Lufthansa Airlines targets bigger metros like Chennai
Chennai: With the international air travel to India holding ‘tremendous potential’ for business for airlines, the German Airlines’ group Lufthansa is aiming to target the bigger metros including Chennai to expand its footprint.
“We have big plans to replace our aircraft and invest a double digit sum in million of dollars in the next five years to serve the people better,” asserts Wolfgang Will, senior director, south Asia, Lufthansa German airlines. Speaking to this correspondent, on Saturday, he said the airlines industry was unlikely to be affected by the Centre’s roll out of GST and lauded the government’s initiatives in the aviation sector, especially the UDAN scheme aiming for regional air connectivity in India.
“We have domestically grown in last couple of years to about 20 per cent and when it comes to international traffic we have registered a constant growth of 8 to 10 per cent. Lufthansa introduced large aircraft and increased our capacity, be it Airbus A300 80 which we are operating daily from Delhi to Frankfurt or Boeing 747-8 which we are operating from Bengaluru,” he said. Recently this year Lufthansa has introduced the ‘game changing’ Airbus A350 which is the world's most modern and eco-friendly aircraft containing additional seats for Mumbai to Munich and Delhi to Munich routes.
“So, we are very happy about the business development in India because there is not only lot of potential but also lot of business value ,” Wolfgang stressed. On future plans, he said, “We have a big programme of replacement of aircraft and lot of investments in double digit - in billions of dollars. In next five years we will replace our fleet of Airbus A340 with A350s. We placed a very large order of A350 and first three only have been delivered ,” he said.