East Meadow, NY– Lufthansa continues to expand in Düsseldorf: With the start of the summer flight schedule, the airline will resume services from Toronto and offer new nonstop connections to Athens, Greece; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Gdansk, Poland and Naples, Italy. The summer timetable for Düsseldorf, Lufthansa’s boutique-style hub in Germany, will include non-stop flights to 58 destinations across Europe and North America.
Starting May 13, an Airbus A330-300 will operate up to five times per week (daily except Tuesdays and Wednesdays) between Toronto and Düsseldorf. Connecting flights from 12 other Canadian and U.S. cities are available through Star Alliance partner Air Canada, including Winnipeg, Edmonton, Vancouver, Boston, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Raleigh/Durham.
“The resumption of our Toronto-Düsseldorf service — together with an extension of our Miami-Düsseldorf flights — is a clear response to the increased demand we’re seeing for services between North America and Düsseldorf,” said Jens Bischof, Vice President, the Americas for Lufthansa. The seasonal Miami-Düsseldorf connection will be extended through May 23 this year and again from October 8, 2010. Nonstop widebody services from Newark (New Jersey) and Chicago will continue to be flown throughout the year. Lufthansa is the only airline offering a three-class cabin with in-seat video service in Economy Class on routes between North America and Düsseldorf.
Lufthansa will also be the only airline offering flights from Düsseldorf to Gdansk this summer. Starting March 30, Gdansk will be served by five weekly flights (Mondays-Fridays) operated by a Canadair Regional Jet 700 (CR7). Naples is an ideal starting point for vacationers headed to the Gulf of Naples, the Amalfi coast or the legendary Italian resort, Capri. Lufthansa is commencing its first non-stop flights to Naples from Düsseldorf in the summer timetable. A Canadair Regional Jet 900 (CR9) will connect Düsseldorf with the Campania region twice per week, on Thursdays and Saturdays.
Athens and Dubrovnik typify the variety of destinations Lufthansa is serving from Düsseldorf with its dense, non-stop route network. Athens will be served five times per week with a CR9, Dubrovnik twice-weekly with a Canadair Regional Jet 700 (CR7). Also in the Lufthansa summer schedule again are flights to Inverness, Scotland; Jersey, British Islands; Mallorca, Spain; Newquay, England; Olbia, Sardinia; Venice, Italy and Reykjavik, Iceland. Moreover, services from Düsseldorf to Nice will increase by five frequencies to daily flights.
Additionally the airline offers Lufthansa Private Jet, a services whereby passengers can transfer from Lufthansa flight on to connecting flights via private jet or arrange point-to-point charter.
One of the world’s largest and most prestigious airlines, Lufthansa flies to 191 destinations in 78 countries, with hubs in Frankfurt, Munich, and with its recent acquisition of Austrian Airlines and SWISS – Vienna and Zurich. From its 22 North American gateways, Lufthansa serves over 400 destinations in more than 100 countries. An industry innovator, the airline has long been committed to environmental care and sustainability, operating the most technically-advanced and fuel-efficient fleet in the world. Its long-haul fleet to and from North America includes the Boeing 747-400, as well as the Airbus A340-600, A340-300 and A330-300. Currently, Lufthansa has 146 aircraft worth about $19 billion on order. It will be the largest European operator of the A380 and is also the launch customer for the new Boeing 747-8, the industries’ two most fuel-efficient passenger aircraft. Known for its premium services, Lufthansa is currently investing $190 million in building new or upgraded lounge facilities across it worldwide network. In January 2009, it opened a three-story, U.S. flagship lounge at JFK Airport. In spring 2010, Lufthansa will re-launch its broadband wireless Internet service onboard, FlyNet. For more information or reservations, visit www.lufthansa.com.