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Lufthansa plans to be the first airline to offer scheduled Airbus A380 service to the Lone Star State. Daily A380 flights between Houston and Frankfurt will begin on Aug. 1. The departing flight will leave Houston at 4:20 p.m. and arrive in Frankfurt at 9:05 a.m. the following day. The return flight will depart from Frankfurt at 10:10 a.m. and arrive in Houston at 1:50 p.m. Flights are currently available for booking via Lufthansa’s website.
“We commend the Houston airport’s management for their decision to invest significantly in order to make the airport A380-ready. Houston makes perfect sense as the fourth U.S. city to experience Lufthansa’s A380 flagship aircraft and premium service,” said Jürgen Siebenrock, Lufthansa’s vice president of the Americas.
Lufthansa’s A380 is configured with 526 seats, which results in a 63 percent capacity increase on this route, and features the airline’s new first class product. Located on the upper deck, this space 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 feet by 9 inches in length.
“As the gateway to Texas’ energy capital, Bush Intercontinental welcomes the A380 as a symbol of Houston’s significant role as an international hub,” said Mario Diaz, director of the Houston Airport System. “I believe the new aircraft is a game changer and is an excellent fit for trans-Atlantic flights between Houston and Germany as Lufthansa expands its service.”
Lufthansa has provided service to Houston since 1985. Globally, Lufthansa offers 146 connections in total from its Frankfurt hub.