German airline Lufthansa will replace the current 747-400 with a 747-8 on its Mumbai-Frankfurt route from October 30.

Even though the B747-8 has eight seats lesser than the current aircraft, it has an additional First Class, more seats in Business, and fewer in Economy.

  • Boeing 747-400 — 67 Business Class, 32 Premium Economy Class and 272 Economy Class seats.
  • Boeing 747-8 — eight First Class, 80 Business Class, 32 Premium Economy and 244 Economy Class seats.

Flight timings will remain the same though.

Daily flight LH757 departs from Mumbai at 0255 and lands in Frankfurt at 0720. Return flight LH756 takes off from Frankfurt at 1235 and lands at 0100.

The upgrade will also include, “an enhanced comfort, experience and new technology including premium on-board products like modern cabin design concepts and the most up-to-date on-board amenities in all classes”.

These, the airline says, is in the spirit of Diwali, India’s largest celebration of lights.

“Lufthansa has a presence in the Indian market of over 50 years and is committed to offering its passengers outstanding quality and service, in line with our philosophy of More Indian Than You Think,” says Wolfgang Will, director — South Asia at Lufthansa Passenger Airlines. “Adding to the festive cheer, we bring the Queen of Skies [Lufthansa] to Mumbai, one of the most important cities in the world and a key destination in our global network. The deployment of Boeing 747-8 shows once again our strong commitment to the Indian market.”