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Launch of new flagship service from Frankfurt to Tokyo on 11 June

Lufthansa A380 flights to Tokyo, Beijing and Johannesburg now bookable

Customers can now book flights on a Lufthansa A380 and experience the airline’s new flagship at first hand already soon. Bookings for the intercontinental routes on which the World’s largest passenger aircraft will be operated are now being taken. The A380 will commence scheduled flights on 11 June on the Frankfurt-Tokyo route, replacing the current Boeing 747-400 service. The first Airbus A380 to be delivered to Lufthansa will depart from Frankfurt – initially on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays – for Tokyo’s Narita International Airport. The aircraft, bearing the name “Frankfurt am Main” will operate under flight number LH 710. The return flight to Frankfurt (LH 711) is scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Once Lufthansa takes delivery of its second A380, the service will then operate daily starting 4 August as planned.

From 25 August, according to the latest planning, Lufthansa’s third A380 will fly from Frankfurt to Beijing three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The return flight from the Chinese capital is scheduled in each case for the following day. A daily connection is planned from the end of October, when the fourth A380 joins the Lufthansa fleet. From 25 October, the Lufthansa flagship is expected to be deployed thrice weekly (on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays) on the Frankfurt-Johannesburg route. The return flight from South Africa to Frankfurt will depart the following day.

The Airbus A380 has 526 seats in the best and most modern service classes offered by Lufthansa. The completely revamped First Class, with eight generous seats on the upper deck, promotes a sense of individuality. Business Class, with 98 seats on the upper deck, and Economy Class, with 420 seats on the main deck, provide unprecedented comfort and an impressive feeling of space.

Numerous airports worldwide are currently upgrading their facilities in preparation for the A380. At Frankfurt, passengers will generally board the Lufthansa A380 on two levels. This year, Lufthansa expects to take delivery of four Airbus A380s.

Visitors to the dedicated website can obtain the latest flight information, book a flight with the A380 and find inspiration and ideas for trips to the first Lufthansa A380 destinations. Film clips will convey the flair of these cities and provide special travel tips to encourage visitors to explore further for themselves. Users can also add their own personal travel recommendations. In addition, the website gives exclusive insights into the A380, including a virtual tour of the aircraft and a virtual flight. Photos and interesting facts and reports on the development of the first component through to the completion of the Lufthansa A380 round off the information relating to the airliner. Fascinating online games and atmospheric backgrounds also provide entertainment. The Lufthansa A380 Shop offers exclusive items for fans – before their first flight on the A380 or as souvenirs of their trip.

Flight reservations can also be made via the Lufthansa Call Center in Athens on 2106175200. Bookings can also be made through Lufthansa-designated travel agencies or at Lufthansa sales counters at airports.

Deutsche Lufthansa AG is an Aviation Group comprising around 400 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, logistics, MRO, catering and IT services. 

Passenger transportation is the group’s core business: The airlines engaged in the passenger transportation business are Lufthansa (including Lufthansa Regional and Lufthansa Italia) Austrian Airlines, bmi, SWISS and Germanwings. The group also has stakeholdings in Brussels Airlines, JetBlue und SunExpress. 

In the 2009 business year, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group welcomed more than 76 million passengers on board their flights, making it Europe’s leading airline grouping.  Operating through the Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna, London-Heathrow, Brussels and Zurich hubs, Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, bmi, Brussels Airlines and SWISS jointly serve 274 destinations in 104 countries on four continents. The Group fleet currently consists of more than 720 aircraft – on order are another 146, valued at a total of 13 billion euros at list price and scheduled for delivery between 2010 and 2016.  

With its ongoing expenditure in fleet renewal, the Group is consistently making the fleet more cost-efficient and its operations more environment-friendly. End of 2009 the Lufthansa Group employed around 118,000 people. In the 2009 business year, it returned revenues totalling 22.3 billion euros. The Group is managed by an Executive Board of four members: Wolfgang Mayrhuber, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Christoph Franz, Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lufthansa German Airlines, Stefan Lauer, Chief Officer Group Airlines and Corporate Human Resources, and Stephan Gemkow, Chief Financial Officer.