Lufthansa has begun to tweak their operations for Spring/Summer 2018. Typically the changes in aircraft that fly certain routes are as a result of seasonal demand on a route, scheduled maintenance, or aircraft retirement.
Thus far, Lufthansa has made changes on 10 of their routes that will see different aircraft fly he routes for at least the Spring and Summer next year.
Frankfurt – Beijing: Beginning on March 25, an Airbus A346 will take over for the 747-8i / A380 that currently fly the route.
Frankfurt – Hong Kong: Beginning on March 25, an Airbus A346 will take over from the A380 that currently flies the route. Specifically, the last A380 flight to Hong Kong will take place on October 27, and between October 27 and March 25 the 747-8i will be deployed on the route until March 25.
Frankfurt – Los Angeles: Beginning on March 25, an Airbus A346 will replace the A380 on flights LH456 and LH457. The 747-8i will continue to fly flights LH450 and LH451.
Frankfurt – San Diego: Beginning on March 25 an A343 will be deployed on the new route that begins on that day.
Frankfurt – Seoul: Beginning on March 25 the A346 will take over for the 744 and A380 that currently are scheduled on the route.
Munich – Beijing: Beginning on March 25 the A380 will take over for the Airbus A346.
Munich – Hong Kong: Beginning on March 25 the Airbus A380 will take over for the Airbus A346.
Munich – Los Angeles: Beginning on March 25 the A380 will replace the A346 on the route.
Munich – Singapore: Beginning March 27, the new (resumption of service) route will be served by an Airbus A350.
Lufthansa has begun updating their Winter 2017/18 timetable by announcing service changes to Boston, Miami, and Chicago.
First off, Munich-Boston will no longer have the A350 on the route beginning on October 29. Starting on October 29, until December 1, an A330 will fly the route each day. Beginning on December 2, and lasting until March 24, 2018, the A330 will fly the route on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday while the A346 will fly the route on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday.
A nice benefit to those of you flying the A346 will be the fact that you can book a first class seat for the cost of a business class seat since LH is technically not offering First Class on the route. Though you’ll have a first class seat, your inflight service will be business class, and no, you will not be able to access the First Class Lounges in Munich!
Between October 29 and March 25, Chicago will only see the A346 on flights to and from Munich. Currently LH is sending a combination of A333 and A346 aircraft on the route.
Miami will see a combination of the A346 and A333 beginning October 30. The A346 will fly the route on Wednesday and Sunday, while the A333 will fly the route on the other days.
PilotsEye.tv has available 2 documentaries covering a SWISS A330 flight between Zurich and Miami, and a roundtrip of a Lufthansa A380 between Frankfurt and San Francisco.
The SWISS A330 video released just in the past few weeks, provides over 2 hours of coverage including preflight and cockpit footage as well as footage from the Miami area including a visit to the SWISS Air Academy. Highlights of the video include a distress call from a nearby Delta aircraft, Thunderstorm departure and a look at ETOPS planning for flights over water. Here’s a teaser:
In addition to the video, PilotsEye.tv offers a Flight briefing document that covers the flight and provides all the details including the flight plan, copies of the documents used by the crew for the flight, and other interesting facts from the flight. The video is available in DVD formats or as ‘Video On Demand’ via the PilotsEye.tv site.
A380 To SFO….
In their other ‘LH Group’ inspired release, they cover a Lufthansa flight between Frankfurt and San Francisco aboard a Lufthansa A380. One of the highlights of this edition is the retirement of Jürgen Raps, one of LH’s most senior captains. Other features of this video include highlights from the crew break in San Francisco including a cruise beneath the Golden Gate as well as flight planning to avoid an angry volcano which led to a rare view of Greenland.
This video also covers the return flight of the A380 since it is the Captain’s last flight. Since it was his ‘retirement flight’ the aircraft was greeted with a Water Cannon salute upon arrival in Frankfurt. Like the SWISS video, this also has a comprehensive Flight Briefing document that provides a great detail of information regarding the flight. The video is available on DVD formats as well or as ‘Video On Demand’ from the PilotsEYE.tv website.
In addition to these LH Group features, they also documented the delivery flight of a Lufthansa Cargo 777F back in 2015. I’m kind of partial to this one because they used some of my footage in their documentary: