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EAST MEADOW, NY — Lufthansa has announced it will put its new flagship aircraft, the long-haul Airbus A350-900, on the Vancouver – Munich route for the summer 2018 season.
The route operates seasonally from May 1 – Oct. 27, 2018.
Committing the A350 flagship aircraft to the Vancouver route during the busy summer travel season shows how greatly Lufthansa values and is committed to this market, says Tamur Goudarzi Pour, Lufthansa Group Vice President Airline Sales for The Americas.
“Now, not only will our Vancouver passengers fly with Europe’s only 5-Star airline, but they will also encounter a significantly enhanced travel experience with many state-of-the-art features and an elevated level of comfort on board the A350-900,” said GoudarziPour.
Billed as the world’s most advanced, environmentally-friendly long-haul aircraft, the A350-900 uses 25% less kerosene, produces 25% fewer emissions and is significantly quieter on take-off, he adds.
The aircraft has space for 293 passengers with 48 seats in Business Class, 21 in Premium Economy and 224 in Economy Class. At just under 18.4 feet wide, the cabin of the new Airbus is more spacious than comparable models of aircraft.
Lufthansa’s A350-900 Business Class cabin includes a self-service area where passengers can help themselves to snacks and drinks throughout the flight.
The aircraft’s Economy Class, furnished in shades of blue, features ergonomically-formed seat upholstery and gives travellers more personal and storage space, says the airline.
Throughout the cabin, passengers can use their own mobile device as a second screen, as well as pre-select programs from the on-board entertainment system up to six weeks prior to flight time. The aircraft also features improved cabin pressure during the flight, as well as an LED lighting system.
Munich International Airport’s Terminal 2, and a corresponding Satellite Building that opened in April 2016, are a joint venture between Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Flughafen Muenchen GmbH.
A central hub for Lufthansa and its partner airlines, T2 includes five new Lufthansa lounges, as well as 27 additional gate positions that allow passengers to board aircraft directly without bus transportation.