Lufthansa has announced that it will deploy their A350 fleet to fly between Munich and Beijing.
Beginning on October 30, the A350 will replace the A346 that currently flies the route. This change will be in place through at least the Winter timetable that stretches between late October and Early March.
The flight numbers (LH722 ex-MUC and LH723 ex-PEK) and departure times remain the same.
H/T: Oliver 2002 / FlyerTalk
SWISS has updated their timetable to reflect the assignment of their 777 aircraft to 3 European destinations during this coming Winter. This has happened each year since the addition of the 777 to LX’s fleet as it provides an opportunity for SWISS to continue to train and certify crews for the 777 aircraft.
This winter’s 777 destinations include Geneva, Hannover, and Vienna and will operate as follows:
Zurich – Geneva will see the 777 between December 4 and March 23 on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. Flight number LX2802 from Zurich, and Flight LX2807 from Geneva.
Zurich – Hannover will see the 777 between December 4 and March 22 on Mondays and Thursdays. Flight number LX816 from Zurich, and Flight LX817 from Hannover.
Zurich – Vienna will see the 777 between December 4 and March 22 on Mondays and Thursdays. Flight number LX1582 from Zurich, and Flight LX1853 from Vienna.
Now before you get excited about being able to book a First Class ticket for these short haul flights, SWISS will not open the ‘F’ cabin for booking. However, passengers booking Business Class tickets will be able to enjoy the 777’s Business Class cabin.
There have been anecdotes from past years that passengers have been allowed to sit the ‘F’ cabin, but that would be at the discretion of the purser. From personal experiences in seeing how SWISS pursers behave with even the most trivial matters, I would be surprised if any of these stories are true.
Lufthansa updated their timetable to reflect the deployment of the 747-8i on 2 routes that have yet to see the ‘Queen of the Skies’.
For starters, LH will send the 747-8i ‘home’ when it is deployed on flights between Seattle and Frankfurt from November 6 to December 30, 2017 in anticipation of increased holiday traffic.
‘YS’ returning to Paine Field after a test flight
The more surprising debut of the 747-8i will be to Dubai, UAE. However, the appearance will be short-lived since the 747-8i will only fly from Frankfurt to Dubai between October 16 and October 30. This temporary assignment will allow pax on the route to experience First Class.
With the good news, comes a bit of bad….
Effective October 29, 2017, LH will no longer service Doha, Qatar as part of their Frankfurt – Kuwait City – Doha circuit. Service will continue between FRA and KWI, but will no longer continue onward to Doha. Can’t help to think if all the in-fighting between several mid-eastern countries and Qatar has anything to do with the demand on the route.
Lufthansa has announced that San Jose will no longer be a year-round destination on its timetable.
Service between Frankfurt and San Jose has been cancelled between October 29, 2017 and March 24, 2018. This aligns with Lufthansa’s Winter 17/18 timetable.
However, booking for this nonstop route is possible for travel on March 25 and beyond with roundtrip fares showing to be in the $700 range.
Keep in mind that these flights are operated by Lufthansa’s ‘Cityline’ division, using A340-300 aircraft.
Brussels has announced that it will add an additional flight between Brussels and Mumbai on the heels of a successful route launch between the 2 cities. The new flight has been added to the timetable effective October 29, 2017.
Citing high load factors across all 3 cabins (Business / Economy / Economy Privilege), an additional flight will take place on Sundays, bringing to total flights between the cities to 6 (Daily except for Tuesdays).