Lufthansa to operate Embraer flights into LCY

11 Jan 2010 by Mark Caswell

There’s good and bad news for passengers using Lufthansa at London City Airport (LCY) from the end of March.

The good news is that Lufthansa will be rostering its new 100-seater Embraer 190 (which enters its fleet this month) on the LCY to Frankfurt route when the summer schedules start on March 29.

The E190, operated by subsidiary Lufthansa Cityline, is set to operate LH4809 out of LCY at 1655 and the inbound LH4808 ex-Frankfurt at 1550.

Lufthansa will be the second airline after our own British Airways to bring the new twin-jet Embraer into LCY. In years to come this Brazilian-made aircraft will replace many services currently operated by the long-standing BAe146 jet.

If the layout on the sister E195 plane is anything to go by, business class passengers are in for a treat. Unlike BA which accommodates business class passengers 2-2 layout on its Embraers, Lufthansa offers a more spacious 1-1 layout by not selling the adjacent seat.  Economy passengers will sit four across (2-2).

The bad news is that Lufthansa will ditch its three times a day service out of LCY to Dusseldorf in favour of earlier and later services from Heathrow. Passengers using the capital’s main airport will find an earlier flight LH4775 at 0640 with a later return LH4774 at 2045 providing a longer stay in this Rhine-Ruhr city.

Another change is that compared to summer 2009 schedules, Lufthansa will cut flight frequency on LCY-Munich from four to two flights a day with LCY-Frankfurt falling from five to four flights a day.

A Lufthansa spokeswoman said the airline “is constantly assessing schedules and trimming capacity where required due to fluctuations in demand. This applies to all routes and not just London City schedules. The good news is that the [winter] frequencies that were previously cut on the Frankfurt route [Lufthansa currently flies three times a day] will be restored for the summer schedule.”

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Report by Alex McWhirter

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