Lufthansa Launches A380 Service Between Frankfurt and New York

February 28, 2011

February 28, 2011 By: Jena Tesse Fox


Today, Lufthansa begins regular, scheduled flights from Frankfurt to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on its A380  aircraft. Inaugural flight LH400 departed Frankfurt at 11:05am and is scheduled to touchdown at JFK at 1:35pm. Lufthansa plans to increase the frequencies to JFK subsequently, and will ultimately offer daily service. New York’s JFK airport now is Lufthansa’s fourth A380 destination after Tokyo, Beijing and Johannesburg. Flights are available for booking on http://www.lufthansa.com.

“New York is one of the most important markets for Lufthansa, so it was imperative for us to launch transatlantic flights on our flagship aircraft to this U.S. gateway,” said Jens Bischof, Vice President The Americas for Lufthansa.

Lufthansa has equipped the A380 with 526 seats in a three-class configuration. Today’s A380 flight also marks the introduction of the brand-new First Class cabin to the North American market. It features eight seats on the upper deck, each measuring 6’9” feet in length and 2’7” feet in width. Best of all, the two first class bathrooms have separate changing and lavatory areas with more personal space and storage options.

Also on the upper deck is the award-winning Business Class cabin with 98 with larger luggage bins and a power supply that works with all worldwide connections. On the main deck are 420 Economy Class seats with individual in-seat video screens, an optimized ergonomic seat design and slimmer seat back resulting in two more inches of personal space per passenger.

Lufthansa has ordered a total of 15 A380 aircraft, all scheduled for delivery by 2015. Four A380 aircraft are already delivered.

For more information, visit www.lufthansa.com.



Snow disrupts travel across Europe

December 20, 2010

·  Airline disruptions

Those planning to travel by air to or from this destination should check with their airline or travel agent immediately to reconfirm travel arrangements. If your flight has been canceled, request the next available flight. Traffic on roadways leading to airports may be considerably slower than normal. Airports are likely to become very crowded, and lines will be long. Allow a good measure of extra time to get to the airport, check in and go through security.

·  Driving on ice/snow

Before driving in harsh winter conditions, make sure that your car is in good working order. Dress warmly and take along preventive supplies, such as a flashlight, windshield scraper, snow shovel and an abrasive material, such as sand, that you can use for traction if get you stuck. Most importantly, slow down, steer smoothly and leave a good measure of extra space between your vehicle and those around you. Shift to low gear when driving downhill. Watch for ice on bridges and overpasses. If your car goes into a skid, don’t brake, but ease off the accelerator and steer smoothly in the direction you want to go.

·  Railway disruptions

Those planning to travel by train or subway in this region should check with the railway immediately to reconfirm travel arrangements. If your train has been canceled, request a reservation on the next available train. Traffic on roadways near the train station may be considerably more congested than normal. Stations are likely to become very crowded, lines will be long and tempers among other passengers may be short. Allow a good measure of extra time to get to the station and check in.


Snowstorm cancels many flights

December 13, 2010

Airlines  including American, Delta, Southwest and United canceled more than 1,400 flights from Chicago as a snowstorm that slammed the U.S. Midwest during the weekend moves toward Canada.

The storm, which dumped as much as 21.5 inches (55 centimeters) of snow in Minnesota, caused the roof of Minneapolis’s Metrodome to collapse. The National Football League game between the Minnesota Vikings and the New York Giants was moved to Ford Field in Detroit today. Wind and rain caused flight cancellations from Boston to Washington.

About 1,200 flights out of Chicago O’Hare International Airport and 250 out of Chicago’s Midway International Airport were canceled over the weekend, with more delays and cancellations expected, the Chicago Department of Aviation said yesterday. Heavy snow was reported in parts of northwest Indiana and southeast Michigan early today as the storm moves east.

“This winter storm is obviously causing havoc with air travel through the upper Midwest,” Mary Frances Fagan, a spokeswoman for AMR Corp., operator of American, said in a telephone interview from Chicago. “Hundreds of flights have to be canceled for safety reasons.”

As many as 2.3 million people a day may fly on U.S. airlines from Dec. 16 through Jan. 5 as demand rises 3.1 percent this holiday season compared with last year, the Air Transport Association forecast Dec. 8. Planes may be 90 percent full on average for the busiest days, the Washington-based industry group said in a statement.

At least 272 of Fort Worth, Texas-based AMR’s American Airlines, American Eagle and AmericanConnection flights were canceled out of Chicago, according to Fagan.


Ethiopian Airlines takes delivery of 900th Boeing 777

November 22, 2010

 

The Boeing Company on Wednesday announced that it delivered its 900th 777 airplane to Ethiopian Airlines, the first of five that the air carrier ordered in 2009.

“With the delivery of its first 777-200LR (ET-ANN), Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to operate the world’s most technologically advanced and longest-range airplane,” said Ethiopian Airlines CEO Ato Girma Wake. “This further reaffirms our commitment to be the leader of aviation in Africa.”

Ethiopian Airlines is investing in additional aircraft to broaden its network. The Addis Ababa-based company will use the Boeing 777-200LR for its new nonstop service from Washington D.C. and for its new long-haul nonstop routes like Beijing, China.

“The 777-200LR is the only airplane that provides the range and efficiency that Ethiopian needs to service its long-haul routes,” said Larry Loftis, vice president and general manager, 777 program.

The 777 program reached the 900-airplane milestone faster than any other twin-aisle airplane in history. The airplane’s performance and comfortable interior have made it the world’s most popular twin-engine long-haul commercial jetliner. The 777 program has had 1,165 orders from 61 customers worldwide.

The Boeing 777-200LR is capable of carrying passengers and cargo farther than any other jetliner. It is also capable of connecting any two cities in the globe nonstop. The 777-200LR can also carry a full cargo load on routes where other airplanes are payload limited.

Provisions for up to three optional fuel tanks have been added in the aft cargo area of the 777-200LR to be able to fly a range of 9,395 nautical miles (17,395 kilometers) with full passenger payload (301 passengers).

“As one of the premier airlines in Africa and around the world, Ethiopian has long used Boeing airplanes as a tool for achieving our business goals,” Wake said. “The strategic long-range feature of the 777-200LR will again help Ethiopian expand our network and is a perfect complement to the 787s that are on order.”


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