Thursday, March 30, 2017

Lufthansa will deploy Airbus 380 jet airliners on its Bangkok-Frankfurt route in October

March 22--Lufthansa will deploy Airbus 380 jet airliners on its Bangkok-Frankfurt route in October to replace the existing Boeing 747-400 jumbo jets.
Dirk Grossmann, Lufthansa's general manager for Thailand and the Mekong region, said the aircraft change mirrors an anticipated increase in travel demand on the route.
It also reflects that Thailand is one of the most important growth markets in Lufthansa Group's network, he said.
The change will raise Lufthansa's daily capacity on the route by more than 35% during the winter flight timetable set for the A380 deployment, which runs from October this year to March 2018.
With the A380, Lufthansa will debut a first-class cabin on its Bangkok-Frankfurt service, which is not available on the existing aircraft type.
Lufhansa's A380 was configured with 509 seats in four cabin classes: eight in first class, 78 in business, 52 in premium economy and 371 in economy.
The B747-400 Lufthansa operated on the route has 371 seats, 67 in business, 32 in premium economy and 272 in economy.
Lufthansa will join a small group of international airlines that operate superjumbos through Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport, comprising Emirates, Qatar Airways and Thai Airways International.
Mr Grossmann said the A380 will make Lufthansa's Bangkok-Frankfurt flights more appealing to customers.
Its first-class cabin, which received five-stars from the UK aviation research company Skytrax, also features air humidification, the first of its kind on a commercial aircraft, which can raise the humidity level by up to 25% to increase customer well-being.
Lufthansa said it is not retiring its fleet of the B747-400s, of which it has 13 in active service, but will rather switch them to other routes. The airline has 14 A380s in its fleet, which consists of 275 aircraft, reported airfleets.net.
Lufthansa Group Airlines -- Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Airlines and Eurowings -- offer 24 weekly flights from Thailand to Europe.
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