Lufthansa A380 returns to San Francisco

A380 Service Between Frankfort and San Francisco

Lufthansa is preparing to resume daily A380 service between Frankfurt (FRA) and San Francisco (SFO) on March 25th.

The inbound flight, LH 454, is scheduled to depart Frankfurt (FRA) at 9:50am (CET) and arrive into the San Francisco (SFO) at 12:20pm the same day.  The return service, LH 455, will depart from San Francisco (SFO) at 2:55pm and arrive into Frankfurt (FRA) at 10:40am the following morning.

San Francisco was Lufthansa’s second A380 destination in the United States, while New York’s Kennedy (JFK) airport was first.  The airline flies this monster double-decker to Tokyo, Singapore, Beijing, and Johannesburg.  As for the 3rd destination, only a Texan sized aircraft would fit the part at Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH).  Lufthansa A380 service to Houston Bush Intercontinental (IAH) will begin on August 1, 2012.

Aside from the daily service to Frankfurt, Lufthansa also operates non-stop flights to its Munich (MUC) hub while SWISS operates a daily Airbus A340 with three classes of service.

San Francisco Airport Director, John L Martin, said, “We are extremely pleased that Lufthansa is bringing their A380 back to San Francisco.”  Martin further commented, “The larger aircraft will help accommodate the busy summer travel demand from San Francisco and the Bay Area to Europe and beyond.”

Last year, San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee officially declared May 10 as Lufthansa German Airlines Day in San Francisco.  While the 10th has passed, Lufthansa said this year marks the first anniversary of this special day.

The Airbus A380 is said to be the world’s most fuel efficient aircraft (assuming a high yield), a title Boeing may also claim with the 787 Dreamliner.

Jürgen Siebenrock, (Lufthansa) Vice President The Americas, said, “San Francisco has been an important and successful gateway for Lufthansa for more than 50 years. We are extremely excited to bring back our flagship A380 aircraft to this city.”  Siebenrock continued, “Lufthansa was the first airline to introduce the world’s most advanced and largest passenger plane to San Francisco in 2011, and the return of our flagship aircraft to the ‘City by the Bay’ displays our continued dedication and commitment to serving San Francisco with one of the most technologically-advanced aircraft to date.”

Lufthansa A380 First Class

Lufthansa A380 First Class Cabin | Photo: Copyright Lufthansa
Lufthansa A380 First Class Cabin | Photo: Copyright Lufthansa

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Lufthansa’s A380 is configured with 526 seats and features the airline’s new First Class product.  Located on the upper deck, the First Class cabin is the quietest in commercial aviation and boasts an air humidification system – the first of its kind to be installed on a commercial aircraft – that improves air humidity to help fight off jet lag.  Two large, luxurious bathrooms with separate changing and lavatory areas offer enhanced 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.

Lufthansa Business and Economy Class A380

Lufthansa A380 Business Class | Photo: Copyright Lufthansa
Lufthansa A380 Business Class | Photo: Copyright Lufthansa

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Also located on the upper deck is the award-winning Business Class cabin with 98 seats featuring improved functionality, including more storage and a power supply that works with all worldwide connections.

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Lufthansa A380 Economy Cabin | Photo: Copyright Lufthansa
Lufthansa A380 Economy Cabin | Photo: Copyright Lufthansa

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The main deck is home to an impressively spacious Economy Class cabin. Each of its 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.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Lufthansa Airlines     |     All photography in this article are Copyright Lufthansa

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