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Deutsche Lufthansa AG (Germany)

1930-1945, 1954-nowadays

Last modified: 2016-11-03 by klaus-michael schneider
Keywords: deutsche lufthansa ag | lufthansa | deutsche aero-lloyd ag | junkers luftverkehr ag | crane | disc(yellow) | saltire(yellow) | deruluft | german wings |
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[Lufthansa house flag] 2:3 image by Miles Li, 21 Mar 2015
flag adopted 1930, abolished 1945, readopted 1954


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House Flag

On 6 January 1926 the two companies Deutsche Aero-Lloyd AG (DAL) and Junkers Luftverkehr AG merged into Deutsche Lufthansa AG. Lufthansa adopted a house flag as early as 1930. This showed on a blue field a yellow St. Andrew's cross, fimbriated yellow, and centred on it a yellow disc, fimbriated yellow, bearing a blue crane. This flag was used until 1945.

After WWII, Deutsche Lufthansa was re-established again 1954 as a successor to the Company for Air Traffic Demand (Gesellschaft für Luftverkehrsbedarf) which had been established in 1953. It readopted its former house flag.

Jens Pattke, 4 Apr 2001

The word "Hansa" stands for trade and traffic and bears memory to the Hanseatic League. (...) The original flag design was registered in 1929 as house flag in the International Patent Office of Bern, Switzerland.
Source: Sonder-Edition des Journals "Luftfahrt": Deutsche Lufthansa 1926-2001, Frankfurt am Main, July 2001.

Jens Pattke, 20-22 Dec 2001

Luft means air, Hansa is probably a reference to the Hanseatic League. The Lufthansa (1926-1933 "Luft Hansa") was founded in 1926 as a merger of two airlines, the Deutsche Aero Lloyd (DAL) and the Junkers Luftverkehr, so I guess that the "Hansa" refers to this merger as similar to the "merger" of the Hanseatic cities into the Hanseatic league. The history of the "crane logo" is shown at the Lufthansa website.

M. Schmöger, 20 Dec 2001


Current Logo Flag

[Lufthansa Logo Flag] image by Zoltan Horvath, 6 Jan 2015

The symbols (logotype) and the flag of Lufthansa are registered as a trademark. The official flag is still the blue "house flag" (see image above) with saltire and crane. The crane has been modified four times graphically. Since 1978, the logo flag is orange with blue lettering "Lufthansa" and blue crane logo in use. It is still used for decorations on the airports and city offices.
Source: photo taken by Klaus-Michael Schneider at hamburg Airport
Jens Pattke, 6 Jan 2015


Rank Flags

President's Pennant

[Lufthansa President's Pennant] 2:3 image by Miles Li, 21 Mar 2015

It was a blue swallow tail pennant, with yellow stripes at the top and bottom edge, both stripes charged with two black lines, slightly shifted to the hoist on a yellow disc fimbriated black the crane.
Source: Hormann and Plaschke 2006, p.140
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 17 Dec 2015

Senior Official's Pennant

[Lufthansa Senior Official's Pennant] 2:3 image by Miles Li, 21 Mar 2015

It was a blue pennant, slightly shifted to the hoist on a yellow disc fimbriated black the crane.
Source: Hormann and Plaschke 2006, p.140
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 17 Dec 2015


Deruluft

[Deruluft Airline] 2:3 image by Miles Li, 21 Mar 2015

Deruluft had been a joint German-Soviet airline from 1921 to 1937. There appears to be two versions of the flag: one modeled closely after the Lufthansa flag, as illustrated here, and a simplified version without the fimbriations, as illustrated on Victor Lomantsov's Russian Flags website.
Miles Li, 15 Mar 2015


German Wings

Sources: Lufthansa webpage and FAZ webpage

Flag

[German Wings Flag ] 3:5 image by Jens Pattke, 28 Mar 2015

Banner

[German Wings Banner] 2:3 image by Jens Pattke, 28 Mar 2015

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