31 JANUARY 2011
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Lufthansa is to launch in May a daily Airbus A380 service from Frankfurt to San Francisco (SFO), the airline’s fifth Airbus A380 destination and the first carrier with the aircraft into SFO.
The carrier will operate the service under the present flight numbers LH 454 and LH 455, replacing a Boeing 747-400 currently offered on the route.
The new Lufthansa flagship is configured with 526 seats, eight in First Class, 98 in Business Class and 420 in Economy. Lufthansa will also continue to serve the "metropolis of the Pacific coast" from Munich daily with an Airbus A340, sister company Swiss serving the city with an Airbus A340 from Zurich.
Lufthansa has established the A380 on flights to Beijing and Tokyo. From the end of February it will also operate to New York.
The airline has issued some interesting statistics regarding the A380. With the new service the fleet will be undertaking 70 long haul flights per week, covering a distance of more than half a million kilometres. Each week, almost 37,000 passengers will have an opportunity to fly on an the aircraft. Deploying the A380 will enable Lufthansa to increase its capacity on flights to San Francisco by 31%. www.lufthansa.com/A380.
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