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
Lufthansa’s flight 456 had some company during its approach into Los Angeles on Friday, March 19. According to the cockpit crew, as they were passing through 5,000 feet on approach into LAX a drone had come within 200 feet of the aircraft. The drone apparently had been hovering above the aircraft as it was descending.
The aircraft landed without incident.
Lufthansa today has sent their first Premium Economy equipped A380 into circulation when it departed Frankfurt and flew towards Houston.
For the next 2-3 weeks, Houston will see a fair amount of D-AIMF/Zurich (the specific A380 with the new PE seats). Beginning on April 9th, a Premium Economy equipped A380 will become a permanent fixture in Houston.
The A380 Premium Economy / Economy seating chart
As plans stand now, Lufthansa will introduce its second A380 with Premium Economy on flights between FRA and LAX at the end of March and ALL A380s will have Premium Economy installed by April 22. Each A380 will be equipped with 52 Premium Economy seats on the main deck.
To see how Premium Economy will look across the rest of the fleet, please look here for more info…
Lufthansa will be removing the A380 from their Frankfurt – Houston route for 2 weeks but fret not, it will be replaced by a 747-8i during that time. Could IAH possibly see?:
Preparing for taxi test
The exact dates of the swap is scheduled to take place from March 29 to April 8 according to Lufthansa.com’s booking engine. I’ll provide an additional update should this schedule change.
The swap is taking place because of the Premium Economy & New Business Class retrofit schedule for the A380.
Lufthansa has announced an additional delay to the deployment of the A380 to Seoul, South Korea and the 747-8i to Boston.
In the latest update, it now appears that the A380 will begin to fly between Frankfurt and Seoul on May 14. The 747-8i is now set to appear on May 15 for flights between Frankfurt and Boston (LH422/LH423).
Tentatively, there is also a one time 747-8i flight between Frankfurt and Boston on May 8 (LH422/423).