Our latest press releases.

Journalists and anyone else interested in the latest press releases about the world of Lufthansa Flight Training can find it here.

The flight schools of the Lufthansa Group in Germany, Switzerland, and the United States are combining their activities under the European Flight Academy (EFA) umbrella. This was decided by the Group Executive Board in its meeting on May 24, 2016.

EFA will offer the airlines of the Lufthansa Group (LHG), as well as in the external market, standardized pilot training of consistently high quality at competitive prices, from a single source. Training is carried out at the existing flight schools Lufthansa Flight Training Pilot School (VFS) Bremen, Airline Training Center Arizona (ATCA), Pilot Training Network (PTN), and Swiss Aviation Training (SAT).

For the time being, new training courses will only begin at PTN, which will also take over training for a portion of the pilots of the Lufthansa Group from now on. For this purpose, the selection process, training course, and the qualification system of PTN will be adapted to that of the Lufthansa Group. New training courses at VFS Bremen can be resumed once, in particular, the collective bargaining terms have been settled.

From now on, graduates of the EFA flight schools will receive an airline license that meets the requirements of the Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL). With this license, they benefit from added flexibility in shaping their future career, because ATPL certification is recognized and does not require a preliminary decision regarding at which airline the career path will continue. In order to ensure high-quality training with optimal economic efficiency, EFA is also investing in the modernization and expansion of its current fleet of training aircraft as well as modern training methods.

"With growing airline fleets, the global demand for well-trained crews also increases," says Rainer Hiltebrand, designated CEO of Lufthansa Aviation Training. "At the European Flight Academy, airlines will be able to meet their need for pilots ¿ reliably and flexibly ¿ from a pool of highly qualified pilots-to-be."

May 30, 2016


The present companies responsible for pilot and cabin crew training within the Lufthansa Group are to be amalgamated into a single organization based at Munich, the Group's second-biggest hub, the Deutsche Lufthansa AG Executive Board decided yesterday. The new Munich-based Lufthansa Aviation Training GmbH will provide a single management for the two currently largely independent companies of Lufthansa Flight Training and Swiss Aviation Training.

In addition to the overall management of all such training activities, Lufthansa Aviation Training will be responsible for corporate strategy and commercial management. The new company should be established by the end of this year. The aim of these endeavours is to better exploit synergies in a highly competitive market, respond more flexibly to increased customer demands and sustainably improve market position by ensuring a unified market presence.

The new company will be a fully-owned subsidiary of Lufthansa Commercial Holding GmbH. And with its customer portfolio of more than 200 airlines and its 12 training facilities, it will be one of the global leaders in the flight training field. The training activities for the various airlines of the Lufthansa Group will continue to be performed at their present locations.

January 27, 2016



A second Lufthansa Flight Training GmbH (LFT) cockpit simulator is now available for pilot training for airlines in the Rhine-Ruhr area that have the Airbus A320 in their fleet. On October 6, 2015, LFT unveiled its second A320 full-flight simulator, which is located at the premises of its cooperation partner TFC GmbH Käufer in Essen, thus doubling its available training capacity. The two LFT A320 devices are the only full-flight simulators in the region certified by the Federal Aviation Office in accordance with EASA standards Level D.

LFT clients whose home airport is in North Rhine-Westphalia or one of Germany's western neighbors can reach the TFC training center easily, which reduces the travel costs for training their A320 cockpit crews over the long term. "The TFC training center in Essen can be reached quickly and conveniently from the Düsseldorf and Cologne-Bonn hubs," says Christoph Lang, Vice President Sales and Marketing at Lufthansa Flight Training. "For airlines headquartered here, this can mean savings of up to 30% for travel costs and pilot deployment days."

"We are excited about the expansion of the TFC training platform, which will also benefit TFC customers as well as our MPL (multi-crew pilot license) students," notes Christian Käufer, Managing Director of TFC GmbH Käufer.

The new A320 simulator was previously used at the LFT training center in Berlin. On July 10, 2015, the 12-ton device made the trip by flatbed truck to Essen, where it was then set up in just 12 days. The new device has already seen its first successful round of training: A crew from Lufthansa Group's Germanwings completed its required refresher course on September 1, 2015.

The airlines that will use the A320 simulator in Essen include among others the airlines Germanwings and Air Berlin, which serve large portions of their routes from the airports in Cologne-Bonn and Düsseldorf.

October 6, 2015



The Boeing 777 is Lufthansa Cargo's flagship in its fleet of cargo aircraft. It stands out for its ecological efficiency - thanks to state-of-the-art engines with low noise and fuel emissions. The only 777 even quieter than the new freighters is the new flight simulator at Lufthansa Flight Training (LFT). On August 17, the LFT in Frankfurt commissioned a type 777-300ER cockpit simulator into operation there. For LFT, this is the second simulator of its type; another one is in use at the Lufthansa Flight Training Center in Berlin-Schönefeld.

Lufthansa Cargo will be utilizing a major portion of the training time offered by the youngest member of the LFT simulator range: "We are pleased that we can now offer Lufthansa Cargo pilots license training sessions and type ratings in the immediate vicinity of their home base," said Ulrich Lindner, head of the Simulator Training business area of LFT at the inauguration. But LFT can now also free up capacity for other 777 operators at a central location at its international hub in Frankfurt for this type: "The 777-300ER is a prevalent aircraft type and the need for training in the market is correspondingly high." In addition, operators of the 777F cargo version can use the Level D-certified simulator to ensure their pilots are also qualified to fly it.

"With the Boeing 777F, Lufthansa Cargo operates the most modern and efficient long-haul cargo aircraft on the market," stressed flight captain Matthias Marx, head of Crew Training at Lufthansa Cargo. "Thanks to the option of training and testing our pilots in Frankfurt in the new 777 simulator, we gain time and flexibility. Both are key factors in the logistics and training businesses. After many years of excellent collaboration with LFT, the continuation of a fair and fruitful partnership is the next logical step at this juncture."

The cockpit simulator, which weighs more than twelve tons, was delivered to LFT in mid-April 2015. Together with pilots from Lufthansa Cargo, experts from Lufthansa Flight Training put the device through its paces ahead of time at the Lockheed Martin Commercial Flight Training (formerly Sim-Industries) location in the Dutch town of Sassenheim, where it was manufactured.

The disassembled 777 simulator made the trip to Frankfurt in a flatbed truck in a few large parts. Setup required four weeks; this was followed by an acceptance phase that lasted six weeks in total. The official acceptance by the Federal Office of Civil Aviation ultimately followed in mid-August.

The cockpit simulators - 21 in total - that are located at Lufthansa Flight Training in Frankfurt simulate 15 different types of aircraft and are in use 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The technical reliability of these simulators is over 99%.

Lufthansa Flight Training has more than 60 years of experience in the training of pilots and flight attendants and is one of the largest training providers in Europe. In addition to the flight operations of the Lufthansa Group, more than 200 customers train their crews at Lufthansa Flight Training.

August 17, 2015


Holders of a Commercial Pilot License (CPL(A)) can now train to be a flight instructor in accordance with EASA requirements at Pilot Training Network GmbH (PTN), a subsidiary of Lufthansa Flight Training GmbH. The advanced course lasts a total of nine weeks. The first course starts on August 10, 2015.

As an effective additional qualification, the course offers young pilots in particular the opportunity to gain additional flight experience. Because of its relatively short duration of nine weeks the training is fully compatible with professional life. The training also represents a development opportunity for active pilots who would like to climb the ranks at an airline as an SFI (Synthetic Flight Instructor) or TRI (Type Rating Instructor). These two training programs can be shortened by obtaining flight instructor certification.

To start the training, potential applicants need a Commercial Pilot License (CPL(A)), Instrument Rating (IR), an EASA Class 1 medical certificate and a valid Single Engine Piston rating (SEP PIC). The course is taught in English. The theoretical phase of the training takes place in Frankfurt and the flight phase in Rostock-Laage. The costs of the training, totaling EUR 7,900, are completely tax-deductible.


Representatives of airlines, flight schools, universities and medical institutions will meet for the first time on February 17 - 18, 2015 for the Lufthansa Flight Training International Human Factors Conference at the Lufthansa Training & Conference Center in Seeheim.

"Prepare for the Future" is both the slogan and the theme of the two-day event. "The need airlines have for human factors training and the significance of this training are growing steadily," said Florian Hamm, managing director of Lufthansa Flight Training GmbH in his welcome remarks during the opening of the event. "By holding this conference we are enabling airlines to meet and discuss topics such as safety culture, automation and fatigue with experts and colleagues and to network with one another for the first time."

More than 130 participants, including representatives from 45 airlines in 30 countries, accepted the Lufthansa Flight Training invitation to this professional exchange. They can look forward to presentations by well-known speakers from international aviation organizations, aircraft manufacturers, renowned research institutions and airlines, which will provide information about the latest findings from scientific research as well as a look at future developments.

Lufthansa Flight Training is one of the largest training providers for cockpit and cabin crews in Europe and it also has decades of experience and comprehensive expertise in human factors training. Its close exchange with the flight operations of the Lufthansa Group ensures that it can provide particularly realistic training based on the practical needs of airlines.

February 17, 2015


On October 13, 2014, the first eight student pilots from Japanese airline All Nippon Airways (ANA) began training to become Boeing 777 pilots at the school in Bremen run by Lufthansa Flight Training GmbH (LFT). They will be trained over the coming years on a multi-crew pilot license (MPL) program developed jointly by ANA and LFT. Further ANA student pilots will follow in the course of the next twelve months. LFT has the most extensive experience in the world when it comes to MPL training expertise which ANA was able to take advantage of when devising its MPL program.

"We are delighted that ANA has become one of the first airlines in Japan to receive approval from the Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau for its MPL concept and that we are now able to welcome the first of their future 777 pilots to Bremen," says Dirk Kröger, head of the flying school division at Lufthansa Flight Training.

The budding 777 pilots will begin with a short theoretical introduction in Japan. This is followed by six training phases, the first of which teaches theory at the flying school in Bremen. Star Alliance member ANA is thus the first Japanese airline to allow its student pilots to learn theory abroad in English. After six months the students will travel to Phoenix, Arizona (USA), where they will complete the first practical flying part of the course at the Airline Training Center Arizona (ATCA), a subsidiary of Lufthansa Flight Training. They will then return to Bremen after about five and a half months for the second theoretical phase, followed by a flying phase of roughly the same length, which will also take place in Bremen. The training course finishes with a three-week course of instruction at ANA in Tokyo and testing by the Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau followed by an intermediate and advanced training phase on ANA's 777 fleet.

"It was almost 3 years ago when ANA and LFT started working for this training and I strongly believe that we made it happen with our determination and strong friendship," says Hideki Imokawa, Head of Flight Operations Center at ANA.

The future pilots will be accommodated in the living quarters directly adjacent to the flying school, where, in keeping with Japanese learning culture, the ANA Lounge will be at their disposal for lesson preparation and follow-up work.

Both Lufthansa and ANA are members of the global airline network Star Alliance. Since 2011 the two companies have also been working together in the framework of a joint venture. Through the training program for ANA's 777 pilots Lufthansa and ANA are further expanding their successful cooperation.

October 13, 2014


CAE and Lufthansa Flight Training (LFT) today announced at the Farnborough International Airshow that they have joined forces focused on providing pilot and cabin crew training for Bombardier's CSeries aircraft.

The joint venture operating under the name of Flight Training Alliance (www.flighttrainingalliance.com) combines the operational expertise, profound instructor and courseware development know-how, technology leadership and global reach of two industry-leading partners. Flight Training Alliance was appointed today by Bombardier as its exclusive Authorized Training Provider for CSeries aircraft worldwide.

"We are excited to join forces with Lufthansa Flight Training. This joint venture will provide a best-in-class training solution for the all-new CSeries aircraft, leveraging the strengths and core expertise of the two partners," said Nick Leontidis, CAE Group President, Civil Simulation and Training. "It is the first of its kind in the industry, and the introduction of the CSeries in the market provided the ideal opportunity to expand the longstanding relationship that LFT and CAE have had for many years on the provision of training equipment to a full partnership in the provision of training."

"We are proud to partner with CAE to meet the needs of Bombardier and CSeries aircraft operators worldwide," said Florian Hamm, Lufthansa Flight Training CEO. "By combining the specific strengths of both joint venture partners it is now possible to set new standards in training competence. CSeries aircraft operators will have access to leading-edge instruction based on more than 50 years of training experience and world-leading simulation technology and know-how."

Flight Training Alliance will deploy training programs in the LFT and CAE networks and will leverage the global networks, instructional delivery from both partners to support customer requirements. The first training program deployments will be ready for training prior to entry into service of the aircraft.

Bombardier will work with the joint venture to ensure that training programs are aligned to CSeries aircraft operators' requirements and that they have access to training programs where and when they need them in the marketplace. Bombardier and the joint venture will use the same training program courseware and curriculum to ensure consistency in quality and delivery across the network. The joint venture will also work with Bombardier to ensure that training programs are aligned with the evolution of the aircraft over the life of the program.

July 14, 2014


Bombardier today announced at the Farnborough International Airshow that it has appointed Flight Training Alliance (FTA), a newly formed joint venture between CAE and Lufthansa Flight Training (LFT), as its exclusive Authorized Training Provider for CSeries aircraft pilot and cabin crew training worldwide. Bombardier also announced Lufthansa Technical Training (LTT) as its exclusive Authorized Training Provider for maintenance training on the all-new CSeries aircraft worldwide.

Flight Training Alliance will support Bombardier's CSeries aircraft entry-into-service by providing comprehensive pilot and cabin crew training to CSeries aircraft customers and operators worldwide. It will leverage and deploy training programs in the CAE and LFT networks and will take advantage of the global networks and instructional delivery from both partners to support customer requirements.

"CSeries aircraft operators will have access to the very best in training as FTA combines the strengths - operational expertise, in-depth instructor and courseware development know-how, technology leadership and global reach - of two industry-leading collaborators," said Michel Ouellette, President, Customer Services and Specialized and Amphibious Aircraft, Bombardier Aerospace. "Both CAE and LFT are longstanding Bombardier partners and will provide the best training solution for the CSeries aircraft, during the entry-into-service phase and for ongoing support over the aircraft's life cycle."

"We are proud to continue to grow our partnership with Bombardier in order to support the CSeries aircraft entry-into-service training program," said Marc Parent, President and Chief Executive Officer of CAE. "Our joint venture with LFT will provide a best-in-class training solution for the new CSeries aircraft, leveraging the core expertise of two world leaders in simulation and training."

"By combining the specific strengths of the joint venture partners it is now possible to set new standards in training for our customers worldwide," said Florian Hamm, Lufthansa Flight Training CEO.

"This additional building block in our growing relationship with Bombardier makes us proud," said Andreas Kaden, Chief Executive Officer of Lufthansa Technical Training. "We are convinced our international network of technical training facilities will enable CSeries aircraft operators to build up their technical capabilities. We will support them to ensure the flawless introduction of this new aircraft type in their fleets."

As Authorized Training Provider for maintenance training for the CSeries aircraft, Lufthansa Technical Training (LTT) will be handling worldwide manufacturer type training courses for technical aviation personnel. Through its expertise and its experience as a recognized training provider, LTT will also support Bombardier in the development of EASA-approved courseware.

The first simulator and training program deployments will be ready prior to entry-into-service of the aircraft, starting with the Bombardier training centre in Montréal where CAE has built the world's first CSeries aircraft simulator. Additional deployments will follow in Europe, North America and Asia. The ATP agreement is subject to anti-trust approval in China.

July 14, 2014


Germania, one of Germany's longest established airlines, is training its pilots at Lufthansa Flight Training again after a two-year break. The airline, which is based in Berlin, will use LFT's 737NG and Airbus A320 full-flight simulators in Frankfurt, Berlin, Essen and Munich for the recurrent training of its cockpit crews. The two companies signed a corresponding agreement in May 2014. Germania and LFT have thus enjoyed a 15-year partnership.

"From Bremen in the north to Munich in the south, our cockpit crews are now stationed at numerous airports across the country. With its multitude of locations, Lufthansa Flight Training always has a simulator near our crew bases. In this way, we are able to deploy and train our employees more efficiently," says Oliver Pawel, Chief Commercial Officer of Germania.

Lufthansa Flight Training is pleased to continue this successful collaboration as well: "We are very proud that we have been able to win back Germania as an LFT customer after two years," says Christoph Lang, Head of Marketing & Sales at LFT. "This confirms our philosophy of focusing on the needs of our customers and their flight operation requirements."

June 3, 2014


UK-based flight training provider CTC Aviation Group Limited (CTC Aviation) is using the infrastructure of the Airline Training Center Arizona Inc. (ATCA), a 100 per cent subsidiary of Lufthansa Flight Training GmbH, so it can also train future pilots in North America as of April 2014. A corresponding cooperation agreement was signed by both companies in November 2013.

CTC Aviation will initially station a fleet of eleven new training aircraft in Phoenix, while ATCA will support its new cooperation partner with flight instructors, planning and dispatch services, trainee accommodation, and office space. In addition, ATCA will take on the maintenance of the CTC Aviation aircraft fleet. CTC Aviation's first trainee pilots will start their flight training in Phoenix in April 2014.

"It has been a pleasure working with ATCA to create our new Crew Training Centre in Phoenix. Lufthansa Flight Training's ATCA facility is highly respected within the aviation community and by sharing some mutual resources we enjoy the same common desire to operate a true international centre of excellence" said Rob Clarke, CEO of CTC Aviation Group.

CTC Aviation already has significant flight training operations in both the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Stable weather conditions and a training infrastructure that is optimally tailored to the company's future needs make Phoenix an ideal addition to CTC Aviation's location portfolio.

"We are very much looking forward to working with CTC Aviation," says Matthias Kippenberg, CEO of ATCA. "Both CTC Aviation and ATCA are consistently geared toward safety, quality, and innovation. This joint philosophy offers an excellent framework for a long-term partnership."

January 28, 2014


In the future, Japanese airline All Nippon Airways (ANA) plans to train its next-generation pilots for the Boeing 777 within an MPL program developed jointly with Lufthansa Flight Training (LFT), as the two companies announced in Montreal on December 10, 2013. LFT has the most experience worldwide in MPL training - expertise that ANA has been able to leverage in designing its MPL program.

Starting in summer 2014, future 777 pilots will complete the initial phases of their training at LFT's Pilot School in Bremen and at the Airline Training Center Arizona (ATCA), located in Phoenix, Arizona. They will complete the program in Japan, with the theoretical exam and phases 3 and 4 (type rating). By teaming up for this program, ANA and LFT are taking the first step in a cooperative relationship.

"ANA based its decision on a comprehensive market analysis," reports Dirk Kröger, Vice President of the Pilot Schools Division at Lufthansa Flight Training. "We are very pleased to have been able to persuade this prestigious airline to embark on a cooperative training initiative with LFT for the next generation of ANA pilots."

ANA, a member of the Star Alliance, focused in particular on choosing a cooperation partner with great training expertise: "In LFT, we have chosen a partner that has extensive experience in MPL training while also meeting ANA's stringent quality standards," says Hideki Imokawa, Executive Vice President, Operation Division at ANA.

December 10, 2013


Airline Training Center Arizona Inc. (ATCA) in Phoenix/Arizona, USA, which is part of the Lufthansa Group, has been cooperating with the KLM Flight Academy, the training center of the Dutch airline KLM, since September. Accordingly, ATCA is providing airplanes and flight instructors in order to conduct the practical flight training of a total of 57 young pilots for KLM Flight Academy in the current and next year.

The pilots in training will complete their VFR and IFR training in Phoenix on Beechcraft F33 Bonanza aircraft, of which ATCA is currently operating 26. This training phase will be completed with a check-flight conducted by the Civil Aviation Authority of The Netherlands.

ATCA is a fully owned subsidiary of Lufthansa Flight Training GmbH, which also trains new pilots for Lufthansa. Safety, quality of training, and adherence to schedules were the essential criteria for KLM Flight Academy to select its new training partner. Thereby, the company intends to strengthen its own strategic orientation as reliable quality provider of pilot training.

November 6, 2013