Lufthansa will base its incoming 777-9 fleet in Frankfurt.
Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr made the announcement in Berlin yesterday. Although this airplane has been hyped for years and Lufthansa’s new business class product was unveiled in November 2017, the first delivery will not occur until late in 2020. The Boeing 777-9 (also called the 777X) is intended to replace the 747-400 fleet.
With the 777-9s coming to Frankfurt, Spohr also announced that two more Airbus A380 will move to Munich as the first two 777-9s arrive. In the winter months, Lufthansa operates the A380 between Munich and:
- Hong Kong
- San Francisco
During the summer months, the A380 operates between Munich and:
- Hong Kong
- Los Angeles
No word yet on what new routes will receive A380 service from Munich. Coupled with Lufthansa’s announcement that it would sell six A380s back to Airbus, Lufthansa will have just eight remaining A380s.
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Lufthansa’s initial deliveries of the 777X will feature three cabins of service:
- Premium Economy
- Business Class
Indeed, first class is missing. But don’t panic, at least not yet. Spohr indicated that these initial 777-9 deliveries will not have first class because they will replace the 747-400 fleet which also doesn’t have first class. But later deliveries likely will have first class since Lufthansa still hopes to keep roughly half its long-haul fleet with a first class cabin. I’ll have more on that tomorrow.
As disappointing as it that the first 20 777-9s will not have first class, I am certainly looking forward to the new business class. I’m also glad to see them at Frankfurt, my preferred Lufthansa hub.