Issue Overview

Air France’s Premium Bet

Air France’s Premium Bet

March 6th, 2023 at 12:43 AM EST
35 min read

Issue Overview

Lufthansa’s fourth quarter results are in and — once again — IAG’s were better and Air France-KLM’s were worse. Will the Lufthansa Group forever be stuck in the middle? For any chance of surpassing IAG, it will surely need to lift margins for its core Lufthansa-branded operation; it hopes to do so with new planes and new products. It needs to stop the bleeding at Eurowings and Brussels, too. Will teaming with Italy’s ITA provide a boost? Fortunately, there’s always Swiss, the group’s perennial all-star. Cargo is still producing monster margins but that party is at least quieting down if not ending. Austrian had flashes of excellence this summer but fell back into the red (if just barely) with the onset of winter.

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