Lufthansa Cargo proudly reported today that it has received one of the 2012 ÖkoGlobe awards that recognize achievement and advancement in the mobility and transport industry.
Lufthansa Cargo was selected for the award thanks to it’s weight-saving Jettainer cargo containers (Jettainer is a Lufthansa Cargo subsidiary) that are manufactured from composite materials and are 13 kilograms lighter than their aluminum predecessors. In all, Lufthansa Cargo will have approximately 5000 of these containers in use over the next few years.
Here is an example of the award winning design (courtesy of Lufthansa Cargo):
Doing the math (based on 5000 containers in service), Lufthansa Cargo can potentially eliminate approximately 65,000Kg or 143,300 pounds of unnecessary weight from their container “fleet”. With 15,500 Lufthansa Cargo flights each year, and with Jet Fuel currently costing €650 per ton, you can quickly see just how much impact a lighter container can make on the bottom line!
Lufthansa Cargo Manager Markus Witte stated in the awards ceremony held in Cologne that “It is becoming increasingly evident that the mobility industry is investing substantially in innovation and making immense efforts proactively in order to reduce CO2 emissions. We are proud that Lufthansa Cargo has won recognition for its lightweight containers with this environmental award, which has previously been captured mainly by the automotive industry. That motivates us to continue developing innovative and environmentally friendly ideas.”
Lufthansa Cargo placed 3rd in the awards ceremony, behind innovations from Volkswagen and Deutsche Post.
When I was in Frankfurt a couple of weeks ago visiting Lufthansa Cargo, I saw these containers throughout the facility. They are made from a composite material that reminded me of something along the lines of a plastic coated canvas or tarp. It was fairly rigid, yet easy enough to bend, but extremely durable and appeared quite unbreakable.
For more information on the ÖkoGlobe Awards, please visit www.oekoglobe.de
Lufthansa has discounted fares for travel between European destinations between Christmas and New Year’s. The fares are several Euro cheaper than their normal rates and start as low as €99. The best fares seem to be for Italian destinations with Rome and Milan as well as Paris and Vienna (depending on which German city you depart from). These fares allow for a great side trip if you already are going to be in Europe!
I always enjoy travelling to Europe during the holiday season because you tend to find the best air fares of the year during this time period AND you get to experience fantastic hospitality. During December, many cities and towns host their Holiday Markets where visitors can take in local culture, crafts and culinary specialities. Having a glass of Spiced/Mulled Wine, a fresh Bratwurst and a piece of Gingerbread goes a long way in taking the chill out of a winter day!
To see the entire list of eligible routes for this fare sale, please visit Lufthansa’s Fare Sale Website.
Lufthansa announced this morning that it is expanding it’s Self Check-In capabilities in Munich and Frankfurt.
Lufthansa has been piloting a program that allows passengers to use “Self-Service Check-In” Kiosks. These kiosks enable a passenger to check in for their flight and to check their luggage to their destination all without the assistance of a Check-In Counter representative.
Munich has had six of these new Kiosks for in place for about a year and will be adding 13 additional units by the end of this year. The kiosks already in operation are located at the southern end of Terminal 2.
In Frankfurt, 2 Kiosks are currently undergoing their pilot program and plans are to have 16 of these Kiosks in place by mid-2013.
If you prefer to check your bags the more traditional way (or if you have bulky/unique luggage), you will of course still be able to use Lufthansa’s regular Check-In counters.
Beijing–Nagoya effective October 28 to December 19 is reduced from 1x/day to 5x/WEEK.
Beijing–Okinawa effective October 28 to December 19 is CANCELED.
Beijing–Osaka Kansai effective October 28 to December 20 is reduced from 21x/week to 9x/week.
Beijing–Tokyo(HND) effective October 28 to November 17 is reduced from 14x/week to 6x/week.
Beijing–Tokyo(NRT) effective October 28 to November 17 is reduced from 3x/day to 2x/day.
Dalian–Osaka Kansai is CANCELED for remainder of Winter Timetable.
Shanghai–Fukuoka effective October 28 to November 30 is reduced from 1x/day to 6x/WEEK.
Shanghai–Osaka Kansai effective October 28 to December 21 is reduced from 14x/week to 12x/week .
Shanghai–Sendai effective October 28 to November 30 is reduced from 2x/week to 1x/week.
Shanghai–Tokyo(NRT) effective October 28 to December 1 is reduced from 21x/week to 19x/week.
Chongqing–Xi’An-Harbin effective November 1 will BEGIN 1x/day service.
Hangzhou–Nanning effective October 30 will BEGIN 4x/week service.
Hangzhou–Wuhan–Lanzhou effective October 28 will BEGIN 1x/day service.
Tianjin–Chongqing–Lijiang effective November 1 will BEGIN 3x/week service.
Tianjin–Yuncheng–Kunming effective November 1 will BEGIN 1x/day service. 0
Xichang–Chengdu–Shanghai effective October 28: Xichang-Chengdu increases from 1x/day to 2x/day. Chengdu-Shanghai will increase from 47x/week to 54x/week.
Addis Ababa-Lome effective November 25 will increase from 5x/week to 1x/DAY.
Addis Ababa-Ouagadougou-Abidjan effective November 25 will be reduced from 5x/week to 4x/week.
EVA (Star Alliance Member Elect):
Taipei-Niigata effective January 12 will begin 2x/week service.
Singapore-Adelaide effective July 3 will increase from 10x/week to 12x/week.
Denver-Dallas(DAL) effective January 3 is CANCELED.
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Thanks to FlyerTalk’s Oliver2002 for uncovering information through GDS that indicates that Lufthansa’s next 747-8i is scheduled to enter service between Frankfurt and Los Angeles on MONDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2012.
This entry into service was delayed by approximately a month due to delivery delays at Boeing. However it’s nice to see that the next 747-8i is set to enter the fleet!
I had the opportunity to experience the new First Class cabin on a flight this past summer from Frankfurt to Washington, DC (I had been in Frankfurt for the Inaugural Flight celebration). It was one of my most memorable flights, ever!
I double-checked sample bookings on Lufthansa.com and it shows the 747-8i as the aircraft flying the route on December 10, just be mindful that changes to the schedule can happen. If thats the case, I’ll provide an update.
Brussels Airlines has an ongoing promotion for anyone who signs up for a “MyBrusselsAirlines” account on BrusselAirlines.com. Signing up for the account subscribes you to their newsletter and to online tools to help you make or manage you bookings.
In addition, anyone who signs up for the account will receive a “Promotion Code” good for a 10% discount for travel within Europe or between Europe and Africa on Brussels Airlines. The the coupon code is also valid for flights to Tel Aviv and Moscow. Earlier this year, this offer was only valid for Intra-European travel and has since been expanded to cover Africa.
The discount applies only to the base fare (taxes and fees are not eligible for a discount). Nevertheless, the code can save you upwards of €80-€90 ($103-$116) off a ticket to Africa! The code is only applicable on b.light economy and regular economy round-trip tickets. Please be aware that the code is only valid on flights operated by Brussels Airlines. Codeshare flights with partner airlines are not eligible.
Signing up is easy. Just visit the MyBrusselsAirline sign-up page to register. You’ll get an email asking you to confirm your account. The link you receive in your email will take you to your “MyBrusselsAirlines” page where you’ll find a link to the 10% promo code. The confirmation page will include this window:
Once you click on the “Enjoy a 10% discount on your next flight” link you’ll be taken to another page that will have the following text along with your promo-code (the promo code would be below booking and travel period information):
We are happy you have chosen to fly with Brussels Airlines. As a welcome gift, we’re offering you a special discount* of 10% off your next return flight to any of our African or European destinations (+ Tel Aviv & Moscow). Simply enter your personal promocode when making a booking to receive your welcome discount!
Booking period: 01 October 2012 – 31 October 2012
Travel period: 01 November 2012 – 01 September 2013
I suspect that the booking window will soon be adjusted to reflect November, so you may want to wait until November to register.
Once you have your promo code and you want to search for a fare, simply check the box next to “I have a promotion code” and that will allow you enter your code which will then be reflected in the fare results:
With Brussels Airlines making it so easy to get a discount off of your next flight with them, there’s no reason not to take a few minutes and sign up for the offer!
Brussels Airlines is launching their newest route this weekend when they begin service between Brussels, Belgium and Edinburgh, Scotland. The route will be flown 6 times a week currently (everday except Saturday) and will increase to 2 times/day beginning with the summer timetable in April.
With the launch of this new destination, Brussels Airlines now serves 6 destinations in the UK. In addition to Edinburgh, they now fly to London(LHR), Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and Newcastle.
Brussels-Edinburgh will be operated by SN2063 departing Brussels at 15:10 and arriving at 16:00.
Edinburgh-Brussels will be operated by SN2064 departing Edinburgh at 16:40 and arriving at 19:30.
A 2-class Airbus A319 (139 seats) will be used to fly this route. Fares for the route start as low as €99 for a b.light economy ticket.
Announced today, Lufthansa will add it’s 10th North American destination from Munich when it begins daily non-stop service between Munich and Vancouver.
The route is scheduled to begin on May 16, 2013 and will operate on a daily basis. This will complement the existing daily flight from Frankfurt.
The Munich-Vancouver flight will operate as LH476 departing Munich(MUC) at 15:30 (3:30p) and arriving in Vancouver(YVR) at 17:05 (5:05p local time).
The Vancouver-Munich return flight will operate as LH477 departing Vancouver at 18:45 (6:45p local time) and arriving in Munich at 14:00 (2:00p) the following afternoon.
Currently, this new flight is part of Lufthansa’s current fare sale involving flights FROM Germany to North America and is available for booking. The current fare is €663 for tickets booked by November 20, for travel between May 16 and 31.
The route will be flown by a 3-class Airbus A330. It may be too early to tell if it will be flown by a new or retrofitted A330 showcasing Lufthansa’s new cabin interiors. Munich has a significant part of its long haul fleet already retrofitted with the new interior but I’m not sure if this route will have it. I’ll pass along that information once I find out for myself!
Beginning with this Winter’s timetable, Lufthansa will be launching hourly shuttle flights between key destinations within Germany.
The Shuttles will operate from Frankfurt and will serve Hamburg, Munich and Berlin. Initially the shuttles will run hourly between 6:00am and 8:00pm. During peak morning and evening hours, each of these destinations will have 2 flights depart Frankfurt each hour.
The schedule will have flights departing Frankfurt for Hamburg and Munich “On The Hour” meaning that flights will depart at 13:00, 14:00, 15:00 etc. Flights from Frankfurt to Berlin will depart at 45 minutes past each hour.
I like the simplicity of this. Until now, departure times for these key German destinations were scattered throughout the day without any pattern. In some cases, such as Frankfurt-Munich, there will actually be an increase in frequency of flights.
Being the wonderful hosts that they are, Lufthansa associates (thanks Anja, Mi-Kyung and Ulrich!) had arranged a private tour of some of their facilities in Frankfurt while I was there to attend their Social Media Workshop. The tour included visits to their Technik Hangar, Engine Shop, Cargo (where I was able to be aboard an MD-11 while loading for it’s trip) and the Flight Simulator/Training Center. Out of respect for their wishes, I can not publish photos from the Engine Shop or Flight Simulator Center, however there were still plenty of great opportunities to take photos inside the enormous Technik Hangar where several aircraft were undergoing flight preparation and routine maintenance.
I had met up with my guide Ulrich at the Lufthansa Aviation Center and we set off on the tour. Once past security and “airside” we entered Lufthansa’s Technik Hangar. This facility is generally used for preparation of aircraft for their flights that day and for routine maintenance and inspections. It was a good day to visit as the Hangar was full of 747-400′s and A340-600′s. The idea of being “A kid in a candy store” came to mind, and even that would not do justice to how I felt!
As part of the tour I was given free access to explore the hangar and ask any questions. The fact that Ulrich is a retired Lufthansa 747-400 captain made it that much more enjoyable since he has a genuine passion for flying and aircraft. His insights during the tour were wonderful as demonstrated by the extended amount of time we spent sitting and talking in the 747-400′s cockpit. Having a pilot share his experiences from a career that spanned 3 decades was a great experience for me. The fact that he knew nearly everyone in the hangar was a huge plus as well!
Quiet on the outside, but full of 747's and A340's on the inside.......
Rare view of an open Emergency Exit on the upper deck of a 747-400
Looking over towards another 747-400
Up close to an A340-600
The A340's Crew Rest area located on the lower level in the rear of the aircraft
A340's Galley below the main deck -- Elevators are used to bring the carts into the main cabin.
Top of the steps at the 747-400's main door
An A340 at the other end of the Hangar
Beneath the wing of an A340-600
A340 being prepared for a flight later in the day
An opened Emergency Hatch in the 747-400's cockpit.
The cockpit of the 747-400
Wall to wall "Heavies"
A 747-400's wing as seen through the Emergency Exit
747-400's crew rest area located above the main deck
The Heron looks great under a ray of sunshine!
Lufthansa Group’s decision to streamline operations and transfer domestic and intra-european flights (except for those operating from Frankfurt and Munich) exclusively to Germanwings is starting to show up in their reservation systems.
Over the next few days, expect to see “LH” flight numbers to be replaced with “4U” flight numbers across most flights that do not operate to or from Frankfurt or Munich. For those of you unfamiliar with Germanwings, “4U” is their IATA Airline code just as “LH” is Lufthansa’s.
It looks as though Berlin-Stuttgart has already gone through that changeover and several “4U” flight numbers are already in place. I looked at several sample bookings and have seen many instances of the new “4U” flight numbers. “4U” flight numbers will be in the 4U2000 and 4U8000 ranges.
Two weeks ago, Lufthansa decided to retain the “Germanwings” name as it consolidates it Regional and Germanwings division into one Low Cost Carrier (LCC). Expect additional announcements between now and year’s end regarding topics such as flight booking, existing reservations in place for 2013 and frequent flyer program impact. I’ll certainly be covering these topics as they evolve.