Lufthansa will deploy the Boeing 747-800 on the Delhi and Bangalore routes in the current summer schedule.

India will be the first Asian country where Lufthansa will fly “the world's newest aircraft”, according to a press release.

It will deploy the aircraft on its direct Delhi - Frankfurt and Bangalore-Frankfurt routes.

Lufthansa is the launch customer for this aircraft, the first of which will connect Frankfurt and Washington from June 1 with six flights a week. New Delhi, Bangalore, Chicago and Los Angeles will be added successively during the summer schedule with the arrival of four additional aircraft scheduled to join the Lufthansa fleet in 2012, said the release.

“The B747-800 features many innovations, such as the new Lufthansa Business Class product which includes a seat that turns into a horizontal lie-flat bed,” said Mr Axel Hilgers, Director — South Asia, Lufthansa German Airlines.

“The fact that we introduce the best products currently available on board of our long-haul fleet to India first shows the importance of this market for Lufthansa,” he said.

anju@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on April 27, 2012)
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