To bring the successful German Olympic Team home in style, Lufthansa has dispatched their 747-8i (D-ABYA) to Seoul. Lufthansa flight LH713 scheduled for February 26 will fly the team home and at the same time bring the new look of Lufthansa to Seoul for the first time. If you recall, D-ABYA is the one of the first LH aircraft to sport the new livery design.
Normally, passengers and spotters in Seoul see the 747-400 during this time of year so the regardless of the paint on the plane, seeing the 748 in ‘ICN’ will be a treat for those of us who enjoy this kind of thing!
If you happen to be at the games or at least in Seoul and want to get a glimpse of the bird, the flight is scheduled to depart Seoul (ICN) at 1:05p and is scheduled to arrive in Frankfurt at 4:45p. If you want to catch her arriving in Seoul earlier on Monday, she’s due to land at 8:50a.
Lufthansa Schedule Management updated the timetable for service between Munich and Seoul to reflect the A350 flying the route on certain days in February and March. These flights are normally operated by the Airbus A340 so it’s interesting that they reduced capacity between MUC and ICN during the Olympics on certain flights.
In February, the A350 is scheduled to fly from Munich to Seoul on:
February 1, February 4, February 5, February 8, February 15, February 19, and February 22.
In March, the A350 will fly between Munich and Seoul on:
March 5, March 8, March 12, March 15, March 19, and March 22.
This latest update comes after Lufthansa had previously assigned the A350 to Seoul for this coming February, only to cancel plans back in May 2017. Apparently they changed their minds and decided to bring the A350 to Seoul at least for a handful of flights.
In today’s timetable update email that I woke up to, it appears that Lufthansa will not be sending the A350 to Seoul for a special appearance after all.
A few days ago, LH updated their timetable showing that their A350 would debut in Seoul at the beginning of the Olympics and then again at the end. It was to fly to Seoul on February 4 and then once more on February 25.
Looking at the schedule it now appears that LH has reverted back to having the A346 fly the route on those days.
I’m not sure why this whipsaw in flight planning took place, but it is what it is. I can only venture a guess that LH has plans to send the A350 to Seoul, but it will be done as a separate one-off flight perhaps dedicated only to athletes traveling to and from the Olympics while regular passengers will fly the normal scheduled flights.
Lufthansa has updated their Winter timetable for 2018 to reflect that the A350’s next destination will be Seoul, South Korea.
But before you get too excited, it appears (based on AirlineRoute.net) that it will only fly from Munich to Seoul twice. Once on February 4, and then again on February 25, returning to MUC on February 5 and 26.
This schedule is not an accident, but reflects the beginning and ending of the Winter Olympics that will be hosted by South Korea next year. No doubt that LH will use the A350 to bring German Olympians and their fans to the event and then take them home afterwards.
The flights will operate as LH718 departing MUC at 4:10p, and the return flight will operate as LH719 departing Seoul the next day at 12:30p.
Lufthansa has announced an additional delay to the deployment of the A380 to Seoul, South Korea and the 747-8i to Boston.
In the latest update, it now appears that the A380 will begin to fly between Frankfurt and Seoul on May 14. The 747-8i is now set to appear on May 15 for flights between Frankfurt and Boston (LH422/LH423).
Tentatively, there is also a one time 747-8i flight between Frankfurt and Boston on May 8 (LH422/423).