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.
Earlier this morning, LUFTHANSA released a series of announcements including the launch of a new USA destination, the introduction of A380 aircraft to Munich, a return to Singapore and more flights to Chicago!
First, Lufthansa has announced that it will begin flying between Frankfurt and San Diego in 2018. Though no specifics were announced, they did indicate that the flight will be operated 5 times a week. I suspect that the flights will begin sometime in the March-April timeframe.
Next, LH also announced that 5 A380 aircraft will be transferred from Frankfurt to their new home in Munich and will serve ultra-long haul destinations such as Hong Kong, Los Angeles, and Beijing. This will take place in time for the Summer 2018 timetable.
Additionally, LH indicated that it will once again offer service between Munich and Singapore beginning with the Summer 2018 schedule. Initial plans indicated that the flight will operate 5 times a week.
And lastly, Lufthansa has announced that it will increase service between Munich and Chicago. Currently, LH flies to ORD 7 times a week, with the new announcement, there will be 10 flights per week beginning with the Summer 2018 schedule.
Tonight’s flight from Houston to Frankfurt made an emergency landing at JFK in New York after the flight crew received word that a bomb threat was issued to the airline. The A380 had approximately 500 passengers and crew that exited the aircraft without incident.
The aircraft is still at JFK as of this post while Police and Security officials search the plane to confirm that no explosives are on board. It’s expected that the plane will continue on to Frankfurt later this evening.
Here is the flight path of LH441 as it approached the northeast. You’ll see the plane began its emergency decent while over New Jersey and made its turn back to JFK after dumping enough fuel and losing enough altitude while over Long Island, NY:
D-AIMK diverted to JFK after Lufthansa received a bomb threat