In front of more than 3000 guests in Frankfurt and Munich on Wednesday 7 February, Lufthansa officially presented a Boeing 747-8 and an Airbus A321 bearing its new aircraft livery, the most visible aspect of its modernised brand image. The response to the new appearance was predominantly positive, although some people missed the traditional yellow; nevertheless, it will receive a specific function to serve as a means of orientation and differentiation. The colour will be found in the future on every boarding pass and at every Lufthansa counter at the airport, among other things.
“Lufthansa has changed and is more modern and successful than ever. From now on, this will also be visible to the public through a new design”, says Carsten Spohr, chairman of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. “The crane has always been with us and clearly stands for the promising performance from Lufthansa. To this day, it still stands as a symbol of highest quality, excellent service, flying expertise, reliability, innovative spirit; and it stands for trust.”
Lufthansa recognised that the company needed to modernise the aircraft appearance in order to remain up to date. The Group invests two billion euros a year in new, fuel-efficient aircraft. The premium onboard and ground services meet individual customer requirements. Lufthansa was awarded the Platinum Award by the International Air Transport Association IATA for its new digital services and was the only and first airline in Europe to be awarded the 5th star by Skytrax. The introduction of a new business class with the new Boeing 777-9 in two years is an example of how the path to modernisation will be consistently pursued in the future.
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the crane, every detail of the design was reworked to meet requirements of the digital age. The new Lufthansa appearance gives the elements a new, modern quality to sharpen their impact. The designers found great importance in taking up the unique design tradition of the Lufthansa brand and leading it into the future.
Heritage meets the future
The crane, designed 100 years ago by graphic artist Otto Firle, remains the airline’s symbol. In the future, it will be slimmer and fit for the digital world. A thinner ring makes the crane look more elegant, bringing it into the foreground and granting it more space. The trademark gains lightness and elegance. The familiar blue-yellow colour combination of Lufthansa will also be retained, but the use of these primary colours will be redefined. The blue specially developed for Lufthansa is somewhat darker, more elegant and is becoming the leading brand colour. It stands for reliability, clarity and value.
After 30 years, Lufthansa’s aircraft are gradually being given a new livery. In keeping with the airline’s claim to be premium, the blue colour of the livery will dominate the sky and the world’s airports for the next few decades.
In the cabin, guests will encounter the modernised design within the crew’s uniform in the form of new – and often yellow – accessories. Onboard articles such as tableware, amenity kits, blankets or pillowcases will carry the new design. Around 160 million items will be exchanged over the next two years.
In addition to optimising the crane for new technical requirements, Lufthansa has developed its own typeface, which is particularly easy to read on mobile devices or Smartwatches.
The launch of the new Lufthansa brand launch marks the start of the new #SayYesToTheWorld brand campaign.
New design for the Lufthansa Group
The Lufthansa Group’s brand image has also been modernised. The new logo no longer bears the crane and is written completely in capital letters. This will take into account the great variety of brands in the Group, offering optical neutrality for all companies.
The new Lufthansa blue is the Lufthansa Group’s main colour, white ensures lightness and an independent appearance, and yellow complements the colour palette.