As of June 1, Lufthansa is set to resume its regular flight operations to Boston and New York with the popular Airbus A380. The resumption of the two US rate services comes after a three-year interruption.
Daily flights from Munich to Boston will be operated by LH424. The service resumption by the German carrier comes just in time for Independence Day, the U.S. national holiday.
An Airbus A380 with the flight number LH410 will also depart Munich daily for New York to John F. Kennedy International Airport starting from July 4, 2023.
The airline is also noticeably expanding its premium offering at its southern hub, especially with additional seats in Business and First Class.
A380 increased capacity
With 509 seats, the A380 has around 80 percent more capacity than the Airbus A340-600 currently flying on the Munich-New York (JFK) route.
In total, the A380 offers four classes of travel: 8 seats in First Class, 78 seats in Business Class, 52 seats in Premium Eco and 371 seats in Economy Class.
Flights on the largest aircraft in the Lufthansa fleet can be booked from today March 23, 2023.
Reactivation of the A380
The carrier had temporarily grounded its entire A380 fleet in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and reduced demand for air travel.
The first of Lufthansa’s A380s was flown to Teruel, Spain for long-term storage in May 2020, followed by several more over the course of the following months.
As of September 2021, Lufthansa had effectively stored all 14 of its A380s in Teruel. The airline had previously stated that it would evaluate opportunities to use the aircraft for charter flights or other purposes.
Due to the significant increase in demand for airline tickets and notably the delayed delivery of ordered aircraft, Lufthansa had decided in 2022 to reactivate the Airbus A380, which is particularly popular with passengers and crews.
As it currently stands, by the end of 2023, a total of four A380 aircraft will once again be deployed from Munich.
Recent long-haul acquisition
Earlier this month, the Lufthansa Group placed a bulk order for 22 new next generation long haul aircraft. The order, which includes a mix of Airbus and Boeing aircraft, comprises 10 Airbus A350-1000 and 5 Airbus A350-900 aircraft.
On the Boeing side, 7 Boeing 787-9 ‘Dreamliner’ widebody aircraft were included in the bulk purchase.
Speaking on the acquisition at the beginning of March, Carsten Spohr, Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, had said:
“With our purchase of 22 further Airbus A350s and Boeing 787s, we have secured the delivery of more than 50 latest-generation long-haul aircraft for the member airlines of the Lufthansa Group since the pandemic began.”
“These aircraft will be equipped with our new long-haul cabins, including the latest-generation seats in all classes of travel.”