Lufthansa today announced the results of a pilot program undertaken in Los Angeles that allows passengers to board flights without the use of a passport or boarding pass at the gate.
In association with Customs and Border Control (CBP), Amadeus, and other partners Lufthansa set up self-boarding gates in LAX that allowed for biometric facial recognition technology to determine if a passenger is authorized to board a flight.
According to LH, when a passenger approaches the self boarding gate, a camera takes a photo of a passengers face and is immediately compared against a US CBP database. Within seconds, the information is relayed back to the gate and if everything is in good order, the gate opens and allows the passenger to board the aircraft.
With this technology in place, it would eliminate the need for a boarding pass or passport to be used at a gate.
In fact, Lufthansa was able to successfully board 350 passengers aboard an A380 in 20 minutes, marking a significant improvement over the normal time it takes to board the aircraft.
With the success of this pilot, Lufthansa will now consider expanding this concept to other USA gateways in an effort to modernize the passenger experience at the airport and at the same time enhance air travel security. No timeline has yet to be determined by LH as of this writing.
In addition to my previous post talking about the A350 coming to places like Chicago, Mexico City, and New York’s JFK there are a few other cities that will see LH’s newest Munich-based flagship.
Beginning on March 25, the A346 currently flying between Munich and Newark will be replaced by an A350. Though the schedule says it’s only in place for Spring and Summer, I suspect that the A350 will become a year-round visitor to Newark.
Denver will also begin to see the A350 next week, though the introduction will be phased in. Between March 25 and May 31, the A350 will fly to Denver everyday EXCEPT for Tuesday and Thursday. Then, between June 1 and June 30, the A350 will fly to ‘DEN’ everyday except Thursday. The A350 will fly the route daily beginning July 1.
In addition to Newark and Denver, the A350 will also debut on the daily flight between Munich and Vancouver beginning May 1. The A350 will replace the A333 that currently serves the route.
Lufthansa apparently has gone on a bender with some of the offers they’ve introduced this week.
The latest includes a very attractive 2 for 1 Business Class sale to the USA from Germany where you can snag fares such as Frankfurt to Chicago for 2 passengers for only €3300, or Munich to Washington for €3300 among other deals. Looking at the details from Lufthansa, they’re covering most of their USA destinations with this offer. The deal covers flights originating from most cities in Germany.
For the First Class sale, fares from Germany to most US destinations range in the €5200 to €5900 for 2 passengers making it perhaps the best First Class deal we’ve ever seen from Lufthansa. If my math is correct, you’re looking at fares as low as €2600 per passenger to fly First Class between Germany and the USA.
For both offers, the following applies:
The deal is available for booking between March 14 and March 28, 2018. Departures have to take place between June 22, 2018 and August 11, 2018. Return travel has to take place between June 29 and August 26, 2018. Tickets MUST be booked through Lufthansa.com and must be purchased at least 14 days prior to departure.