Lufthansa flies in ‘Queen of the Skies’ to Mumbai – Launch of B747-8 services effective 15 July 2014
Lufthansa flies in ‘Queen of the Skies’ to Mumbai – Launch of B747-8 services effective 15 July 2014; Underlines commitment to Indian market
Opening another new chapter in Indian aviation, Lufthansa announced the launch of services by its flagship Boeing 747-8 between Mumbai and Frankfurt. Mumbai becomes the third city in India to welcome the Queen of the Skies. Lufthansa currently operates the B747-8 to Delhi and Bengaluru.
Lufthansa is the global launch customer for the latest avatar of the legendary family of Jumbo Jets and its delivery to three Indian destinations, Delhi, Bengaluru and Mumbai, underlines the significance of the Indian market within Lufthansa network.
Mr. Wolfgang Will, Director South Asia, Lufthansa, said, “We are very pleased to announce the launch of B747-8 service to Mumbai. The introduction of the Queen of the Skies to Mumbai underlines our commitment to provide Indian customers with the best Lufthansa experience worldwide. The B747-8 sets new standards of comfort and efficiency. Our customers will be able to experience Lufthansa’s latest in-flight products, such as a sophisticated new Business Class seat featuring a 6.5 feet long full-flat bed with vastly improved sleeping comfort and greater privacy.”
The new B747-8 clearly raises the benchmark in travel experience. Passengers on the new B747-8 aircraft will be able to maximize in-flight comfort with its state of the art technology. They will also be able to experience Lufthansa’s latest in-flight products, such as the 5 Star ranked First Class, the sophisticated new Business Class and a comfort enhanced Economy Class with 5-7 cms more legroom and 52 centimetre wide seats. The storage area, head space and the in-flight entertainment system have also been augmented in all three classes.
This summer’s B747-8 introduction marks the completion of a vast overhaul of Lufthansa’s fleet to South Asia. The new aircraft on Lufthansa’s daily direct Mumbai – Frankfurt service replaces the last 747-400 to operate on routes to India.
The B747-8 builds upon the Boeing 747 series. The significantly improved aerodynamics of the wings, newly developed wingtips and GEnx-2B engines achieve a 15% improvement in fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions per passenger and a 30% reduction in noise emissions. The aircraft is configured with 8 First Class, 80 Business Class and 298 Economy Class seats.
More on the new Lufthansa Business Class with full -flat bed
The new Business Class seat with full-flat horizontal sleeping surface takes relaxation and comfort to a completely new level. Lufthansa’s new Business Class features ergonomically optimized seats which convert into a 6.5 feet-long full-flat bed at the push of a button. A special air cushion assures unparalleled comfort while sitting. Lufthansa’s contemporary Business Class cabin design creates an enhanced sense of space and privacy using a V-shaped seating layout. This virtually doubles the distance between two neighboring seats at shoulder level. Passengers also enjoy a better in-flight entertainment system with larger 15 inch monitors and noise reducing Sennheiser headsets.
Frankfurt (FRA) – Mumbai (BOM)
(all times stated are local times)
|New aircraft as of 15 July 2014
LH 756 Frankfurt 1330 hrs Mumbai 0100 (+1E0/74H)
LH 757 Mumbai 0300 hrs Frankfurt 0755 hrs
|Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental
|386 seats (8 First Class, 80 Business Class, 298 Economy Class)
Deutsche Lufthansa AG is an Aviation Group comprising nearly 500 subsidiaries and affiliates. The Lufthansa Group is dedicated to quality and innovation, safety and reliability. Headquartered in Germany, the Group operates in five business segments – passenger transportation (Passenger Airline Group), logistics, MRO, catering and IT-services. Passenger transportation is the Group’s core business: The airlines engaged in the passenger transportation business are Lufthansa German Airlines (including Lufthansa Regional), Austrian Airlines, SWISS and Germanwings as well as stakeholdings in Brussels Airlines, JetBlue und SunExpress. In the 2013 business year, the airlines in the Lufthansa Group welcomed more than 104 million passengers on board their flights, making it Europe’s leading airline grouping. Operating through the Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna, Zurich and Brussels hubs, Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines jointly serve 274 destinations in 106 countries on four continents. The Group fleet currently consists of 622 aircraft – on order are another 261 new aircraft, valued at a total of about 36 billion euros at list price and scheduled for delivery until 2025. With its ongoing expenditure in fleet renewal, the Group is consistently making the fleet more cost-efficient and its operations more environment-friendly. Mid of March 2014, the Lufthansa Group employed around 118,000 people. In the 2013 business year, it generated revenues totalling 30 billion euros. The Group is managed by an Executive Board of five members: Carsten Spohr, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Karl Ulrich Garnadt, Member of the Executive Board and Chief Executive Officer of Lufthansa German Airlines, Simone Menne, Member of the Executive Board and Chief Officer Finance and Aviation Services, Bettina Volkens, Member of the Executive Board and Chief Officer Corporate Human Resources and Legal Affairs and Harry Hohmeister, Member of the Executive Board and Chief Officer Group Airlines and Logistics. More details are available at www.lufthansagroup.com.