Lufthansa to launch Munich-Mexico City route

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  1. uggboy
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    Hmmmm.... is Munich a good connection to travel from Wolfsburg...? I wonder if this route has anything to do with the important VW presence that is located in Mexico...?
     
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    Frankfurt is closer to Wolfsburg than Munich. Not sure about train/ICE routes, but the closest airport near Wolfsburg is Hannover, and so it probably doesn't matter if your transatlantic flight departs from MUC or FRA if you want to fly "all the way".
     
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    Not at all. Wolfsburg is directly west of Berlin, just north of the main east-west autobahn. A closer airport would be Hannover, but they don't have TATL service AFAIK. Farther west would be Dusseldorf, which has some TATL service and also the LH express train down to FRA. However, if one is connecting within Germany, many prefer MUC to FRA, or alternatively to connect onto LX.
     
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    Hmmm, then maybe this is a cargo intensive route....???
     
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    Also, are these 600 series A340 two or three class...?
     
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    According to the press release at http://presse.lufthansa.com/en/news-releases/singleview/archive/2011/september/01/article/1998.html it's the 306 seat A340-600, which means a three class configuration according to seatguru.

    http://www.seatguru.com/airlines/Lufthansa/Lufthansa_Airbus_A340-600_A.php

    As for the rationale for the flight:

    First flight from Munich to Central America

    Next summer Lufthansa is launching a new service from Munich to Mexico City. The new route will be operated from 26 March 2012 by an Airbus A340-600. From that date on, Mexico City will be served five times a week from Munich, supplementing the daily flights already operated by Lufthansa from Frankfurt. “We are delighted to be able to offer a connection from our Munich hub to Central America. In economic terms, in particular, Mexico is gaining in importance for the Bavarian market,” says Thomas Klühr, Lufthansa German Airlines Board member.

    Mexico City has a population of 30 million, making it one of world's largest metropolitan areas. The city is the political, business, social and cultural capital of the country and also its largest transport hub. Moreover, with its numerous museums and monuments, it is a fascinating tourist destination. The city also has one of the richest and most varied theatre scenes worldwide.

    Note that LH has code share agreements with TACA and Mexicana (cough), so they presumably serve all of central America via their Mexico routes. Another connection: the new incoming Austrian Airways CEO used to be a Mexicana pilot.

    And then there's BMW Mexico: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_Mexico
     
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    Austrian is getting a Mexican CEO...????
     
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    I guess so...

    http://www.4-traders.com/DEUTSCHE-L...brecht-as-new-CEO-of-Austrian-Airli-13775725/

    Jaan Albrecht has been Chief Executive Officer of Star Alliance Services GmbH for ten years. In that function, he has been hugely influential in expanding the leadership role of the Star Alliance in worldwide air traffic competition. The Alliance, with its 27 member-airlines, offers passengers seamless services and service processes of high quality in a global route network.
    Jaan Albrecht began his career in the airline business as a pilot at Mexicana Airlines in 1973 prior to taking over diverse executive positions at the Mexican carrier from 1990. For the Cintra parent company, he initially managed AeroPeru and, subsequently, the Aeromexpress cargo carrier as Chief Executive Officer.
    Jaan Albrecht has a degree in architecture from the Technical University in Mexico and is fluent in Spanish, English and German.
    His grandparents came from Austria and he has dual German-Mexican nationality. He is married and the father of three children.
     
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    There are a lot of connections between mexico and germany dating back to pre ww2 days. We go there a couple of times a year and always come across natives who have german names.
     
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    Mexico is a large economy and there is both corp and leisure traffic on EU/MEX routes. I am sure this flight will do very well, as the FRA flight is oversold frequently. My only complaint about this flight (and its not a complaint just an observation) is that the timings of the FRA flight are much better- this one is a bit strange.
     
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    Jaan has been CEO of Star Alliance for a long time. I've met Jaan a couple of times and he's not your average Mexican.. ;)
     
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    Im surprised you would say this.... seems like you didnt not understand my post above. How does the average Mexican compare - say - to the average German...?

    Im not saying Mexicans are any worse or better than any other nationality..... just surprised that Austrian would select a latino exec to run their shop.
    Thank God the World is over the times where one had to be White & European to be someone relevant in society.... dont you think..?
     
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    Let me correct myself. He's 6,8" tall and has a German accent, that's all I meant. Sorry for the confusion. Jaan is an excellent choice as a CEO, regardless of his nationality
     

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