LH to launch MUC-NCL

Old Jun 19, 19, 4:41 am
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LH to launch MUC-NCL

Lufthansa are launching MUC-NCL, 6 flights weekly (no flight on Saturday) on an A319 starting 3 Feb 2020. Timings are:

MUC 11:50-12:55 NCL
NCL 13:40-16:40 MUC

Despite what the press release says, flights are not yet available for booking on LH's site.

Personally I am very pleased about this, I know the timings are not great but NCL really needs a Star Alliance carrier and this will open up some new LH & SH destinations as well as places in Southern Germany & Austria. Those living near MUC can come and enjoy the fantastic hospitality of North East England.

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Lufthansa announces direct service between Newcastle and Munich

Lufthansa has strengthened its commitment to the UK market with a new direct flight from Newcastle International Airport (NCL) to Munich International Airport (MUC), available to book on lufthansa.com from today (19 June 2019). Commencing operations from February 3rd 2020, the Airbus A319 aircraft will fly six times weekly between the two cities and provide onward connections from Munich throughout Europe, Americas and Asia Pacific. Munich’s Terminal 2 is completely dedicated to Lufthansa and its partner airlines and has twice been awarded Five Stars by Skytraxx. The convenient and modern hub ensures passenger transit is an enjoyable travel experience all year round.

This is the first Newcastle route for Lufthansa, opening its seventh destination in the UK. Operating every day of the week except Saturday, the flight will depart Newcastle Airport at 1340 and arrive in Munich at 1640. For the return, Lufthansa will depart Munich at 1150 and arrive in Newcastle at 1255 (local time). Complementing the well-established Eurowings service from Newcastle to Dusseldorf, this new route for Lufthansa opens up even greater potential for driving business between the UK and Germany (and beyond), the second largest trade partner after the US.

Announcing the new flight, Andreas KŲster, Senior Director Sales UK, Ireland & Iceland, Lufthansa Group said: “We are delighted to announce this new service to elevate economic growth in both business and leisure markets across the North East of England. At Lufthansa, we pride ourselves on being a premium, full-service airline and in connecting our customers to one of our two major hubs with our world-wide network. This new service will provide our customers from Newcastle with convenient and nonstop access to one of Europe’s most visited and economically thriving cities as well as extending onward travel.”

Lufthansa coming to Newcastle is also good news for the development of tourism and businesses in the North East. Newcastle Airport recently collaborated on a new Inbound Tourism strategy to promote the region to international markets with official tourism body, VisitBritain. The new strategy promotes inbound travel into the region for mutually beneficial economic development. Germany is currently the North East’s largest inbound tourism market and Munich is Germany’s second most visited city, both of these two cultural and dynamic regions will be supported further with Lufthansa’s brand new connection from 2020.

Nick Jones, Chief Executive of Newcastle Airport, said “I am delighted to welcome the team from Lufthansa to Newcastle Airport today to announce the airline’s new route to Munich and beyond. Lufthansa is a major global aviation brand with a five star customer service rating and we’re incredibly proud that they have chosen to serve the North East. From a summer city break to skiing in the picturesque Bavarian Alps, Munich and the surrounding region will provide a fantastic year round destination option for our passengers to explore. This new route also opens up a wider network, including destinations such as Athens, Milan and Berlin, and the connection will allow us to promote our own region to tourists from Germany. I am very much looking forward to the first flight early next year.”

The new flight opens passengers to Lufthansa’s worldwide network of 140 destinations in 46 countries directly through its Munich hub to popular destinations such as Athens, Milan and Berlin for extended leisure travel. The new route will also support business travel with key corporate industry offices in the region, all contributing to boosting the region’s economy.

Cllr Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council and Chair of the LA7 Airport Holding Company adds: “Germany is an important destination for both business and leisure customers, so the addition of Munich to the flight schedule will be welcomed by all customers who fly from Newcastle International Airport. This new flight opens up more business and holiday opportunities and greater flexibility for our residents whilst complementing our existing flights to Dusseldorf.”

This announcement highlights Lufthansa’s positive development in the UK following the recent frequency increase of the Munich to Manchester route by five additional weekly flights from four in November 2019. Furthermore, last March Lufthansa was awarded “Airline of the Year” by trade magazine Air Transport World (one of the first European airlines to win this prestigious award in 14 years) and is one of the most important international awards in the aviation industry. This recognition supports Lufthansa’s ongoing dedication to providing its customers with a premium travel experience despite the class and follows the recent announcement of the improved seat design on the new A321neo aircrafts that will enhance passenger comfort on both short and medium-haul flights.

Flights are available to book now at lufthansa.com.
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Old Jun 19, 19, 4:55 am
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Great news for all the Geordies here on FT

Surely our @hugolover will also be making the most of Helga's new addition?

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Old Jun 19, 19, 4:58 am
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For context, NCL is not currently served from FRA

There is Eurowings to DUS to LH Group does have some knowledge of the market
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Old Jun 19, 19, 5:10 am
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On a side note, funnily enough I was looking at the route map on the Lufthansa on-board magazine this Monday just gone and I'm relatively sure Newcastle had the little asterisk to mark it as new destination? Unless it was merely a reference to the DŁsseldorf service (being seasonal, if at all?).

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Old Jun 19, 19, 5:11 am
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Oh this old chestnut is back, she has tried hubbing FRA a few times over the years. I am not even sure MUC is actually new? Was there not summer flights at one point and probably a link while I was in nappies?

As for me, well the public transport over there is awful and the Hertz at NCL is rubbish so its years since I'm using NCL but I'd definitely give it a go and my friends will appreciate the link. Would be a lonnggggg wait for KRK flight in winter on the return though.

Maybe Helga can get her cheque book out and pay for Aspire Plus! Fast Track will be a freebie for her.
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Old Jun 19, 19, 5:14 am
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Ps. Helga...I know you will be so tempted to give us some discount vouchers. We are waiting on you, those K fares don't fill up by themselves
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Old Jun 19, 19, 6:48 am
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Lufthansa previously operated the NCL-DUS service before the great handover of everything to Eurowings so this is not a first for Lufthansa at NCL but perhaps the person who wrote the press release is still wet behind the ears and doesn't bother to check their facts.

I have friends in the NE who will certainly welcome a direct connection to MUC and onwards even if it is only once a day on six days at present. BA seem to be reducing their NCL offering and using A321s to keep up capacity but that's capacity which can lead to some very long layovers in the hell of T5.
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Old Jun 19, 19, 8:08 am
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Good to learn LH is increasing their presence in the UK especially to/from MUC. They recently announced an additional weekday rotation between MAN and MUC in W19.
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Old Jun 19, 19, 9:35 am
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Today LH have announced resumption of the MUC-TLL route three times a week from 04NOV19
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Old Jun 19, 19, 9:37 am
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And Helga generally doesn't mess around when it comes to paying for lounges, so like the FRA service, MUC will have it too.

(As I posted I witnessed BArb's last flight from TLL, I really wondered what happened to the Ready to Fly sizer. I fully expected Margaret Pennywhistle to take that away once all the pax had boarded.)
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Old Jun 19, 19, 12:16 pm
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When LH operated NCL-DUS before the downgrade to Eurowings there was lounge access I think to the Aspire lounge but it's not now where it used to be.

I wonder whether LH will quickly downgrade this route to Eurowings after a bit of opening publicity now that EW are operating MUC services. There is no lounge for the NCL-DUS EW service.
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Old Jun 19, 19, 12:42 pm
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Originally Posted by lhrpete View Post
When LH operated NCL-DUS before the downgrade to Eurowings there was lounge access I think to the Aspire lounge but it's not now where it used to be.

I wonder whether LH will quickly downgrade this route to Eurowings after a bit of opening publicity now that EW are operating MUC services. There is no lounge for the NCL-DUS EW service.
I thought the general rule is LH operate most short haul flights themselves out of FRA and MUC and every other flight from German airports is handled by EW. I think certain routes are being transferred over but not many and Iím sure itís routes where LH canít make profit but possibly EW can.
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I thought the general rule is LH operate most short haul flights themselves out of FRA and MUC and every other flight from German airports is handled by EW. I think certain routes are being transferred over but not many and Iím sure itís routes where LH canít make profit but possibly EW can.
Some routes from MUC are being operated by both LH and EW e.g. MUC-TXL and AFAIK they intend to use Eurowings at MUC for some shorthaul services. I hope they don't do this to NCL because it will kill off premium connecting traffic but LH don't seem to care too much about that these days.
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Old Jun 19, 19, 3:19 pm
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Originally Posted by lhrpete View Post
Some routes from MUC are being operated by both LH and EW e.g. MUC-TXL and AFAIK they intend to use Eurowings at MUC for some shorthaul services. I hope they don't do this to NCL because it will kill off premium connecting traffic but LH don't seem to care too much about that these days.
LH announced recently some long haul routes out of FRA and MUC will be operated by EW. Not aware about more short haul routes.
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Old Jun 19, 19, 3:24 pm
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Perhaps we should let LH take some bookings on the new route first before consigning it to a EW downgrade?
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