I know for some of you that your travel plans are occasionally dictated by what aircraft will fly the route. I know I do it.
So in that spirit, here is a brief update on a small revision issued by SWISS concerning their 777 flying to Bangkok. Originally the aircraft was to debut on the route on July 8 but has now been set back to July 15. Only a week, but if that is your week, you might not be a happy camper.
As far as Hong Kong is concerned, the 777 is set to debut as scheduled on April 10, but initially it will not fly the route everyday. Between April 10 and May 1, the 777 will only fly from Zurich on Wednesday, Friday, and Sundays. Between May 2 and May 19, the 777 will fly on Monday, Wednesday, Thursdays, and Saturdays. However on May 20 the 777 will begin flying to Hong Kong on a daily basis.
Plan accordingly! 🙂
Each year, airlines review and revise the aircraft that they deploy on certain routes due to seasonal demands.
For Lufthansa, this means a wide ranging overhaul covering a significant part of their long haul network. The list below is their initial update and if history teaches us anything, it is by far not their last amendment for the Winter timetable. I’ll provide updates as they become available.
For the time being, if you already have bookings that are affected by these changes, you should review your seat assignments. In many cases, when there is an aircraft change seat assignments become ‘unassignments’.
Frankfurt – Atlanta: The A340-600 will fly daily beginning October 25. Previous plans called for a mix of A330 / A340 aircraft.
Frankfurt – Boston: The 744 will replace the 747-8i beginning October 25 (LH422/423).
Frankfurt – Detroit: The A340-600 will fly the route daily. Previous plans call for the 744.
Frankfurt – Doha – Muscat: Beginning January 24 the A340-300 will replace the A330-300 on daily basis.
Frankfurt – Hong Kong: Beginning October 25, the A380 will replace the 747-8 on a daily basis.
Frankfurt – Johannesburg: Beginning October 25, the 747-8i will replace the A380 on a daily basis.
Frankfurt – Kuala Lumpur – Jakarta: The A340-300 will continue the route (5x/week). Previous plans called for a 744.
Frankfurt – Mumbai: The 744 will continue the route (1x/day). Previous plans called for the A380.
Frankfurt – New York (JFK): Beginning October 25, LH404 and LH405 will be flown by an A340-600. Previous plans called for a 744. LH400/401 will be operated by a 747-8i.
Frankfurt – Seattle: Beginning October 25, the A340-300 will replace the 747-400.
Frankfurt -Seoul (ICN): Beginning October 25, the 747-8i will replace the A380.
Munich – Newark: Beginning October 25, the A330-300 will replace the A340-600 (1x/day).
An apparent ‘bureaucratic’ hiccup by the India’s Government that had prevented the A380 from operating between Frankfurt and Delhi has finally been resolved. Originally LH was set to begin flying the A380 on a daily basis beginning with their Winter Timetable but a delay in the approval of LH’s timetable application grounded the A380’s introduction to India.
Now that the issue has been resolved and the timetable finally approved, Lufthansa will at last be able to introduce the A380 to India beginning on November 7. Flight number LH760 will operate from Frankfurt to Delhi and flight LH761 will operate from Delhi to Frankfurt.
According to LH, it took a team effort including the German Embassy in Delhi, German Transport Ministry and the Foreign Ministry to finally get the Indian Government to approve the application.