Lufthansa (Frankfurt) is launching a new route between its Munich hub and Perugia at the start of the 2015 summer schedule. From March 29, 2015, Lufthansa will offer twice-weekly flights to the capital of Umbria with an Embraer 195 aircraft. The new MUC – PEG service will take off from Munich on Sundays and Tuesdays under flight number LH 1924.
Next summer, in addition to the new service to Perugia, Lufthansa is launching new routes to the Icelandic city of Keflavik, to Heraklion on the Greek island of Crete, to Seville in southern Spain and to Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow.
Additionally Lufthansa is continuing to expand its route network with new destinations. The airline will offer nonstop flights to popular holiday destinations in Mexico, the Maldives and Mauritius. During the winter months, between December 8, 2015 and April 11, 2016, passengers will be able to choose between two weekly flights each from Frankfurt to Cancún, Malé or Mauritius on Airbus A340-300 aircraft with a total of 298 seats in Business, Premium Economy and Economy Class. The seats in the new Business Class can be transformed into a comfortable bed with a horizontal lying surface of 1.98 meters in length, while increased legroom and a greater seat pitch await those in the recently introduced Premium Economy Class. The twice-weekly flights to Cancun will start December 8, 2015 , Male on December 9, 2015 and Mauritius on December 10, 2015.
As previously reported, LH is also launching Airbus A340-300 service to Tampa starting on September 24, 21015,
This will be operated by Lufthansa Cityline and with the Lufthansa Cityline Air Operator Certificate (AOC). Lufthansa will transfer in 2015/2016 a total of six Airbus A340-300s in configuration of C18/E19/Y261 to Lufthansa Cityline under the new “Jump” project.
Lufthansa is launching a new helicopter service to the slopes this winter. Lufthansa customers will be able to reach the ski slopes even faster this winter. A new helicopter service from Munich will commence on January 1, 2015. The carrier will serve Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Zillertal, Kitzbühel, SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental or other resorts in the Alps – as long as there is a helipad on site. The service can be booked now and will operate until the end of April. The company HTM Helicopter Travel Munich GmbH will operate the new service.
Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. Lufthansa CityLine’s Embraer ERJ 190-200LR (ERJ 195) D-AEBG (msn 19000423) taxies at Zurich.
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Lufthansa CityLine is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lufthansa. It has a fleet of 50 jets including CRJ900s, Embraer 190 and 1905s, and A340-300s. I was booked on the 0810 service (LH927) from London City due to arrive at 1040 local time in Frankfurt. The scheduled journey time was 90 minutes.
When booking via lufthansa.com, passengers have the option of three economy class ticket types: Economy Light (one carry-on bag, snack, drink); Economy Classic (seat reservation, one checked bag, one carry-on bag, snack, drink); and Economy Flex (priority boarding and rebooking also possible).
I was only travelling to Frankfurt for the day, so I checked in online the night before, accepted my seat assignments (14F and 20F) and had my boarding passes sent to my phone. I then saved them in my Apple Wallet app. I was returning from London Heathrow at 2000. As I live in East London, it is easy for me to get to London City – with an Uber at 0630, I was at the airport in 20 minutes.
I took the escalators up to security, passing through the electronic gates by scanning the QR code on my mobile boarding pass. I didn’t have any luggage and security was pretty quick. I did have a laptop, though, which had to come out of its case. Music was playing overhead, presumably to calm passengers. Body scanners are in operation but I wasn’t asked to use one. The process was well staffed and well organised. I was airside just after 0700. I had breakfast at the Pret near Gate 3.
At 0740 I received a text alert from Lufthansa saying my flight was delayed until 0845, and then a second with my gate number (7). I walked to the gate at 0820 – there was a lot of construction work going on so we had to hang around in the corridor before being allowed downstairs to the indoor waiting area by the tarmac. Boarding passes and passports were checked at 0835, and I managed to get a seat, but not everyone did.
At 0855 it was announced that because of snow in Frankfurt delaying the outbound flight, there would be a further delay until a new London City departure slot became available, and we wouldn’t expect to be leaving until 0950, at the earliest. Boarding started at 0910.
I was sitting in economy class window seat 14F, directly over the wing. There were six rows of business class on this Embraer 190, separated from economy by a curtain. Seats are configured 2-2 (A-C, D-F) across 29 rows throughout but only single seats are sold in the business cabin so premium travellers have more space.