The History of Lufthansa – Part III

The History of Lufthansa – Part III



The jetplane is born and revolutionises the world of aviation. Bigger, faster, further: Lufthansa begins the jetplane era with the first Boeing 707, which arrives in Hamburg on 2nd March 1960. On 17th March the first passengers fly with the plane from Hamburg via Frankfurt am Main to New York.


Right on time to usher in the new decade the jumbo jet takes to the skies for Lufthansa – at the time the world’s largest plane! They had two aisles instead of just one in the middle. The wider fuselage, the main body of the plane, accommodates these two aisles. They improve service and communication on long haul flights, provide more space on board and give a completely new feeling of freedom in the air. But the larger aircraft also use more fuel than the smaller planes. The high crude oil prices during the oil crisis call for new strategies. Technicians and aircraft engineers give their all to reduce fuel consumption – and they are successful!


More and more people are using planes as a form of transport. Even faraway countries can now often be reached quickly and easily by air. In 1988, Lufthansa unveils a new design, and at the end of the decade a dream is about to come true: a reunified Germany and the return of Lufthansa to its home in Berlin.


The reunification of Germany on 3rd October 1990 allows Lufthansa to fly to Berlin again, 45 years after the end of the Second World War.
In 1997, Lufthansa, Air Canada, SAS, Thai Airways and United Airlines found “Star Alliance”, the first multinational business partnership in aviation. Amongst other things, the members coordinate their flight schedules so that waiting times between connecting flights are kept as short as possible.