Lufthansa will deploy its second Boeing 747-8 between Frankfurt and New Delhi starting Aug. 6, the airline’s head of fleet management said at the Farnborough International Airshow.

The German carrier took delivery of its second 747-8 on June 30 in Seattle. Since then, the airline and has been outfitting the aircraft with its IFE system before the Aug. 6 entry into revenue service, Nico Buccholz, Lufthansa Group executive vice president for fleet management, told Aviation Week on July 9. The first 747-8 began operating between Frankfurt and Washington earlier this year.

Lufthansa will take delivery of an additional two 747-8s this year. These will operate between Frankfurt and one city each in the U.S. and India. Buchholz would not confirm which city would next see 747-8 service, but he mentioned that Chicago, Los Angeles and Bangalore are the next on the list. Two of these will see service begin this year; the third, early next year.

Lufthansa expects to take delivery of five additional 747-8s per year. Buchholz expects to operate about 20 of these aircraft.

The 747-8, which in a three-class configuration has 362 seats, fills a different niche than the Airbus A380, with its 526 seats in a three-class configuration. Both aircraft operated by Lufthansa will have 92 premium-class seats. “The 747-8 fits a market with a higher proportion of premium travel, while the A380 needs a market with strong premium and leisure demand,” says Buchholz. “Our long-haul fleet strategy is to have aircraft of 200, 300, 400, and 500 seats, give or take a few seats,” says Buccholz.

Lufthansa is the only airline currently operating both A380s and 747-8s.

Switching gears to the Bombardier CSeries, Buchholz told Aviation Week the airline approached the Canadian airframer with a need for 100-150 seat aircraft. “Bombardier provided it and found the right engine,” he says. Additionally, the CSeries is more likely to be delivered faster than a similar-size aircraft from either Boeing or Airbus, given the head start the Canadian company has in development.

But he recognized Bombardier’s slow sales with the CSeries. “Bombardier is entering a new market and is learning how to market aircraft,” Buchholz said.