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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Lufthansa introduced their newest ‘hire’ today in Munich when it unleashed ‘Josie Pepper’ in Terminal 2 to help arriving passengers. Coming in at just under 4 feet tall, she is Lufthansa’s newest powerhouse designed to help passengers find their way around the ‘airside’ part of Terminal 2. Whether it’s help finding a lounge, a partcular restaurant, or help in finding a gate, Josie’s sole objective is to make sure passengers get the answers they need.
Josie is an English-speaking marvel designed jointly by Lufthansa and Munich Airport and is their first foray into introducing ‘Artificially Intelligent Robots’ into an airport environment. For Josie’s first few weeks on the job, she’ll focus primarily on passengers that are transiting between the main terminal and the new satellite terminal. These first weeks will gauge her effectiveness and will give LH and MUC a chance to gather feedback from the public that interacts with her.
According to LH, ‘Josie’ is not a simple computer that recognizes generic questions and replies with pre-formatted answers. In fact, she is a product of the IBM Watson platform and is capable of learning as she goes, and can interact with passengers far beyond answering basic questions. In fact, Josie is expected to get smarter and smarter the longer that she stays on duty in the Terminal.
Here’s a short video courtesy of Munich and Lufthansa that shows Josie in action……
I’d be curious to hear any feedback from anyone that asked her for help…….
Lufthansa has updated their summer timetable to reflect a wide variety of increased flights to a majority of their European destinations. This update suggests that LH is substantially increasing flights and capacity for the Summer of 2018 as compared to their 2017 timetable for the same period. The changes reflect service from Frankfurt and Munich.
Most of these changes take effect on March 25 unless other dates are indicated. These changes will be in effect until updates are made for the 2018/19 Winter timetable that we’ll see published sometime later this summer.
Frankfurt – Alicante effective between July 17 and August 1 will increase from 3x/week to 5x/week.
Frankfurt – Athens increases from 3x/day to 4x/day
Frankfurt – Budapest Increases from 5x/day to 6x/day
Frankfurt – Bordeaux Increases from 2x/week to 7x/week
Frankfurt – Bydgoszcz Increases from 6x/week to 7x/week
Frankfurt – Dubrovnik beginning April 29 will increase from 4x/week to 5x/week
Frankfurt – Gdansk Increases from 14x/week to 18x/week
Frankfurt – Kiev Increases from 2x/day to 3x/day
Frankfurt – Krakow Increases from 4x/day to 5x/day
Frankfurt – Madrid Increases from 28x/week to 31x/week
Frankfurt – Marseille Increases from 2x/day to 3x/day
Frankfurt – Milan Malpensa increases from 5x/day to 6x/day (WEEKDAYS ONLY)
Frankfurt – Naples Increases from 18x/week to 20x/week
Frankfurt – Olbia between July 30 and August 24 will increase from 4x/week to 7x/week.
Frankfurt – Palma Mallorca Increases from 14x/week to 19x/week
Frankfurt – Pula beginning April 27 will increase from 2x/week to 3x/week
Frankfurt – Reykjavik effective between May 25 and September 12 will increase from 6x/week to 7x/week.
Frankfurt – Rome Increases from 6x/day to 7x/day
Frankfurt – Sofia Increases from 2x/day to 3x/day
Frankfurt – Split effective between July 31 and August 23 will increase from 5x/week to 7x/week
Frankfurt – Toulouse Increases from 3x/day to 4x/day
Frankfurt – Valencia Increases from 2x/day to 3x/day (WEEKDAYS ONLY)
Munich – Ancona beginning April 16 will increase from 2x/day to 3x/day
Munich – Athens Increases from 23x/week to 25x/week
Munich – Barcelona Increases from 5x/day to 6x/day
Munich – Bilbao Increases from 3x/day to 4x/day Munich – Catania Increases from 7x/week to 8x/week
Munich – Cagliari effective between June 29 and July 27 will increase from 4x/week to 5x/week
Munich – Corfu effective between July 14 and September 8 will increase from 1x/week to 2x/week
Munich – Debrecen Increases from 3x/week to 5x/week
Munich – Dublin Increases from 13/x week to 14x/week
Munich – Dubrovnik beginning May 6 will increase from 7x/week to 8x/week
Munich – Gdansk Increases from 3x/day to 4x/day
Munich – Genoa Increases from 2x/day to 3x/day
Munich – Glasgow Increase from 4x/week to 5x/week
Munich – Helsinki Increases from 3x/week to 4x/week
Munich – Ibiza effective between July 16 and September 3 will increase from 4x/week to 5x/week
Munich – Larnaca effective between July 17 and August 21 will increase from 5x/week to 7x/week
Munich – Lisbon Increases from 14x/week to 20x/week
Munich – Lyon Increases from 26x/week to 28x/week
Munich – Malaga Increases from 5x/week to 7x/week, then beginning on April 7 increases to 9x/week
Munich – Nice Increases from 27x/week to 28x/week
Munich – Palermo Increases from 6x/week to 7x/week
Munich – Palma Mallorca Increases from 14x/week to 16x/week
Munich – Pisa Increases from 10x/week to 14x/week
Munich – Pula effective between May 19 and October 7 will increase from 1x/week to 2x/week
Munich – Rzeszow beginning May 7 increases from 7x/week to 11x/week
Munich – Santiago de Compostela Increases from 1x/week to 2x/week
Munich – Sibiu Increases from 19x/week to 21x/week
Munich – Split beginning May 5 increases from 7/week to 8x/week
Munich – Valencia Increases from 4x/week to 7x/week
Munich – Zadar effective between May 19 and October 6 will increase from 2x/week to 3x/week
Lufthansa announced that it has begun what it refers to as expedited security screening for certain flights that depart from Munich at certain times of the day.
Specifically, the new program called ‘Smart Depart’ creates an expedited security process for flights departing Munich for Berlin, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, and Frankfurt during peak travel times. The nature of this program allows the gates for these flights to be located closer to the security check points in Munich’s Terminal 2 and dedicated check points will only process passengers flying to the cities listed above.
The program will be available on weekdays only, between 6a and 8:30a, and between 4p and 6:30p.
To locate these special checkpoints, look for the ‘Smart Depart Fast Lane’ signage when approaching security.