Regional Market CIS

About Lufthansa Consulting CIS

Lufthansa Consulting was one of the first international aviation consulting companies to work in the CIS region right from the start. Since 1992 until today we have been fully committed to supporting all aviation and transportation stakeholders such as airports, airlines, governments, financial institutions as well as investors.

You benefit from state-of-the-art solutions and a committed new team for CIS and South East Europe. We are eager to invest our expertise and energy to help your company and to develop these regions.

Communication is a key success factor for efficient projects which lead to exceptional results. We specifically employ Russian native speakers as part of our core staff and involve them in projects in the CIS region, wherever appropriate.

Please do not hesitate to contact Stanislav Solomko, Associate Partner (Russian native speaker), or Askhat Torshin, Permanent representative in Russia and CIS (Russian native speaker), to discuss your venture.

Latest activities

  • Stronger together: airline partnerships as a means of surviving COVID-19 and thriving thereafter

    This article is part of Lufthansa Consulting’s ongoing series: Shaping flexible organizations: how to deal with COVID-19-induced uncertainties.

    Airlines are yet to fully come to grips with a COVID-19-affected reality, over six months since the industry was upended. As they seek to manage short term challenges and build resilience for the long term, airlines are increasingly finding that there is strength in numbers. Hence, among a range of actions to preserve cash and plot their future, they are turning to partnerships and cooperation agreements – even with erstwhile rivals.

    Partnerships bring mutual benefit in a time of uncertainty and financial strain, and allow airlines to balance the desire for expansion with the risk of overcapacity. Higher load factors can be achieved by two (or more) cooperating airlines observing mutual capacity discipline. Partnerships could also deliver deeper market access, generate additional revenue streams or drive higher efficiency in sourcing and operations. 

    The industry was already inching towards partnerships and consolidation in recent years, but COVID-19 has served – and will continue to serve - to significantly accelerate this in order to provide a lifeline to airlines and ensure sustainable recovery.

    In this article, Lufthansa Consulting lays out three key types of partnerships one is likely to see emerge through the pandemic

    •    Erstwhile competitors in a domestic market
    •    International operators and regional/domestic champions
    •    Two or more international airlines 

    We are certain to see more announcements in this context in the coming months – from simple codeshares through to acquisitions – as airlines evaluate opportunities and strategies in the light of a disastrous 2020 and the prognosis for a slow recovery over the next three years.

    Read the full article, including analysis and examples

    To learn more and discuss how your organization could benefit from Lufthansa Consulting’s expertise on Airline Strategy and Crisis Recovery, please get in touch at

    Further insights from Lufthansa Consulting’s aviation experts are available here 

  • Shaping flexible organizations: how to deal with COVID-19-induced uncertainties

    COVID-19 continues to pose the most significant challenge to the aviation industry in history. Traditional approaches to transforming business models, organizations and their finances are bound to be insufficient to address the ongoing uncertainties and dynamics in the medium-term. Lufthansa Consulting will take a detailed look at how to approach strategy, market, customer and operations to shape organizations for optimum flexibility in the months to come. We build on our aviation consulting expertise to shed light on the most pressing issues in shaping flexible organizations along the entire aviation value chain. 

    Read the full article here

    Lufthansa Consulting’s experts will publish in-depth articles on the COVID-19-induced flexibilization need in the weeks to come. These will be of interest to all stakeholders in aviation. – If you are working for an airline, airport, ground handler, OEM, MRO or an aviation authority, we invite you to follow our article series on shaping flexible organizations.

  • The coming air cargo reality check: how the industry will evolve through COVID-19

    Nearly six months since the World Health Organization officially declared Covid-19 a pandemic, the
    world is still in a state of near-emergency. Aviation as a whole is, as is well documented, being hit hard by the ongoing restrictions in travel. The air cargo business has also been affected, but to a lesser extent.

    Cargo is a short-term winner for the industry

    At the peak of the crisis in April, global cargo capacity was 44% lower than in the same period in 2019. However, the demand decline was not quite as steep, at just 33% against 2019. This, coupled with extraordinarily high demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical goods resulted in air cargo rates skyrocketing by up to 200% on the most important trade-lanes.

    As a result, cargo has emerged as a lifeline for many airlines. It was the most profitable business
    segment for Lufthansa Group in Q2 2020, and helped Korean Air and Asiana avoid operating losses for the same period. American Airlines recently completed its 1000th successful belly-cargo-only flight since the start of the pandemic. Clearly, cargo is no longer only a byproduct or afterthought of airline operations. It has become a significant factor in airlines’ strategic planning, necessitating a robust view of its development as the industry recovers from the effects of COVID-19.

    Lufthansa Consulting addresses the outlook for the industry on three dimensions – volume (demand), capacity (supply) and yield levels.

    Read the full article here

    To learn more and discuss how your organization could benefit from Lufthansa Consulting’s expertise on Crisis Recovery, please get in touch at

    Further insights from Lufthansa Consulting’s aviation experts are available here.

  • Podcast: Ground Handling Ramp Up. Why an immediate start is essential

    Airports, airlines and ground handlers form the magic triangle in the aviation industry. Without ground handling companies, not a single aircraft could leave the airport nor any passenger board their favorite airline. 

    In this episode of the Lufthansa Consulting Aviation Talk podcast, we discuss the importance of ground handling operators and their options to act now – even in the midst of suppressed demand – in order not to be left behind when operations return to normal.

    Arvind Chandrasekhar and Eric Kuhn provide insights into why those companies are hit by the pandemic as hard as any airline, and what they can already do now to emerge from the crisis stronger than before.

    Listen to Lufthansa Consulting Aviation Talk Podcast Episode 005

  • Podcast: Covid-19 as an opportunity to boost operational efficiency

    Airport operations came to a standstill so that the impact of Covid-19 could not only be felt, but also seen. Nevertheless, a standstill creates an opportunity to re-evaluate processes in order to re-start in an efficient and lean way while not “over-reacting” and not making processes redundant.

    In this podcast, Elena Plaumann and Dennis Uderhardt give us an insight about what “over-reacting” could mean, how efficient processes pave the way for new revenue resources and why resource management plays an incremental role for the upcoming airport operations.

    Host: Florian Schwendner, Senior Consultant 
    Expert: Elena Plaumann, Consultant and Dennis Uderhardt, Associate Consultant

    Listen to Lufthansa Consulting Aviation Talk Podcast Episode 004


Air Astana: climbing to a new growth level

Air Astana

An expansion plan grounded in reality and operations trimmed for efficiency: managing the growth is as important as realizing the potential for it.

Development of airport master plan

Airport in Kazakhstan

To meet the projected capacity of 14 – 18 million annual passengers, a master plan concept defined the strategic development of the airport for the next 20 years. A new terminal and the development of the airfield system were planned. Optimized utilization of the existing facilities of the airport created additional space for the new passenger terminal, air cargo area and aircraft parking stands.

Feasibility study and business planning

Start-up airline in Georgia

As a reliable basis to evaluate the feasibility of a new airline in Georgia, Lufthansa Consulting carried out a realistic assessment of the air traffic market potential and analyzed the financial viability of the intended start-up.



Best of Consulting

For the second time in a row Lufthansa Consulting has been awarded the renowned consultancy prize "Best of Consulting" by the German weekly business news magazine WirtschaftsWoche. The “Excellent” award went to a successful Air Service Development project with Auckland International Airport, the largest airport of New Zealand and the third busiest international airport in Australasia. Lufthansa Consulting and its client Auckland International Airport are incredibly pleased about the award and that the WirtschaftsWoche jury could also be convinced of this successful project. Both look very much forward to their further productive and prosperous cooperation.