Lufthansa Is Adding Flights From Berlin To New York & Dusseldorf To Miami

Airberlin is officially canceling all their longhaul routes as of October 15, 2017, as they’ll have to return their A330s by that point. Airberlin going out of business gives other airlines opportunities to grow — for example, ultra low cost carriers have been wanting to expand within Germany, but up until now haven’t really even been able to do so.

Similarly, Lufthansa plans to take over some of airberlin’s longhaul routes. As we’ve learned, Lufthansa plans on leasing 10 former airberlin planes, and then using them for their Eurowings division to operate more flights to the Caribbean and beyond.


Eurowings A330 in Havana (ooh na-na)

However, it looks like those aren’t the only airberlin routes Lufthansa will be taking over. As of November 8, 2017, Lufthansa will operate 5x weekly flights from Berlin to New York and 3x weekly flights from Dusseldorf to Miami, as follows:

LH406 Berlin to New York departing 5:35PM arriving 8:35PM [Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat]
LH407 New York to Berlin departing 10:20PM arriving 12:15PM (+1 day)[Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat]

LH496 Dusseldorf to Miami departing 12:05PM arriving 4:50PM [Mon, Wed, Fri]
LH497 Miami to Dusseldorf departing 6:30PM arriving 9:30AM (+1 day) [Sun, Tue, Thu]

These routes will initially be operated by Lufthansa aircraft with the following configurations:

  • The Berlin to New York route will be operated by a four cabin A330, with first class, business class, premium economy, and economy; however, Lufthansa isn’t selling first class on the route, so presumably elite members booked in business class will be able to assign those seats but will get the standard business class service
  • The Dusseldorf to Miami route will be operated by a three cabin A330, with business class, premium economy, and economy


Lufthansa’s A330 business class

However, as of the summer of 2018, these routes will be transferred to Lufthansa’s low cost subsidiary, Eurowings. It’s not surprising to see the transfer since these will largely be leisure routes. I suspect Lufthansa is operating the routes temporarily since it will take several months for Eurowings to take delivery of the former airberlin A330s, but they want to start the service as soon as possible.

It’s great to see Lufthansa offering more transatlantic service other than out of Frankfurt and Munich!

(Tip of the hat to Sven Blogt)

Comments

  1. I’m checking TXL-JFK route, and first class seats only available to HON Circle members, not even Senator or Star Gold can select it.

  2. Ben, @LufthansaNews announced that these routes will be operated by Eurowings, to USA, Caribbean and Far East. It’s in their twitter page.

  3. according to wiki (take how much salt you want), EW is already slated to start Fort Myers (RSW) to both CGN and MUC in May 2018.

    I’m not sure if it warrants a third route at this point … but I see a good chance of EW moving their entire hub up to DUS, and thus restoring the old RSW-DUS.

  4. with the launch of MIA-DUS, I can now count 9 nonstop MIA-Europe routes on Star Alliance :

    SK : OSL CPH ARN
    LH Group : FRA DUS ZRH VIE
    TP : LIS
    TK : IST

  5. So where is LH getting the planes from? Are they cancelling routes or did they just happen to have 2 A330 sitting around doing noting?

  6. Thanks for your information. Prices on LH non-stop EWR-DUS flight became ridiculously expensive after AB departure from JFK. Any news on adding more non-stop flights between NYC and DUS?

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