Lufthansa has announced that it will resume flights between Frankfurt and Shenyang, China beginning on March 27, 2018.
The service resumption will include 3 flights a week (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday) using their A340-300 aircraft. The flight details are as follows:
Flight LH782 will depart Frankfurt at 5:50p, arriving in Shenyang at 9:55a the following morning.
Flight LH783 will depart Shenyang at 1:15p, arriving in Franfkurt at 6:10p the same day.
Booking for this route is set to open on January 30, with fares starting as low as €529 for a round trip economy seat.
Lufthansa has announced another new destination for their A350.
Beginning March 25, passengers can now enjoy the A350 on flights between Munich and Chicago. The A350 will replace the Airbus A346 that currently flies the route.
The flights that are affected are LH434 from Munich and LH435 from Chicago.
To meeting increased capacity demand, Lufthansa will bring the A340-600 into service on flights between Munich and Berlin for several days ahead of Christmas.
These ‘special’ A340 flights will be in addition to the regularly scheduled service already in place between Munich and Berlin.
The A340-operated flights are as follows:
December 20: LH2036 departs Munich at 11:00a, arriving in Berlin at 12:10p
December 20: LH 2037 departs Berlin at 1:00p, arriving in Munich at 2:10p.
December 21: LH 2724 departs Munich at 5:30p, arriving in Berlin at 6:40p.
December 21: LH2725 departs Berlin at 7:20p, arriving in Munich at 8:30p.
December 22: LH2624 departs Munich at 5:25p, arriving in Berlin at 6:35p.
December 22: LH2625 departs Berlin at 7:20p, arriving in Munich at 8:30p.
SWISS has announced that over the next 2 years, it will roll out upgrades and enhancements to the long haul fleet, focusing on their A330 and A340 aircraft.
Beginning in December, SWISS will begin to retrofit their 14 Airbus A330 aircraft with Wifi connectivity. Obviously this will not happen overnight, but SWISS anticipates that all of their A330s will have the retrofit complete by the end of 2017. Math suggests that approximately one aircraft per month will be taken out of circulation for a few days to complete the work. WiFi is currently available only on SWISS 777 aircraft.
SWISS has also stated that their A340s will receive the same First Class cabin as the Airbus A330. The big advantage of the newer F product is the increased size of the television screen and an enhanced IFE system. The fact that the seats will be brand new will also go a long way to refresh the cabins and give them a brand new look and feel. WiFi is also planned during this upgrade. SWISS expects that it will take through 2018 to complete this retrofit on their 10 A340 aircraft.
Related: First Class Aboard SWISS A330
Two weeks ago, I was flying from Michigan to Johannesburg via Chicago and Frankfurt which created a very nice and lengthy layover in Frankfurt between my inbound flight from the US and connecting flight to JNB. This routing gave me a unique opportunity take in plane spotting at night when Lufthansa sends a few of their long haulers to Asia and Africa.
On typical trips, I arrive in FRA during early morning hours and my departures for the States typically take place by early afternoon. Having a 10:00p departure from FRA gave me an opportunity to see LH aircraft in a different light, or lack thereof….
While waiting for 10p to roll around, I ‘abandoned’ my wife to the capable hands of the Senator Lounge and set out to walk the length of Concourse Z which is typically where you’ll find most of LH’s long haul activity, especially at night. Fortunately the glass was clean enough and glare was manageable so that the pictures actually turned out quite well.
747-8i, D-ABYL, ahead of her flight to Hong Kong
Another look at ‘Yankee Lima’
D-AISL, an Airbus A321, would head to Amman, Jordan
D-AISR, an Airbus A321, would head off to Bucharest, Romania.
D-AIGO, an Airbus A343, would head off to Qingdao-Shenyang
This would be our ride to Johannesburg. ‘D-AIMB’ aka Munchen is an Airbus A380, and is outfitted with the fantastic new Business cabin…..
Another look at ‘Michael Bravo’
D-AIMF, or ‘Zurich’ would head to Singapore.