Dhe Hon-Circle is the Lufthansa's most exclusive clientele. The frequent flyers of the special class are looked after in Frankfurt with the guests of the First Class at an own terminal on the finest. And they do not have to go to the plane in Frankfurt or Munich, but are chauffeured to the aircraft via the apron. In which car, is not entirely irrelevant in terms of reputation and reputation. So far, this has been done in S and V classes by Mercedes-Benz and in the Porsche Panamera and Cayenne models. As a progressive group, Lufthansa also uses the S-Class as a hybrid version. Now it is over. According to information from FAZ.NET, the S classes are no longer used, and the V classes are also banned.
The reasons to be heard differ on the reasons, perhaps they are a bit multi-layered. From the depths of the trade it is reported that the hybrid drive was often overburdened with the stressed in the constant short-distance use S-Class, which apparently also affects the starter battery, the drivers would often jump-start needed. Now it is enough with the trouble.
Is that true, it would be unfortunate not only for the hon-circle, but for the whole idea of the rechargeable at the socket hybrid drive, because especially on short stretches in the city, he should play in the hands of average consumers of his electrical strengths. In addition, squealed the strained seats of the S-Class, it is said in flying circles, that is the honorable clientele no longer to be expected. All 108 S-classes, the Lufthansa has reportedly retired. Also from the minibuses of the V-class inglorious is reported by defective electric sliding doors and unmotivated on the heads of the well-combed passengers lowering tailgates is the speech.
No agreement reached with Lufthansa
Mercedes-Benz sees the separation differently. A spokesman said on request that Mercedes had discontinued the sponsorship of the hon-circle, the company no longer wanted to bear the costs alone. No agreement has been reached with Lufthansa on this, which is why the contract expired at the end of March and was not renewed.
According to reports, the amount borne by Mercedes-Benz alone since the last extension in 2013 adds up to a mid single-digit million euro amount. From technical difficulties such as the doors to the V-class Mercedes was not aware of that had been in the regularly held quality circles not an issue. He did not comment on the hybrid drive.
Lufthansa may not comment on the details upon request, but confirms that it will switch completely to models from the Volkswagen Group from now on. Here comes another line of argument into play. Operational reasons are called the like. Only a manufacturer with only one customer service promises lower costs. The S-classes will be replaced by additional vehicles from Porsche. And for transport tasks, which can perform mainly minibuses, the German airline relies in the future on the T6, ie on the VW bus.
Who pays how much for the seemingly attractive cooperation for both sides, is a secret commando thing. In any case, Lufthansa's Hon Circle will be completely in Wolfsburg's hands in the future.
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