Lufthansa cuts capacity to Nairobi

8 Oct 2015 by GrahamSmith

Lufthansa will replace the A340-300 it had planned to roster on to its forthcoming Frankfurt-Nairobi route with a B737-700 operated by PrivatAir.

The German carrier had planned to start a four-times weekly A340 service between the two cities on October 27.

In a sign it is targetting the high-yield business market, Lufthansa now plans to roster a two-class B737 three times per week - on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays - from October 25.

The move represents a significant drop in capacity, from 279 to 86 seats.

However, on "peak demand days", Lufthansa will operate the A340 as originally scheduled, reports

Outbound service LH590 will depart Frankfurt at 1110 and arrive at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International airport at 2135, with return service LH591 leaving Nairobi at 2315 and landing in Frankfurt at 0615 the next day.

Lastly, Lufthansa no longer plans to increase frequency to daily next summer (see news, June 18) and will instead continue flying the route three-times weekly.

Subscribers can read a feature on the growth in trade and industry in Nairobi here.

Graham Smith

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