The airline company Lufthansa deploy a Airbus A380 between Munich And new Yorkthe second American destination to welcome its superjumbo after Boston to “meet the high demand”.
After Boston-Logan at the beginning of June, the German national company replaced July 4, 2023 between its base of Munich-Frantz Josef Strauss and the airport of New York-JFK the usual A340-600 by a A380 configured to accommodate 8 passengers in First Class, 78 in Business Class, 52 in Premium and 371 Economy seats (509 seats, about 80% more). This is the registered superjumbo D-AIMK (the first to come out of long-term storage) which operated the daily flight yesterday taking off from Bavaria at 12:05 p.m. to arrive at 3:00 p.m., and leaving the United States at 5:30 p.m. to land this Wednesday morning at 7:30 a.m.
Lufthansa has no direct competition on this route operated in addition to that to Newark Libertyits joint venture partner and in Star Alliance United Airlines also serving Munich from Newark.
The airline “thus significantly expands its premium offer at its southern hub, in particular with additional seats in business class and first class”. Due to the significant increase in demand for air tickets and the delayed delivery of ordered aircraft, Lufthansa had decided in 2022 to reactivate the Airbus A380, “particularly appreciated by passengers and crew. By the end of 2023, a total of four A380s will again be deployed from Munich,” said a press release from the German company in the spring.
Next October, Boston and New York should be replaced by Los Angeles (October 5 to March 30, 2024) and bangkok (October 28 to March 30, 2024) as Lufthansa A380 destinations
Remember that the airline had decided to permanently abandon its A380s in March 2021, in the midst of Covid-19 pandemicbefore changing its mind in response “to the sharp increase in customer demand and the delay in delivery of the aircraft ordered” (in this case the Boeing 777X). Having sold six of the fourteen superjumbos in its original fleet to Airbus, Lufthansa confirmed during the presentation of the 2022 results that it will operate in addition to the four from Munich “two other aircraft by 2024, and will have two others which will also be able to be reactivated later if necessary.
The airline has also just ordered 22 additional jumbo jets, including ten A350-1000 (a new type in its fleet), five A350-900 (21 in service out of 55 now expected) and seven 787-9 Dreamliner (5 in service out of the now 39 expected). And she also confirmed the upcoming departure of the Airbus A340 and Boeing 777-200, 767-300 and 747-400.
Pünktlich um 12:10 startete heute am 04. Juli die Lufthansa A380 mit Flugnummer LH410 von @MUC_Airport in Richtung New York, passend zum amerikanischen Nationalfeiertag. Die Strecke MUC-JFK is ab heute täglich bedient. pic.twitter.com/JpTgGTjCiz
— Lufthansa News (@lufthansaNews) July 4, 2023