Lufthansa to add A350-900 on its Cape Town-Munich route

2018-03-09 08:30 - Selene Brophy
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Cape Town - Lufthansa is to introduce the Airbus A350-900 on its Munich-Cape Town route in December.

Seen as the world’s most modern and eco-friendly long-haul aircraft, and uses 25% less kerosene, has 25% lower emissions, and is quieter during take-off than comparable aircraft.

General Manager of Lufthansa Group Southern Africa, Dr André Schulz, says “Cape Town has risen significantly in global rankings as a preferred destination for both leisure and business travellers. European passengers travel increasingly to South Africa, both for leisure and business; and at the same time we see an increasing demand from locals to travel to Europe.”

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According to the Barometer, nearly 11 million arriving and departing passengers used South Africa’s main airports in the fourth quarter, an increase of 321 000 over the fourth quarter of 2016. In addition to this, growth in passenger numbers was just over 3% in the fourth quarter of 2017.

"A highlight of the peak holiday season was the continued extraordinary growth in international passengers at Cape Town International Airport," says Acsa, adding that international arrivals went up by 13.85% and international departures experienced a 15.69% growth in the fourth quarter compared to the same period in 2016.

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Schulz says the airline wants to ensure it continues to meet its customers’ expectations, and build on its African service offering. 

Along with Cape Town, other routes that have been added to the A350-800 aircraft’s schedule are Seoul, New York, Chicago, Denver and Singapore.

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“Adding the A350-900 to our fleet has been a milestone for Lufthansa, and one that makes us exceptionally proud. We are looking forward to welcoming this aircraft to Africa, and are sure that our passengers will share in our excitement."

The A350-900 can seat 293 passengers: 48 in business class, 21 in premium economy, and 224 in economy class.