LUFTHANSA has announced several changes to their West African timetable effective March 29, 2015. The change affects 3 routes and amounts to a minor re-shuffling.
Frankfurt – Abuja, Nigeria – Malabo beginning on March 29 will switch to Port Harcourt as the final destination, replacing Malabo. Abuja, Nigeria will still be a ‘technical stop’ destination for the route. The route will continue to be flown daily.
Frankfurt – Accra effective on March 29 will expand to include Malabo as the final destination, in essence becoming Frankfurt – Accra – Malabo. The route will continue to be flown 5x/week.
Frankfurt – Lagos – Port Harcourt will become Frankfurt – Lagos on March 29 and will continue to operate daily.
Just a quick post here…
Lufthansa has announced today that it will introduce the A380 to India as part of it’s Winter Timetable for 2014/15. Specific details have not yet been announced other than the target date of late October for service to begin. Exact route information is not available at this point.
The timing for this announcement is great, since many of the A380s will have the new Business Class installed in time for flights to India!
This comes after years of discussions with India’s government and airport authorities. Earlier this month Singapore Airlines also announced the beginning of A380 service to India.
Since Lufthansa launched BLUE LEGENDS, I’ve had many USA based Blue Legend users email me voicing their disappointment that they could not participate actively when flying on non Lufthansa operated flights in the USA. In order to “Check In” for a flight on Blue Legends, a Lufthansa flight number is required. This included codeshare flight numbers for flights operated by United and US Airways.
To that end, I’ve been able to assemble a complete list of codeshare flight numbers that Lufthansa uses for flights operated by United and US Airways. I’ve made these lists available as dedicated pages on my website.
For United Operated Flights: “BLUE LEGENDS: Lufthansa Codeshare Flight Numbers For United Flights”
For US Airways Operated Flights: “BLUE LEGENDS: Lufthansa Codeshare Flight Numbers For US Airway Flights”
There are a few things to keep in mind with these lists:
Lufthansa does not have a codeshare flight number for every United or US Airways operated flight.
Lufthansa updates their codeshare flight numbers monthly and I’ll update my list to reflect the changes (I’ll let you know when I’ve updated the pages)
The list only contains the LH codeshare flight number, origin and destination and does not contain departure or arrival time information. I’m working on adding that piece for future updates. For now I suggest you “Google” the LH codeshare flight number to make sure it corresponds to the actual flight you are on.
If you are unfamiliar with Blue Legends, I encourage you to visit the app’s website or read my post on Blue Legends.
If you have any questions or need help with Blue Legends, feel free to e-mail me or leave a comment on this post.
Lufthansa has provided an update for its Summer Timetable for flights operated out of Berlin Tegel (TXL). This update covers only flights operating within Europe or to North Africa. The changes involved either service being reduced or remaining the same. There are no new routes or service increases as part of this update. If a route is not listed on this update, it indicates that there is no change from the current timetable.
All of the following changes take effect on 31 March 3013 which starts Lufthansa’s summer timetable:
Berlin Tegel-Amsterdam is CANCELED.
Berlin Tegel-Bastia is CANCELED.
Berlin Tegel-Bucharest will be reduced from 5x/week to 3x/week.
Berlin Tegel-Budapest is CANCELED.
Berlin Tegel-Geneva will be reduced from 10x/week to 5x/week.
Berlin Tegel-Helsinki will be reduced from 7x/week to 5x/week.
Berlin Tegel-London(LHR) will be reduced from 21x/week to 20x/week.
Berlin Tegel-Lyon is CANCELED.
Berlin Tegel-Milan will be reduced from 12x/week to 6x/week.
Berlin Tegel-Moscow(VKO) will be reduced from 12x/week to 7x/week.
Berlin Tegel-Nice will be reduced from 5x/week to 4x/week.
Berlin Tegel-Paris(CDG) will be reduced from 18x/week to 12x/week.
Berlin Tegel-Split will be reduced from 4x/week to 3x/week.
Berlin Tegel-Stockholm will be reduced from 12x/week to 6x/week.
Berlin Tegel-Zagreb will be reduced from 5x/week to 4x/week.
Starting January 1, Lufthansa will offer Personal Assitants to help HON Circle Members and First Class Passengers who fly to certain Lufthansa destinations world-wide. These assistants will meet passengers at their plane upon arrival and help escort them through immigration and passport control, baggage claim AND accompany them to their connecting gate should the passenger have onward travel.
To a large extent, similar benefits are already in place for HON Circle members in most markets, however it seems that they are standardizing the program and expanding it to include First Class passengers.
The program will be available at most non-European destinations where Lufthansa has scheduled flights. Additionally, a HON Circle member DOES NOT need to be flying in any specific cabin class to have the Personal Assistant help them when they arrive. Keep in mind that this program only applies to Lufthansa operated flights.
I really welcome this program since it adds that personal touch to a travel experience. Many times when I left a Lufthansa flight after flying in First, the abrupt shock of being in an airport without priority services was sometimes a bit harsh. This helps make up for it very nicely!
Though the program is set to begin January 1, it may take the entire month of January to have the Personal Assistants in place throughout the network. Also, due to the sheer volume of traffic, Personal Assistants WILL NOT be available in Frankfurt or Munich. But honestly, the First Class Lounges and First Class Terminal quickly makes up for that!