With the introduction of its 2015 summer schedule, Lufthansa will serve New York JFK with its two largest aircraft types for the first time.
Its summer schedule will see Lufthansa reinstate its night flight, LH 405, which departs New York JFK (IATA code JFK) at 9:55 p.m. and arrive at Frankfurt Airport (FRA) at 11:35 a.m. the following morning, local time.
Lufthansa will operate its LH405 service with Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental widebodies.
The airline’s afternoon flight, LH 401, will remain scheduled for its usual slot, but Lufthansa will operate the service with Airbus A380 superjumbos for the first time, replacing the Boeing 747-400s it has used for the flight until now.
Flight LH401 will leave JFK at 3:55 p.m. and land at FRA at 5:30 a.m. the following morning, local time.
Lufthansa’s aircraft choices for its summer 2015 schedule between Frankfurt and New York JFK will mean that New York area residents will be able to experience Lufthansa’s newest onboard-service products, including its new Premium Economy Class and new Business Class cabins.
The airline has also recently updated the First Class cabins in its Airbus A380s.
Lufthansa first launched service to and from New York in June 1955, even before New York John F. Kennedy International Airport was given its current name in 1963.
Before that it was known as Idlewild Airport.
One of the world’s largest airlines, Lufthansa currently flies to 207 destinations in 76 countries, with Lufthansa German Airlines hubs at Frankfurt Airport and Munich Airport.
Upon Lufthansa Group’s acquisition of Austrian Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines and a stake in Brussels Airlines, the group added Vienna, Brussels, and Zurich airports as additional hubs and Lufthansa Group flew a total of 106 million passengers in 2014.
From its 21 North American gateways, Lufthansa (along with its Lufthansa Group siblings and its Star Alliance partners) serves more than 1,300 destinations worldwide.
Lufthansa has over 270 new aircraft on order, these new jets being valued at about $46 billion in list prices.
It is the largest European operator of the A380 and was also the launch customer for the new Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental.