Nearly sixty-thousand people and 300 passenger planes strong, last year Lufthansa carried more than 40 million passengers overall and ranked second in the number of passengers flown internationally. With over 70 years industry experience, one of the youngest fleets in the air and with a resolute commitment to customer service, Lufthansa is the airline of choice for discerning travelers everywhere.
Our service spans the globe. Lufthansa offers non-stop service from 10 US and 2 Canadian gateways and direct flights from an additional 53 cities together with our partners United Airlines and Air Canada, to over 200 cities in more than 80 countries worldwide. Lufthansa offers the most comprehensive European network out of our hubs in Frankfurt and Munich to over 100 cities, and we are the leading western airline to Eastern Europe, CIS, and the Baltics with 26 cities served.
Lufthansa programs such as Miles & More, in which passengers earn triple miles in First Class and double miles in Business Class, and our popular Corporate Mileage Plan serve to further enhance our already sterling reputation with the world's business travelers. For four years running we have been voted "Best airline to Eastern Europe" by the Business Traveler International magazine readers' poll and in 1982 and 1994 Air Transport World magazine named Lufthansa "Airline of the Year."
In addition to providing our passengers with the most enjoyable travel experience possible, we also provide other airlines with valuable services. Since 1956, the Lufthansa pilot school has trained over 4000 pilots, many from other airlines. Our Lufthansa Technik subsidiary provides maintenance and overhaul expertise to more than 200 other airlines, while
LSG Lufthansa Service/Sky Chefsis the world's largest airline catering service, preparing meals for over 250 airlines worldwide.
Yet another company of our group, Lufthansa Cargo, is the world's largest scheduled air freight carrier. Last year, we shipped more than 1.5 million tons of goods and materials.