A day after announcing the takeover of Swiss International Air Lines (ATWOnline, March 23), Lufthansa Chairman and CEO Wolfgang Mayrhuber declared that Lufthansa Group is "leaner and stronger" as he confirmed final results showing it earned €404 million ($524.3 million) last year, reversing a loss of €984 million in 2003. Operating result was €383 million compared to €36 million in the prior year. Commenting on the outlook for 2005, "taking into account the ...

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