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.
Beijing – Pyongyang effective May 5 will resume 2x/week service (Prior to 2 week suspension it was 3x/week service).
Panama City – Denver effective December 11 will BEGIN 4x/week service.
Addis Ababa – Bangkok – Jakarta 3x/week service effective June 7 is CANCELLED, replaced by Addis Ababa – Bangkok only (No service to Jakarta).
Taipei – Guam effective June 10 2x/week service is CANCELLED.
Helsinki – Malaga effective November 4 will BEGIN 1x/week service (Saturdays).
Stockholm – Eilat effective October 28 will BEGIN 1x/week service (Saturdays).
Ordu-Giresun – Stuttgart effective July 18 will BEGIN 1x/week service.
PREVIOUS STAR ALLIANCE ROUTE ANNOUNCEMENT
It’s a bit of a slow news week thanks to the extended Easter holiday in Germany, but this update did catch my attention.
Germanwings announced that it was suspending flights to two of their destinations from Hamburg:
Hamburg – Birmingham effective June 12 is CANCELLED.
Hamburg – Geneva effective May 29 is CANCELLED.
Seven months ago, Austrian first announced that it was planning to begin service this Spring between Vienna and Los Angeles.
Today, the first flights for the new route took place as OS81 departed for Los Angeles at 10:00a and the return flight (OS82) departed back to Vienna shortly after 3:00p.
The route will be flown 6 days a week (No flights on Sundays) by their 777 fleet and will be in place for Austrian’s summer timetable through October.
This brings Austrian’s total weekly flights to the USA to 37. In addition to the new LAX route, OS flies to Miami, New York JFK, Newark, Chicago, and Washington DC.
Lufthansa has updated their timetable to reflect that the A350 will remain on routes from Munich to both Mumbai and Delhi beyond this Summer.
Initially, the A350 was scheduled to serve the routes until the end of the 2017 Summer timetable, but now the schedule reflects that the A350 will remain on these routes for the Winter 2017/18 schedule. This suggests that the A350 will be flying to these destinations through at least March of 2018.
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