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FAA Calls Lufthansa Skirting Of Operating Approvals "Blatant"

Deutsche Lufthansa AG's disregard for conduct flights at unauthorized airports is the worst case the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has seen involving an airline operating outside its specified authority, according to an agency spokesman. Last week, the FAA announced its intent to fine the German carrier $6.4 million for allegedly conducting almost 900 flights in and out of San Diego International and Philadelphia International airports between March 22, 2018, and May 27 of this… ( More...

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Steven Macom 1
Ironically, the day after the window of time in this article, D-ABVU experienced a hard landing at PHL, and a portion of plexiglass fell from one of its engines.
Kent Krizman 1
Last time I flew into Neuremburg, the German version of the FAA (armed and with body armor) boarded my aircraft just after shutdown and conducted nothing short of a 90 minute "Gestapo" style investigation of every piece of paper and document aboard the aircraft. Their country their rules. Our country, our rules.
Torsten Hoff 4
You're confused.

The Luftfahrt Bundesamt (LBA) is a regulatory authority -- they are unarmed bureaucrats. Then again, the same thing can be said about the FAA.
patrick baker -1
what is the FAA bleating about here? Lufthansa paid landing fees and purchased fuel at both airports, spending who knows how many hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars? The type-rated pilots flying airbus and boeing aircraft are capable of safely landing and taking off in each airport, as demonstrated by their safe flights out of similar airports around the world. I dislike landing in San DIego because of the several story building straight off the approach end of the runway, resulting in a displaced landing zone. Never heard about LUfthansa clipping that building by landing a bit short. Neither airport is like Heathrow- fully saturated with landing and take-offs round the clock. What is the problem here? Methinks a little distraction from the abysmal boeing oversight is being taken here by the bureaucrats with egg on their faces.
Whilst not agreeing with all aspects of this post, I do agree that the especially large punitive punishment quoted, is purely a ploy by the FAA to deflect from their own deficient woes. From recent experiences of what has come to light from the FAA it would come as no surprise to me if the necessary applications from Lufthansa were to be found on someones desk, buried under the pile of dubious Boeing delegations.
patrick baker -4
anybody hurt? they had to rebuild any of the runway? Was the plane flyable later that day or tne next? Did anybody notice a rough landing? so what....
30west 2

Since when does nobody getting hurt, no need to rebuild a runway, the airplene being flyable later that day or the next, or nobody noticing a rought landing make it ok TO NOT OPERATE under the FAR's? It is a big deal that an air carrier operates outside its OP Specs as reported in Yahoo Finance report (see below).

"Under FAA regulations, foreign airlines operating in the U.S. must create detailed operating specifications and follow any procedures contained in them. Lufthansa's operating rights didn't permit it to fly to San Diego and Philadelphia at the time, but the FAA charges that the airline knowingly did so anyway.

Foreign airlines can only conduct scheduled flights through airports that are listed in their FAA-issued Operations Specifications, and the FAA alleges neither airport was in Lufthansa's Operations Specifications+.
well maybe a customer ordered late cargo to be last minute delivery and as we all know this can happen more times and frequently than you think so diversion into these airports at last minute is common .more money for customers and airport , and Lufthansa.


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