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Lufthansa CityLine
Founded 1958 as Ostfriesische Lufttaxi
Hubs Frankfurt Airport
Munich Airport
Focus cities All major German airports
Frequent flyer program Miles & More
Member lounge Senator Lounge
Alliance Star Alliance
Fleet size 69 (+31 orders)
Destinations 75
Parent company Lufthansa
Headquarters Cologne, Germany
Key people Wolfgang Mayrhuber (CEO), Dr. Karl-Ludwig Kley (CFO)
Lufthansa Regional CityLine Avro RJ85 landing

Lufthansa CityLine GmbH is a regional airline based in Cologne, Germany. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lufthansa and member of the Lufthansa Regional network. It is the largest regional airline in Europe. Its main base is Cologne Bonn Airport, with hubs at Hamburg Airport, Frankfurt Airport, Düsseldorf International Airport and Munich Airport.[1]



The airline was founded as Ostfriesische Lufttaxi (OLT) in 1958 and became Ostfriesische Lufttransport (OLT) in 1970 (still exists today as a separate airline) in Emden. It was reorganised and renamed as DLT Luftverkehrsgesellschaft mbH on 1 October 1974 and began cooperation with Lufthansa in 1978 with short-range international routes. By 1988 all operations were on behalf of Lufthansa. In March 1992 DLT became a wholly owned subsidiary of Lufthansa and was renamed Lufthansa CityLine. It had 2,520 employees at July 2007.[1].


As of February 2010, Lufthansa CityLine operated the following services:[2]




The Lufthansa CityLine fleet includes the following aircraft (at December 2009):[3][4]

Lufthansa CityLine Fleet
Aircraft Total Orders Passengers Notes
Avro RJ85 18 0 93 To be replaced by Bombardier CSeries. Exit from service: 2014.
Bombardier CRJ200 12 0 50
Bombardier CRJ700 20 0 70
Bombardier CRJ900 12 15 84
Embraer E-190 8 12 112
Total 69 31

The average Lufthansa CityLine fleet age is 8.3 years old in October 2008.[5]

Lease extensions have been signed on 13 of the Avro RJ85 fleet, which means they will remain in service with the airline well into the next decade.[6]

Lufthansa placed an order on 17 April 2007 for 30 Embraer E-190 and 15 Bombardier CRJ-900 aircraft to directly replace its fleet of BAe 146 and Avro RJ aircraft, of which 18 are operated by Lufthansa CityLine and 24 by Swiss European Air Lines.

On 22 November 2008, Lufthansa Cityline announced it will reduce its Bombardier CRJ200 fleet by almost 60% within a year starting in early 2009. The reason given was that the aircraft type was getting old and too costly to operate compared to more modern competitors.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International: p. 108. 2007-04-03. 
  2. ^ Lufthansa CityLine destinations
  3. ^
  4. ^ Lufthansa CityLine fleet list at, Retrieved 16 March 2010.
  5. ^ Lufthansa CityLine Fleet Age
  6. ^ Airliner World, January 2007
  7. ^ Lufthansa CityLine to cut 14 CRJ200s

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