Lufthansa will begin operating non-stop service between San Jose in California and Frankfurt on April 29.
Star Alliance member Lufthansa will operate five round-trips a week on the route, using Airbus A340-300s offering Business Class, Premium Economy and Economy seating.
This means it is likely the service will be operated by the Lufthansa lower-cost operation originally code-named ‘Jump’. Jump only operates three-class A340-300s and now is responsible for operating most or all of the A340-300s in Lufthansa’s fleet.
Lufthansa says it will sell round-trip Economy-class tickets from San Jose to Europe from approximately $977.
According to Lufthansa, its San Jose-Frankfurt service will be the first non-stop flight from the Silicon Valley area to Frankfurt, one of Europe’s major financial centers and one of its three largest international gateways.
Lufthansa’s schedule for its Frankfurt-San Jose service will see flight LH488 depart Frankfurt Airport (IATA code FRA) at 10:40 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from April 29, landing at San Jose’s Norman Y. Mineta International Airport (SJC) at 1:40 p.m. local time after covering a great-circle distance of 4,931 nautical miles (9,132 kilometers).
In the other direction, flight LH489 will leave SJC at 3:20 p.m. and reach FRA at 11:35 a.m. the following morning, local time.
Although U.S. and European periods of standard and daylight time are slightly different, there is usually a nine-hour time zone difference between California and Germany.
This means Lufthansa has scheduled the block time for the westbound Frankfurt-San Jose flight at 12 hours and the block time for the eastbound return flight at 11 hours 15 minutes.
According to Lufthansa, the schedules have been designed to provide the best possible connections at Lufthansa’s Frankfurt hub with other Lufthansa services to and from destinations in Germany, Europe, Asia (including India) and Africa.
Lufthansa says it will be the first European airline to offer non-stop service from San Jose, whose airport is increasingly developing into an international hub.
Since its terminal modernization was completed in 2010, the airport has seen new non-stop services launched to various destinations, including Tokyo and Beijing. British Airways has also announced it will serve San Jose from 2016, with Boeing 787s.
With a population of about 5.6 million, the Frankfurt Rhine-Main metropolitan region is one of Europe’s leading economic centers.
Although only fifth in size among German cities, Frankfurt is Germany’s financial center. The German Central Bank is located there, as is Germany’s largest stock exchange and the European Central Bank, which manages the Euro.