Embrace the cultural and cross-functional diversity of the entire Lufthansa Group:
exchange ideas and expand personal network.

Encourage cooperation across hierarchies, departments and group companies, create an open space for disruptive ideas and innovation.

Build competencies and know-how, i.e. modern project management approaches, virtual team work, self-reflection.

Offer a platform for the individual's display of personality and value to the company.

Drive the continuous change and make an impact towards a sustainable future of our company.



explorers is a one-year international development program for 150 driven employees of the Lufthansa Group. The participants will interact with members from all kinds of different geographic regions and business units with various cultural and educational backgrounds.

The application phase for explorers generation 10 runs from 1 November to 6 December, 2015.


What does explorers offer?

The explorers program will expand your horizon in many different ways described in, but not limited to, the goals of the program shown above.

explorers offers a platform to present yourself as an individual and employee. You will have an impact on the future of Lufthansa by working on relevant projects in an open environment where disruption and failure are welcomed. You will experience virtual collaboration, deal with diverse cultures from all over the world, and learn to aim at project goals in a challenging environment.

When does explorers 10 take place?

explorers 10 runs for a year, starting in April 2016 and ending in March 2017.

The program is kicked off by platform I from April 7 to 10, 2016. Further dates to mark in your calendar are September 7 to 11, 2016 and March 15 to 18, 2017. Of course, the time in-between does not go explorer-free. You are asked to commit an average of 5 hours per week to the program (½ work, ½ private time).

What happens during the program?

You will come together with all explorers and in smaller groups several times throughout the year while working on projects relevant for the Lufthansa Group.

The face-to-face gatherings serve the purpose of (net)working with fellow explorers, stakeholders and Lufthansa Group management. In addition there will be in-person and virtual trainings to broaden your horizon on many levels of competence.

What are the costs of the program?

The program will cost you one mile – the extra mile. ☺ Read on for what we mean and the actual monetary figures.

You will work on highly demanding projects and topics in intercultural teams from diverse backgrounds, and all of this on top of your regular job. But hard work, sweat and tears will also be combined with a whole lot of fun.

The tuition fee is 3,200 EUR.

Accommodation costs approximately 1,800 EUR.

Additionally, you should plan travel costs for three platforms and travel costs for several project meetings in-between (continental or intercontinental flights).

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Who can apply?

This is what we check when we receive your application:

  • Your Lufthansa Group seniority is minimum two years and should not exceed ten years
  • You have at the minimum a Bachelor's degree or equivalent (certificate should be available)
  • You work in a company with minimum 51% Lufthansa majority and are employed without restrictions
  • Your job description includes significant administrative functions
  • You are proficient in spoken and written English
  • You are willing to invest five hours per week in the explorers program (2.5 h working time / 2.5 h leisure time)

This is what your manager will check before you send the application:

  • Do you have what it takes to be an explorer? Have you shown initiative and excellent performance during your past years at Lufthansa? Are you a game-changer? Do the goals of our program resonate with you?
  • Is your manager willing to support you on the cost and time side?

How does the application process work?
  1. Applications are open from 1 November to 6 December, 2015.
  2. Your manager will approve that you are a great candidate, we will check the application criteria.
  3. Each Lufthansa Group company will receive a number of explorers program spots in relation to the number of applications coming from their business unit.
  4. The participants per Lufthansa Group company will be drawn from all valid applications. 20 percent of these spots may be assigned via so-called "wild cards" by each Lufthansa Group company.
  5. The final participants will be communicated in January 2016.

Where do I get the necessary information?

There are several options to find more information including the application form:


For more impressions, also watch the video of the last explorers generation