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Lufthansa Wins Fifth Skytrax Star Even as German Flights at Risk

  • Carrier becomes first in Europe to secure top-rank status
  • Rating comes as uncertainty mounts over Air Berlin takeover
Flight attendants from Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Germanwings stand by a departure gate ahead of a news conference to announce company results in Frankfurt, Germany, on Thursday, March 16, 2017.

Flight attendants from Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Germanwings stand by a departure gate ahead of a news conference to announce company results in Frankfurt, Germany, on Thursday, March 16, 2017.

Photographer: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg

Deutsche Lufthansa AG was handed a fifth star from ratings service Skytrax, making it the first airline outside the Middle East and Asia to secure the ranking.

The German company, which received the award in Frankfurt on Monday, becomes the 10th carrier to achieve a rating Chief Executive Officer Carsten Spohr has been chasing since his predecessor set it as a target in 2013.