It has been announced that Lufthansa Group member airlines are to adopt the ‘rule of two’ for aircraft cockpits, after an aircraft operated by its Germanwings unit crashed into the French Alps, killing all 150 onboard. In coordination with the Luftfahrtbundesamt (Germany’s aviation authority), the other German airlines and the German aviation industry association (Bundesverband der deutschen Luftverkehrswirtschaft), the airlines of the Lufthansa Group are to adopt a new cockpit occupancy procedure as a precautionary measure. Under the new procedure, two authorised persons must be present in the cockpit at all times during a flight.
The passenger airlines of the Lufthansa Group will adopt the new procedure as soon as possible, in due consultation with their national aviation authority.
The Lufthansa Group is also expanding its safety structures. In addition to the safety pilots at each of its member airlines, the new position of Group Safety Pilot has been created until further notice. The new post will be assumed with immediate effect by Captain Werner Maas, who will hold it in parallel with his current function as Safety Pilot of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. Captain Maas will have overarching groupwide responsibility for examining and further refining all flight safety-relevant procedures in his new capacity, in which he reports directly to Group CEO Carsten Spohr.
Spohr, chief executive of Lufthansa, recently visited the crash site.”Visiting the crash site I was, in a shocking moment, made aware of a fact that all of us know so well – safety in aviation is not a given,” Spohr said in a video message posted on YouTube.
“It’s something which we have to work hard for this every day and every night. It’s my promise and the promise of the 120,000 people working at Lufthansa around the world that this priority will continue to be our top target,” he added.