Lufthansa announced a record net profit and revenue for 2006.
The German carrier said its revenue rose by 9.9% to 19.8bn, its highest figure ever
while group profit rose 77.3% to a new peak of 803m.
The airline aloe reported that its operating profit increased by 46.4% to 845m.
Wolfgang Mayrhuber, chairman and ceo of the carrier, said: "We have a very satisfying result in every aspect to show for 2006.
"The figures speak for themselves and underline the successful course that has been set by the Lufthansa Group.”
He said that all parts of the company returned an operating profit, including the key passenger transportation segment where profits rose 200% to 400m. During the year, the airline carried a record 53.4m passengers.
Mr Mayrhuber said that the integration of SWISS was progressing better than expected and synergies totaled 200m, significantly higher than forecast.
He said he wanted Lufthansa to continue to grow and planned to take on an extra 3,000 employees in 2007.
He called for a Single European Sky, the integration of air traffic control in Europe, saying it would cut delays and the need for holding patterns.
But he criticised the "one-sided" plans for an Emissions Trading Scheme for European airlines.
He said: "The exclusive involvement of European airlines in emissions trading would result in considerable competitive disadvantages in our global industry and probably even increase emissions."
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