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March 28, 2012updated Feb 11, 2013

Lufthansa’s A380 Returns to San Francisco

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

East Meadow, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

On March 25, Lufthansa resumed its daily A380 service between San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Frankfurt International Airport (FRA). Roundtrip rates start at $1415.16 (which includes taxes and fees) for travel from March 29 through May 17.

“San Francisco has been an important and successful gateway for Lufthansa for more than 50 years. We are extremely excited to bring back our flagship A380 aircraft to this city,” said Jürgen Siebenrock, Vice President The Americas. “Lufthansa was the first airline to introduce the world’s most advanced and largest passenger plane to San Francisco in 2011, and the return of our flagship aircraft to the ‘City by the Bay’ displays our continued dedication and commitment to serving San Francisco with one of the most technologically-advanced aircraft to date.”

San Francisco was Lufthansa’s second A380 destination in the U.S. The airline also flies its flagship aircraft to New York’s JFK International Airport, Tokyo, Singapore, Beijing and Johannesburg, and will begin service to Houston on August 1, 2012. For over 50 years, Lufthansa and its partner airlines have served west coast travelers with flights to Germany and convenient one-stop connections to Europe and beyond (currently to more than 400 destinations). In addition to daily flights to Frankfurt, Lufthansa also operates daily flights from San Francisco to its Munich hub and since 2010, SWISS operates a daily flight to Zurich with an Airbus 340 complete with three classes of service.

“We are extremely pleased that Lufthansa is bringing their A380 back to San Francisco,” said Airport Director John L. Martin. “The larger aircraft will help accommodate the busy summer travel demand from San Francisco and the Bay Area to Europe and beyond.”

Last year, in recognition of our mutual support, San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee officially declared May 10 as Lufthansa German Airlines Day in San Francisco. This year marks the first anniversary of this special day.

The Airbus A380 is the world’s most fuel-efficient aircraft, burning about 12 percent less fuel than other wide-body jets, and is approximately 30 percent quieter than the current generation of wide-body aircraft. The airline has ordered a total of 17 A380 aircraft, all scheduled for delivery by 2015. Thus, Lufthansa is the largest A380 operator in Europe.

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Lufthansa’s A380 is configured with 526 seats and features the airline’s new First Class product. Located on the upper deck, the First Class cabin is the quietest in commercial aviation and boasts an air humidification system – the first of its kind to be installed on a commercial aircraft – that improves air humidity to help fight off jet lag. Two large, luxurious bathrooms with separate changing and lavatory areas offer enhanced personal space and storage. The cabin’s eight generously proportioned, ergonomic seats measure 6’9″ feet in length and 2’7″ feet in width and provide the ultimate in comfort and innovation for an exceptional travel experience.

Also located on the upper deck is the award-winning Business Class cabin with 98 seats featuring improved functionality, including more storage and a power supply that works with all worldwide connections. The main deck is home to an impressively spacious Economy Class cabin. Each of its 420 seats features an in-seat video screen, an optimized ergonomic design and a slimmer seat back that adds two inches of personal space per passenger.

www.lufthansa.com

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