Being part of the exclusive A380-Group at my homebase Munich, it took just about two full years until I finally received my training in December 2018 on our beautiful A350 Thunderbird. The first plane, call sign D-AIXA, was delivered in December 2016 and began full operation on our Delhi route in February 2017. Until today, 12 A350´s are already in service with two more (D-AIXM and D-AIXN) joining the fleet end of March, respectively June 2019. The, for the time being, last jetliner (D-AIXO) is expected for November 2019. Completing the original order of 15 XWB-aircrafts.
Having started out on the “Queen of the Skies” back in 1998, 2018 would become my next chapter in superjumbo air travel. Twenty years after my first on-duty flight on a Boeing B747-200 (which retired in 2001), I received the chance of my lifetime to join the Airbus A380 group after the company had announced the relocation of five of the 14 mega planes to my home base Munich from March 2018 on. Of course, I didn´t need much time to think this over…
With the collapse of Air Berlin, Lufthansa´s traditional daily winter service from its Southern hub Munich has been rerouted three times a week via Duesseldorf, allowing formerly passengers of the leisure airline to fly nonstop from the capital of North Rhine Westphalia to the Sunshine State. The new/old connection (LH served MIA from DUS a few years ago already) operates Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays only while the remaining weekdays are operated from Munich. So it was bad luck that we were rebooked automatically via Duesseldorf on the day of our departure. Proved that a provincial airport does not meet the criteria of a sophisticated network carrier.
Flying is one of my greatest passions. And who could know that my latest intercontinental journey from Beijing to Munich took place in the Champions League of travel classes: First Class. Continue reading
Like mentioned in a blog post from early 2016, Lufthansa had introduced services from Southampton to its hub Munich in March 2016 operated by its codeshare partner BMI Regional. Having just recently completed a channel crossing from Hamburg with the mighty Queen Mary 2, it was just the perfect occasion to try this air link by myself, turning out to be a comfortable and time-saving alternative to the permanently overcrowded London Heathrow airport. Continue reading
Wouldn´t it be cool to finally be able again to fly from London to New York in under 3 1/2 hours? Considering that it is 2017, I think it is actually pretty lame that today´s planes need at least double the time for a transatlantic crossing. One way. Not speaking of the death of exclusivity that was buried with the laying-up of supersonic air travel after Concorde was taken out of service back in 2003. But there are good news! Boom Technology from Denver, Colorado is aiming to bring long-lost memories back into the air. Continue reading
There are three places on earth where champagne tastes the best: Curled up on my couch, on the seven seas and in the air. Returning from my latest city adventure in Seoul, I was more than lucky to conclude the journey once again in style aboard Lufthansa´s Airbus A340-600. Continue reading
Great food, tons of movies to catch up with and ice-cold champagne. When a transatlantic crossing becomes so much more than just a flight from A to B. Continue reading
What a treat to end my 24 hours adventure time in Rio de Janeiro with a luxurious flight in the Upper Deck of the real Queen of the Skies, the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental of German national carrier Lufthansa. Continue reading