Exclusive: Lufthansa increases Bahrain and Dammam services

20 May 2009 by Mark Caswell

The German airline will fly daily between Frankfurt, Bahrain and Dammam in Saudi Arabia starting in the autumn. Right now Lufthansa flies four times a week to Bahrain with Dammam covered three times a week.

The increase in flights has been made possible because Lufthansa will be spreading capacity better by using smaller Boeing 737-800s in place of larger Airbus A330s.

Lufthansa has no B737-800s in its fleet so these aircraft are being leased from luxury Swiss charter carrier Privatair. And what is different here is that Privatair will be installing a two class layout (32 business and 60 economy class seats) on these B737s as against its regular all business class layout.

Privatair has yet to take delivery of these particular B737s and is keeping seat details under wraps. But if its current B737s are anything to go by we can expect angled lie-flat business class seats in a 2-2 layout.

The new flights feature a high business to economy seat ratio. Services start on September 22 with flight LH624 departing Frankfurt in the early afternoon to arrive in the Gulf region in the late evening. Each flight will serve both cities.

LH625 returns from the Gulf just after midnight to give an early morning arrival into Frankfurt. These timings are perfect for passengers making connections at Frankfurt from destinations in Europe and North America.

Lufthansa will also use the Privatair B737-800s on its four times a week Munich to Tel Aviv link starting on October 25. They will replace the larger A340-300s which currently ply the route.

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Report by Alex McWhirter

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