Lufthansa’s Airbus A380 touched down at Hong Kong International Airport on Sunday.
The double-decker jet will now operate daily flights on the Frankfurt-Hong Kong route. The outbound flight departs Frankfurt at 2215 and arrives at HKIA at 1655 the following day. The return service then leaves Hong Kong at 2310, and arrives back in Frankfurt at 0530 the next day.
“At Lufthansa, we aim to offer passengers a superior flight experience that combines the convenient schedule with night flights to and from Germany, comfort, and the best in German hospitality,” said Malte Haut, Lufthansa’s general manager for Hong Kong, South China & Macau.
“The deployment of the A380… together with our newest cabin products for all classes, demonstrates our commitment to offering our Hong Kong customers a true 21st Century travel experience.”
Lufthansa’s A380 accommodates a total of 509 passengers: eight in first class, 78 in business class, 52 in premium economy and 371 in economy. This represents a 20% increase in Lufthansa’s capacity between Hong Kong and Germany.
The first and business class seats, which are located on the aircraft’s upper deck, all recline to form fully-flat beds, while the premium economy seats offer 50% more space than standard economy. All seats come equipped with in-flight entertainment and Wi-Fi.
Including SWISS and Austrian Airlines, the Lufthansa Group now operates 72 weekly flights from six Chinese destinations to Europe. And from summer 2016 onwards, SWISS will deploy its new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on its Hong Kong-Zurich route.