Lufthansa has deployed its A380 aircraft on the daily service between Frankfurt and Hong Kong.
A model of Lufthansa's A380
The superjumbo replaces the B747-8, which served the route for nearly two years – an upgrade from the original B747-400.
According to Malte Haut, Lufthansa general manager Hong Kong, South China & Macau, the aircraft changes are a show of confidence in the route’s strength.
“[Through the deployment of new aircraft], we have been incrementally increasing capacity on our Frankfurt–Hong Kong route, which has traditionally been one of our most popular international services,” said Haut to Business Traveller Asia-Pacific at a media event yesterday.
Malte Haut, Lufthansa general manager Hong Kong, South China & Macau
The A380 offers a 20 per cent increase in passenger capacity over the B747-8. With a total of 509 seats, the superjumbo is configured with eight seats in first, 78 in business, 52 in premium economy and 371 in economy.
The impressive number of business class seats available on the route is a natural move for the airline, said Haut, as the service attracts a large number of business travellers. When asked about the strength of the loads on first class, Haut was optimistic about the popularity of the airline’s highest cabin class.
“The first class load factor on our Frankfurt–Hong Kong route is hovering around the 50 plus per cent range,” commented Haut. “Given that the A380 only offers eight seats in first, filling four and more seats isn’t bad at all!”
Haut shows off the first class seat
Flight times for the route remain unchanged. Flight LH796 departs Frankfurt at 2215 and arrives in Hong Kong at 1655 the following day. The return service on flight 797 will then take off from Hong Kong at 2310 before touching back down in Frankfurt at 0530 the next day.
Restaurant-style inflight dining experience
The general manager also spoke about the airline’s primary focus moving forward. In particular, Lufthansa is aiming to become a five-star airline.
“One of the initiatives that we just launched earlier this week was our restaurant-style inflight dining service,” said Haut. “Our cabin crew have received special training in order for them to deliver more personalised dining service to customers."
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