Lufthansa German Airlines announced last month their plans to fly nonstop from Munich to Seattle starting next summer. The airline already operates flights from Frankfurt to Seattle, a very popular route (which doesn’t feature First Class anymore). Lufthansa has recently been expanding their route network and announced a number of new routes and changes not only for flights operated by Lufthansa but also those by the Lufthansa Group which includes Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, SWISS International Air Lines, and more.
Lufthansa’s current flight from Frankfurt to Seattle operates all year with a combination of Airbus A330-300 and the very old Boeing 747-400 aircraft. Both feature Business Class, Premium Economy Class, and Economy Class. First Class service to Seattle was discontinued a few years ago as there was never demand (but a lot of award availability).
Starting 01 June 2020, Lufthansa will operate flights from Munich to Seattle every day except Thursdays. The flight is scheduled to operate with the following schedule:
- MUC – SEA 15:30 – 16:55
- SEA – MUC 18:45 – 13:50+1 day
The operating aircraft is currently scheduled to be the Airbus A350-900, and I do not expect that to change as Lufthansa’s home for the A350 is Munich. There is plenty of award availability in Economy Class. Increased Business Class award availability is available to Miles & More Senator and HON Circle Members.
Lufthansa’s A350-900 features Lufthansa’s standard 2-2-2 Business Class, which isn’t industry leading. LH is supposed to introduce their new Business Class with the launch of the new Boeing 777-9 in a few years. The new Lufthansa Business Class will feature:
- Direct aisle access from every seat
- Each seat will have much more privacy
- A special shoulder zone
- A larger overall seat
- More storage
- Larger monitors
All in all, I’m very excited for the new route as I’d definitely rather fly to Munich on the new A350 instead of Frankfurt on the old 747-400, which is desperately begging to be retired. As of now, I’m scheduled to be booked on the inaugural flight, perhaps someone will join me?