I don't get the impression LX
is necessarily under the axe for wholesale changes. To me, LH
's statements are simply reflective of the reality that a massive global airline has to achieve some cost savings. That seems very much like what we see here in the U.S.: much as we like to gripe about poor service quality on U.S. carriers, I don't see how they could offer world-leading service on every single route everywhere given the highly variable profitability of various routes. Same goes for longhaul F - notice how LH
is moving in the direction of the remaining 3-class U.S. airlines, where only certain routes will see 3-class from here on out.
Now back to LX
: since they are more a niche, luxury carrier (not a mass-market airline flying everywhere, and they try to maintain a higher level of quality even if that means higher fares), I think they can support a less "efficient" operation in the minds of LH
management. Sure, there will be some re-alignments and savings, such as C-series planes replacing some small mainline aircraft, but as the "luxury" carrier within LH
group, they are probably safer overall because they aren't chasing every last pax and are more apt to cherry-pick routes.