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.
Two weeks ago, Lufthansa updated their Winter Timetable which reflected the removal of the A350 from their Munich-Boston route. The removal was slated for October 29, at which point a mix of A330 and A340 aircraft were scheduled to take over on the route for the winter.
With their update today, Lufthansa has walked back that decision and has extended the A350’s presence on Munich-Boston through the entire winter schedule. However it will not be a daily basis.
The A350 will fly the route daily until December 1. Then beginning on December 2, the A350 will only fly the route on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. The A340-600 will fly the route on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Expect further tweaks to their timetable in the coming weeks.
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.