Two weeks ago, Lufthansa updated their Winter Timetable which reflected the removal of the A350 from their Munich-Boston route. The removal was slated for October 29, at which point a mix of A330 and A340 aircraft were scheduled to take over on the route for the winter.
With their update today, Lufthansa has walked back that decision and has extended the A350’s presence on Munich-Boston through the entire winter schedule. However it will not be a daily basis.
The A350 will fly the route daily until December 1. Then beginning on December 2, the A350 will only fly the route on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. The A340-600 will fly the route on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Expect further tweaks to their timetable in the coming weeks.
As luck (or bad luck) would have it, passengers scheduled to fly from Munich to Boston (and back) tomorrow had their flights cancelled due to the Blizzard bearing down on the Northeast corridor of the US. What makes it worse was the fact that tomorrow’s flight from Munich was also the first flight of Lufthansa’s A350 to the USA.
Lufthansa’s A350 departing Munich
With Lufthansa cancelling all flights to and from Boston, New York, Newark, and Philadelphia due to the weather on March 14, the debut of the LH A350 in the USA will have to wait until Wednesday, March 15. Hopefully not too many ‘Avgeeks’ were lined up to be on this inaugural event!
A350 Roll-In Event Celebration
Lufthansa is set to take delivery of their second A350 this Friday, February 24.
D-AIXB is set to arrive in Munich at 11:00a at which point it will be turned over to Lufthansa Technik who will install the Premium Economy cabin as well as take care of a few minor LH customizations.
D-AIXA takes to the skies from Munich
Once that work is complete, the aircraft will be available for more crew certification flights over the next 3 weeks before entering revenue service. According to LH’s schedule, that means that D-AIXB will fly to Boston on March 14.
This marks the second of Lufthansa’s initial 10 A350s that will be stationed in Munich. Ultimately 25 A350s will join the fleet and will be stationed between Frankfurt and Munich.
Plane Spotting the A350
Lufthansa Unveils a New Economy Cabin With The A350
Lufthansa announces A350 Launch Date To Boston
In another week or so, Lufthansa will be opening new Senator and Business Lounges at Boston’s Logan Airport (Terminal E).
The new lounge is part of a wider renovation that has been taking place in ‘BOS’ and the new lounges promise to be substantial upgrades over the previous versions.
What will be new is the fact that passengers can now board their flights directly from the lounge, similar to what is in place at airports like Washington Dulles. So you can see your A350 from your seat in the lounge!
The 6,800 square foot lounge will also introduce a new concept to Lufthansa Lounges which focuses on separate ‘Living Areas’. For example, this lounge will offer a separate Bar, Bistro, and rest areas. The view promises to be fantastic as well as the lounge will over look Boston Harbor.
Earlier today, Lufthansa touted the virtues and benefits of the A350 that we’ve heard all along. However they are finally beginning to hint at where the new birds will fly to once they begin to enter service in January 2017.
The new piece of news was the fact that the first routes that will see the A350 appear to be Boston and Delhi. Keep in mind that the A350s will be a 3-class aircraft, comprised of Business, Premium Economy, and Economy Cabins. First Class will not be offered on ANY A350.
Since we are still 9 months away from even the most optimistic predictions regarding entry into service, I expect there to be several more changes to LH’s initial plans.