Aviation

Lufthansa adds seats in India, eyeing double digit growth

DELHI

Tickets for Lufthansa’s jumbo A380 aircraft to be deployed on the Frankfurt-Mumbai route by the end of October 2015 can be booked now. The airline added capacity on the Frankfurt-Delhi (daily) route by deploying the A380 in November 2014.

Lufthansa will also complete the addition of Premium Economy cabin, fleet by fleet on all long-haul flights by the end of 2015. “The Premium Economy cabin offers 32 seats with enhanced catering and more leg space. 2015 is our ‘year for growth’ and we intend to have visible difference between cabins and install new features on all our flights,” said Wolfgang Will, Director-South Asia, Lufthansa.

Currently, the Premium Economy class is available on the Bengaluru route. By mid-April, the same will also be available on the Delhi-Frankfurt route. The A340 on the Chennai route and A330 operating to Munich will also be configured with the new class adding 32 more seats. There are no plans to revive the Kolkata and Hyderabad routes for now.

Opting for a larger and fuel-efficient aircraft, Lufthansa will be substituting the A330 and A340 with A350, which comprises 250 seats, by late 2016. “More routes will be added with the fuel efficient-A350 coming in after studying the profitability and demand concerns,” said Will adding that seat load factor has been above 85 per cent in 2014. “Our main focus is to ensure our sustainability in the Indian market and not just fill up the seats,” he said.

Musafir Namah Bureau

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