Welcome aboard Lufthansa, an airline that is more Indian than you think!
The unique spirit of India is clearly evident in all Lufthansa flights. After over half a century of service to India, it is woven into our tradition of efficiency, reliability, innovation and technological excellence.
You will find a touch of India at every step of the journey – be it in our hospitality, inflight meals or entertainment. Our long partnership has helped us appreciate Indian culture, and customize our products to your preferences. This relentless effort has earned your trust and made us the No.1 European airline in India.
Onboard: A touch of India in the skies
Be it entertainment, food or crew, the entire travel experience onboard Lufthansa flights from India is geared towards creating a home away from home.
From the moment the journey begins all the way to the destination, Lufthansa passengers from India step into a world that is tailored to their needs. There are a variety of Indian newspapers and magazines to read, Hindi film music to listen to on dedicated radio channels, popular Bollywood films to enjoy, Indian cuisine and even garam chai to savour. Together they all lend a touch of India in the skies.
From the first point of contact at check-in where you are greeted and served by experienced Indian ground staff to Indian crew members taking care of you inflight, the entire flight experience is geared towards creating a home away from home.
Inflight Menu: Desi taste, desi spices
Irrespective of the travel class, you can always enjoy an Indian meal on board a Lufthansa flight from India. Just book an Asian Vegetarian meal with your reservation and enjoy a sumptuous meal inflight, cooked with traditional spices to cater to the distinctive Indian palette.
To pamper our First and Business Class passengers, celebrated chef Kunal Kapur teams up with top chef Surender Mohan to add their signature touch to outstanding Indian cuisine on board Lufthansa flights to and from India. In fact, Lufthansa even conducted a nationwide cooking contest in India for the best Indian entrée, and the winning recipe was featured on its First & Business Class inflight menu!
Inflight Entertainment: Bollywood for me
Golden melodies or the latest Bollywood hits, enjoy the music you prefer onboard Lufthansa on its dedicated Indian music channel Rhythm of India. Just put on your headphones and relax as you get ready for a flight experience that’s distinctly more Indian than you might think! You can even catch up on the latest news with an Indian newspaper or magazine! And once you are cruising above the clouds, choose from an array of Bollywood films and Indian TV shows from the endless inflight entertainment programme. When you fly Lufthansa, it's time to sit back, relax and enjoy some desi entertainment in the skies.
Did you know?
Indian music was introduced in Lufthansa flights to and from India about 30 years ago in 1987.
Indian crew: A touch of home
Indians are known worldwide for their hospitality. That’s why Lufthansa employs close to 200 Indian flight attendants. Once you have been checked in at the airport with our helpful and highly-trained ground staff, our Indian crew will help you feel at home on your flights.
On arrival, the Lufthansa Welcome Service is available to greet you in Hindi, Tamil and Punjabi at our hubs like Frankfurt. Aimed to assist guests who speak neither German nor English, this service simplifies your arrival or stay at the airport during transit.
Lufthansa & India
The first Lufthansa aircraft touched down on Indian soil in 1934, when a JU52 landed in the beautiful city of Jodhpur. But it was in November 1959 that Lufthansa first launched commercial services in India with a Lockheed Super Constellation flight to Kolkata. Since then, Lufthansa's partnership with India has grown stronger every year. Over the years, the number of Lufthansa flights to and from India has climbed to 46 every week from Frankfurt and Munich to 5 gateways – Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai and Pune. Together, Lufthansa Group airlines offer 66 weekly flights to 5 gateways in India from 4 global hubs, making it the No. 1 European airline group in India.
Did you know?
India was the first Asian country and the second worldwide to welcome the ‘Queen of the Skies’, the Lufthansa Boeing 747-8.
Lufthansa History in India
Over the past half century, Lufthansa has built a strong partnership with India based on trust and commitment. A remarkable journey that began in 1934, when a Lufthansa Junkers Ju 52 aircraft touched down in Jodhpur amid the golden sands of Rajasthan. However, this first grew into a formal relationship in 1959, when a Lufthansa Lockheed L1049G Super Constellation landed in Calcutta (now Kolkata) to signal the launch of Lufthansa's scheduled flights to India. Since then, Lufthansa has stayed on course in India through the ups and downs of the aviation industry.
Beyond the growing numbers of flights and destinations, Lufthansa has added depth to this partnership by customising its services to respect the needs of its Indian customers. Milestones along this path have included the introduction of Indian cabin crew, Indian music, Bollywood movies and an assortment of Indian cuisine.
Lufthansa launches first expedition flight to India, landing in Jodhpur.
Lufthansa begins the first scheduled operations in India, to Kolkata.
Indian music introduced as part of Lufthansa’s in-flight entertainment program.
Indian cabin crew introduced on India routes.
Munich becomes Lufthansa’s second destination in Germany, served from New Delhi along with flights to Frankfurt.
Lufthansa voted the “Best International Airline in India” at CNBC Awaaz Travel Awards.
Lufthansa awarded as “Favourite International Airline” by Outlook Traveller.
Lufthansa Lounge opens at Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi.
Lufthansa introduces the all new Boeing 747-8 on Delhi-Frankfurt and Bengaluru-Frankfurt routes, making India the first Asian country to receive the new aircraft and new full-flat Business Class seats.
Lufthansa India campaigns win 4 Golds, 4 Silvers and 1 Bronze at Direct Marketing Association International ECHO Awards. Lufthansa won Airline of the Year – Europe & North America at the GMR-IGI Awards 3 times in a row.
Over 50 years of trust & commitment
Having travelled with Lufthansa for 36 years, not once did I consider another airline. Best in service, best in comfort. They know how to retain and build a personal relationship with their customers.
My family has been has been a loyal Lufthansa customer for over 40 years. We love Lufthansa due to excellent on-time performance, “feel safe” environment, excellent and friendly in-flight service.
I deeply appreciated the quality of service and the spirit in which your cabin team attended to me and my co-passengers... Your Sales team too have done a great job… to build my patronage of Lufthansa.
The Lufthansa staff and service are always excellent. However, there is a need to upgrade the business class seats on all flights.
Lufthansa has been a very reliable and dependable airline with regards to punctuality, hospitality, efficiency and all that a business traveller needs… I cannot imagine my travel life without Lufthansa!
My flying experience with LH has been really great. The best about it is predictability: flights are going and coming on time almost always; service is very consistent…This is a company to rely on.
Lufthansa combines caring with efficiency... a difficult act, but they do it.
Experience with Lufthansa has been excellent throughout. Quite happy to fly with Lufthansa always. The on-board team and ground staff are very pleasant and helpful.
Flying Lufthansa has always been a pleasure for me given the efficiency, connections, and lounges. Being a frequent flyer for me the new First Class cabin experience is very private and enjoyable.
Lufthansa is very convenient from Bangalore with many connections to European and U.S. Cities. I enjoy the reliable and courteous service both on the ground and in the air.
I have been pleasantly surprised to see Lufthansa evolve from a stoic German carrier, to a more upmarket and friendly airline! The Business and First Class, rank among the best that I have flown!
It has been a pleasure flying with Lufthansa...I have grown to admire their care, efficiency and professionalism, inside their flight cabins and on the ground at the airports and their lounges!
Nothing can exceed the daily direct flights between Germany and India by Lufthansa – perfect service, no stopover challenges, and excellent food & wine.
Lufthansa offers the best possible connections with its amazing network and in combination with its group carriers. It is known for on time performance…overall a happy experience to fly Lufthansa.
Lufthansa takes the weariness of travel and transports passengers through a realm of gracious service, astonishing accuracy and an efficiency that bestows confidence... Well done Lufthansa.
...I know what I really liked about LH. So completely professional - so dependable - sit back, enjoy the flight, catch that movie, sleep - my life is in good hands... I will fly with them anytime.
I have been flying on Lufthansa business class for quite some time from India. Their services are excellent and of course the warmth and customer service which I receive while travelling…
I have been flying with Lufthansa for the last 15 years and I have been really happy with the service and the attention that I get… Lufthansa has the fastest connections to Europe and North America...
… most reliable, efficient, professional, business-like, comfortable airline. I just love it. Even when I have a choice, I will not opt for other airlines – Lufthansa has to be my first option.
My experience with Lufthansa is PREDICTABILITY. In booking, pricing, baggage handling, cabin, inflight services, lounge, transfers and the rewards program…convenient for frequent business travellers.
Lufthansa is the best for business travellers seeking comfort, punctuality & frequent connectivity... aircraft beds ensure a good sleep & airport lounges ensure a refreshing shower & hearty breakfast.
We are happy booking our travel with Lufthansa...its departure and arrival suits us in our business programme, now in particular with its Munich flight from Delhi.
You make my world, you make my world go round, you get me off, you get me off the ground
I've always been impressed with the Lufthansa service efficiency during my travels as it allows me to be stress free, and helps to focus on my work.
I find Lufthansa to be one of the most consistent both on ground and in air services. The new aircraft are excellent, the lounges wonderful and connections at both Frankfurt and Munich are short and good.
Our commitment to India and our effort to progressively ‘Indianize’ our services over the past half century have received consistent appreciation from our customers, our partners, as well as all Indian travellers. Year after year, we have been honoured with awards, not only in the international travel industry, but also specifically in the Indian travel arena.
These have included: Best International Airline in India at CNBC Awaaz Travel Awards, Favourite International Airline at Outlook Traveller and Airline of the Year – Europe at the 1st Annual GMR-IGI Airport Awards, making us the No. 1 European airline in India. But more than all these accolades, it is the words of our customers that motivate us every single day to continue putting in our best effort to provide you with a home away from home above the clouds!
As India gets increasingly globalized, the world is getting increasingly ‘Indianized’. Be it celebration of Indian festivals around the world, Hollywood celebrities donning Indian fashion, Bollywood being feted across continents, or Indian cuisine being hailed by Presidents - India continues to influence the world in more ways than we imagine!
As a brand that embraces Indian culture, Lufthansa hosted a contest on Indiblogger, inviting bloggers to write how the world was getting ‘More Indian than you think’. The response was overwhelming as 139 bloggers entered the battle, with each presenting a unique view on the topic. The jury had a tough task in selecting one Grand Prize winner, who flew away with a ticket to Europe, and 10 Runners Up. Here are the winning entries, selected on the basis of their creativity and originality:
The world say's Namaste! The Grand Prize.
Travel and me, we have a love hate relationship. As much as I love to wander off and explore, am also a sucker for familiarity. It takes exactly 102 hours for me to secretly start..
Forever Indian II
What, Indianisation? Again? Well, yes. In a previous post, I have put forward a historical perspective on the multifarious ways the world has been Indianised...
The World is getting insanely "Indianized"
As India gets increasingly globalized, the World is getting increasingly "Indianized"...
More Indian Than You Think
The chimes of bells woke me up with a start in the wee hours of the morning! After the long flight I had slept like a log! I could hear the distant chants...
The “India” Outside of India
When my teammate in London asked me, “Isn't Diwali the festival in which you make those coloured patterns?” (she was referring to rangolis), she got me thinking how Indian culture and ..
World is going more Indian than you think!!
The night was dark and mystic, the breeze was fragrant with promise He knelt down on one knee, underneath the glowing street lamp...
A little more is a lot more
There are more than 3 crore Indians settled abroad but that isn't more. It isn't less as well but then only numbers are never more. This summer I was in London and stayed with my son and daughter-in-law...
The Part of Sky Which Has Turned Indian!
India - The part of mine which stays inside me. It had been almost 10 years since I left India for work assignments all over the world. Hopping from one country to the other across all continents, my family accompanied me always...
It was night around 10 pm in the city of Dusseldorf in Germany in early November 2008. I asked the car pooling guy to stop the car as i thought i had reached the metro station...
India, A country with the total population of over 1.22 billion of people who are diversified into different religion, states, casts, culture which makes India the second most populous country in the world...
The World is a joint family
This tenet, one of the strongest humanist statements to come out of sanskrit literature, is as old as anybody's guess...
Discover more about Lufthansa's engagement in India
From celebrating Diwali to showcasing Indian culinary heritage to nurturing entrepreneurship, Lufthansa India’s recent campaigns have reflected the true Indian spirit. Spearheaded by Lufthansa in India and executed both here and across the airline’s vast worldwide network, these campaigns have drawn participation by hundreds of thousands of Indians in diverse corners of the country and the globe.
We present here just a few to give you a glimpse of why Lufthansa is truly ‘More Indian than you think’!
Lufthansa Runway to Success
Lufthansa Runway to Success is an unprecedented initiative by Lufthansa that celebrates the Indian spirit of entrepreneurship. The multi-stage annual event is a unique collaboration between Lufthansa and the global entrepreneurship fostering network TiE, India’s premier business channel ET NOW, as well as leading business icons and industry leaders. It comprises a TV series preceded by free nationwide mentorship camps where nearly 50 business experts invest their time to give the aspiring entrepreneurs an opportunity to receive strategic advice to help nurture the next generation of business leaders in India.
Having completed four immensely successful seasons, the Lufthansa Runway to Success TV series has drawn over 100,000 applicants, with its winners and contestants already making their mark in the business world. Each year, the top 21 contestants are shortlisted to compete in the TV series for a Grand Prize that includes a sponsorship to Stanford University’s prestigious Design Thinking Boot Camp, a Business Class return ticket to the US, as well as coveted mentorship from TiE – to help their business truly take off on the Runway to Success.
30 investors, 200 startups, 700 meetings with 10,000 participants! India’s first ever Start-up Expo was the largest ever initiative in India to bring together an ecosystem for startup success. Co-created by Lufthansa and leading global entrepreneurship fostering network The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), the unique one-day event was hailed as an unprecedented platform for startups to showcase their business, explore partnership opportunities, as well as interact with investors, venture capitalists, business experts, mentors, corporates, support agencies, industry associations, government organizations and more! The overwhelming response to the Expo was not only evident on the ground, but also in a viral social media campaign encompassing Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, blogosphere as well as online media, which achieved a unique reach of over a million and an absolute reach of over 2 million!
Lufthansa Diwali Surprise
Lufthansa India literally spread “light” across the world with its all-digital campaign – Lufthansa Diwali Surprise. Celebrating Diwali, the Indian festival of lights, the event drew more than 100,000 participants sending over 115,000 wishes across 80 countries.
True to Lufthansa India’s More Indian than you Think philosophy, the campaign connected emotionally with the vast Indian diaspora worldwide by celebrating three essential elements of India’s biggest festival: Togetherness, spreading happiness, and the brilliant glow of lights in every home. It helped participants:
- Light up a heart with a chance to win a ticket and fly to a loved one!
- Light up a life by helping underprivileged kids in India through Help Alliance projects.
- Illuminate a plane by helping create a digital marvel with over 25,000 individual bulbs lighting up an entire 747-8!
The hugely successful online campaign garnered over 1.5 million page views, with a reach of over 3.4 million on Facebook.
Lufthansa Cook and Fly
India’s largest online culinary talent hunt, Lufthansa #CookandFly, was organized by Lufthansa in partnership with The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts. The contest included a nationwide outreach through social media, to discover the hidden talent in home-kitchens all over India. It was conducted with the help of MasterChefs Kunal Kapur and Vinod Saini of The Leela, and Lufthansa’s culinary expert for the Asian region, Chef Thomas Brockenauer.
Conceived under Lufthansa’s “Non Stop You” and “More Indian Than You Think” philosophies, the contest celebrated India’s cultural and cuisine diversity. Of the thousands of entries received, six finalists were shortlisted to compete in a live-cook out. Nandini Diwakar and Sanjeev Gakhar were declared as joint winners, receiving a Lufthansa Business Class ticket to Europe each and a 6 week internship with celebrity chefs at The Leela. The winning recipes, Murgh Noore Bahara with Mawa Pulao by Nandini and Masala Aloo aur khatte pyaaz by Sanjeev were in turn showcased on Lufthansa’s inflight menu.