Formed in 1926, Lufthansa German Airlines focuses on the core competencies of its six business areas, which includes passenger traffic, logistics, MRO, catering, leisure travel and information technology services. Airline alliances are a major contributory factor towards Lufthansa s operations. As a founding member of the world s biggest airline grouping, the Star Alliance network, Lufthansa offers customers the world s biggest route network. Its regional strategy under the Lufthansa Regional brand links Europe s regions together and provides them with connecting services into the global Star Alliance network. In the airfreight business, the WOW cargo alliance aids its services. Bilateral partnerships augment and enhance the services portfolio.