Travel FAA Set to Fine Lufthansa Millions for Operating ‘Illegal’ Flights

22:00  29 november  2019
22:00  29 november  2019 Source:   travelpulse.com

Lufthansa is offering Oktoberfest-themed flights again

Lufthansa is offering Oktoberfest-themed flights again Still thinking of hitting up Oktoberfest in Germany this October? If so, there are some flights that are much more exciting choice than most all others. © Provided by Bankrate, LLCAs it has done in years past, the German airline Lufthansa will celebrate Oktoberfest in the air. This year, crews on two long-haul flights will leave their uniforms at home and instead wear traditional Bavarian garb. These long-haul flights include: September 23: Munich to Beijing, flight LH722 October 3, 2019: Munich to Los Angeles, flight LH452 Intra-Europe passengers aren’t shut out from a similar experience.

A bizarre story has emerged that is either an indictment of German national airline Lufthansa or the Federal Aviation Administration – or both.

a large passenger jet sitting on top of a runway: Lufthansa, A320, plane© Lufthansa Lufthansa, A320, plane

According to a press release, Lufthansa is facing a $6.428 million fine from the FAA for operating almost 900 flights into and out of San Diego International Airport and Philadelphia International Airport.

The FAA says the carrier did so without its authorization. Foreign flights must be listed in the FAA Operations Specifications, or OpSpecs for short, and that Lufthansa was not listed to be able to fly into neither San Diego nor Philadelphia.

Airbus A340-600 chopped up into coffee tables

  Airbus A340-600 chopped up into coffee tables Pieces of a retired Lufthansa Airbus A340-600 have been transformed into stylish coffee tables, clocks, luggage and other pieces of furniture and offered up for sale.Some are dismantled and used as parts, others simply end up in aircraft graveyards, while a select few are reinvented as modern restaurants or hotels.

Questions remain, however, as the respected blog One Mile At A Time pointed out – did Lufthansa knowingly bypass the rules, and how did the FAA let almost 900 flights come and go before noticing?

According to the FAA, between March 22, 2018, and May 27, 2019, Lufthansa operated approximately 600 flights with A340-300s between Frankfurt and San Diego. Between October 28, 2018, and April 10, 2019, Lufthansa operated approximately 292 flights with A330-300 and 747-400 aircraft between Frankfurt and Philadelphia

Lufthansa has 30 days to respond to the FAA.

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