Lufthansa Overtakes Air France as Europe’s Largest Airline After 14 Years

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Shown here is a logo presentation party at Lufthansa’s A380 hangar at Frankfurt Airport, featuring a Boeing 747-800. Lufthansa has overtaken Air France-KLM to become Europe’s biggest airline group. Germany has triumphed over the French and Dutch flag-carriers.
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Skift Take: Lufthansa last year beat Air France-KLM in passenger traffic. The German carrier partly achieved this after making the strategically brilliant move of assuming parts of troubled Air Berlin. But both European giants must constantly watch out for rising unit costs and falling unit revenues.

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