If this isn’t a sign of the times, then I don’t know what is.
Lufthansa flying 747s & A350s to Spain
Lufthansa claims it has been a 25-fold increase in flight bookings to Palma de Mallorca, Spain, between April and the beginning of June 2021. As a result, the airline is responding with “extraordinary measures” to increase capacity between Germany and the popular Spanish vacation destination.
While Lufthansa ordinarily flies Airbus A321s to Palma de Mallorca, the airline will fly wide body jets to the destination over peak summer travel dates. Specifically:
- Lufthansa will operate a Boeing 747-8 between Frankfurt (FRA) and Palma de Mallorca (PMI) on July 17, July 24, July 31, and August 7; the flight will operate the LH1152/1153 frequency
- Lufthansa will operate an Airbus A350-900 between Munich (MUC) and Palma de Mallorca (PMI) on July 31; the flight will operate the LH2658/2659 frequency
Lufthansa notes that it will be offsetting the CO2 emissions from these “extraordinary” flights.
How will Lufthansa sell cabins on these planes?
Lufthansa’s intra-Europe aircraft are typically in a two cabin configuration, with business class simply being economy seats with a blocked middle and better service.
So, how will Lufthansa sell these planes, given that Lufthansa’s 747-8s are in a four cabin configuration and A350-900s are in a three cabin configuration?
- On the 747-8 (which has a total of 364 seats), business class passengers can assign first and business class seats, and economy passengers can assign premium economy and economy seats
- On the A350-900 (which has a total of 293 seats), business class passengers can assign business class seats, and economy passengers can assign premium economy and economy seats
Lufthansa will be flying wide body jets to Palma de Mallorca over peak summer dates, including a Boeing 747-8 from Frankfurt and an Airbus A350-900 from Munich. This sure is a nice opportunity for passengers to experience a great product on a short haul flight.
I just can’t imagine seeing a 747-8 at Palma de Mallorca’s airport — how cool!
Anyone plan on taking one of these Lufthansa wide body flights to Spain?