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Lufthansa to Offer A380 Superjumbo Service to India


Germany’s Lufthansa airline is joining Singapore Airlines and Emirates in offering superjumbo service to India.

German flag carrier Lufthansa will soon join other airlines in offering Airbus A380 superjumbo service at India’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM). Business Standard reports that the airline announced the new service between its headquarters at Frankfurt Airport (FRA) and BOM will begin later in October.

“The A380 is the world’s largest commercial passenger jet and offers the finest in terms of flying comfort, luxury and efficiency,” Lufthansa South Asia Director Wolfgang Will told Business Standard. “With the new A380, Lufthansa customers will be able to experience Lufthansa’s latest in-flight products and services including the state-of-the art First Class.”

The announcement goes against previous reports that the airline would not have an A380 at the rapidly growing BOM. In September, the Times of India reported that Lufthansa lost the opportunity to fly the A380 on routes between FRA and BOM. At the time, Lufthansa claimed that infrastructure at BOM prevented an arrival time that was conducive to flyers making connections at FRA.

Lufthansa is the third carrier to deliver A380 service to BOM this year. Singapore Airlines introduced their A380 service to BOM in May, while Emirates began service in July. As a result of increased customer and airline demand, BOM announced to Business Standard that the airport intends to create more parking bays for the aircraft.

The Lufthansa A380 service will leave FRA at 1:40 p.m. local time and is scheduled to arrive at BOM at 1:30 a.m. on the following day. Flights departing from BOM will takeoff at 3:30 a.m. local time and arrive at FRA at 7:20 a.m. Lufthansa’s A380 will have a capacity of 520 passengers across three classes of service.

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