MIAMI – Ready to fly a Boeing 747 again? How about a short hop on an Airbus A350, the latter whose pilots say it is the most “finished” aircraft?
To meet pent-up demand, Lufthansa (LH) is bringing back its Boeing 747-8 on relatively short flights between Frankfurt (FRA) and Palma de Mallorca (PMI) for the upcoming German holiday season.
The airline says in a news release that it’s seeing “a significant increase in booking demand” to the popular Spanish island in the Mediterranean Sea. In fact, LH says booking searches for PMI have increased 25 times between April and the beginning of June.
LH also is adding Airbus A350 flights from Munich (MUC) to PMI – another widebody aircraft for a flight around two hours long. The routes, normally served by Airbus A321s, will be upgraded on four Saturdays – July 17, July 24, July 31 and August 7 – from FRA and on July 31 departing MUC.
The Boeing 747-8 is the largest aircraft in Lufthansa’s fleet, though many are still parked because of pandemic-induced lack of demand. The newest version of the Queen of the Skies features 364 seats — 88 in Business and First Class and 276 in Economy Class and Premium Economy.
LH1152 is scheduled to depart FRA at 10:30 a.m. local time on those Saturdays, arriving at PMI at 12:25 p.m. The return flight, LH1153, will take place the same day at 2:25 p.m., arriving in Frankfurt at 4:45 p.m.
The A350-900 from MUC will offer 293 seats, including 48 in Business Class and 245 in Economy Class and Premium Economy. That flight, LH2658, departs MUC at 9:50 a.m., arriving at 12 p.m. The return flight, LH2659, will depart at 1:30 p.m. arriving in Munich at 3:35 p.m.
Featured image: Lufthansa D-ABYG Boeing 747-8. Photo: Misael Ocasio Hernandez/Airways