SWISS announced today that it will add 2 charter flights to help move more passengers to the World Cup in Russia this summer. These charters will fly to Rostov and Samara.
As far as Rostov is concerned, on June 17 LX8920 will depart Zurich at 8:15a and arrive in Rostov at 1:15p. The return charter is scheduled for June 18 as LX8921 and will depart Rostov at 5:15a, arriving in Zurich at 6:40a. The flights will be operated by an A320.
For Samara, LX8910 will depart Zurich on June 11 as flight LX8910 at 11:00a, arriving in Samara at 5:05p. The return flight will operate as LX8911 on June 29 departing Samara at 1:35p, arriving in Zurich at 4:05p. The flights will be operated by an A321.
With demand expecting to be through the roof, SWISS has announced that will deploy a Boeing 777 to fly to Moscow during the 2018 World Cup later this year.
Specifically, SWISS has announced that a 777 will make the roundtrip between Zurich and Moscow (DME) on June 15 and 16, and again on July 16 and 17.
On those days, the 777 flights will be LX1326 that departs Zurich at 12p, arriving in Moscow at 4:25p while LX 1327 will depart Moscow at 5:45p, arriving back in Zurich at 8:15p.
Booking is obviously open for these unique flights…….
Due to EXTREMELY popular demand, LUFTHANSA will keep the ‘Siegerflieger’ Fanhansa livery on their 747-8i (D-ABYI) through 2016 European Championships.
For those of you unfamiliar with this special livery, Lufthansa ‘re-labeled’ the 747-8i as ‘Fanhansa’ to celebrate the 2014 World Cup held in Brazil. ‘YI’ then flew around the world serving as bit of an ambassador for the German Football team. Once Germany cinched the 2014 World Cup, the aircraft had the additional ‘Siegerflieger’ livery added which translates to ‘Winners Plane’.
‘Fanhansa’ arriving in Frankfurt on May 24, 2014.
YI shown the day in Chicago before she would become the ‘Siegerflieger’
Due to the popular reception of this aircraft by passengers, football fans and avgeeks Lufthansa will keep the Siegerfliger livery going for another 2 years! I know some of you were hoping to fly on her so now you’ve been given a 2 year extension to track her down!
Fans will be able to enjoy the livery for another 2 years! Photo courtesy of Lufthansa.
Preface: I am not 100% certain if this contest is open to everyone in any country of if there are eligibility restrictions. The terms/conditions do not clearly spell out participation rules. So you might be able to enter, but you may not be eligible.
To celebrate the Swiss National Team’s participation in the World Cup that starts this week, SWISS is giving away a pair of Economy Tickets to a lucky winner for every match that the team plays. The tickets will be valid for travel anywhere on SWISS’ world-wide network.
To enter, all you have to do is visit THIS LINK and enter your guess as to how many goals the team will score against their opponents. You’ll have to go to the Contest Entry Site ahead of each match and make your guess for the game.
As I mentioned, this contest may not be open to everyone. It may only be offered for residents of Switzerland, but I have not seen that anywhere in the T/Cs. I was able to enter successfully, so perhaps it is open to all. Regardless, it will only take you a minute to enter so even if your entry is not eligible, you didn’t waste much of your time.
Over the next few weeks, lucky passengers flying on certain Lufthansa aircraft will be part of something that has not happened in over 60 years.
To celebrate Football’s World Cup in Brazil, Lufthansa will be removing the traditional Lufthansa logo found on the front part of the aircraft and replace it with a World Cup inspired “Fanhansa” logo.
The first aircraft to debut the livery will be an Airbus A321 on May 16 that will depart Munich as Flight 2066 and fly to Hamburg and London. In all, 8 aircraft will sport the new look including 1 A340-600, 2 747-8i, 1 A320, 2 747-400 and 3 A330 birds. Couldn’t imagine how big the logo would be on an A380! 🙂
What I do know is that the newest 747-8i (D-ABYO) has had the logo applied and will show it off when she starts flying in a few days. Something tells me I’ll be seeing one from the inside out sooner than later……
A Lufthansa Technician prepares one of the Fanhansa logos.
Over the coming weeks, Lufthansa, er, Fanhansa will be getting into the World Cup spirit with several promotions and celebrations that you’ll find at airports, online and on board.
The big promotion is the opportunity for those passengers who fly aboard a ‘Fanhansa’ jet to be entered to win a ticket on Lufthansa to Brazil.
I’ll share more info on LH’s World Cup celebration as I find out about them! Now back to my Plane Spotting in Zurich! 🙂