Lufthansa Launches Its First Airbus A350 Flight To South America

Lufthansa has re-launched a service between Munich and Sao Paulo. The route will be operated by an Airbus A350-900 having returned to the skies between Germany and Brazil.

Lufthansa, Airbus A350, Munich, Sao Paulo
Lufthansa has relaunched its Munich-Sao Paulo service. Photo: Lufthansa

Sao Paulo is a key destination for the Lufthansa group. Indeed, the German flag carrier and its subsidiaries operate 17 flights per week to the South American destination from Europe. However, this number is set to increase further as Lufthansa is connecting the city of Munich to the Sao Paulo network with a thrice-weekly flight in either destination utilising the Airbus A350-900. The new flight first took off on the 2nd of December 2019.

The new schedule

Lufthansa will be operating the Airbus A350-900 three times per week in each direction between Munich and Sao Paulo. LH504 will depart from Munich, while LH505 is the return flight from Sao Paulo.

The first flight of the new service took place on the 2nd of December 2019, with flights departing Munich on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday, and the return operating on Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday.

Lufthansa, Airbus A350, Munich, Sao Paulo
The flight will be operated by an Airbus A350. Photo: Alex Tino Friedel/Lufthansa

The flight is set to operate on each of the specified weekdays to the following schedule:

  • LH504 is set to depart from Munich at 22:30 on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Following the 6,075 mile flight as the crow flies, the Airbus A350-900 is set to touch down in Sao Paulo at 06:55 the next day.
  • Following 11 hours on the ground, LH505 departs from Sao Paulo at 18:00 on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. The flight is then scheduled to land in Munich at 09:35 the next morning. As such, each rotation takes Lufthansa around 36 hours.

First A350 to South America

The flight is Lufthansa’s first Airbus A350 flight to head to South America. While some of the Lufthansa fleet is spread between Munich and Frankfurt, the Airbus A350 does not fly from Frankfurt.

Speaking of the relaunched route Lufthansa’s Vice President of Marketing, Markus Binkert, told how:

“We are pleased to connect São Paulo with our premium hub in Munich again. For the first time ever, Lufthansa is using the Airbus A350-900 on flights to South America – the most modern and environmentally-friendly long-haul aircraft in the world.”

Lufthansa, Airbus A350, Munich, Sao Paulo
The flight operates three times per week. Photo:

About the Airbus A350

According to Lufthansa’s first Airbus A350, registered as D-AIXA, was delivered to the German flag carrier on the 21st of December 2016. The aircraft is thus three years old. Lufthansa operates a fleet of 15 A350s, with a total of 45 having been ordered. SeatGuru states that Lufthansa’s Airbus A350 fleet has two configurations, each with three cabins.

One configuration has 48 lie-flat business class beds in a 2-2-2 configuration, 21 premium economy seats in a 2-3-2 configuration, and 224 economy seats in 3-3-3. The other configuration has 36 business class seats, 21 premium economy seats, and 262 economy seats, in the same layout.

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