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Lufthansa Chairman and CEO Jurgen Weber. .(Interview)

"While the US carriers have made use of subsidies after 9111 in order to fill seats with cheap offers, LH has gone the other way. We have reduced capacity. We are sure that we are on the right path."

Deutsche Lufthansa AG Executive Board Chairman and CEO Jurgen Weber, the only head of a major Western airline whose time in office has spanned the period from the first Gulf War to the latest Iraq conflict, is stepping down after 12 years. He will be succeeded by Wolfgang Mayrhuber, deputy executive board chairman and CEO of Lufthansa Passenger Airline, and will join LH's supervisory board. In those 12 years, during which Lufthansa was selected twice by the editors of ATW as Airline of the Year (1995 and 2000), Weber steered the company successfully from deep crisis to profitability, earning respect throughout the industry.

* Lufthansa has morphed since 1991 from an airline with doubtful prospects to a global aviation group. Was this scope port of your vision from the beginning?

When I started as chairman of the executive board it was a matter of saying LH from bankruptcy. But it very quickly became clear to me that we must develop into an aviation group in order to be more independent of cyclical factors within the airline business. Lufthansa Technik and Lufthansa Cargo today are leaders in their fields worldwide. …

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