Lately, it hasn’t taken much to rattle Lufthansa chief executive Carsten Spohr. You need only ask him when Eurowings, the airline’s low-cost carrier, will get the new partner he’s been promising, or why Lufthansa is letting powerful competitors, such as Gulf carrier Emirates, snatch away business.
Until now, Mr. Spohr has answered evasively. But this week Mr. Spohr intends to sign a joint venture contract with state-owned Air China after years of negotiating. And Lufthansa’s supervisory board is slated to approve another collaboration with Air Berlin the week after.
The German rival would see 40 of its aircraft get more space in Cologne, Hamburg, Munich and Stuttgart. In addition, their cabin crews would fly under the Eurowings logo. At the moment, neither company is commenting publicly.