Category Archives: Lufthansa

Lufthansa Group leases further Airbus A350-900 long-haul aircraft

The Lufthansa Group is accelerating the modernization of its long-haul fleet. The Group signed leases for four state-of-the-art and fuel-efficient Airbus A350-900 aircraft with the lessors Avolon, SMBC Aviation Capital Ltd. and Goshawk. As a result, the Group’s A350 fleet will grow to 21 aircraft at the beginning of 2022.

The Airbus’ A350-900 are scheduled to enter service with Lufthansa’s core brand from the first half of 2022, strengthening the five-star airline’s premium offering.

The twin-engine Airbus A350-900 aircraft consume only around 2.5 liters of kerosene per passenger per 100 kilometers flown. That is around 30 percent less than their predecessors, with a correspondingly positive impact on the carbon footprint. The aircraft will primarily replace four-engine long-haul aircraft from the Airbus A340 family. By the middle of the decade, the proportion of four-engine aircraft in the long-haul fleet as a whole is expected to fall to below 15 percent. Before the crisis, the share was around 50 percent.

Furthermore, the new, fuel-efficient aircraft will reduce operating costs by around 15 percent compared with the types they will replace.

As part of its comprehensive, long-term fleet modernization program, the Lufthansa Group will take delivery of a total of further 177 short-, medium- and long-haul aircraft this decade.

Lufthansa offers additional flights to sunny destinations for fall holidays

Lufthansa has made this announcement:

A high demand for flights to leisure destinations continues into the upcoming autumn holidays. After August, October shows the highest increase in bookings to sunny, European destinations. As a result, Lufthansa is expanding its flight program to popular sunny destinations even further.

The most important European vacation destinations will now be served with more than 80 additional flights from Frankfurt Rhein-Main Airport and over 50 additional flights from Munich.

Cathedral La Seu, Parc de Mar, Palma de Mallorca, Majorca, Balearic Islands, Spain

Lufthansa destinations in Spain are particularly in high demand. Therefore, the airline is now offering additional flights to Palma de Mallorca (above), Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Malaga and Seville. Portugal, Italy and Greece also remain particularly popular. Lufthansa is therefore offering additional flights to Faro and Madeira (both Portugal), as well as to Cagliari in Sardinia, Catania in Sicily, and Rhodes (Greece) during the fall vacation time period.

More extra connections within Germany

In addition, demand for air travel continues to grow strongly for business travel. Lufthansa will therefore continue to expand its domestic flight offer on routes that are particularly important for business travelers. Over the last few weeks, the airline had already expanded its services for October by 45 percent on routes from Frankfurt to Berlin, Hamburg, Munich and from Munich to Berlin, Hamburg and Düsseldorf, compared to July.

Now, additional connections are being offered at short notice. This means, among other things, starting in October there will be up to eleven daily connections from Frankfurt to Berlin instead of nine daily connections. Furthemore, there will be ten daily flights from Frankfurt to Hamburg instead of eight daily connections. The situation is similar for Munich: Instead of six daily connections, the flight schedule from “MUC” will include up to nine daily connections to Düsseldorf starting in October.

After 20 months, EU travelers can again fly to the U.S. starting in November

Lufthansa has made this announcement:

U.S. authorities have ended the 20-month travel ban for passengers from the European Schengen area as well as from the United Kingdom, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil (effective since March 2020). The new guidelines will allow travellers to the U.S. who are fully vaccinated with WHO-certified vaccines and present a negative Corona test no older than three days to enter the country without restrictions starting in November 2021.

Carsten Spohr, CEO Deutsche Lufthansa AG said:

“The removal of travel restrictions to the USA is not only a major step out of the crisis for our airlines but also terrific news for the transatlantic partnership. As of November, families and friends will finally be able to see each other again, and business partners will be able to reestablish and deepen relationships in person. Together with the decided capital increase for the early repayment of the state stabilization funding, there have been two major course-setting events within 24 hours on our way out of the crisis and for the sustainable success of Lufthansa.”

Shortly after the U.S. administration announcement, bookings increased by 40 percent over the previous week. This is because the Lufthansa Group Airlines are optimally prepared for the reopening. They have continuously expanded their schedule between Europe and the U.S. in recent months to currently more than 200 weekly flights to 17 U.S. destinations. These flights can be already be booked now. From November, travelers will have a full range of flights at their disposal that can easily be expanded as the situation demands.

In other news, Lufthansa is keeping up the tradition of flying in traditional costumes – even if the actual Munich Oktoberfest cannot take place this year. As a tribute to the world-famous folk festival, nine flight attendants will take off from Munich to Charlotte/USA with the Airbus A350 on September 22, followed by Denver on October 3. At the same time, Lufthansa is celebrating a special anniversary: The first flight from Frankfurt to Denver took place 20 years ago, followed by Munich-Denver five years ago.

This year, the Trachtencrew will also be traveling within Europe more frequently than in previous years: already yesterday  on September 15, it flew from Munich to Málaga and on September 18, the original start of the Munich Wiesn, it will fly to to Funchal.  Lufthansa CityLine’s Trachtencrew takes off for about 40 flights in Germany and Europe. From September 20 to October 3, they will fly to Copenhagen, Dublin, Alicante and Sofia, among other destinations, as well as to Münster/Osnabrück, Bremen, Paderborn and Dresden.

As in previous years, the Lufthansa crews’ traditional costumes were designed by Munich-based costume specialist Angermaier. The flight attendants’ Wiesn dirndl is dark blue with a silver-grey apron, while the men wear short leather trousers with a dark blue vest in the same fabric as the dirndl.

For years, it has also been a tradition for Lufthansa’s passenger service staff in Terminal 2 to greet passengers in dirndl and traditional costume during the Wiesn season.

Bavarian delights on board and in the Lufthansa lounges

Since September 15, special Munich delicacies have been served on board Business Class on European routes as part of Tasting Heimat: Depending on the duration of the flight, a snack with an Obatzter cream and grilled peppers to a hot dish, a lightly smoked pork tenderloin or fried bread dumplings with a mushroom ragout. Always included: a special traditional bread to go with the dish.

Lufthansa’s Munich lounges also continue the tradition of previous years. In the Senator and Business Lounges, passengers can choose between typical Bavarian dishes such as Hendlhaxn with Sauerkraut or Bavarian potato salad. In the festively decorated First Class Lounge, a small Wiesn menu is even created.

Long tradition

The tradition of Trachten flights at Lufthansa is as long as it is successful. The first flights in traditional costume took place as early as 1957, and even then they delighted Lufthansa passengers worldwide. The idea was taken up again in 2006, when the first flight went to New York. Since then, Lufthansa Trachtencrews have flown to 25 international destinations, from China to Japan, India and the USA. Destinations throughout Europe have also been added.

Lufthansa brings the last Boeing 747 out of storage at Twente Airport

Twente Airport made this announcement on social media:

Lufthansa Group and Travelport sign a new distribution agreement

The Lufthansa Group airlines, one of the worlds’ leading airline groups and industry pioneer in the area of New Distribution Capability (NDC), and Travelport, worldwide leader in travel retail, today announced a new distribution agreement that enables modern airline retailing as well as technology innovation. Under the agreement, which covers the carriers Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Air Dolomiti, Travelport will distribute Lufthansa Group airlines’ NDC content through the next-generation content distribution and travel retailing platform, Travelport+. This agreement builds on the ongoing distribution of Lufthansa Group airlines’ content through traditional EDIFACT channels.

Both companies are already in the process of implementing the end-to-end NDC functionality. The launch, expected in the first half of 2022, also lays the foundation for a diversified NDC program giving Travelport-connected travel agencies the ability to access Lufthansa Group airlines’ content through Travelport+ by signing up to one of the two available commercial NDC models, the NDC Public model or NDC Bilateral model.

Lufthansa resumes the Munich – San Francisco route

Lufthansa on September 7 resumed services on the Munich – San Francisco route, three days a week.

Lufthansa announces Toronto as the first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner destination

 

Lufthansa has announced the first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner from Frankfurt will be Toronto (Pearson).

Lufthansa improves travel experience with innovative cabin

Lufthansa passengers can now enjoy a whole new flying experience on short and medium-haul routes. Thanks to a new innovative cabin, the airline is noticeably improving travel comfort. Tomorrow, the first Airbus A321neo with the modern Airspace Cabin will take off from Frankfurt for Fuerteventura.

In addition to Lufthansa, the new cabin will also be used by Swiss, Brussels Airlines and Eurowings in new aircraft of the Airbus A320 family. And it has a lot to offer: The huge new overhead bins have a forty percent larger volume and can even hold sixty percent more suitcases, as they can be stowed vertically in the bins.

The cabin design and the entrance area have been extensively redesigned and now appear brighter and friendlier. So-called Human Centric Lighting, a specially programmed, flexible lighting system, illuminates the cabin in warm red light, graduated intermediate tones to colder blue light. Depending on the time of day or night, the light in the aircraft cabin is thus geared to the passengers’ biorhythms. Seating comfort has also been improved: the side walls of the Airspace Cabin will in future offer passengers more space in the shoulder area. In addition, the modern washrooms are even more usable for people with limited mobility.