Lufthansa Takes to the Skies: US Expansion and a Business Class Evolution

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Key Takeaways

  • Lufthansa expands its US presence with new routes to Raleigh-Durham and Minneapolis, totaling 27 gateways.
  • Plans to increase flight frequencies to Seattle and other cities in 2024.
  • Doubling Airbus A380 destinations, adding flights from Munich to several US cities and Delhi.
  • Allegris Business Class debut delayed to 2024 due to Boeing 787-9 delivery issues, promising a personalized luxury travel experience.

Lufthansa, the German airline, is embarking on a new expansion chapter. 

Starting next summer, the airline has unveiled plans to commence operations in two additional US airports – Raleigh-Durham in North Carolina and Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

This move propels the number of US gateways the airline serves to an impressive 27.

According to a Business Travel News Europe report, Frankfurt Airport will now host flights to the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, courtesy of an Airbus A330, and the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport via a Boeing 787. 

Furthermore, 2024’s summer season will be enhanced with a daily service connecting Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Munich Airport, doubling Lufthansa’s flight frequencies to Seattle.

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The report noted that looking to build on this momentum, the airline is slated to bolster frequencies between Frankfurt and cities such as Austin, Dallas, Orlando, and Calgary next year. 

Not to be left out, the San Diego-Munich service will soon shift from its three-times-a-week schedule to a daily one.

The A380 Flies Further

The report noted that come next summer, aficionados of the Airbus A380 superjumbo jet have something to look forward to. Lufthansa is gearing up to double its roster of A380 destinations. 

The aircraft will journey from Munich to Boston, Los Angeles, and New York (JFK) and introduce flights to Washington DC and Delhi. 

Six gigantic “big bird” Airbus A380s will call Munich home next summer, and we expect to welcome two more by 2025.

Meanwhile, Swiss, a member of the Lufthansa Group, is also taking to the skies with new routes to Washington DC and Toronto while fortifying its European presence.

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The Allegri Business Class: Worth the Wait

According to a Business Traveler report, the aviation world has been excited since Lufthansa first unveiled plans for its redesigned Business Class cabins – the Allegris. 

Initially slated for a summer 2023 debut, unforeseen delivery delays with the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners have pushed the launch to 2024.

In the report, Lufthansa’s CEO, Carsten Spohr, voiced the collective anticipation, stating that many were keenly awaiting the new Allegris onboard experience. 

The first taste of this luxury will be aboard Lufthansa’s sixth Boeing 787-9, scheduled for a 2024 delivery. Subsequent rollouts will take place on the Airbus A350-900s, and eventually, over 100 aircraft across their fleet will be fitted with this luxurious cabin.

The report noted that the Allegris business class aims to redefine luxury air travel. Each cabin will have seven unique seat types offering direct aisle access. Personalization is at the forefront, with adjustable temperature controls and an interactive tablet managing all seat functions. 

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Enhanced privacy, a state-of-the-art 18-inch 4K monitor, wireless charging, and Bluetooth capabilities offer passengers an opulent experience.

What We Think

Lufthansa’s strategic US expansion and the introduction of the Allegris Business Class showcase a commitment to enhancing travel experiences.

The delay in Allegris’ launch indicates a strong focus on ensuring top-notch quality. The expansion of A380 routes and the attention to passenger comfort with personalized features in the Allegris cabins signify Lufthansa’s dedication to setting new standards in luxury air travel.

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