A380 in Texas

Lufthansa has announced its intention to use the A380 on flights to Houston next year in August.   The airline currently uses the 747-400 for a once daily service between Houston and Frankfurt.  That’s an increase of capacity of at least seats.

It’s difficult to guess whether or not that is justified but I suspect that this might be more about retiring 747-400 aircraft and an A380 can provide the lift for the same costs. 

Lufthansa is also a 747-8i customer and I think we’ll see that aircraft used on routes like that as it is introduced into the fleet.  However, it is possible that United and Lufthansa will engage in a strong codeshare and funnel more traffic onto the Lufthansa flight.  United (Continental) currently flies a 767-400 on the route and it is quite possible they’ll reduce that flight to a 767-300 or even a 787.

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