Lufthansa to launch A380 flights to San Francisco
Lufthansa has announced that it will be launching daily A380 services between Frankfurt and San Francisco – the fifth destination for the German airline’s superjumbo, and the first time the A380 has flown to the California hub.
From 10 May 2011, Lufthansa will operate flight numbers LH 454 and LH 455 using the A380, replacing the Boeing 747-400 service currently offered on the route. The new Lufthansa flagship aircraft is configured with 526 seats (eight in First Class, 98 in Business Class and 420 in Economy Class). Ticket prices for the A380 flights will not differ from regular fares on the route. Return fares to San Francisco on the A380 start at EUR679 (US$929) all inclusive. Lufthansa will continue to serve the San Francisco with daily A340 flights from Munich, while SWISS also operates daily A340 flights from Zurich.
Lufthansa will be the first and only airline operating an A380 service to and from San Francisco International Airport, adding to the airline’s existing A380 services to Johannesburg, Beijing and Tokyo. From the end of February, the Lufthansa superjumbo will also operate to New York. By the time the airline’s seventh A380 enters service, the A380 fleet will be taking off on 70 long-haul flights per week, covering a distance of more than half a million kilometres. Each week from then on almost 37,000 passengers will have be able to fly on an A380. Lufthansa expects to take delivery of the eighth aircraft of this type in the first half of 2011.
“Our customers are thrilled with our new flagship, and what draws most praise is the new, quiet cabin. In particular, our new First Class cabin is setting new standards,” said Dr. Karl-Rudolf Rupprecht, Lufthansa’s Head of Hub Management at Frankfurt. “Another extremely important factor for us the high level of eco-efficiency achieved by the A380. The low specific fuel consumption of this aircraft and its very low noise emissions already meet the standards of tomorrow.”