Revised timings improve options for Heathrow to Frankfurt passengersLufthansa is increasing capacity on services from the UK and Ireland for the summer with the introduction of bigger aircraft on a number of routes. The changes are in response to increased customer demand and reflect the general economic upturn currently being experienced by the airline.
The largest increase is between Aberdeen and Frankfurt - up by 23 per cent - followed by
• Glasgow - up by over 16 per cent as the Dusseldorf service is increased from six to seven flights a week
• Dublin - up by over 16 per cent with the summer service to Munich increased from three to four flights a week from April and then to five flights a week in July and August
• Manchester - up by over 11 per cent
• Birmingham - up by almost 8 per cent
• Edinburgh - up by over 7 per cent
• London Heathrow - up by 7 per cent
From Sunday 30th March Lufthansa will also introduce some subtle timetable adjustments to create a better spread of the 12 daily services between Heathrow and Frankfurt in both directions across the day making it easier for customers to plan their journeys. Peak time services will operate hourly with departures from Heathrow on or around the half hour and the return flights from Frankfurt on the hour. In addition, all Lufthansa flights between Heathrow and Frankfurt will be operated by the larger Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft resulting in almost 1000 additional seats every week.
Lufthansa flights are also due to move into the new Terminal 2 at Heathrow in early October as it becomes the new home for Star Alliance airlines. The brand new Lufthansa lounge to be unveiled at Terminal 2 will be the largest Lufthansa lounge facility outside the airline’s home-base in Germany, catering for Lufthansa Passenger Airline Group premium passengers, Miles & More status members and other Star Alliance status customers who will be able to enjoy an unrivalled view of the apron area.
Covering an area of 1600m2 and offering 350 seats, the design of the lounge will follow the new concept Lufthansa has been unveiling around the globe, including oak parquet flooring, high quality leather armchairs, back-lit walls, professional appliances and premium washrooms.
Since 2011, Lufthansa has invested approximately 35 million Euros in constructing new lounges and refurbishing existing ones in order to further expand and enhance its airport lounge facilities for customers.
Lufthansa’s worldwide timetable for Summer 2014 also includes improved services to Southeast Asia. From 30 March five weekly services (daily except Tuesday and Wednesdays) will be offered non-stop from Frankfurt to the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur. From 31 May this flight will continue to Jakarta, Indonesia. In addition, passengers will also be able to connect to flights to Montreal in Canada from Frankfurt five times a week as well as the existing service from Munich but now also from Frankfurt.
There are new travel options from Munich too with passengers now able to connect to Mexico City and Toronto. This daily flight supplements the Frankfurt service during summer, and thus offering two daily flight options to Canada’s leading financial metropolis.
Lufthansa is modernising its long-haul fleet and during the summer timetable alone will be adding seven new intercontinental aircraft to the fleet, which are more fuel-efficient and much quieter: Two new Airbus A380’s will make it possible to extend the summer service on the routes from Frankfurt to New York (JFK), Beijing and San Francisco. Lufthansa will then operate a total of twelve A380 airliners. The Boeing 747-8 fleet will also see further rapid growth by the autumn, with four new aircraft bringing the total to 14. For the first time passengers will be able to enjoy the comfort of the “Queen of the Skies” also on flights from Frankfurt to São Paulo in Brazil. From the summer the new jumbo jet will even be flying twice daily to Los Angeles.
Overall the Lufthansa Group airlines - Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Germanwings, Lufthansa and SWISS – will collectively serve 301 destinations in 102 countries during the summer with connections through their hubs in Brussels, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna and Zurich. The airlines' range of flights is also supplemented by a large number of code-share flights.