Flight Operations

Around 50 professional pilots, flight engineers and flight attendants from across the Lufthansa Group fly the historic fleet in an honorary capacity.

For the love of flying

Flight operations are managed by the chief pilot together with his team at the Lufthansa base in Frankfurt.
Tasks range from meeting the legal requirements of the German Federal Aviation Authority, preparing flight schedules and coordinating charter flights right through to training and managing crews.

The operating spectrum ranges from training, photo and scenic flights on a Dornier Do 27 to flight demonstrations with the Messerschmitt Me 108 as well as charter, round-trip and ferry flights on our Junkers Ju 52. The Ju 52's flight schedule from April to October alone covers an average of four flights a day. It takes this historic passenger plane to almost all airports and major aerodromes in Germany as well as to many attractive destinations in Europe.

The cockpit crew needs special instructions for their flight operations as well as a particular type rating for the Ju 52. This is extended on an annual basis after a compulsory test. Needless to say, this is very different to the routine work the crews are accustomed to flying on modern airliners – e.g. navigating the classic way, careful control of the piston engines as well as exacting take-off and landing techniques. Once in the air, it is no good looking for an autopilot – from now on, everything is done by hand.

Crew and passengers are taken back in time to an age when realizing the dream of flying was far from commonplace.

From our fleet, the Ju 52 can be booked for scenic flights. You too can enjoy an excursion into the world of flying from a bygone age. Enjoy an unforgettable experience and be our guest. You will find the latest flight plan by going to Round-trip and ferry flights.
Junkers Ju 52 taking off
Junkers Ju 52 taking off
Coming in to land at Berlin Tempelhof
Coming in to land at Berlin Tempelhof