Lufthansa Eyes Short-Haul Boeing 787 Flights From October 19th

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    Lufthansa

    IATA/ICAO Code:
    LH/DLH

    Airline Type:
    Full Service Carrier

    Hub(s):
    Frankfurt Airport, Munich Airport

    Year Founded:
    1953

    Alliance:
    Star Alliance

    Airline Group:
    Lufthansa Group

    CEO:
    Carsten Spohr

    Country:
    Germany

Lufthansa’s current plan is to begin domestic Boeing 787 flights on October 19th, according to its Instagram channel @Lufthansaviews. The carrier will put the aircraft and crew through their paces on domestic flights before going long-haul by the end of the year.

The first delivery of a new aircraft type is always a special occasion for an airline. However, it’s not a walk in the park for the airline receiving the aircraft. It’s not as simple as just slotting the plane into the existing fleet. Instead, everyone from pilots to cabin crew to engineers and ground handlers must get familiar with the type.

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What’s happening with the 1st 787?

Lufthansa’s 1st Boeing 787 arrived at Frankfurt Airport on Tuesday, putting on a show for those who had come to greet it. While Lufthansa has taken delivery of the plane, it will still be a while before we see it in the skies.

Lufthansa’s 1st Boeing 787-9 arrived in Frankfurt on Tuesday morning. Photo: Tom Boon – Simple Flying

Lufthansa will take the aircraft to one of its Frankfurt Maintenance hangars, where it will stay for the foreseeable future. The reason for sending an aircraft straight to maintenance is primarily so the airline can go over the plane with a fine tooth comb. However, in this case, the airline will also refurbish the cabin of the three-year-old aircraft.

First flights in October?

If Lufthansa’s plans come true, we should expect to see the Boeing 787 gracing the German skies in the white and blue Lufthansa livery from October 19th.

While covering the jet’s arrival yesterday morning, the Lufthansa Views Instagram account revealed that the airline plans to start flying the widebody between Frankfurt Airport and Munich Airport from this date. Flights are slated to operate three times a day while the crew gets familiar with the type.

“The plan is for the short-haul operation to start on October 19th. We will then fly Frankfurt-Munich, probably three times a day”

British Airways was flying its 1st Airbus A350 between London Heathrow and Madrid when it was training crew on the type. If something goes wrong on these training flights, such as serving food, it is far less drastic when the flight is only a couple of hours.

Long-haul from December?

Following these training flights, the aircraft will join the long-haul fleet it was designed for. Lufthansa hinted that this would follow in December, before the end of 2022. The German flag carrier is waiting for its second aircraft (named after the city of Frankfurt) before such flights begin.

Long-haul flights are set to begin before the end of the year. Photo: Tom Boon – Simple Flying

Interestingly, it seems as though there could be some uncertainty as to where the aircraft does fly once it takes to long-haul flying. Previously, Lufthansa said that the first intercontinental destination served by the Boeing 787-9 would be Toronto, Canada.

Contradicting this, Lufthansa’s Instagram story said,

“The current plan is to fly to the first long haul destination, which is not quite clear yet, probably around the beginning of December. Once we have two aircraft.”

Would you like to fly the Boeing 787-9 from Frankfurt to Munich, or would you prefer to wait for long-haul flights to start? Let us know what you think and why in the comments below!

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