Premium Economy at Austrian Airlines now available

Courtesy: Austrian Airlines.

Effective immediately (since September 06th, 2017), Austrian Airlines passengers can book a seat in the new Premium Economy travel class for flights starting on March 6, 2018. The centrepiece of the new Premium Economy Class is a new seat providing passengers with more comfort on their journey compared to regular Economy Class seats. The first Boeing 767 will begin to be refitted today. All eleven long-haul aircraft in the Austrian Airlines fleet will gradually be refitted to include the new travel class. The twelfth long-haul aircraft to be acquired by Austrian Airlines in the spring of 2018 will also be equipped with Premium Economy.

“The new Premium Economy Class is an important milestone in our strategy aimed at linking the issue of individualization with quality. The customer can individually choose the travel class according to her or his needs, whether the preference is to fly in a price conscious manner in Economy Class, treat oneself to a little more service and comfort in Premium Economy or luxury travel in Business Class”, says Austrian Airlines CCO Andreas Otto. In particular, the new Premium Economy Class is designed to appeal to passengers who want to afford more service and a higher level of comfort on flights to their holiday destinations as well as price-conscious companies whose employees should travel in comfort on business trips.

The new Premium Economy Class at a glance:

  • New seat with a broader seat surface and generous seat spacing
  • Footrest starting in the second row or leg support with integrated footrest in the first row
  • Always a separate central armrest with fold-out table and cocktail table
  • 12-inch screen with remote control for the in-flight entertainment system
  • Own power outlet and USB port on the seat
  • 2 x 23 kg free baggage
  • High-quality food selection with menu card
  • Welcome drink
  • Amenity kit with useful travel accessories

More space with the new seat

The Premium Economy seat produced specially for the Lufthansa Group is supplied by the aircraft seat manufacturer ZIM, and provides passengers with plenty of legroom based on seat spacing of up to 97 cm or 38 inches. Additional footrests take the strain off the legs on a long flight. The central armrest with fold-out table between the seats and a personal, broad armrest for every passenger enables more privacy and more room on the side. In addition, every seat is equipped with its own power outlet and USB port.

More service in the new travel class

The new Premium Economy Class offers much more than a considerably more comfortable seat. Passengers in the new travel class can check in two pieces of luggage at no charge, each with an allowable weight of up to 23 kilograms before being pampered on board with culinary delights. Travelers conveniently select their favorite food from the menu card, and the food is served on china dishware. Moreover, every passenger in this travel class is given a small amenity kit with useful travel accessories to ensure a restful stay on board. Premium Economy passengers enjoy the extensive in-flight entertainment programme on large 12-inch touchscreen monitors.

Flights in Premium Economy Class can be booked as of now, via Internet, on the Austrian Airlines booking hotline at 05 1766-1000 or at a travel agency. Premium Economy fares range between Business Class and Economy Class. For example, the round-trip Vienna-Bangkok-Vienna flight is available starting at EUR 839 including taxes and charges.

Source: Austrian Airlines.

Lufthansa A350-900 – Ni hao Hong Kong!

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

From 12 September, Lufthansa will be offering flights to Hong Kong on an Airbus A350-900. “Our passengers can now experience the world’s most advanced long-haul aircraft for the first time on a flight to the Far East. The flight to Hong Kong is one of the longest routes in the Lufthansa flight schedule. Flying on the A350-900 gives passengers an extraordinary experience. An optimized level of cabin pressure ensures that they arrive feeling more rested”, says Wilken Bormann, CEO of the Munich hub. Due to the flight distance—at 10,000 kilometers—Hong Kong will be served by two aircraft flying alternatively. These will be the fourth and fifth A350-900 aircraft due to be delivered to Lufthansa on 12. August and 2 September respectively, bearing the identifiers D-AIXD and D-AIXE. The A350’s maiden flight to Hong Kong will take off on 12 September at 22:30 and will be welcomed for the first time in Hong Kong eleven hours later at 15:35 local time on 13 September.

Hong Kong is an important destination for business travelers and there are plenty of interesting sights for holiday-makers to discover, too. Asia’s third largest metropolis offers visitors an unusual mix of Western and Asian culture. There are unforgettable experiences to be had, such as the view across the skyline, which is beyond comparison, or a visit to Victoria Peak. Hong Kong is also an important trade center and a key transportation hub for Asia.

With the arrival of the A350-900, a state-of-the-art newcomer has now joined the fleet at Lufthansa. The first of fifteen A350-900 arrived in Munich in February to be stationed there. By September 2017, five of these aircraft will be taking off from their home base of Munich to fly to Boston, Delhi, Mumbai and Hong Kong. The A350-900 has space for 293 passengers – 48 in Business Class, 21 in Premium Economy and 224 in Economy Class. The aircraft is currently the most advanced and most environmentally-friendly aircraft in the world. It uses 25 percent less kerosene, produces 25 percent fewer emissions and is significantly quieter on take-off than comparable types of aircraft. Lufthansa has placed orders for a total of 25 ultra-modern jet aircraft of this type.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

SWISS becomes world’s first airline to serve London City with the Bombardier C Series

Courtesy: SWISS.

SWISS today (August 08th, 2017) became the first airline in the world to offer commercial flights with the Bombardier C Series aircraft to and from London City Airport. The advanced and innovative short- and medium-haul Bombardier CS100 will henceforth also operate SWISS’s scheduled services to and from London City.

The first commercial Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) Bombardier CS100 flight to London City Airport arrived from Zurich at 17:47 (local time London) today. The advanced and innovative CS100 will henceforth also operate of SWISS’s scheduled services between Zurich and London City. SWISS will also be deploying its Bombardier C Series aircraft on its Geneva-London City route from next summer onwards.

Additional pilot training for demanding approach

With its short runway and its steep landing approach, London City Airport makes particular demands on pilots, who are required to undergo additional training for such operations. “We have prepared our pilots down to the finest detail to perform our new scheduled Bombardier C Series flights to London City,” says Peter Koch, SWISS’s C Series Fleet Chief. “And we’re delighted that we can now offer all the many attractions of the C Series, in inflight comfort and more, on this important route.”

As well as the additional pilot training, the aircraft itself has had to be certificated to perform the steep landing approach that service to London City requires. The aircraft’s manufacturer, Bombardier of Montreal, Canada, obtained this in April of this year. “The C Series is the only commercial aircraft specifically designed for operations at challenging airports,” says Rob Dewar, Vice President, C Series Aircraft Program, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “We are very proud of its performance, and we congratulate SWISS on this first CS100 commercial flight to London City.”

London City Airport operator is also pleased at the aircraft’s arrival. “The inaugural commercial flight of the Bombardier C Series by Swiss International Air Lines is a landmark moment for London City Airport, and it is a pleasure to welcome the first passengers and crew from Zurich, following five years of preparation,” says Richard Hill, Chief Commercial Officer, London City Airport. “This next-generation aircraft is one of the quietest in operation, with greater fuel efficiency and longer range, setting a new standard for SWISS operations and London City.”

New comfort, operating economics and environmental benchmarks

The Bombardier C Series aircraft set new benchmarks in comfort, operating economics and environmental terms. With its low-noise-emission credentials, the C Series is also known as the “Whisperjet”. SWISS is acquiring its C Series aircraft primarily to replace its Avro RJs, which were used to commence its scheduled services to and from London City precisely 25 years ago. The last commercial SWISS Avro RJ100 flight will be from Zurich to London City and back on Monday 14 August.

Source: SWISS.

In summer 2018 Lufthansa will fly non-stop from Frankfurt to San José (Costa Rica)

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Good news for all fans of Central America: Lufthansa will include the Frankfurt – San José connection in their summer 2018 flight schedule. From 29 March 2018, a non-stop Lufthansa flight will take off every Thursday and Saturday from Frankfurt to the capital city of Costa Rica, the ‘green paradise of Central America’. The connection is thus the second connection offered non-stop by the company from Frankfurt to this region – the first being the connection from Frankfurt to Panama. Both connections complement each other perfectly. So you can now jet off to San José seven times a week from Frankfurt: twice non-stop with Lufthansa, or five times via Panama with a short flight with Lufthansa’s partner Copa Airlines.

Costa Rica combines fascinating landscapes, cloud forests, Caribbean flair and heavenly beaches with impressive national parks and rain forests, and is therefore especially popular with travellers who value ecologically important tourism.

Flights to San José use an Airbus A340-300, which has 279 seats covering Business Class, Premium Economy and Economy Class. LH518 leaves the Lufthansa Frankfurt hub at 13:45 and arrives in San José in the late afternoon at 17:55 local time. The return flight takes off from San José in the evening at 19:50 and lands at Frankfurt Airport the following day at 15:10 after a flight time of around 11 hours.

For more information and to book Lufthansa flights, go to LH.com on the Internet or call the Lufthansa Service Center on +49 (0) 69 86 799 799 (fixed line rate). Flights can also be booked at Lufthansa travel agency partners, as well as at Lufthansa sales counters at the airport.

The new connection at a glance

Frankfurt (FRA) San José, Costa Rica (SJO)

  • Twice a week (Thurs, Sat from 29 March 2018)
  • LH518: FRA 13:45 – 17:55 SJO
  • LH519: SJO 19:50 – 15:10 +1 FRA
  • Price: from 881 euros including taxes and fees
  • Distance: 9.362 km (5.055 nautical miles)
  • Airbus A340-300

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Lufthansa is expanding its European network this winter

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Lufthansa is launching seven new winter destinations starting at the end of October: Pamplona, Genoa, Bari and Catania are the new destinations available from Frankfurt. The offer from Munich will be extended to include Nantes, Glasgow and Santiago de Compostela as further attractive city connections.

Pamplona is on the Lufthansa flight schedule for the first time ever. From 6 November onwards, the city in northern Spain will be connected with four weekly flights from Frankfurt. Furthermore, Genoa, Bari and Catania will be new winter destinations available from Frankfurt. Lufthansa customers can reach all three Italian cities up to three times per week. The flights depart starting on 29 October and will expand on the services already offered from Munich.

Due to high demand, Lufthansa will also fly to Nantes, Glasgow and Santiago de Compostela from Munich for the first time in winter.  There are daily flights to Nantes in western France, with flights to Glasgow four times a week. The Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela is on the flight schedule every Sunday and thus expands the services on offer from Frankfurt.

The new winter destinations are now available to book, with fares starting from 119 euros for a return flight.  For more information and to book Lufthansa flights, go to LH.com or call the Lufthansa Service Center on +49 (0) 69 86 799 799 (fixed line rate) Flights can also be booked at Lufthansa travel agency partners, as well as at Lufthansa sales counters at the airport.

The new connections at a glance

Frankfurt – Pamplona (PNA)
Four times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday) from 6 November 2017

Frankfurt – Genoa (GOA)
Three times a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) from 29 October 2017)

Frankfurt – Bari (BRI)
Three times a week (Monday, Thursday and Saturday from 29 October 2017)

Frankfurt – Catania (CTA)
Twice a week (Wednesday and Sunday from 29 October 2017)

Munich – Glasgow (GLA)
Four times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday from 29 October 2017)

Munich – Nantes (NTE)
Once a day (from 29 October 2017)

Munich – Santiago de Compostela (SCQ)
Once a week (Sundays from 29 October 2017)

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Lufthansa: New design for the FC Bayern Airbus

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

The FC Bayern Airbus will be sporting its new design for the first time when it sets off on a twelve-day journey across Asia for the “Audi Summer Tour 2017”. The journey to Shanghai, Shenzhen and Singapore have been chosen to mark the updating of the old FC Bayern livery. As well as the FC Bayern logo, a total of ten players have been depicted on the aircraft’s fuselage: Joshua Kimmich, Franck Ribéry, Thomas Müller, Javi Martínez and Arjen Robben, and, shown in sporting action: Robert Lewandowski, David Alaba, Manuel Neuer, Thiago and Mats Hummels. The Lufthansa Airbus A340-600, bearing the registration D-AIHZ, will be in service for flights from Munich for a further year in this new design, flying to four different continents.

Lufthansa has been the official carrier of FC Bayern since 2004. As well as its long-standing collaboration with FC Bayern, the airline also has partnership agreements with the German Football Association (DFB) and is involved with numerous other popular sports. In addition to this, the airline supports the German Sports Aid Foundation as a national sponsor, and has also been a partner of the German Olympic Sports Association (DOSB) for many years. This traditionally includes the transportation of the German teams to the Olympic Games and also to the Paralympics, as a partner of the German Disabled Sports Association (DBS).

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Lufthansa expands its long-haul network: New destinations from Munich and Frankfurt in summer 2018

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Lufthansa expands its route network and will offer new intercontinental destinations from Frankfurt and Munich in summer 2018.

New from Frankfurt Hub:
San Diego (USA) is the second largest city in the U.S. state of California and eighth overall in the Unites States. The city is located in southwest California, close to the Mexican border. Due to the pleasant climate, San Diego is known as „America’s Finest City“ by its residents. The beaches and waves of the Pacific are particularly suitable for surfing. The city is also a hotspot for the biotech and telecommunications industry. Beginning in summer 2018, Lufthansa will offer five weekly San Diego flights from Frankfurt.

New from Munich Hub:
Likewise in summer 2018, Lufthansa will reintroduce the Singapore route into its flight schedule from Munich.  Five times a week, passengers will be able to fly from the Bavarian capital to the lively economic metropolis in Asia. At the same time, Lufthansa will offer more additional flights from Munich to Chicago, USA. Instead of seven times a week, Lufthansa will fly from Bavaria to the „Windy City“ ten times per week.

Good news for Airbus A380 Fans in Munich: Starting in summer 2018, Lufthansa will introduce the Airbus A380 in Munich on long-haul destinations to Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Beijing. For this reason, Lufthansa will transfer five of its 14 Airbus A380s from Frankfurt to Munich. As a result up to 500 new positions will be staffed in Bavaria.

“With the A380 we can offer our Munich customers a premium aircraft at a 5-Star Hub,“ said Harry Hohmeister, member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG and responsible for  Hub Management. “In recent years, we have made great progress in steering our hubs. We harmonized and integrated processes and are now more flexible in utilizing our aircraft at different locations. Quality, efficiency and growth will always remain our top priority.”

Lufthansa is showing a clear sign for continued growth in Bavaria. Over the next two years, the Lufthansa long-haul fleet in Munich will be receiving two more aircraft.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.