Lufthansa resumes A380 service to New York JFK

Lufthansa has resumed A380 service to New York JFK. 

The German carrier touched down with the jumbo jet at JFK on July 4 for the first time since November 2019. At that time, Lufthansa deployed the world’s largest passenger aircraft on flights to New York from Frankfurt. Now, it is flying the A380 to JFK from its Munich hub. 

The move follows Lufthansa’s deployment of an A380 on flights between Munich and Boston on June 1. 

The Airbus A380 offers 509 seats, which is approximately 80% more than were available on the Airbus A340-600 that Lufthansa had been using to service Munich-JFK. The four cabin A380 has eight seats in first class, 78 seats in business class, 52 seats in premium economy and 371 seats in the economy cabin.

In a statement, Lufthansa said the JFK A380 deployment is a response to strong demand and to aircraft delivery delays. During the pandemic, Lufthansa had planned to retire its A380s, but it brought the jumbo jet back into service due to certification delays of the Boeing 777X, Lufthansa Group CEO Carsten Spohr said last month.

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