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
Lufthansa announced yesterday that they’ve agreed in principal to the recommendations that came out of mediation sessions with Vereinigung Cockpit. Now it’s up to the Union to vote on the recommendations. The vote is expected to take place by late March.
In summary, here is what the deal looks like:
- Pilots will get a retroactive pay raise of 2% going back to January 1, 2016, and an additional 2.3% pay raise effective January 1, 2017.
- On January 1, 2018, an additional raise of 2.4% will be paid, and yet another raise of 2% on January 2019.
- A one-time ‘bonus’ will be paid that will amount to €5000-€6000 per pilot.
- The deal would be in effect until 2019.
Keep in mind this is only one part of the multi-faceted labor issue. The harder portion of reaching complete labor peace involves figuring out how pensions will be earned and paid. So we’re not quite out of the woods yet.
Lufthansa, though agreeing to the proposal, did come back with a response that suggested consequences are in the offing as a result of this deal. With the deal expected to cost Lufthansa at least €85 million annually, LH has suggested that it may use cabin crew on 40 aircraft that are not subject to the agreement. Most likely this would come from the pilots being ‘acquired’ through the Air Berlin deal that sees LH operating AB aircraft on their routes beginning this year. They are not subject to this agreement and would be one easy option to help mitigate at least some of the increase in labor cost.
Union representatives suggested that this deal may not be an easy one to sell to their members due to the issue revolving around the 40 aircraft that would have cockpit crew not covered by the agreement.
Also as part of the agreement and announcement, LH has indicated that no jobs will be impacted due to this arrangement.
Beginning sometime during the second quarter this year, Lufthansa will begin using their A350s on flights between Munich and Mumbai. Currently the route is flown by an Airbus A330.
Flight information remains the same. Flight 764 will depart Munich at 11:35a, arriving in Mumbai at 11:55p. Flight 765 will depart Mumbai at 1:25a, arriving in Munich at 5:50a.
Look for more destinations to be announced soon. Lufthansa likes to rotate new aircraft to a variety of new destinations, plus more A350s will be joining the fleet allowing LH to expand their reach. I expect a few East Coast USA destinations to be next in line to see the A350.
Once LH announces the exact date for Mumbai, I’ll pass that info along.
A week ago I was in Munich for a week to participate in the Airbus A350 ‘Roll In’ event and in between gatherings and events, I had the chance to sit on a hill or 2 for a couple of days and catch aircraft coming and going from Munich. Some spotting was challenging due to bad weather so some photos may be a bit gray and wet, but I suffer for my art! 🙂
Being Germany’s 2nd largest airport, ‘MUC’ is home to a variety of traffic that most people will not see at their home base. Everything from local ‘LCC’ birds to exotic African and Mid-Eastern traffic can be spotted on the tarmac, not to mention nearly half the Lufthansa fleet as well!
Not much else to say other than enjoy the photos. More will be coming in the next few days as I sort through them.
Etihad’s A6-EHL departing for Abu Dhabi
Icelandair’s 757 heading for Reykjavik
Lufthansa’s workhorse, the A320. Saw just a ‘few’ of them…
Another of Etihad’s A346s arriving from Abu Dhabi
Freising sets the perfect background for an arriving Lufthansa A340
Lufthansa’s Special Bayern Munich tribute arriving in poor weather….
The biggest bird in Luxair’s fleet……
United aircraft ruined the shot at Terminal 2
Air Canada does the same at Satellite Terminal 2
First light over ‘EDDM’
Singapore’s 777 9V-SNC heads for Singapore
Thai’s 744 being pull to the gate a few hours before departure…..
After removing First Class from flights between Munich and Denver on December 2, 2016, Lufthansa is set to bring back their best cabin to the Rocky Mountain destination.
Beginning on May 1, Lufthansa brings back the A346 on the route which allows for First to be back on the timetable. Lufthansa currently flies the A333 on the route which does not offer First Class. Expect this to be in place through at least the Summer timetable.
It would be no surprise if the A350 begins to serve Denver later this year which would once again eliminate First Class since the A350 is not equipped with the ‘F’ cabin.
This change has no impact on the 744 service between Frankfurt and Denver.