In late January of this year, India lifted their bans on A380. Given what a high capacity market India is, this was welcome news for several carriers, given that there’s probably not a more ideal market in the world for the aircraft.
From the beginning, Emirates, Lufthansa, and Singapore Airlines were the ones considering A380 service to India.
Singapore Airlines was the first to take advantage of the new rights to fly A380s to India, and in April announced daily A380 service between Singapore and Delhi and Mumbai.
Emirates wasn’t too far behind, and in May announced daily A380 flights between Dubai and Mumbai.
Yet up until recently we haven’t heard a whole lot from Lufthansa in regards to A380 service to India. Well, it looks like this will soon change, as Lufthansa has just announced twice daily A380 service to India as of October 26, 2014. This will last through the end of their winter schedule, which is March 28, 2015.
Lufthansa will operate daily A380 flights between Frankfurt and Delhi/Mumbai, as follows:
LH760 Frankfurt to Delhi departing 1:40PM arriving 1:30AM (+1 day)
LH761 Delhi to Frankfurt departing 3:30AM arriving 7:20AM
LH756 Frankfurt to Mumbai departing 12:45PM arriving 1:10AM (+1 day)
LH757 Mumbai to Frankfurt departing 3:05AM arriving 7:20AM
Lufthansa will be getting these A380s off their New York JFK and Beijing routes. As of October 26, 2014, that Frankfurt to New York JFK frequency will be operated by an A340-600, while the Beijing frequency will be operated by a Boeing 747-8.
In the case of Lufthansa this doesn’t really represent much of a product improvement. That’s because Lufthansa didn’t initially install their latest business class product on the A380, while all 747-8s feature the new business class product. Fortunately they’re now going back and reconfiguring their A380s with the new business class product.
Contrast that to Emirates’ service to India, which is largely operated by regional aircraft, so having A380 service instead is a huge upgrade for passengers.
The practical implications here aren’t huge, but it is certainly interesting to note that all airlines that expressed A380 service to India are following through with the plan.