Lufthansa and Cathay Pacific have announced a new codesharing agreement that will make it easier for Lufthansa Group passengers to travel to Australia and for Cathay passengers to reach 14 new European destinations.
The deal takes effect on April 26 and covers Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines.
For LH Group passengers, this means they will be able to book travel on a single ticket issued by Lufthansa, Swiss, and Austrian that will include flights operated by Cathay Pacific. The codeshare specifically includes being able to book travel to Sydney, Auckland, Melbourne, and Cairns.
Traveling to these destinations will now be possible with LH Group flights to Hong Kong, then connecting to Cathay Pacific flights the the aforementioned destinations.
UPDATE: Since publishing this post, Lufthansa has now cancelled flights to and from Philadelphia on March 14, 2017.
With Blizzard Warnings spreading throughout the Northeast Corridor, airlines are beginning to announce cancellations ahead of the incoming storm.
Lufthansa, SWISS, and Austrian are not immune to mother nature thus they have announced that flights to and from New York / Newark and Boston will be cancelled for Tuesday, March 14, 2017.
Philadelphia and Washington DC are scheduled to operate normally.
As of the time of this post Brussels still showed their flights as being scheduled but that may change sooner than later.
If you were scheduled to fly to or from the NYC or BOS area, please use this link to determine what your options are, including rebooking, refunds, or alternative routings. You can also log in to your Miles & More page to see what options are available to you.
In what was not exactly a surprise, Lufthansa took the opportunity at last week’s ITB travel show in Berlin to confirm that a new long haul Business Class product is coming for 2020. Why 2020? It’s because 2020 is when LH plans to introduce Boeing’s new 777X to their fleet.
What makes this announcement different from past Lufthansa cabin announcements is that the new Business Class seat will be ‘standardized’ across Lufthansa, SWISS, and Austrian. In other words, each of these carriers will share the same exact seat in their respective Business Cabin. At this point, no decision has been made on Brussels, but in my opinion since Brussels is being melded into Eurowings, it may not enjoy the same cabin as the other carriers within LH Group.
The reason for the standardized Business Class is simple. It is much easier to develop one seating system, and more cost effective to install and maintain that one system.
No specific details of the seat have been revealed other than it will be a very ‘digitized seat’ in that passengers will have complete control of their seat through their ‘smart’ device. This control will extend to the control of seat position, lighting, and of course the IFE system.
The one concern that I have with the announcement has to do with verbiage from Lufthansa. It is suggested that the seat HAS been developed instead of WILL BE developed. Hopefully this doesn’t mean that the seat will already be obsolete by the time it is introduced. This has happened in the past, so hopefully lessons have been learned.
Also, in my opinion, based on what I have heard from Lufthansa and others in the know while I was in Munich a few weeks ago, it appears that this Business Class cabin upgrade may also go a long way in reducing, if not eliminating the First Class cabin from Lufthansa’s DNA. With no plans for a First Class cabin for the 777X, and the new A350s also being without a First Class cabin, the writing is clearly on the wall.