Lufthansa presents another Airbus A350

Celebrating the move of its entire Airbus A350-900 fleet to its new home at Munich Airport earlier this month, Lufthansa has christened its newest aircraft as “Munich”.

The A350, registered D-AIVC, is one of four ex-Philippine Airlines planes set to join the German flag carrier until 2022 as it expands its wide-body fleet. It should replace the less efficient four-jet Airbus A340 on routes to Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver in Canada.

In his address at the christening of the aircraft, Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, said:

“The A350 is the quietest and most fuel-efficient long-haul aircraft in our fleet. With significantly improved business class on board, this aircraft also represents the start of one of the largest product upgrades in Lufthansa’s history. This aircraft is durable and provides customers with a premium flight experience. The “Munich” is a worthy ambassador of the Bavarian capital in the world.”

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It is the 18th A350 to join the airline and the sixth to be nicknamed “Munich”. “Munich” has served the airline for more than 60 years, with the first, a Boeing 707 registered D-ABODF, joining Lufthansa in October 1960. The previous “Munich”, an Airbus A380 registered D-AIMB, left the carrier during the pandemic after ten years of service.

The current “Munich” is the first to offer Lufthansa’s improved business class offers before a complete and extensive renewal of all cabins. The carrier will introduce a new “premium product” in all travel classes from next year.

While the current Lufthansa Business Class offers 2-2-2 seating, Munich enjoys a 1-2-1 layout, giving premium passengers direct aisle access.

The new offer will reduce the number of premium seats available on Lufthansa aircraft from 48 to 30; however, travelers will notice improved comfort. The cabin offers much more space, with seats easily convertible into two-metre-long beds and additional storage capacity.

Lufthansa will take delivery of a total of 56 Airbus A350s, gradually replacing its aging four-engine jets on long-haul routes. Photo: Getty Images

Durability improvements

By the end of 2022, Lufthansa is expected to take on three more A350s, bringing its such fleet to 21, with another 25 planned from 2023. The carrier has decided to upgrade its current fleet, with the A350 offering upgrades significant. economical compared to its current fuel-hungry Boeing 747s and A340s. By 2025, Lufthansa expects its proportion of four-engine aircraft in its long-haul fleet to decline to just 15%, from 50% before the pandemic.

With a range of up to 9,700 NM, the A350-900 consumes approximately 2.5 liters of fuel per passenger for every 100 km flown, reducing emissions by 30% compared to its predecessors.

Speaking during the move of the A350s to Munich Airport earlier this month, Deutsche Lufthansa AG Board Member Dr Detlef Kayser added:

“The Airbus A350 is one of the most modern aircraft of our time. Extremely fuel efficient, very quiet and much more economical than its predecessors. Our customers appreciate not only the durability but also the premium flight experience of this plane.”

Have you traveled on a Lufthansa A350? What was your experience? Let us know in the comments.

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