German flag carrier Lufthansa has revealed that it will deploy Boeing B787-9 Dreamliners on flights to Mumbai. This will be the first time that this particular aircraft type in Lufthansa’s fleet will have scheduled flights to Asia.
Starting 29th October 2023 through 14th January 2024, Lufthansa will deploy Boeing B787-9 Dreamliner on the daily LH756/757 rotation between Frankfurt and Mumbai. Currently, these flights are operated by Airbus A340s and will be taken over by Boeing B747-400s from 15th January 2024.
Flights LH756/757 operate with the following timings:
- Departure time: 12:35
- Arrival time: 01:00 (the next day)
- Flight time: 7 hours and 55 minutes
- Flight number: LH756
- Frequency: Daily
- Departure time: 02:55
- Arrival time: 07:25
- Flight time: 9 hours
- Flight number: LH757
- Frequency: Daily
Until now, Lufthansa’s B787-9s exclusively operated to North American destinations, including Austin, Detroit, Newark, Dallas, Denver and Montreal.
The B787-9 Dreamliner is the newest long-haul aircraft type in Lufthansa’s fleet. The airline has an order for 34 of the type. However, the carrier has already taken delivery of five B787-9s that were initially destined for Hainan Airlines but were never delivered. These B787-9s feature different interiors than those aircraft in the pipeline which will be customised with Lufthansa’s upcoming new Allegris Business class.
The Frankfurt-Mumbai and Frankfurt-Hyderabad routes will see one of these B787-9s deployed. These have 26 Business Class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration, 21 Premium Economy seats in a 2-4-2 configuration and 247 standard Economy Class seats in a 3-3-3 layout.
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Lufthansa recently announced the addition of Hyderabad to its network, taking the total number of destinations it serves in India to five. The airline initially scheduled 3-weekly service from Frankfurt from early 2024 but has since increased frequency to 5-weekly.
Hyderabad will be the second Asian destination to receive B787-9 service from Lufthansa. The carrier will launch flights to the Indian city on 16th January 2024 with the following schedule:
- Departure time: 10:55
- Arrival time: 23:55
- Flight time: 8 hours and 30 minutes
- Flight number: LH752
- Frequency: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays
- Departure time: 01:55
- Arrival time: 07:05
- Flight time: 9 hours and 40 minutes
- Flight number: LH753
- Frequency: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
In other schedule updates regarding Lufthansa for Asia-Pacific region, the airline will increase frequency of flights between Munich and Osaka to daily from the current 3-weekly from 29th October 2023. These flights are operated by Airbus A350-900 aircraft. As of 28th October 2023, the Airbus A380 will take over the daily Munich-Bangkok rotation from the Airbus A350.
Additionally, the A340-600 will continue operating the Frankfurt-Hong Kong route this winter. The route was initially set to be downgraded to the smaller A340-300.
Featured image by Lufthansa
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