Lufthansa has updated their timetable to reflect the deployment of the A380 to additional destinations from Munich beginning with the Winter 2018/19 timetable.
With their latest update, they’ve added Miami, Shanghai, and San Francisco to the list. These destinations will begin seeing the A380 fly from Munich on October 28, 2018.
Earlier this summer, LH announced that the A380 would begin flying from Munich to Los Angeles, Beijing, and Hong Kong beginning with the Spring/Summer 2018 timetable.
A major reason for this transition is due to the fact that Lufthansa continues to retire their A340 fleet, which is primarily based in Munich. With this vacuum in capacity, the A380 was the viable option to take the A340’s place.
For those of you who are members of Miles & More (MM) and are scheduled to fly in Economy class aboard an A380 between now and January 31, you’ll want to pay attention!
Since October 29, and running through January 31, ‘MM’ members can register for a special Airbus/Lufthansa promo that will give you twice the award miles that you normally would earn on your ticket. The promo states that you’ll earn miles based on your crediting rate for your fare class. The multiplier does not apply to your ‘Executive bonus’ that you earn if you are a Frequent Traveler, Senator, or HON Circle member. You’ll still get your Executive Bonus but those miles do not get the 2x multiplier that this promo offers.
It’s a good deal considering that if you’re flying aboard an A380 you’re flying a fairly long way so the miles credit will be substantial! As of now, LH sends the A380 from Frankfurt to Bangkok, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Delhi, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Singapore.
The deal applies to bookings made by December 31, 2017. You must register in order to qualify and it covers flights taken through January 31. The promo limits your participation to 8 A380 segments during the bonus period.
Simply visit the LH Promo webpage for the deal to enroll. You’ll be asked to log into your MM account so have that info ready.
I’m not sure if the credit will apply if you have already flown aboard an A380 since October 29 and haven’t registered for this, but you should still register since miles won’t be credited until 8 weeks after you complete your flight. You might catch a break and get the miles for flights you’ve already taken.
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…