Lufthansa to upgrade SA services

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Lufthansa is upgrading its service on the Johannesburg – Frankfurt route.

Commencing in October with the European winter schedule, the carrier will operate the Boeing 747-8, the next generation of the jumbo jet.

Known as the “Queen of the Skies,” Lufthansa’s Boeing 747-8 intercontinental (passenger version) will be the first of this type of new “new Jumbo” to serve the African continent.

Lufthansa, which ordered 19 of the stretched Boeing 747, will operate the aircraft on the Johannesburg route in a four-class cabin configuration (8 first, 80 business, 32 premium economy and 244 economy class).

Retrofitting of Lufthansa’s long-haul fleet with the new first and business class cabins will be completed by July, with premium economy available on many routes including Johannesburg.

Lufthansa is also enhancing its service to and from Cape Town. The seasonal service during South Africa’s summer season linking Munich to the ‘Mother City’ will be expanded to daily operations with an Airbus A340-600.

For the fifth year running, Edelweiss, a subsidiary of Swiss International Air Lines and member of the Lufthansa group, will connect Cape Town with Zurich non-stop twice a week during South Africa’s high season, operating flights from 26 October 2015 until 25 March 2016. Edelweiss has also recently completed a major refurbishing programme of their cabin, and now offers three classes – business class (with flat-bed), economy max, and economy.