Lufthansa has taken delivery of its first ten Airbus A350-900 aircrafts, to be based in Munich, from January 2017.
Currently, the daily non-stop flights between Johannesburg and Frankfurt and the daily non-stop seasonal service between Cape Town and Munich during summer, are operated with the Airbus A340-600 and will be gradually replaced by the A350-900 aircraft.
"To start off with, destinations within six to eight hours will be flown using the new aircraft,” says Andre Schulz, Lufthansa gm for South Africa. He says the aircraft replacement for the Cape Town flight will happen at a later stage as the flight is over 11 hours in duration.
The A350-900 will accommodate 293 passengers with 48 seats in business class, 21 in premium economy and 224 in economy.
Lufthansa has ordered 25 A350-900s with the deployment of the remaining 15 aircraft yet to be decided.