Deutsche Lufthansa AG (ISIN: DE0008232125) is the largest airline in Europe by number of passengers carried (second is Air France – KLM), and the German national airline. The company name is derived from Luft (the German word meaning “air”), and Hansa (the Hanseatic League, the most powerful medieval trading group).
The airline is the fifth largest by number of passengers transported, operates flights to 209 cities in 81 countries. Together with his partner Lufthansa flies to 410 cities. Has the second largest passenger airline fleet in the world, when combined with Lufthansa CityLine, Air Dolomiti, Eurowings, Germanwings, Augsburg Airways, Contact Air, and SWISS, amounted to 529 aircraft.
Lufthansa is a founding member of Star Alliance, the largest airline alliance in the world. Star Alliance was formed in 1977 together with Thai Airways, United Airlines, Air Canada and Scandinavian Airlines System.
Star Alliance now has 20 member airlines and 3 regional members. Lufthansa Group operates more than 400 aircraft and employs nearly 100,000 people worldwide. In 2007, 83.1 million passengers flew with Lufthansa, including its subsidiary company.