Earlier today, the Supervisory Board for Lufthansa Group approved a 2.1 billion Euro proposal to add 16 new aircraft to the group’s fleet.
Specifically, SWISS will be adding 2 777-300ER aircraft in the first half of 2020 (and hopefully use them to replace the woeful antique currently flying between ZRH & JNB but I digress). Lufthansa Cargo will receive 2 777 Freighters that will be used to retire 2 of their MD11 workhorses.
In addition to the long haul addition, the board also signed off on the purchase of 12 A320 aircraft. This includes the conversion of 6 optioned aircraft into firm orders that will be delivered in 2022. According to the press release 6 of these may be A320CEO (Current Engine Option) due to delivery delays with the A320NEO (New Engine Option).
Lufthansa Group has launched a quickie of a Business Class Fare Sale for travel to the USA that originates from, and ends in Italy.
The fares are outstanding and include places like Miami, San Diego, Dallas from about €1500 Round Trip. Even Hawaii can be reached for only €2000!
The sale covers most of LH Group’s North American gateways but availability may be somewhat limited and restricted to certain days. Your best bet would be to look for midweek dates as they tend to have more of these low fares available.
The sale started today, and I’m not sure how long it will last.
It covers travel between July 1 and August 31, 2018, November 23 to November 30, 2018, and December 21, 2018 to January 9, 2019. So spending Thanksgiving or Christmas in the USA is ‘farely’ easy!
The fares apply to LH Group Carriers Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian, and Brussels but also extends to other North American Star Alliance partners United and Air Canada. After all you’ll need United or Air Canada if you want to reach Hawaii!
Lufthansa has announced that it has changed its approach to First Class upgrades for members of Miles & More.
Beginning April 3, 2018, all revenue based Lufthansa Business Class fare classes will be eligible for upgrade to First Class. Until this announcement, Miles & More members could only upgrade using their E-Vouchers if they flew certain Business Class fare classes. For example, purchasing a ‘P’ fare (deep discount fare) ticket would not allow you to upgrade to First. That is now no longer the case. Any Business Class ticket that you PAY for is eligible for upgrade. Award tickets obviously remain un-upgradeable!
Lufthansa made this switch to align with the policy in place with SWISS who has always allowed any Business Class seat to be upgradeable to First Class using e-vouchers. It’s a smart move for LH to make the upgrade policy consistent between the 2 Lufthansa Group carriers that offer First Class cabins.
Speaking from personal experience, the previous policy impacted my decision making a great deal. It was the old upgrade policy that had me choose to fly with SWISS more often than Lufthansa when I had e-vouchers to use for upgrades.
Now LH group passengers have a level playing field when it comes to choosing which of the 2 carriers to fly if they are looking to redeem upgrades to First Class.
Lufthansa, SWISS, and Austrian have posted a sensational Business Class fare sale for travel that originates from either Europe or North America!
The sale is scheduled to last until March 28 and covers travel between June 22 and August 11, 2018.
Some examples of the sale:
- Frankfurt – New York for $2064
- Prague – Washington DC for $2100
- Munich – Los Angeles for $2600
In fact, most Business Class fares to the USA, Canada, Latin America, Europe, and Mexico are ranging between $2000 and $3000, making this a fantastic opportunity for summer travel.
What’s especially nice about this fare sale is that it covers travel in both directions. Usually a fare sale is targeted towards departures from Europe OR North America. Though prices from North America are about $100-$300 more than prices for travel that starts in Europe.
The fares are also available for United and Air Canada operated flights, but why go there especially if United may kill your dog…..
Swiss has announced the long-awaited opening of their new First Class Lounge at Zurich Airport. The new lounge is located in Terminal A and promises to deliver as great an experience as their fantastic First Class Lounge in Terminal E.
The lounge officially opens on Monday, and will boast 7,000 square feet of space for First Class and HON Circle passengers.
The lounge will feature it’s own Security Checkpoint and will allow for First Class passengers arriving in Zurich to be driven directly to the lounge vs. having to navigate the terminal on foot. Passengers can also be driven to their long haul flights that usually depart from Terminal E. Last year I was driven from Terminal E to my flight to JNB leaving from B, and it was much, much nicer than having to take the tram from E to B.
The lounge will also feature other wonderful amenities such as:
- Barista Station
- A La Carte Dining Room as well as a visible cooking station where you can see your food being prepared.
- Winter Coat Storage for passengers departing ZRH for warmer destinations (LX will hang on to your coat until you return).
- Relaxation Room w/ loungers.
- Smoker’s Lounge with its own dedicated Whiskey Bar
- Business Zone
- Conference Room
- Shower Rooms
The following photos (courtesy of SWISS), provide a hint at what awaits passengers next week:
General Seating Area
A VERY well stocked bar….
The Dining Room
For those of you that have visited the First Class Lounge in ‘E’, this one will look very familiar. According to SWISS, then new lounge in ‘A’ was heavily inspired by the Terminal E version.