Lufthansa is bringing back its non-stop flights between Frankfurt and Shenyang on March 27, 2018 – 17 months to the day since it axed the route in October, 2016 following a drop in bookings on long-haul routes to Asia.
Germany’s flag carrier is set to fly the route three times a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The departing flight LH782 takes off from Frankfurt at 1750 and arrives the following morning in Shenyang at 0955, while the return LH783 flight departs Shenyang at 1315 and lands back in Frankfurt at 1830.
Lufthansa will fly its 279-seat Airbus A340-300 aircraft on the route, which has three classes – business class, premium economy and economy. The 30 business class seats are laid out 2-2-2 in a herringbone formation – a configuration Lufthansa maintains even on its newest aircraft, including its younger and more fuel-efficient A350. The layout means window-seat passengers will need to climb over neighbouring travellers in order to get to the aisle. The seat product itself is the same as that used on the A350.
The aircraft’s 28 premium economy seats, meanwhile, are laid out 2-3-2, while economy is eight across in a 2-4-2 layout.
Flights will be available to book from January 30, 2018, with Lufthansa stating return fares will begin at €529 (US$657) inclusive of taxes and fees.
Lufthansa flies to five other destinations in Greater China from Frankfurt –Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Chengdu and Shenzhen.
Shenyang is the capital of Liaoning province in the northeast of China and one of the country’s major industrial centres.
Business Traveller took an in-depth look into the city’s history, growth and future in our March, 2017 Inside China feature “Shenyang: Rust Belt Renaissance”.