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).
Lufthansa has updated their timetable to reflect a minor delay for the introduction of the A380 between Frankfurt and Seoul. Originally planned for April 26, the A380 will now debut on the route on May 6, 2015.
As a result of this minor delay, Frankfurt – Boston will have the 747-8i delayed until May 7. Originally, the 747-8i was set to begin flying FRA-BOS on April 27.
If your travels involve these days and routes, please check your assigned seats and make changes as needed since the A380 and 747-8i have ‘slightly’ different seating charts! 😉
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.
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.