Lufthansa has placed its first long-haul Boeing 787 flights into its booking system. The aircraft, which debuted on domestic services earlier this month, is scheduled to fly to Newark Liberty International Airport from December 1st. For the time being, flights are scheduled until March 25th, ahead of the winter-to-summer IATA schedule change.

Lufthansa has remained fairly low-key about the arrival of its first Boeing 787s. The airline didn’t celebrate the arrival of its first plane beyond a couple of airport flypasts, while the first flight was simply marked by a special announcement from the aircraft’s pilots. Now, the airline has taken delivery of its second 787.

Newark bound

Lufthansa’s first Boeing 787 is currently busy shuttling between the carrier’s two main bases in Frankfurt Airport and Munich Airport as crew gets familiarized with the aircraft. In a month’s time, the aircraft will start undertaking longer flights with the launch of daily flights to Newark, New Jersey.

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We already knew that Newark Liberty International Airport would be the first long-haul destination for the Boeing 787 (previously, this had been slated to be Toronto). The Boeing 787 has now been placed into the Lufthansa booking engine from December 1st to March 25th, per schedule data from Cirium.

According to the airline’s flight schedule, it is due to operate a daily rotation as follows,

Flight Origin Dep Time Destination Arr Time Flight Time
LH 402 Frankfurt Airport (FRA) 13:30 Newark Airport (EWR) 16:25 08h55m
LH 403 Newark Airport (EWR) 18:20 Frankfurt Airport (FRA) 07:55 +1 07h35m

Domestic flights will continue

The schedule gives us a hint that the second Boeing 787, received in Frankfurt by Lufthansa today, will be ready for commercial service by December 1st at the latest. While the long-haul flights to Newark are underway, Lufthansa will continue operating the type between its Frankfurt and Munich hubs.

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Up to three flights a day are planned in each direction, with the last services scheduled for January 9th. For the time being, it is unclear what the second aircraft and any further deliveries will be doing from January 10th. However, it would make sense for Lufthansa to place the Boeing 787 on a second long-haul rotation. Simple Flying will keep readers up to date as and when future Lufthansa Boeing 787 schedule changes are announced.

What to expect from Lufthansa’s Boeing 787s

Lufthansa’s Boeing 787s are being fitted with a new cabin product slightly different from its other aircraft. The main change is in the business class cabin. As the aircraft were originally due to go to the HNA group, Lufthansa has opted to keep the Collins Super Diamond seats that had already been installed in the aircraft.

The 1-2-1 business class stretches from Door 1 to Door 2. Behind this is a three-row 2-3-2 premium economy cabin. Taking up the rear of the cabin, the economy cabin has a 3-3-3 layout.

Are you excited to see Lufthansa scheduling the Boeing 787 on flights to Newark? Let us know what you think and why in the comments below!

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    IATA/ICAO Code:

    Airline Type:
    Full Service Carrier

    Frankfurt Airport, Munich Airport

    Year Founded:

    Star Alliance

    Airline Group:
    Lufthansa Group

    Carsten Spohr



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