From the Lufthansa website:
Lufthansa Eyes Gateways in Western U.S. 07/27/00
Denver and Phoenix lead contenders
New York, July 27, 2000 - Denver and Phoenix are the frontrunners in a selection process on the part of Lufthansa German Airlines which could wind up providing new cities with daily non-stop service to Frankfurt, Germany, by early next year. According to Karl-Ulrich Garnadt, director of Network Management, the airline has considered a number of gateways in the western U.S., including San Diego, Seattle and Portland.
"Naturally, our decision will be based on a number of factors," noted Garnadt. "In addition to availability of aircraft, potential feed and connectivity, proven demand and the potential for further market growth are all important.
"Finally, operating costs and the support which business and government in a given municipality can offer us are crucial to our final decision," added Garnadt.
Lufthansa—"the global airline from Germany"—is nearing the final stages of a selection process which began over a year ago. Top network and strategic planning officials of the airline soon will visit both cities to receive comprehensive proposals from airports and municipalities. A decision in favor of one, both or none of the "finalists" could come as early as six to eight weeks later.
Under this timetable, daily, non-stop service to Frankfurt would begin at the end of March 2001. Passenger and cargo service would likely be provided by the Airbus A340 aircraft—the airline’s most modern equipment.
From Frankfurt, Lufthansa provides one of the most extensive global networks of any major airline, flying to more than 300 cities in nearly 100 countries. According to most recent International Air Transport Association (IATA) figures, Lufthansa carries more passengers worldwide than any European airline.
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