FThe week started well for Heinz Hermann Thiele. He was able to record a success on Monday. The Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Finance and the Chief Executive Officer of the country’s largest airline welcomed the billionaire and major shareholder in Berlin – three days before the most important general meeting in the history of Lufthansa.
At the virtual shareholder meeting due to the protective measures against the corona pandemic, it is up to the 79-year-old how to proceed with the airline. His stake package, which now totals 15.5 percent, decides whether the state can start as a rescuer with a nine-billion-euro package or otherwise have to file for bankruptcy. There may also be a third way. CEO Carsten Spohr simply speaks of a “fateful week for our Lufthansa”.