12 December 2022, etc.venues Monument, London
Business Travel Show Europe, presented by The BTN
21 November, London Hilton Metropole
Lufthansa has launched a new service for passengers to fly by private jet from 1000 airports around Europe to its hub in Munich.The scheme will be operated by NetJets, an American private jet company with a major operation in Europe.Travellers can use the service either to fly into Munich for connecting worldwide flights in first or business class or fly onto the 1000 destinations on arrival at the south German airport.Under the service travellers can also fly by private jet between European airports.The scheme re-inforces Lufthansa's attempt to capture a bigger slice of the top end market. As part of that policy, the airline opened a new first class terminal and two new first class lounges at Frankfurt Airport late last year.It spent 30m on these facilities, including 15m on the terminal which is equipped with IT-packed offices, luxury bathrooms and lounges for relaxation, at a time when other airlines are shying away from spending on the luxury end of the market.The airline said the scheme, called Lufthansa Private Jet, gave top end travellers up to 1000 individual flight options and saved them time by reducing transfer and stopover waits.Mr Wolfgang Mayrhuber, Lufthansa's chairman and ceo, said: “Business travellers are attaching a growing importance to sovereign command of their time. Many of our customers want maximum flexibility in their travel planning. Shortening the journey time is a defining factor in business success.”Prices quoted for use of private jets include from 4,550 from Munich to Lugano in southern Italy and 9,530 from Dublin to Billund. Extra passengers will pay 300 each.Users will get special ground treatment including swift passage through immigration, customs and excise and security and a chauffeur drive to the aircraft door while on board, they will get first class service.