Lufthansa expected to realign regional operations

Lufthansa is expected to announce a rebranding of its regional operations this fall. At present, wholly-owned subsidiary CityLine is flying under the Lufthansa brand, partly-owned Eurowings and Air Dolomiti under their own brands, and independents Augsburg Airways and Contact Air under the ‘Team Lufthansa’ brand. Under the proposed plan, all five would begin flying under the new ‘Lufthansa Regional‘ brand. The move will also see, over the longer term, a reduction in the number of types flown. CityLine’s fleet includes 18 Avro RJ85s, and that of Eurowings includes eight BAe 146s (four series 200s and four series 300s). CityLine had ordered Fairchild Dornier 728s, but cancelled that order following the manufacturer’s bankruptcy and extended the leases on its RJ85s. Lufthansa is taking part in a potential joint order for regional jets with other Star Alliance airlines.

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