Lufthansa has made a few changes to their timetable to reflect more A350 aircraft entering service.
With their most recent changes announced on March 7, here is what we can expect:
Munich – Cape Town beginning on December 1 will be served by the A350, replacing the A340-600 currently on the route.
Munich – Chicago originally was scheduled to see the A350 during the Spring and Summer only, but that has now been extended into the Winter 2018/19 timetable.
Munich – Mexico City beginning on October 28 will have the A350 fly the route, however it will still share the workload with an A346. From October 28 to November 30, the A350 will fly the route on Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday leaving the A346 to the flights operated on Thursday and Saturday. From December 1 to March 19, 2019 the A350 will fly the route Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday while the A346 will fly the route on Thursdays.
Munich – Mumbai effective October 28 will lose A350 service. It will be replaced by the A333.
Munich – New York (JFK) will see more of the A350 beginning on October 28. Between October 28 and January 12 the A350 will fly the route on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday while the A333 will fly the route on Wednesday and Saturday. Between January 13 and March 30, 2019, the A350 will fly the route everyday except for Saturdays. The Saturday flight will be flown by the A333.
Munich – Seoul will continue to see the A350 into the Winter 18/19 schedule.
Munich – Shanghai will see the A350 flying the route beginning on May 31, 2018. Initially it will fly the route on Thursday and Sunday. Then between July 3 and August 2 it will fly the route on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. Beginning August 3, the A350 will fly the route daily except for Monday and Wednesday.
Munich – Tokyo (HND) will continue to see the A350 into the Winter 18/19 schedule.
Lufthansa has announced that they will be introducing an ‘A La Carte’ menu for passengers traveling in Premium Economy or Economy class on long haul flights out of Frankfurt and Munich.
The program will be similar to what is offered by Austrian, where passengers can order specific meals ahead of their flights.
The Lufthansa version of this program will begin this May, and will give passengers the option to order one of several unique meals for their flights. As far as pricing is concerned, expect to pay between $20 and $35 per meal.
The menu will cover a wide range of options including Sushi served in Bento Boxes, Mediterranean Seafood, Thai curry, Bavarian specialities, an Asian ‘vitality’ meal, or simply a grilled steak.
The meals can be ordered as part of your booking process. Orders need to be placed at least 24 hours prior to your departure.
The standard, complimentary economy or premium economy meals will be available as usual for passengers not wishing to purchase the ‘A La Carte’ option.
In 4 weeks (on March 25, 2018), Lufthansa will finally begin deploying their A380s in Munich with flights to Hong Kong, Los Angeles, and Beijing. Though that is not ‘new’ news, LH did provide an update today regarding the logistics at the airport when it comes to gates and security screening. Considering the A380 can carry twice the amount of passengers as the typical long-haul planes LH currently uses in MUC, it was obvious that certain things needed to change at security screening and the gates that LH will use for the A380.
According to Lufthansa, the A380 will use gates H47 and H48 located inside Terminal 2, and gates L11 and L13 that are located in the new Satellite terminal. In addition, gates L24/26 and L28/30 are retrofitted with a 3rd passenger bridge that will give passengers direct access to the upper deck.
Munich Airport and Lufthansa have also adjusted the security screening process to make it a bit easier to get through security and to the gate as a result of having substantially more passengers boarding the A380 as compared to other aircraft that usually use Terminal 2 and the Satellite Terminal.
Current plans call for LH to utilize 5 A380 aircraft in Munich to cover these initial routes.
Lufthansa has launched a 48 hour fare sale that significantly discounts fares to most cities in Europe. Though it’s a marketing gambit to advertise fares as ‘one way’, when you put together 2 one ways to make a roundtrip, the deal is still solid.
Frankfurt to Barcelona can be had for only €35 each way. The same goes for Krakow, Catania, and Dublin among others.
Fares from Munich mirror the pricing from Frankfurt so there are several €35 deals from MUC as well.
Outside of the special €35 destinations, most other one way tickets to the rest of Europe range between €50 and €70 which makes the fare sale an attractive proposition in most cases.
This fare sale ends on February 25, 2018 at midnight CET.
Departures need to take place between March 3 and May 15, 2018. Travel must be completed by May 17, 2018. A blackout period between March 23 and April 9 is in place (Easter). Tickets must be purchased 7 days prior to departure.
Late last week, Lufthansa’s first regional jet came out of the paint hangar carrying the new livery.
A Cityline CRJ900, registered as D-ACNM, came back from her scheduled maintenance break and re-entered service at her base in Munich. Another 37 aircraft are scheduled to be painted by year’s end, including one A380.
I’ll be publishing a schedule later this week showing the current calendar for the repaints. In most cases, the painting will happen as part of an aircraft’s ‘D’ maintenance check which the most intensive of all the checks that aircraft go through.
The first regional jet carrying the new look. Photo courtesy of Lufthansa.
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