Lufthansa is to serve Tashkent, Teheran and Miami from Munich this summer, and is also extending flights from the airport to Cairo beyond the winter schedule.
The carrier will commence a three-times weekly service (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays) to the capital of Uzbekistan from March 28, using B737-800 aircraft operated on behalf of Lufthansa by Swiss business airline Privatair.
The aircraft will be configured with 24 angled lie-flat seats in business class and 84 seats in economy, meaning plenty of space for passengers, as a 737 of this type can carry up to 180 passengers. Flights will depart Munich at 2015, arriving in Tashkent at 0505 the next day, with the return leg leaving Uzbekistan at 0645 and arriving back in Munich at 1015.
The following day Lufthansa will launch flights from Munich to the capital of Iran, again using B737 aircraft chartered from Privatair. The four-times weekly service will depart Munich on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 2035, landing in Teheran at 0345 the following day. The return leg will depart Iran at 0455, arriving back in Munich at 0735.
Lufthansa will also resume flights from Munich to Miami on March 29, with a thrice-weekly service (Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays) using Airbus A330 aircraft. In addition the carrier has decided to extend its winter Munich-Cairo service until May 30, with four-times weekly flights from March 28, plied by Privatair.
It’s not the first time Lufthansa has chartered aircraft from Privatair – the private airline has previously operated transatlantic flights for the german carrier, and last year commenced routes from Frankfurt to Bahrain and Dammam on behalf of Lufthansa (see online news May 20, 2009). Privatair also operates flights on certain transatlantic routes on behalf of Lufthansa-owned Swiss, as well as KLM.
Report by Mark Caswell