Lufthansa Voted "Most Innovative Airline" by Readers of Travel Savvy Magazine

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The readers of Travel Savvy have named Lufthansa the "Most Innovative Airline" 2005. Lufthansa's services include all-business class Executive Jets, FlyNet(wireless Internet on-board), the luxurious Lufthansa Private Jet service and the industry's first-ever First Class Terminal.

Lufthansa today announced it has been voted "Most Innovative Airline" 2005 by the readers of the prestigious Travel Savvy magazine. From all-business class Executive Jets to wireless Internet on-board; luxurious Private Jets to the first-ever First Class Terminal, the award underlines Lufthansa's long-standing commitment to offering unique, value-added products and services for its passengers.

"Since our founding, the Lufthansa name has been synonymous with almost seven decades of innovation and achievement," said Thomas Winkelmann, Vice President, the Americas, for Lufthansa.

Lufthansa's history is indeed full of firsts: Lufthansa aircraft made the world's first night flight (1926), the first trans-Atlantic service using catapulted "flying boats" launched from steamships (1929) and the first regular airmail runs between Europe and South America (1934). In more recent times, Lufthansa was the first customer for Boeing's 737 (1965), the first purchaser of the Boeing 747 freighter (1972), the first airline to introduce all-business class flights with its Executive Business Jet service (2002), and the first airline to offer broadband Internet access from 35,000 feet, completing its circle from airmail to email (2003).

"We are honored and delighted to accept this award and continue our tradition of innovation for many years to come," Winkelmann added.

Since 2002, Lufthansa has introduced a series of innovative products and services aimed primarily for its First and Business class travelers, among them:

  • "Lufthansa Private Jet," offering seamless connections from Lufthansa long-haul flights to travel by private plane to more than 1000 cities and point-to-point within Europe (2005)
  • Exclusive First class Air Terminal and related lounges in Frankfurt and Munich (2004)
  • "FlyNet" – High-speed, wireless Internet in-flight (2004)
  • "Executive Business Jet" – first-ever scheduled, all-business class service inaugurated post 9/11 to accommodate business passengers traveling to key centers of commerce in Germany. Priced the same as Lufthansa Business Class ticket on widebody plane.

Travel Savvy magazine targets a broad and diverse audience in search of the "best of" everything. Its pages entertain and inform readers across a lively and eclectic set of categories, including destinations, hotels, cuisine, culture, adventure, spirituality and fashion. Its September issue, with a 500,000 distribution at 22 nationwide outlets, is designed to reach a hip audience that revels in the pure pleasure of travel.

In 2004, Travel Savvy readers voted Lufthansa "Best Airline to Eastern Europe." Now the Airline has demonstrated its uniqueness as the "Most Innovative Airline" in 2005.

From its Frankfurt and Munich hubs, Lufthansa provides one of the most extensive global networks of any major airline, serving 355 cities in more than 90 countries worldwide. For further information or reservations visit, see your travel agent or call 800-645-3880.

Deutsche Lufthansa AG

Corporate Communications

Jennifer Urbaniak

Tel.    516 / 296 – 9674

Fax516 / 296 – 9678

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