Lufthansa plans to deploy its new Boeing 747-8 on the Frankfurt-Washington route, starting June 1, with six weekly flights. The airline is set to take delivery of four more of the 20 747-8s it has on order before the end of the summer. The four will be assigned to New Delhi, Bangalore, Chicago and Los Angeles routes. Five more of the type are due to be delivered in 2013-15.

Since the airline intends to keep capacity flat this year and grow only marginally in the next two years, it will phase out its fleet of 29 Boeing 747-400s. The oldest -400 was recently sold for scrap; five more are scheduled to be cut this year.