Lufthansa announced today that it will temporarily reduce service between Frankfurt and Shanghai during the month of August.
Specifically, flight LH732 from Frankfurt and LH733 from Shanghai will not operate between August 1 and August 28. This service is the one flown by the 747-400 aircraft.
The remaining Frankfurt/Shanghai flights, LH728 and LH729 (operated by the A380) are not affected by this announcement.
To make it even easier for you to leave your Euros behind when traveling, Lufthansa and Frankfurt Airport have teamed to make shopping even easier.
As of now, passengers who visit most of LH’s lounges inside Terminal 1 will be able to use lounge iPads to shop virtually all of the stores located at the airport. If you purchase anything, it will be delivered to you at the lounge within 30 minutes. From what I gathered this program will not be available in the First Class Terminal, which has its own dedicated shop.
During the first quarter of this year, the program will continue to expand to provide other options as well. For example the next phase of the program will allow passengers to use iPads located at check-in areas where they will be able to order food from the airport’s various restaurants and have the meal brought to them at their departure gate so that the meal can be enjoyed during the flight.
Another expansion of the program in the near future will allow you to shop while aboard long haul flights and have your order waiting for you at your gate when you de-plane. I suspect that this may be expanded to medium and short haul flights once all the aircraft are upgraded to the same inflight entertainment and communication systems.
Beginning this morning (December 11), First Class passengers and HON Circle members will be able to get their hands on a new-style Lufthansa First Class Christmas duck when they visit the First Class Terminal (FCT) or First Class Lounges (FCL) in Frankfurt.
These special seasonal ducks are available only while supplies last so if your itinerary allows for it, I would seek out this little guy before he’s gone!
The 2016 First Class Duck
As long as you are departing FRA in First Class on Lufthansa, or taking a flight connecting you to an LH or SWISS First Class flight on the same day you can visit the FCT. If you are arriving in Frankfurt in First Class on LH, you may have the opportunity to go to a First Class Lounge, but that will depend specifically on your arriving flight and whether or not you disembark near an FCL in Terminal 1. HON Circle members of course may access the FCT or FCL regardless of class of travel as long as they are on an LH Group operated flight that day.
By now most of you have heard the news regarding the week-long strike that has begun at Lufthansa by their cabin crews. The strike started Friday, impacting travel primarily to and from Dusseldorf and Frankfurt.
Further details are available regarding the next few days:
A strike has been called for Saturday between 6:00a and 11:00p for all flights operating to and from Dusseldorf. In addition, it appears that most of Lufthansa’s medium haul fleet in Frankfurt will be subject to the strike at the same time on Saturday. This would include flights operated by Boeing 737s, and Airbus A319, A320, and A321 aircraft. This threatens most of LH’s domestic and intra-European services from FRA and DUS.
It appears as though long haul travel is safe for at least tomorrow in Frankfurt.
Also, the union stated that there would be no strike actions in Munich at least through Sunday since this weekend is busy with the return of travelers from Holidays in Bavaria.
Lufthansa has been publishing regular updates on their website, which has included strike updates as well as flight status and cancellation information. All of this can be found by visiting this webpage.
I suspect more updates will be made available over the weekend concerning flights for next week. I would expect that Munich may be especially hard hit after the Holiday Weekend.
Lufthansa has started giving out ‘Summer Kits’ to kids who visit Lufthansa Lounges in Frankfurt or Munich. These kits contain Coloring Books, Baseball Caps and a variety of puzzles and other trinkets designed to occupy their time so Mom and Dad can enjoy their lounge visit that much more…. 😉
Lufthansa has also introduced a new book series designed for children. These books are available on board and available in German and English. These ‘Pixi’ books provide short stories about LH, LH Mascots and aviation in general. There will be multiple volumes of these books available during the next few months.
In addition, LH is introducing a new app designed to follow up ‘Take Off’ which was their first version of a children’s app. The new app, dubbed ‘Super JetFriends’, targets the 7 to 11 year old demographic and challenges them with a variety of scenarios. The app should be available for iOS and Android in early August.
Looking at all these products makes me think back 35 years ago when I began flying as an 8 year old…..I was damn lucky to just have a comic book and a ‘Road & Track’ to take aboard!
What do you remember as your ‘inflight entertainment’ when you were a kid?