Lufthansa to ‘fly low’ after loss of 32 million euros

The German airline Lufthansa has today unveiled plans to counter its recent 9-month loss of 32 million euros by flying its aircraft at much lower altitudes in order to save on fuel costs.

A spokesman for the company said yesterday: “Recent losses have forced us to face making tough financial decisions going forward. One idea that was discussed extensively was the possibility of flying our aircraft at heights of around 100 feet, rather than the standard 30,000 feet. This would potentially save hundreds of euros in fuel on one journey alone and would also mean that most flights would complete about 20% more quickly overall. The other good thing about this idea is that the problem of air traffic would be eradicated overnight. We wouldn’t need to request clearance from ATC because everyone else would be several thousand feet above us for the vast majority of each flight. This would also help keep delays to a minimum as well.”

The company has also vowed to use motorways “wherever possible” to further save on fuel costs, and has embarked on a training programme designed to help cabin crew adjust to lower altitudes during longer-haul flights.

Peter Ian, a flight attendant, is excited by the idea: “I often find I have problems adjusting to high altitude and I constantly fear what would happen to my body at the point of death, were we to fall from over 35,000 feet. I’m relieved that Lufthansa are taking this issue seriously and, as well as saving money, are also potentially saving thousands of lives too. I think this idea is fabulous and it’s only going to be a matter of time before other airlines follow suit.”

The first 100-foot flight is due to take place from Heathrow early next year.


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