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Discussion in 'Miles & More | Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian/Partners' started by Lufthansa Flyer, Dec 7, 2011.
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Posted this morning on my blog. LH starts service in Aug 2012
It's still loaded as a 744. It is also odd that LH hasn't made an announcement, just the Houston Airport System.
Wonder what this means for JFK and SFO, whether they'll get the A380 back, or if LH is giving them a tour of U.S. cities to test out demand...
LH had a press release that I rec'd at 10a this morning.
Here is a cut and paste:
Lufthansa to introduce Texas’ first-ever A380 service to
Daily flights begin August 1, 2012
East Meadow, NY, December 7, 2011 – Today Lufthansa announced that it will be the first airline to offer scheduled Airbus A380service to the Lone Star State. Daily A380 flights between Houston and Frankfurt will begin August 1, 2012. Flight LH 441 will leave Houston at 4:20 p.m. and arrive in Frankfurt at 9:05 a.m. the following day; the return flight LH 440 will depart Frankfurt at 10:10 a.m. and arrive back into Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport at 1:50 p.m. Flights are available for booking onwww.lufthansa.com.
“We commend the Houston airport’s management for their decision to invest significantly in order to make the airport A380-ready.Houston makes perfect sense as the fourth U.S. city to experience Lufthansa’s A380 flagship aircraft and premium service,” saidJürgen Siebenrock, Vice President The Americas. ”Lufthansa’s new A380 service also improves capacity between Houston’s prevalent oil and energy business and the airline’s over 35 other oil and energy destinations worldwide,” he added. Globally, Lufthansa offers 146 connections in total from its Frankfurt hub.
“As the gateway to Texas’ energy capital, Bush Intercontinental welcomes the A380 as a symbol of Houston’s significant role as an international hub,” said Mario Diaz, Director of the Houston Airport System. “I believe the new aircraft is a game changer and is an excellent fit for transatlantic flights between Houston and Germany as Lufthansa expands its service.”
Lufthansa has provided service to Houston since 1985. Catering to the region’s energy industry, Lufthansa created itsoil&energyclub, which offers employees from related industry businesses an assortment of perks such as instant frequent flier status, priority check-in, access to Lufthansa Business Class Lounges, waiting-list priority, greater free baggage allowances and exclusive offers and discounts from selected partners.
Most fuel-efficient aircraft
The Airbus A380 is the world’s most fuel-efficient aircraft, burning about 12 percent less fuel than other wide-body jets, and is approximately 30 percent quieter than the current generation of wide-body aircraft. The airline has ordered a total of 17 A380 aircraft, all scheduled for delivery by 2015. This will make Lufthansa the largest A380 operator in Europe.
Lufthansa’s A380 is configured with 526 seats, which results in a 63 percent capacity increase on this route, and features the airline’s new First Class product. Located on the upper deck, this space is the quietest cabin in commercial aviation and boasts an air humidification system – the first of its kind to be installed on a commercial aircraft – that improves air humidity to help fight off jet lag. Two large, luxurious bathrooms with separate changing and lavatory areas offer enhanced personal space and storage. The cabin’s eight generously proportioned, ergonomic seats measure 6’9” feet in length and 2’7” feet in width and provide the ultimate in comfort and innovation for an exceptional travel experience.
Also located on the upper deck is the world’s largest Business Class cabin with 98 seats, featuring improved functionality, including more storage and a power supply that works with all worldwide connections.
The main deck is home to an impressively spacious Economy Class cabin. Each of the 420 seats features an in-seat video screen, an optimized ergonomic design and a slimmer seat back that adds two inches of personal space per passenger.
**For video footage of Lufthansa’s A380 aircraft, visit:
**For images of Lufthansa’s A380 aircraft, visit:
One of the world’s largest and most prestigious airlines, Lufthansa currently flies to 211 destinations in 84 countries, with hubs in Frankfurt, Munich, and with its recent acquisition of Austrian Airlines and SWISS – Vienna and Zurich. From its 22 North American gateways, Lufthansa— recently voted by Fortune as one of the five most admired airlines in the world— and its partners serve over 450 destinations in more than 120 countries. An industry innovator, Lufthansa has long been committed to environmental care and sustainability, operating the most technically-advanced and fuel-efficient fleet in the world. Its long-haul fleet to and from North America includes the Boeing 747-400, as well as the Airbus A300 sub fleet. Currently, Lufthansa has over 150 new aircraft worth about $18 billion on order. It will be the largest European operator of the A380 and is also the launch customer for the new Boeing 747-8, the industries’ two most fuel-efficient passenger aircraft. Known for its premium services, Lufthansa continues its $150 million program earmarked for building new or upgrading existing lounge facilities across its worldwide network and will spend more than $1.4 billion in new onboard products and services by 2015. In 2010, Lufthansa re-launched its broadband wireless Internet service onboard, FlyNet. For more information or reservations, visit www.lufthansa.com.
I hope to have an answer soon.........
"Lufthansa’s A380 is configured with 526 seats, which results in a 63 percent capacity increase on this route"
So is there 63% more demand or is UACO going to cut down on their flying from IAH to FRA?
On a side note (and maybe I should start a separate thread for it) -- I couldn't help but notice the Oil and Gas Club of Lufthansa with special perks for employees in that industry:
Are there similar clubs for other industries?
I wonder if this means that IAH won't be the first destination for the 747-8i.
Doubt CO will cut their service at all. There is a ton of demand. The LH flight leaves early enough to connect internally in Europe while the CO flight times well with the Mid-East and Asia connections.
This makes sense, there's strong oil and gas demand to and from Houston. KLM and BA are doing well here too. LH have lots of connections to oil and gas destinations around the world, and this industry is growing well despite the global/European turmoil.
AF also has a Petroleum Club.
KLM has had an oil club for a long time.