Lufthansa has added its fourth A380 service to the US, with the superjumbo rostered onto the carrier’s daily Munich-Washington DC route.

Flight LH414 departs Munich at 1625, arriving into Washington DC at 1925, with the return leg leaving Washington Dulles Airport at 2220 and landing back into Munich at 1220 the following day.

Lufthansa Group said that the US was its most important market outside of its home European markets, with Washington DC being the only destination along with New York JFK served by all of Austrian, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa and SWISS.

SWISS had originally planned to launch flights to Washington DC in March 2020, but the route was delayed until this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Washington joins Boston, LA and New York as Lufthansa’s existing A380 destinations.

The carrier’s superjumbo is configured with 509 seats (compared with 281 on the A340-600 which was previously operating the Munich-Washington DC route), with eight seats in first class, 78 in business class, 52 in premium economy and 371 in economy.

Lufthansa placed its entire fleet of 14 A380s into storage following the onset of Covid-19, and subsequently put six of the double decker aircraft up for sale.

In June 2022 Lufthansa announced it would bring an undeclared number of its superjumbos back into service as travel demand returned following the lifting of Covid restrictions, and the first of the airline’s A380s was reactivated in January 2023.

Six superjumbos are being stationed at Munich airport this summer, rising to eight A380s from 2025.