Lufthansa A380 will be flying daily to Beijing from 10 April 2011 after securing traffic rights from China’s Federal Ministry of Transport Building and Urban Development. These daily traffic rights have been granted until at least 29 October 2011 Lufthansa has been operating their Airbus A380 Peking service since 1 September 2010, but with a frequency of only a few flights per week. Frankfurt – Beijing (China), from 10 April 2011 Flight Number Route Depart Arrive Frequency LH720 Frankfurt – Beijing 1720 hrs 0830 hrs +1 day Daily LH721 Peking – Beijing 1030 hrs 1440 hrs Daily
Lufthansa has announced that it has launched A380 Services to Beijing China. The aircraft which had only been delivered to the airline one week earlier is named Peking and departed Frankfurt at 17:20 hrs local time arriving in Beijing at 08:30 hrs the following morning. The return flight is scheduled to depart Beijing Thursday morning at 10:30 hrs arriving back in Frankfurt at 14:30 hrs that same day. The schedule and flight numbers are as follows: Flight Number Route Departure Arrival LH 720 Frankfurt – Beijing 17:20 hrs 08:30 hrs LH 721 Beijing – Frankfurt 10:30 hrs 14:30 hrs Initial Lufthansa A380 services from Frankfurt to Beijing will be once per week but are expected to be expanded with approval from Chinese authorities. The Lufthansa A380 is a 526 seat 3 class aircraft with 8 Lie Flat Seats in First Class, 98 seats in Business Class and 420 Seats in Economy.
Lufthansa recently unveiled details of its new Business Class cabin and seats aboard its new Airbus A380 Superjumbo, and like any new aircraft and cabin product launch plenty of details to share with you. However before I get into the details of Lufthansa A380 Business Class cabin and seat need to point out one of the stand out features that is available in all classes (not just Business and First Class) and that is the world air humidification system which increases air humidity from the normal aircraft average of 5% humidity up to 25%. This is sure to be a great feature, which will ensure passengers feel better on-board and also arrive at their destination more refreshed than ever before. Lufthansa A380 Business Class Seat Located on the upper deck behind first class the new business class cabin features 98 business class seats configured in a 2-2-2 seating arrangement, each seat measures 67 cm (26.3 inch) wide and 145-152cm long (57-59.8 inch) long (Seat and Bed configuration). These numbers look great but there is one catch, the Lufthansa A380 Business Class Seat does not convert into a true lie-flat bed, in fact the maxim inclination is only 168° rather than the 180° you get on a lie flat bed. In-flight Entertainment & Communication Options All Lufthansa A380 Business Class Seats are equipped with the following entertainment options: 10.6 inch LCD Screen that has programming in 10 different languages, and includes In-Seat USB Port for charging USB devices such as iPods In-flight power compatible with all international 30 Current Feature Films 20 Video Channels 75 TV Series/Documentaries 30 Radio Channels 200 on-demand music CDs 10 multi-player Games Niceview Moving Map/Airshow that includes flight information and video from the aircrafts 3 external cameras Satellite Phone in each seat Armed with only the above details one cannot get the full feel of how good Business Class on Lufthansa’s A380 is going to be, however going by the details we have the experience should be very good, especially with the new air humidification system. This page will be updated as more information comes to hand, also expect a flight review very soon. If you would like to know the second this page is updated or we publish more Lufthansa A380 articles, you can subscribe to the Business Travel Email List and Business Travel RSS Feed. What do you think about Business Class on Lufthansa’s Airbus A380? Also if you have flown on this aircraft how good is it? Please share your experiences in the comments section below.
Details of the Lufthansa A380 First Class Cabin and seats were recently unveiled during the aircraft’s handover ceremony at the Airbus plant in Hamburg Germany. Picture 1: The Lufthansa A380 First Class Seats In the long list of features of noticeable absence were suites in first class, this decision to opt for a traditional open seat plan was made after close consultation its First Class passengers; however Lufthansa has addressed the privacy debate by implementing adjustable privacy screens which raised and lowered depending on the level of privacy the passenger wanted. So let’s delve more deeply into the features in the Lufthansa A380 First Class Cabin: First Class passengers enter the Lufthansa A380 directly from the First Class lounge and into upper deck cabin which features 8 first class seats/lie-flat beds configured in a 1-2-1 seating arrangement. One of the stand-out features is the air humidification system which will raise the air humidity in the cabin from the current average of 5% up to 15 to 25%, which will go a long way to making good at the other end. Lufthansa A380 First Class Seat / Lie Flat Bed Photo 2: The Lufthansa A380 First Class Cabin and Seat Measures 80cm (2.6 feet) width X 207cm (6.8 feet) length, when in Bed configuration Patented Shape System allowing seat or lie-flat position of your choice Mattress designed by Paradies Germany’s luxury bedding experts 100% cotton Perkal Sheets by Fleuresse Individual adjustable privacy Screens Arm rests which lowers when it lie-flat position to increase surface area Turn-down service provided by flight attendants Lufthansa A380 First Class Bathroom Picture 3: Lufthansa A380 First Class Bathroom The Lufthansa A380 features two extremely large bathrooms in first class which according to Lufthansa are three times the size of an average first class bathroom; despite the size of notable absence is a shower such as what Emirates run in their A380. The two first class bathrooms feature separate changing and lavatory areas, along with personal storage space options. Additional amenities such as combs, shaving and dental sets are also available Lufthansa A380 First Class In-flight Entertainment Options In-flight entertainment wise first class features the following options: 17 Inch LCD Screen with programming in 10 Languages Over 150 Entertainment on demand options including: 30 Current Feature Films 20 Video Channels 75 TV Series/Documentaries 30 Radio Channels 200 CDs on demand 10 multi-player games In-Seat USB Port for the Charging of USB devices such as iPods and other devices Niceview in-flight moving map/Airshow and 3 External video cameras International In-flight Power points allowing you to power laptops and other electronic accessories.
Lufthansa A380 Routes With the first commercial flight of the Lufthansa A380 just around the corner Lufthansa has recently announced the first routes and schedule for the Lufthansa A380 fleet. Note the below Lufthansa A380 Routes will begin operation from dates listed below but will be operated progressively as they receive their next 4 Airbus A380 Aircraft. Route Flight Departure Arrival Days of operation Date of first flight Frankfurt – Tokyo LH710 13:35 07:30 +1 Tu, Fr, Su 11 June 2010 Tokyo – Frankfurt LH711 09:35 14:15 We, Sa, Mo 12 June 2010 Frankfurt –Beijing LH720 17:20 08:30 +1 Mo, We, Fr 25 August 2010 Beijing – Frankfurt LH721 10:30 14:30 Tu, We, Fr 26 August 2010 Frankfurt – Johannesburg LH572 22:35 08:50 +1 Mo, We, Sa 25 October 2010 Johannesburg – Frankfurt LH573 18:55 05:20 +1 Tu, Th, Su 26 October 2010 Table 1: Lufthansa A380 Routes & Schedule Lufthansa have 15 A380s on order and possible future routes include New York’s JFK from November 2010.
Lufthansa have just announced a new first class cabin and seat on the delivery of its first Airbus A380. Lufthansa’s new A380 First Class will feature: Board aircraft directly from First Class Lounge – No more crowded gates 8 Fully lie flat seats (2.07 m Length X 80cm wide) In-flight power with all international adaptors 2 very large bathrooms (similar size to Emirates A380 minus shower) Air Humidification System (available in the entire aircraft) The full media release from Lufthansa can be read below: Quietest First Class in the world with many innovations – Additional travel comfort in Business and Economy Class – Customers’ wishes integrated into design Lufthansa will unveil its newly developed First Class when it accepts delivery of its first Airbus A380 today. The world’s largest and most modern commercial aircraft promises relaxed and comfortable travel – and not only in First Class. In Business and Economy Class on its A380, Lufthansa also offers the highest level of passenger comfort. The generous proportions of the cabin alone create a feeling of spaciousness. “The A380 offers our passengers a first-rate travel experience. The very dimensions of the Airbus A380 and its flight characteristics make travelling on this aircraft a truly unique experience. In all three travel classes, our passengers can enjoy the ultimate in comfort. The exceptional and exclusive First Class concept, which was designed according to our passengers’ wishes and needs, is particularly impressive,” said Thierry Antinori, member of the Lufthansa German Airlines Board responsible for Marketing and Sales, at the presentation of the new First Class.&nb Developed by customers, for customers – top-flight travel in the new First Class In future, Lufthansa passengers can expect a First Class experience that sets new standards in terms of exclusivity and comfort. The first impression upon entering the cabin is one of spaciousness, inviting passengers to relax and unwind. Superb-quality materials plus a clear, uniform design language echo the elegant features of the First Class Lounges and the First Class Terminal in Frankfurt on board the A380 and provide a harmonious travel experience. The generously proportioned, open design and exclusive ambience with simple, distinct lines and subtle colours creates a light, appealing and inviting atmosphere. A concept with separate cabins was deliberately rejected because at numerous customer events, and during in-flight tests and surveys, Lufthansa passengers expressed a clear preference for an open-plan design. However, thanks to a flexible privacy screen, First Class guests can determine the degree of individual privacy they desire. In order to adapt the new First Class concept to the actual needs of passengers, Lufthansa customers were substantially involved in its development. From the outset, their experiences and wishes were integrated into the design. A quiet atmosphere is one of the most important needs of First Class customers. Sound-absorbing curtains partition off the rest of the cabin, while special sound-insulating material in the aircraft’s outer skin and sound-absorbing carpeting block footstep noise and ensure the world’s quietest […]
The Lufthansa A380 Interior Cabin has finally been revealed with the release of the below Lufthansa A380 Cabin Photos. These pictures closely follow hot on the heel just the other week of the Lufthansa A380 Seat Map so analyzing both of these together we now have a better idea of what the latest A380 to fly the skies, will be like. Lufthansa A380 First Class As I revealed with release of the seat map, Lufthansa A380 First class is located on the forward upper deck will feature 8 seats in a 1-2-1 seating configuration. Unlike Singapore Airlines, Emirates & Qantas, the Lufthansa A380 First Class is a seat rather than a suite. Despite the absence of suites in first class, the cabin looks very nice indeed designed to make clever use of the available space. One of the nice touche to come out of the Lufthansa A380 First Class cabin is the two restrooms, which from the picture below look huge, perhaps as big as the Emirates A380 First Class restroom, however with the absence of the shower. Lufthansa A380 Business Class The Lufthansa A380 Business Class cabin located on the rear upper deck and features 98 seats that are set out in a 2-2-2 seating configuration. From what I have seen of these cabin photos both the Business Class and Economy Class cabin and seats looks a little dated in design, however not having the full specifications of both the Business and Economy Class cabin and seats I will need to reserve my final judgment until I have all of the details. One note from watching the Lufthansa A380 Cabin Video the business class seat is not a true lie flat seat, which is a very big disappointment. Perhaps Lufthansa thought a lie flat seat in Business would encroach too much into their First Class product. I for one think it’s crazy for an A380 Business Class not to feature a lie flat seat. Lufthansa A380 Economy Class Lufthansa A380 Economy Class cabin features 420 seats in a 3-4-3 configuration, apart from the in-seat in flight entertainment unit (IFE) the cabin and seats look older in design. In terms of seat and in-flight entertainment options again I will provide another update when more information is released from Lufthansa
The Lufthansa A380 Seat Map Seat Plan has just been released by Lufthansa ahead of its first flight from Frankfurt to Tokyo on the 11 June 2010. The seat map shows Economy Class on the lower deck and Business Class and First Class on the Upper deck and a total of 526 seats in these three classes. Seat numbers in each class is as follows: First Class 8 Seats Business Class 98 Seats Economy Class 420 Seats Lufthansa A380 Cabin Interior Photos have not yet been released but expect something very soon