Why does Lufthansa have a crane in its logo?

Your question of the month of July (2017)
Tim, 7, from Bielefeld

Almost everyone knows and recognizes the Lufthansa logo – try it yourself: close your eyes and imagine it ... what did you see? A bird in flight within a circle, yes? And you’d be absolutely correct.

But why a crane, of all birds?

Over 90 years ago, the architect and graphic artist Otto Firle laid the foundation stone for today’s Lufthansa logo by creating a simple flying bird. It’s quite amusing because he himself only had an elegant bird in flight in mind for the airline; he didn’t actually specify exactly what kind of bird it should be.

Only later did people start to say that the bird was a crane. 
And because the crane is regarded as a lucky bird and heavenly messenger and is also said to predict that you will have a long life, the bird used in the Lufthansa logo today is still a crane.


Lufthansa and crane protection

Lufthansa’s official heraldic animal has become very dear to it, which is why the airline has been involved in protecting cranes since the 1980s. This is because ten of the total of fifteen species of crane across the world are now under threat. To counter this development, Lufthansa is committed to protecting these impressive big birds.

Particularly great is the fact that some employees at the Lufthansa Group even work as volunteer crane rangers at the crane information center in Groß Mohrdorf near Stralsund.

Did you know?

• A crane can grow to be almost as big and as old as a human.
• The crane’s call sounds like a trumpet.
• The call of an adult bird can be heard from over 2 kilometers away.
• You can find cranes all over the world, just not in South America or the Antarctic.