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Lufthansa Serves as Europe’s Largest Airline Carrier
As the largest air carrier in Europe, the German-based Lufthansa Airlines provides plenty of routes and destinations around the globe.

With hubs based in German cities Munich and Frankfurt, Lufthansa can deliver flights to almost any major city around the world. In 2015, Lufthansa reported that it transported 107.7 million passengers and also added new aircraft in order to maintain its fleet.

Lufthansa’s history goes all the way back to 1926 when the company was formed in Berlin under the title Deutsche Luft Hansa A.G. It became the top airline of Germany under the country’s defeat in World War II in 1945. It would be another 10 years before a company could gain approval to fly over the skies of West Germany.

In 1997, Lufthansa was one of five founding airlines to create the Star Alliance which allowed the air carriers to share terminals and rewards programs. Other original members included United Airlines, Air Canada, Scandinavian Airlines, and Thai Airways.

Since the turn of the century, Lufthansa has bought up more regional European airlines such as Austrian Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines. The air carrier also grabbed a stake in Brussel Airlines.

However, in recent years, Lufthansa has worked to tighten its budget and phase out the Boeing 737, an aircraft that had been a stable within the company for roughly 50 years. Boeing 747s are still active among its 270-plane fleet and there are orders for Boeing 777s scheduled to arrive starting in 2020. Meanwhile, the rest of the fleet is made up of Airbus models.

Lufthansa allows for baggage up to a certain weight depending on which class the traveler is in. Those in the economy class are allowed one bag of up to 23 kg while premium economy has two bags of the same weight limit. Business class travelers are allowed two bags of up to 32 kg while first class passengers get three bags of that weight before fees start applying.

Lufthansa flights usually have some sort of Internet availability. Longer flights have a large array of in-flight entertainment including movies while entertainment apps are available on shorter flights.

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