LUFTHANSA Offering €30 Voucher For Travel Originating In Germany

LUFTHANSA Offering €30 Voucher For Travel Originating In Germany

For a limited time, you can get a voucher code from Lufthansa that will take €30 off of your booking for travel that originates in Germany.

The voucher is valid for flights operated by Lufthansa or Lufthansa City Line world-wide  and must redeemed between 22 June and 31 August, 2017.     Travel must take place between 1 July and 30 November 2017 and the ticket must be booked through Lufthansa.com.

To get your voucher, please follow this link where you’ll be asked to enter you contact info so that you can be issued your code.

H/T:  FlyerTalk’s Oliver2002

BOEING Begins Drafting The 747’s Obituary…….

BOEING Begins Drafting The 747’s Obituary…….

Earlier today, Boeing released its forecast for the commercial aviation market for the next 20 years.   This typically discusses what Boeing sees coming for the industry including demand for certain type of aircraft and the demographics of future customers.

What was noticeably absent from the 2017 version of this forecast was any talk of the 747.  They have acknowledged that the 747 platform is being wound down, without any serious orders forthcoming.

For the first time in decades, Boeing is now looking to a future driven only by 2-engine aircraft, primarily the 737, 787 and upcoming 777x platforms.    The forecast suggest that the aircraft market over the next 20 years will require over $6 trillion in new aircraft deliveries.

D-ABYT prepares for her first ever flight, a B1 test flight at Paine Field.

Of course this makes all the sense in the world since technology has allowed 2 engines to do the work of 4, and deliver passengers to their destinations in more comfort and safety than ever before.   But for the aviation romanticists in the world that have always seen the 747 as the most beautiful aircraft in the sky, such a sobering moment doesn’t pass easily.

In their comments, Boeing stated that they were simply being realists in their projections and see that the era of 4 engine aircraft is drawing to an end.    I guess all that’s left is to enjoy the Queen of the Skies for as long we can….

Related:  Lufthansa 747-400 Gallery

Lufthansa 747-8i Gallery

 

LUFTHANSA And AUSTRIAN Dominate European SKYTRAX Awards

LUFTHANSA And AUSTRIAN Dominate European SKYTRAX Awards

In ceremonies held during the Paris Airshow at Le Bourget, Lufthansa and Austrian walked away with impressive awards from SKYTRAX, affirming their dominant position in European aviation.

Austrian was awarded ‘Best Airline Staff Service In Europe’ that includes staff  and crew both on the ground and in the air.   This marks the 4th consecutive year that ‘OS’ has been given that honor.    Some might consider this kind of streak a dynasty.

Austrian’s COO Andreas Otto and Lufthansa boss Carsten Spohr join in receiving Austrian’s award.

 

Lufthansa walked onto the stage to accept several awards.    The most meaningful being recognized as the ‘Best Airline In Europe’.   In addition to this award, Lufthansa also received hardware for being the ‘Best Airline In Western Europe’ and for ‘Best First Class Dining’.

 

Lufthansa’s Carsten Spohr is on hand to receive LH’s awards……

 

18 million people from 160 countries took part in the annual Skytrax balloting.   SKYTRAX has been rating and awarding Airline performance since 1999.

 


LUFTHANSA Considering ‘Flexible Routing’ Fares To Reduce Long Haul Passenger Transit Through Frankfurt

LUFTHANSA Considering ‘Flexible Routing’ Fares To Reduce Long Haul Passenger Transit Through Frankfurt

Over the last few days, German media has been reporting a new concept being considered by Lufthansa to further enhance cost savings when it comes to flight operations out of the hubs in Europe.

Lufthansa’s Harry Hohmeister has unveiled plans that will create a potentially new ‘Flexible Routing’ fare that will allow Lufthansa to change already issued tickets for passengers willing to be more flexible in their trip routing.

The reasoning behind this concept will allow Lufthansa to self-direct passenger flow through hubs based on demand and pricing.  For example, Frankfurt Airport charges Lufthansa up to 20% more for handling long haul LH flights and passengers than Munich, Zurich, or Vienna charge.  Having passengers reroute through lower cost hubs obviously would net a positive impact on LH’s bottom line.   In their planning, LH would be able to determine in advance if other hubs and flights have capacity to handle last minute changes.   If not, the flex fare passenger would fly their original ticket.

An example could look like:

A passenger books a flight from Chicago to Berlin.    The original booking would have the passenger transit through Frankfurt enroute to Berlin.    Under a flex routing fare, Lufthansa could re-ticket the passenger a few days before the flight to have them fly Chicago – Munich – Berlin, Chicago – Vienna – Berlin, or Chicago – Zurich – Berlin and thus avoid the extra costs associated with routing a passenger through the more pricey Frankfurt.   

Passengers flying under a flex routing fare would be informed days or weeks ahead of their trip, letting them know if their original routing has changed.

Please understand that only a ‘flex routing’ fare class would subject a passenger to a last minute rerouting.   Passengers flying on traditional fare classes would not be subject to these kind of changes.

Lufthansa has already sent a ‘shot across the bow’ to Frankfurt by announcing a transfer of 5 A380 aircraft to Munich, thus already reducing capacity at Frankfurt and potentially preparing for the roll out of the new flex-routing fares and increasing capacity in Munich.

In his comments, Hohmeister indicated that passengers agreeing to a flex routing fare would be well rewarded for their willingness to be flexible.

Plans are in place to unveil the new program for Lufthansa and Austrian operated flights at the beginning of 2018.

LUFTHANSA Announcements:   NEW USA Destination  / A380s In Munich / LH Brings Back MUC-SIN / More flights to ORD……

LUFTHANSA Announcements: NEW USA Destination / A380s In Munich / LH Brings Back MUC-SIN / More flights to ORD……

Earlier this morning, LUFTHANSA released a series of announcements including the launch of a new USA destination, the introduction of A380 aircraft to Munich, a return to Singapore and more flights to Chicago!

First, Lufthansa has announced that it will begin flying between Frankfurt and San Diego in 2018.   Though no specifics were announced,  they did indicate that the flight will be operated 5 times a week.   I suspect that the flights will begin sometime in the March-April timeframe.

Next, LH also announced that 5 A380 aircraft will be transferred from Frankfurt to their new home in Munich and will serve ultra-long haul destinations such as Hong Kong, Los Angeles, and Beijing.  This will take place in time for the Summer 2018 timetable.

Additionally, LH indicated that it will once again offer service between Munich and Singapore beginning with the Summer 2018 schedule.   Initial plans indicated that the flight will operate 5 times a week.

And lastly, Lufthansa has announced that it will increase service between Munich and Chicago.   Currently, LH flies to ORD 7 times a week, with the new announcement, there will be 10 flights per week beginning with the Summer 2018 schedule.