Recently on short haul routes in Europe, only narrow-body aircraft are seen. However, there are still exceptions. British Airways, for example, sends wide-body aircraft to Frankfurt — rather for the transport of large volumes of goods. Passenger demand could also lead to increased capacity, as is the case with Lufthansa's Boeing 747 flights to Mallorca.
Lufthansa is planning four Boeing 747 flights to Mallorca next month: on April 2, 9, 16 and 23.
This is flight LH 1158 from Frankfurt, departing at 12:30 to Palma de Mallorca, landing at 14: 35. Thus, the duration of the flight will be only 2 hours 5 minutes — an unprecedented luxury to drive such a voracious “beast” with four engines “to the next store.”
Back Lufthansa will depart as LH 1159. Departure from Palma de Mallorca at 14:05, arrival in Frankfurt at 16:25. Travel time 2 hours 20 minutes.
However, the airline representatives have a clear logic: “To meet the high demand for tickets to Mallorca on the eve of Easter, Lufthansa decided to repeat the successful experience of last year and replace the Airbus A320 with larger aircraft on four Sundays in a row. Thus, this year Jumbo — Boeing 747 — fly to Mallorca. Thus, we can carry significantly more passengers — plus 150 per flight.”
For the past two years, Lufthansa has been using a four-cabin Boeing 747–8 for its flights to Mallorca. This year it is planned to replace it with an older Boeing 747–400 in a three-cabin layout: 67 business class seats, 32 premium economy seats and 272 economy class seats.
As before, Lufthansa will only sell tickets in business and economy class. The Premium Economy Class cabin is sold as a paid upgrade for Economy passengers.
The Business Class cabin is equipped on both the lower deck (2-3-2) and the upper deck (2+2).< /p>
Lufthansa plans to launch a new business class variant on wide-body aircraft later this year, but for now, passengers have to put up with the current version, in which some passengers do not have direct access to the aisle.
In the coming years, deliveries of the latest generation of twin-engine wide-body aircraft will gradually replace the remaining aging Boeing 747–400 fleet.