Mammoth Lufthansa A380 to land in Houston on August 1st
In Texas, everything is big; so its only fitting Lufthansa has announced it’ll be the first carrier to introduce scheduled A380 service to the Lone Star State. Daily flights using the A380 between Houston and Frankfurt are to begin on August 1, 2012.
The airport is currently renovating a gate for dual level passenger boarding and deplaning.
“We commend the Houston airport’s management for their decision to invest significantly in order to make the airport A380-ready. Houston makes perfect sense as the fourth U.S. city to experience Lufthansa’s A380 flagship aircraft and premium service,” said Jürgen Siebenrock, Vice President The Americas. “Lufthansa’s new A380 service also improves capacity between Houston’s prevalent oil and energy business and the airline’s over 35 other oil and energy destinations worldwide,” he added. Globally, Lufthansa offers 146 connections in total from its Frankfurt hub.
Besides Houston being an important oil and energy market, Houston Intercontinental is also an important hub for United Airlines, a close partner to Lufthansa, both members of the Star Alliance.
“As the gateway to Texas’ energy capital, Bush Intercontinental welcomes the A380 as a symbol of Houston’s significant role as an international hub,” said Mario Diaz, Director of the Houston Airport System. “I believe the new aircraft is a game changer and is an excellent fit for transatlantic flights between Houston and Germany as Lufthansa expands its service.”
Lufthansa has been flying to Houston since 1985. Catering to the region’s energy industry, Lufthansa created its oil & energy club, which offers employees from related industry businesses an assortment of perks such as instant frequent flier status, priority check-in, access to Lufthansa Business Class Lounges, waiting-list priority, greater free baggage allowances and exclusive offers and discounts from selected partners.
Lufthansa A380 Schedule | Houston Intercontinental to Frankfurt
|Schedule for Lufthansa’s Houston, TX (IAH) — Frankfurt, Germany (FRA) A380 service effective August 1, 2012:|
|From Houston, TX to Frankfurt, Germany||4:20 pm||9:05 am +1||LH 441||0||Daily|
|From Frankfurt, Germany to Houston, TX||10:10 am||1:50 pm||LH 440||0||Daily|
Flights are available for booking at Lufthansa’s website or with a travel professional.
The Lufthansa A380 – The Worlds Largest Aircraft
Based on a full payload, the Airbus A380 is among the world’s most fuel-efficient aircraft and is quieter than other current generation wide-body aircraft. Lufthansa has ordered a total of 17 A380 aircraft, all scheduled for delivery by 2015. This will make Lufthansa the largest A380 operator in Europe.
Lufthansa A380’s are configured with 526 seats, which results in a 63 percent capacity increase on this route, and features the airline’s new First Class product. The new First Cabin is located on the upper deck and is said to be the quietest cabin in commercial aviation.
Similar to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the Lufthansa A380 boasts an air humidification system. Humidification systems are new on aircraft, specifically the A380 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Air on commercial aircraft is typically dry – The pressurization and air systems originate from hot engine bleed air sent through air conditioning packs. The extra humidity helps passengers with jetlag.
The First Cabin also features two large, luxurious bathrooms with separate changing and lavatory areas with additional personal space and storage. The cabin’s eight generously proportioned, ergonomic seats measure 6’9” feet in length and 2’7” feet in width and provide the ultimate in comfort and innovation for an exceptional travel experience.
The world’s largest Business Class also shares the upper deck with the First Class Cabin. The Business Cabin sports 98 seats, featuring improved functionality, including more storage and a power supply that works with all worldwide connections.
The main deck is home to an impressively spacious Economy Class cabin. Each of the 420 seats features an in-seat video screen, an optimized ergonomic design and a slimmer seat back that adds two inches of personal space per passenger.
Lufthansa First Passenger Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental Operator
Lufthansa is also the first passenger airline to operate the new, Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental. The inaugural flight took to the skies on June 1st, 2012, from Frankfurt (FRA) to Washington Dulles (IAD). The Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental may not be the largest, but it’s the longest passenger aircraft and still known as the “Queen of the Skies.”
Photo Credit: Photographer: Jens Görlich ©, provided courtesy of Lufthansa