Lufthansa’s Queen of the Skies to hold court between Johannesburg and Frankfurt in October
Lufthansa German Airlines will operate the Boeing 747-8, the next generation of the Jumbo Jet, on the Johannesburg – Frankfurt route from October this year.
Dubbed “Queen of the Skies,” Lufthansa’s Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental will serve all of Africa.
“The four-class Boeing 747-8 is our most advanced long-haul aircraft with the most advanced, fuel efficient long-haul aircraft in the Lufthansa fleet,” said Tamur Goudarzi–Pour, Lufthansa Vice President for Sales & Services Middle East, Africa and South Eastern Europe.
“We are investing one million euros daily in our on board products, retrofitting 100 long haul aircraft including those serving South Africa,” he added.
Lufthansa, which ordered 19 of the stretched Boeing 747, will operate the aircraft on the Johannesburg route in a four-class cabin configuration – 8 First Class, 80 Business Class, 32 Premium Economy Class and 244 Economy Class).
Lufthansa’s new Premium Economy class combines affordability with greater comfort. The seats offer 50 % more room than Economy Class.
Lufthansa’s First Class passengers flying from South Africa already enjoy the superb comfort of the award-winning First Class cabin with its ergonomically contoured seat that converts into a fully flat, two-metre long bed.
The new Business Class offers a flat bed, upgraded meal service and a 15” inch TV monitors with one of the most advanced inflight entertainment systems in existence.
Currently, Europe’s largest aviation group, Lufthansa has over 260 aircraft on order for delivery until 2025 worth 36 billion euros at list price. These include 34 Boeing 777-9x and 25 Airbus A350s, the latter of which will commence service from Munich during 2016.
“With these investments, Lufthansa is well on its way to becoming the first Western Airline to receive a 5-star ranking from Skytrax,” noted Goudarzi-Pour.
- Lufthansa is also enhancing its service to and from Cape Town. The service during South Africa’s summer season linking Munich to the mother city will be expanded to daily operations with an Airbus A340-600, offering local business and leisure travelers a growing network of European and Trans-Atlantic flights from Lufthansa’s Bavarian Hub.
- Southern Africa is also served by Swiss International Air Lines with daily flights between Johannesburg and Zurich. The Swiss carrier and Lufthansa Group subsidiary operates the Airbus A340 between these two cities and intends to upgrade its product in the first half of 2016 with one of Swiss’s new Boeing 777-300.
- For the fifth year, Edelweiss, Switzerland’s leading leisure carrier and a subsidiary of Swiss, will connect Cape Town with Zurich non-stop twice a week during South Africa’s high season operating flights from October 26 until March 25 2016. Edelweiss offers the flat bed Business Class, the Economy Max and the normal Economy Class.
- Africa remains one of the Lufthansa Group’s top regions with new routes being planned for Nairobi as well additional gateways for Brussels Airlines in Accra (Ghana), Kigali (Rwanda), Lomé (Togo), Cotonou (Benin) and Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso).