, which is a fifty-fifty joint venture between Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines. The idea for the new platform is to complement the Lufthansa Group’s product range with up to seven Airbus A330-300s and to commence operations in autumn 2015 with three aircraft in Munich, Düsseldorf or Cologne.
European airlines like Lufthansa and Air France are under pressure. On intra-european route there are lowcost carriers like Ryanair and easyjet and on longer ranges the carriers faces competition from oil-rich countries like UAE and Qatar.