Lufthansa has provided preliminary information regarding updates to it’s Summer 2013 Aircraft Operations that goes into effect on March 31, 2013. Of course this is not a complete list and other changes will be forthcoming in the coming weeks and months. I’ll continue to post updates as Lufthansa releases them in the future. But for now it looks like there is a slight increase in the amount of 747-400′s that will fly on certain routes in the summer of 2013 as compared to 2012′s summer. Being that the 747 is by far and away my favorite aircraft, I welcome the changes!
Frankfurt-Boston: From April 19 to May 11 and again from May 23 to July 28 Lufthansa flight numbers LH422 and LH423 will be flown by Airbus A340-600 aircraft instead of the usual Boeing 747-400.
Frankfurt-Chicago: Beginning April 19, Lufthansa flights 432 and 433 will be flown by a Boeing 747-400. Normally these flights have been flown by Airbus A340′s. The other Frankfurt-Chicago flights (431 and 430) will continue to be flown by a 747-400. My speculation here is that one of these will actually be flown by a new 747-8i since Chicago is slated to see the 747-8i at some point in the not too distant future (Currently next line after Los Angeles).
Frankfurt-Denver: This route will see the return of the 747-400 for the summer. During Summer 2012, the route had been flown by an Airbus A340. The Lufthansa 747 is not stranger to Denver, so it’s nice to see it’s return.
Frankfurt – Detroit: This route will see the Airbus A340-600 next summer. During the 2012 Summer, the Airbus A340-300 or A330-300 had flown the route.
Frankfurt–Dubai: This route will see the 747-400 next summer, replacing the A340-600 that flew the route during the 2012 Summer.
Frankfurt-New York(JFK): The Boeing 747-400 will replace the Airbus A380 for flights LH400 and LH401. This will result in the 747-400 flying both daily flights between Frankfurt and New York(JFK)
Frankfurt–Riyadh: The Airbus A330-300 will replace the Airbus A340-600 on this route next summer.
Frankfurt–Shanghai: Lufthansa flights LH732 and LH733 will be operated by an Airbus A340-600 during the summer in 2013. The route had been flown by an Airbus A340-300 during the 2012 summer timetable.