In another week or so, Lufthansa will be opening new Senator and Business Lounges at Boston’s Logan Airport (Terminal E).
The new lounge is part of a wider renovation that has been taking place in ‘BOS’ and the new lounges promise to be substantial upgrades over the previous versions.
What will be new is the fact that passengers can now board their flights directly from the lounge, similar to what is in place at airports like Washington Dulles. So you can see your A350 from your seat in the lounge!
The 6,800 square foot lounge will also introduce a new concept to Lufthansa Lounges which focuses on separate ‘Living Areas’. For example, this lounge will offer a separate Bar, Bistro, and rest areas. The view promises to be fantastic as well as the lounge will over look Boston Harbor.
Lufthansa announced yesterday that they’ve agreed in principal to the recommendations that came out of mediation sessions with Vereinigung Cockpit. Now it’s up to the Union to vote on the recommendations. The vote is expected to take place by late March.
In summary, here is what the deal looks like:
- Pilots will get a retroactive pay raise of 2% going back to January 1, 2016, and an additional 2.3% pay raise effective January 1, 2017.
- On January 1, 2018, an additional raise of 2.4% will be paid, and yet another raise of 2% on January 2019.
- A one-time ‘bonus’ will be paid that will amount to €5000-€6000 per pilot.
- The deal would be in effect until 2019.
Keep in mind this is only one part of the multi-faceted labor issue. The harder portion of reaching complete labor peace involves figuring out how pensions will be earned and paid. So we’re not quite out of the woods yet.
Lufthansa, though agreeing to the proposal, did come back with a response that suggested consequences are in the offing as a result of this deal. With the deal expected to cost Lufthansa at least €85 million annually, LH has suggested that it may use cabin crew on 40 aircraft that are not subject to the agreement. Most likely this would come from the pilots being ‘acquired’ through the Air Berlin deal that sees LH operating AB aircraft on their routes beginning this year. They are not subject to this agreement and would be one easy option to help mitigate at least some of the increase in labor cost.
Union representatives suggested that this deal may not be an easy one to sell to their members due to the issue revolving around the 40 aircraft that would have cockpit crew not covered by the agreement.
Also as part of the agreement and announcement, LH has indicated that no jobs will be impacted due to this arrangement.
Following up on Part I, here are some more favorites from my days in Munich watching them come and go. The views are a mix between the Besucherpark Hill which covers the north runway and a spotting location that is along the southern runway.
More coming soon!
Inbound from Dublin…..
Going somewhere Italian
Air Europa 737
Dubai bound A380
Arriving from Kuwait City…..
Looks as though Lufthansa and Icelandair shop in the same paint store…..
A very clean A320 in sloppy conditions…..
‘Stuttgart’ comes to Munich….
Lisbon bound A319
Heading for Kyiv…..