will deploy its second -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 secondon 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, 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, 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 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.