First CFM56-5C engine flies more than 100,000 flight hours on Lufthansa Airbus A340

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There’s every reason to celebrate at CFM International and Lufthansa Technik AG, with the first CFM56-5C engine having passed the 100,000 flight hour threshold. The engine drives the Airbus A340 and has reliably been in continuous use since 1993 at Lufthansa Passage.

The engine with the serial number ESN 740146 began its career on November 16, 1993 on one of the first aircraft of the then newly developed long-haul type, the Airbus A340. The engine was first used in position 3 (inside right) on the Lufthansa A340-200 D-AIBF (“Bravo Foxtrott”, MSN 006), an aircraft that was later sold in 2004. Today the engine flies in position 1 (outer left) on the A340-300 D-AIGS (“Golf Sierra”) and is thus used right around the globe.

The engine was fully overhauled four times at Lufthansa Technik over the course of its career. All components are thoroughly inspected as part of such an overhaul, repaired if necessary and reassembled following exhaustive tests. The finalized engine is then checked in the test facility. A further check takes place following installation on the aircraft in the noise protection hangar as part of a so-called engine run-up test. Only then does the engine return to flight operations. In comparison, a reliable car engine goes into retirement after some 10,000 operating hours.

“The outstanding reliability of the CFM56 is once again demonstrated by this number of flight hours,” says Bernhard Krueger-Sprengel, Head of Engine Services at Lufthansa Technik. “We are very proud of the close and trusting cooperation developed over the decades with CFM International.”

“We are very proud to be sharing this great milestone with Lufthansa,” said Jean-Paul Ebanga, president and CEO of CFM. “This airline has historically been known for the technical excellence of its fleet and its CFM56 engines continue to maintain world-class reliability.  We believe we build the most reliable engines in the air but we know that it is our customers that keep the flying.  On behalf of the entire CFM team, I extend our warmest congratulations to everyone at Lufthansa.”

Lufthansa Technik has been working closely together with CFM International since 1986. Then as now with a pioneering spirit to make the product as reliable as possible.

Source: Lufthansa Technik.

Iberia to offer new Premium Economy Class on 37 of its long-haul aircraft

Courtesy: Iberia.

Courtesy: Iberia.

Iberia unveiled today (October 20th, 2016) its new, extra-comfortable Premium Economy cabin, to be available on 37 of its long-haul aircraft, starting during the summer season of 2017.

The new cabin will be installed on eight Airbus A330-300s and 13 of the airline’s A340-600s, to be modified in the course of 2017 and 2018, and will come factory-equipped with it in the 16 new A350-900s to be delivered starting in 2018.

Seats in the new cabin will be 19” wide, and distance between rows will be extended to 37”. Seats will recline by an additional 40% over those on the economy cabin.

Customers flying in Premium Economy class will also enjoy the adjustable head and foot rests, noise-cancelling earphones, and an exclusive amenities kit.

Courtesy: Iberia.

Courtesy: Iberia.

They will have full access to the entertainment programme via 13-inch display screens, instead of the 9-inch screens in Economy class.

In addition, Premium Economy passengers will have priority in boarding and leaving the aircraft, an extra suitcase allowance, upgraded dining options, and other privileges.

Iberia’s Executive Chairman Luis Gallego explains that “Premium Economy is an initiative included in our Plan de Futuro aimed at increasing revenues. It will give Economy passengers an additional option for greater comfort and extra services on long flights.”

Iberia Chief Commercial Director Marco Sansavini, points out that “Iberia is the sole airline that will offer this intermediate seating class on direct flights between Spain and Latin America, which should strengthen our leadership of this market.” The first aircraft to be equipped with the new section will be used next summer on routes between Madrid and Buenos Aires, Bogota, Lima, and Chicago.

Source: Iberia.

 

Lufthansa flies from Frankfurt non-stop to Cape Town (South Africa) again in winter

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Good news for all South Africa fans: This winter Lufthansa will resume operations of the Frankfurt – Cape Town route in its flight schedule. From 2 December 2016, a Lufthansa aircraft will take off from Frankfurt and fly nonstop to the port city at the foot of Table Mountain every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The connection extends the Lufthansa Group’s hub-wide portfolio and optimally complements the formerly seasonal offer from Munich and Zurich with Edelweiss. After Johannesburg, Cape Town is one of the most important markets for Lufthansa in the southern part of Africa. With its Star Alliance partner South African Airways, the airline offers attractive combination options to other destinations in that region.

Cape Town will be served by an Airbus A340-300, which boasts over 279 seats in Business Class, Premium Economy and Economy Class. LH576 leaves Lufthansa’s Frankfurt hub at 22:10 and reaches Cape Town the following morning at 11:00. The return journey starts in Cape Town in the early evening at 18:30 and ends the following morning after about 12 hours at 05:30 at Frankfurt Airport. The departure and arrival times enable ideal connections to the entire Lufthansa route network.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Lufthansa: New First Class experience on all long-haul flights from Munich

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Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Lufthansa passengers can now experience the airline’s new First Class service on all long-haul flights from Munich. At the end of last week, the final Airbus A340-600 in the airline’s Munich-based long-haul fleet was retrofitted with the new First Class cabin. This winter, a total of 24 A340-600 and A330-300 aircraft will serve 22 intercontinental destinations from Munich. “Lufthansa has thus taken another major step towards its goal of becoming the first 5-star airline in the western hemisphere,” says Thomas Klühr, member of the Lufthansa German Airlines Board, Finances & Hub Munich.

Lufthansa’s new First Class and the corresponding range of services provided have received the highest recognition worldwide and been honoured with several international awards. In the Skytrax Star Ranking, the new travel class was awarded five stars – a synonym for outstanding quality, first-rate comfort and individual service. This summer, the retrofit of the new First and Business Class cabins on the remainder of the long-haul fleet will be completed. By the end of 2015, all Lufthansa long-range aircraft will feature the new Premium Economy cabin. Altogether 11,000 seats are being installed on 105 aircraft.

In the award-winning First Class cabin, passengers can look forward to individual service and a wide selection of top-quality food and drinks. Each of the eight First Class seats can be extended to create a lie-flat bed measuring 2.07 metres in length and 80 cm in width, enabling passengers to enjoy a deep, relaxing sleep. The new Business Class seat offers exceptional comfort, whether in an upright or a reclining position. At the press of a button, the seat converts into a comfortable bed with a horizontal sleeping surface measuring 1.98 metres in length. In Business Class, passengers can select what they want to watch from the expanded inflight entertainment programme and view it on their personal 15-inch monitor. The new Premium Economy Class offers 50 per cent more space plus an enhanced service, and passengers can also check in two items of baggage. In the course of this year, Lufthansa will offer its Business Class passengers a new, more personalized, restaurant-style service.

Editor’s Note:

With the end of the retrofit project of the Airbus A330 and A340 passengers will now have the certain of having the latest First Class in their flight. The new First of Lufthansa has several improvements to make the flight more comfortable and relaxing.

Lufthansa is on track to become the first 5-star airline in the western hemisphere.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Lufthansa vai voar para o Panamá pela primeira vez

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A Lufthansa está expandindo ainda mais a malha aérea na América do Sul. A partir de 16 de novembro, a companhia vai oferecer um ano de voos diretos para a Cidade do Panamá pela primeira vez. A solicitação ainda depende de aprovação governamental.

Um Airbus A340-300 vai ligar cinco vezes por semana a Europa à metrópole econômica da América Central, a Cidade do Panamá. O voo LH484 vai decolar do hub da Lufthansa em Frankfurt pela manhã, às 10h15, e vai chegar ao Panamá às 16h40 (hora local), depois de um voo de 12 horas e 25 minutos. O voo de retorno, LH 485, vai partir da Cidade do Panamá no começo da noite e, como um voo noturno, vai pousar no Aeroporto de Frankfurt na manhã do dia seguinte. A bordo os passageiros podem esperar o elevado nível de conforto. Com um total de 298 assentos, a Lufthansa vai oferecer Business Class, Premium Economy e Economy Class, com o que há de mais novo em termos de design em todas as classes: os assentos da Business Class podem ser transformados em cama com 1,98 metros ao toque de um botão. Na nova Premium Economy, o espaço para as pernas aumentou assim como a distância entre as poltronas. Com o sistema de entretenimento a bordo, há uma ampla oferece de diversão para os passageiros em todas as classes. Assim como a internet banda larga, Flynet.

Lufthansa está também expandindo a parceria com a companhia aérea panamenha Copa. Para os passageiros da Lufthansa no futuro vai ser fácil chegar aos 50 destinos nas Américas Central e Sul e no Caribe com a companhia aérea parceira. Os mais importantes destinos turísticos na malha aérea da Copa Airlines incluem aeroportos no Peru, Equador, Costa Rica, Nicarágua e Guatemala. Os horários de voo da Lufthansa são coordenados para que as conexões com a Copa se tornem confortáveis no aeroporto de Tocumen, o chamado Hub das Américas da Copa Airlines.

Panamá está situado entre a Costa Rica e a Colômbia e vem registrando um crescimento econômico forte nos últimos anos. Além do famoso Canal do Panamá, o país tem um importante setor bancário, uma localização geográfica favorável e uma boa infraestrutura, oferecendo assim razões para uma viagem de negócios para este país da América Central. Praias intocadas e um grande número de parques nacionais com florestas tropicais, manguezais e uma mundo submanrino que promete aos visitantes uma experiência inesquecível.

Nota do Editor:

Hoje a Lufthansa opera para a América do Sul (Buenos Aires e São Paulo) dois voos com a aeronave mais moderna do mundo, o Boeing 747-8I. No final de março vai operar um terceiro voo com a substituição de aeronaves na rota para o Rio de Janeiro. Junto com a introdução do voo para Cidade do Panamá, a Lufthansa vai continuar a crescer a sua presença na América Latina e continuará demonstrando sua liderança em voos entre a Europa e América Latina.

Fonte: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Lufthansa to fly to Panama for the first time

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Lufthansa is further expanding its route network to South America. From 16 November 2015, the airline will offer year-round flights to Panama City for the first time, subject to government approval.

An Airbus A340-300 aircraft will fly five times a week between Frankfurt and the economic metropolis in Central America. Flight LH 484 will take off from Lufthansa’s Frankfurt hub in the morning at 10.15 a.m. and arrive in Panama in the afternoon at 4.40 p.m. (local time) after a flight time of 12 hours and 25 minutes. The return flight LH 485 will depart from Panama City in the early evening as a night flight and land at Frankfurt Airport the following morning. On board, passengers can expect to find Lufthansa’s usual high level of comfort. A total of 298 seats will be available in Business, Premium Economy and Economy Class, featuring the latest cabin design in all classes: seats in the new Business Class can be converted at the touch of a button into a comfortable horizontal bed measuring 1.98 metres in length. In the new Premium Economy Class, increased legroom and a greater seat pitch await passengers. With the individual in-flight entertainment system, there is a wide range of entertainment on offer for passengers in all travel classes, as well as FlyNet, the wireless broadband internet.

Lufthansa is also expanding its partnership with the Panamanian airline Copa. Lufthansa passengers will in future be able to easily reach a further 50 destinations in Central and South America and the Caribbean with the partner airline. The most important travel destinations in Copa’s network include airports in Peru, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Guatemala. The times of the Lufthansa services are coordinated with Copa’s connecting flights in such a way that passengers can transfer comfortably at Tocumen Airport, Copa’s “Hub of the Americas”.

Panama is located between Costa Rica and Columbia and has recorded increasingly strong economic growth in recent years. Besides the famous Panama Canal, it has an important banking sector, a favourable geographic location and good infrastructure, providing reasons for a business trip to the Central American country. Untouched beaches and a large number of national parks with their rainforests, mangroves and unique subaquatic world also promise leisure travellers an unforgettable trip.

Editor’s Note:

Today Lufthansa operates to the South America (Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo) two flights with the most modern aircraft of the world, the Boeing 747-8I and in late March will operate a third flight with the replacement of aircraft on the route to Rio de Janeiro. Together with the introduction of Panama City’s flight, Lufthansa will continue to grow its presence in Latin America and will continue demonstrating its leadership in flights between Europe and Latin America.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Até maio de ano que vem, todas as rotas da Lufthansa no Brasil estarão equipadas com a Premium Economy

Cortesia: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Cortesia: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Até maio de 2015 todos os voos da Lufthansa que partem do Brasil para a Europa estarão equipados com quatro classes de serviços para os passageiros: First Class, Business Class, Economy Class e a novíssima Premium Economy, uma nova classe situada entre a econômica e a executiva.  Desde o fim de novembro, os passageiros que embarcam em São Paulo para Frankfurt já desfrutam da novidade a bordo do Boeing 747-8.

Em 29 de março, quando o Boeing 747-8 for introduzido na rota Rio de Janeiro – Frankfurt, os cariocas também poderão experimentar a Economy Premium. Na rota São Paulo – Munique, a Economy Premium estará à disposição a partir do dia 12 de maio, quando o Airbus 340-600 já estará equipado com quatro classes, sendo oito assentos na First Class, 56 na Business Class, 28 na Premium Economy e 189 assentos na Economy.

“Estamos muito contentes por oferecer no Brasil o que a Lufthansa tem de melhor no mundo, aeronaves modernas, silenciosas, e quatro classes de serviços, desenvolvidas justamente para atender as necessidades dos nossos passageiros, disse Annette Taeuber, diretora da Lufthansa para o Brasil.
No Boeing 747-8, serão 32 assentos na Premium Economy. A nova classe representa uma experiência de viagem inédita que combina custo acessível com um maior grau de conforto. Os assentos oferecem até 50% de espaço a mais do que os da Economy Class.

Os novos assentos foram projetados e fabricados especialmente para a Lufthansa. Eles são mais largos que os assentos normais da Economy Class. Um console central entre os assentos com um descanso largo e individual para o braço proporciona maior privacidade assim como cerca de 10 centímetros a mais em espaço lateral. O encosto também tem reclinação maior, e o espaçamento (pitch) de 38 polegadas – 97 cm – entre assentos é sensivelmente maior. Como resultado, os passageiros dispõem de um espaço cerca de uma e meia vezes maior quando comparado à Economy Class. Os apoios para a cabeça podem ser ajustados para a altura exata desejada e são dobráveis lateralmente para maior conforto.

O preço da passagem será mais próximo da Economy do que da tarifa Business Class.  Outros diferenciais da Premium Economy Class da Lufthansa são: drinque de boas-vindas, uma garrafa de água em cada assento; kit de amenidades de alta qualidade com muitos acessórios úteis para o conforto do passageiro; refeições apresentadas em cardápios e servidas em porcelana;  monitor de 11 ou 12 pol. com tela sensível ao toque, com controle manual para selecionar as diversas opções de entretenimento de bordo, mais uma grande  quantidade de revistas. A nova classe também conta com mais espaço para acomodar a bagagem de bordo, com mesa robusta e tomada de força em cada assento – para atender os que desejam trabalhar durante a viagem. Todos os assentos na Premium Economy Class não estão mais do que a um assento do corredor. Os passageiros da Premium Economy Class têm acesso aos lounges da Business Class disponível mediante o pagamento de 25 euros.

Nota do Editor:

Oferecendo um preço mais próximo ao da Classe Econômica e um conforto mais próximo ao da Business Class, a Classe Econômica Premium é ideal para o passageiro que procura um maior conforto para o seu voo sem aumentar muito a sua despesa. Um assento especialmente projetado e fabricado para a Lufthansa se traduz em até 50% a mais de espaço em relação a Classe Econômica. Assim, a nova classe da Lufthansa está se posicionando bem tanto no mercado Leisure quanto no Business.

Fonte: Deutsche Lufthansa.