But it's difficult. Last month, Lufthansa chairman Carsten Spohr admitted: "I've had to apologize to our customers again and again for weeks; I'm afraid I'll have to do it again into the summer." Extended range, expensive fuel Then, there were other problems: fuel prices skyrocketed because of the war in Ukraine; because of the closure of Russian airspace, planes flying to the Far East had to take detours, resulting in a dramatic increase in flight costs.
Aviation expert Gross Bongat warned that high costs could push some airlines into trouble, leading to bankruptcy — for example, small state-owned airlines that are largely state-funded but can’t really make a profit. They are also unlikely to be sheltered by connected aviation tycoons such as raster to vector conversion Lufthansa, British Airways or Air France/KLM. On the contrary, Lufthansa intends to swallow the successor of Alitalia - ITA Airways and other small airlines. Grossbongart suspects that Swedish airline SAS could soon be among the acquisition targets.
Against this background, the International Aerospace Biennale (ILA) opened this Wednesday (22nd) at Berlin-Schönefeld Airport. Due to the pandemic, the 2020 edition could not be held. Because of the war in Ukraine, military aviation may be in the spotlight more than before. Environmental protection will also be a major topic. Still huge losses this year This actually gave the aircraft manufacturers, first Airbus and Boeing, an impetus. After all, using more fuel-efficient planes helps airlines meet their emissions targets.