Lufthansa, the German flagship airline, has started selling tickets for its brand-new Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights on the Frankfurt-Munich route. Starting October 19, the first Boeing 787 of Lufthansa will take to the German skies operating short-haul flights between Frankfurt Airport and Munich Airport. A week after the arrival of its foremost fuel-efficient, mid-sized 787 twinjets, the airline has put its initial flights on sale.
The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner (D-ABPA) will operate flights three times a day on a short-haul network, more notably being the Frankfurt-Munich rotation. The tickets for the first 787 flights are available for booking on the Lufthansa website. While the inaugural flight doesn’t avail of business-class tickets, fliers can still experience exceptional comfort in economy-class seats.
Lufthansa’s first B787 flights
Beginning October 19, Lufthansa will deploy its first 787 to fly between Frankfurt (the carrier’s primary hub) and Munich Airport (secondary hub) in the initial phase. The new widebody jet will perform flights LH096, LH106, and LH114 on the FRA-MUC route and LH101, LH111, and LH119 on the MUC-FRA route. The flights are scheduled as:
LH96: Depart FRA at 08:15 and arrive at MUC at 09:10, flight duration-00hr 55 minutes
LH101: Depart MUC at 10:00 and arrive FRA at 11:00, flight duration-01hr 00 minutes
LH106: Depart FRA at 13:15 and arrive MUC at 14:10, flight duration-00hr 55 minutes
LH111: Depart MUC at 15:00 and arrive FRA at 16:00, flight duration-01hr 00 minutes
LH114: Depart FRA at 17:15 and arrive MUC at 18:10, flight duration-00hr 55 minutes
LH119: Depart MUC at 19:00 and arrive FRA at 20:00, flight duration-01hr 00 minutes
Travelers are advised to check the aircraft type at the time of flight booking since aircraft on rotation for these flights are subject to change at short notice for operational reasons.
Long-haul services from the beginning of December
Lufthansa has hinted that its new Boeing 787-9 may commence long-haul flights before the end of 2022. As a super-efficient aircraft it is, the carrier plans to deploy the first jet to the long-haul destination once the second aircraft (D-ABPD named Frankfurt am Main) joins the fleet. Toronto might be the first intercontinental long-haul destination to be served by B787, although it’s not quite clear yet.
Before launching overseas services, it is crucial to deploy the new aircraft on the short-range domestic network for training purposes. The flight crew must be familiar with the new aircraft type to perform efficiently and eliminate some of the stress. The overall purpose of Lufthansa operating three daily 787 flights on the domestic route is to train the crew and figure out if anything can go wrong, e.g., catering services.
Boeing 787 Dreamliner delivery
On August 30, Lufthansa welcomed its maiden Boeing 787 Dreamliner (registered as D-ABPA named Berlin), the first of 32 aircraft Lufthansa has on order with the US aerospace giant. The second 787 is set to join the fleet in the next few months, and the remaining 30 will be delivered to Lufthansa Group over the coming years by 2027.
Initially, Lufthansa placed an order for 20 B787-9 types in March 2019 and upped the number to 25 in May 2021. One year later, the carrier added another seven to the order book, resulting in 32 firm orders. In addition to the remaining 31 B787s on order, the Lufthansa Group also has a whopping order for 20 B777-9X aircraft along with the recent seven 777-8 freighter orders to strengthen its Lufthansa Cargo subsidiary.
Lufthansa’s B787 can accommodate up to 296 passengers and comes up with 3 class configuration-business classes with aisle access, premium economy, and economy classes. Boeing 787 Dreamliners will be the workhorses of Lufthansa’s long-haul fleet and replace Airbus A340-300s. The widebody jet airliner equips industry-leading technology to create remarkable opportunities for the airline, including opening up new routes and a comfortable passenger experience. It has unparalleled fuel efficiency, saving a quarter of fuel on every flight and creating 25% fewer emissions than its predecessors.
Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner features an excellent range with the capability to carry 296 passengers up to 7,565 nautical miles (14,010 km) in a two-class layout. The Dreamliner effect allows passengers to travel in comfort without stress to any corners of the planet.
Ending a 15-month delivery halt, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has finally allowed the US aerospace manufacturer Boeing to resume delivery of Boeing 787s. Due to manufacturing defects, the FAA suspended the 787type deliveries in April 2021. Lufthansa B787 marks the fourth delivery of the type for Boeing as it ferried three other Dreamliners to American Airlines (2) and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines(1).