Lufthansa is set to use the Airbus A350 and the Queen of the Skies for short-haul flights this summer due to solid summer vacation demand. The flights will start in mid-July from Frankfurt, with Munich following on July 31st.
Passengers flying on short-haul destinations around Europe with Lufthansa are used to seeing an Airbus A320 family aircraft at the gate. However, this summer, they may see something slightly bigger as Lufthansa is set to operate the queen of the skies on two-hour hops across the continent. Here’s what’s planned.
Sending the Boeing 747 from Frankfurt
Frankfurt Airport is the home of Lufthansa’s Boeing 747 fleet. From here, they typically fly all over the world. However, this summer, the 747-8 will be flying to the Spanish island of Mallorca, a popular destination for German tourists.
The first flight with the jumbo jet will occur on July 17th, departing from Frankfurt Airport at 10:20. LH1152 will arrive in Mallorca two hours and five minutes later at 12:25, before leaving as LH1153 two hours later at 14:25. It is scheduled to land back in Frankfurt two hours and 20 minutes later at 16:45. The flight will operate for four consecutive weekends in total.
The Boeing 747-8 will carry 364 passengers compared to the 215 usually carried on the route. While it has four cabins, Lufthansa will operate it as a standard two-cabin flight. Including the first class cabin, the airline will offer 88 business class seats. Meanwhile, 276 seats will be provided in the economy cabin, also using the premium economy cabin.
Don’t forget the A350
The Airbus A350 will also be joining the mission from its home in Munich. The special A350 flight looks only to be operating once. Flight LH2658 will depart from Munich International Airport at 09:50, arriving in Palma de Mallorca two hours and ten minutes later at noon. The return leg will leave from Mallorca at 13:30, touching down in Munich at 15:35.
Again, the three-cabin A350 will be operated as a two-cabin flight. Lufthansa will merge premium economy and economy to create a larger economy cabin. The A350 is the airline’s most eco-friendly long-haul aircraft, with 293 seats. 48 in business class, and 245 in economy class.
Lufthansa has already placed tickets for the special flights on sale, although they are pricey. A quick turnaround on the Boeing 747 on July 31st will set you back €440.52 ($534.22) in the economy cabin and €1010.52 ($1,225.47) in the business class cabin. The good news is that Lufthansa will be offsetting all of the CO2 generated from these extraordinary flights.
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Travel between Germany and Palma de Mallorca is currently reasonably unrestricted. A negative test, proof of past infection, or vaccination certificate is required to travel in both directions. At the same time, a passenger locator form is also needed to arrive in Mallorca, if not simply changing flights.
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