Having launched the world’s largest passenger aircraft between Delhi and Frankfurt on November 8, German carrier Lufthansa now plans to start operating the Airbus A-380 to Mumbai from the summer of 2015. In the meanwhile, the airline is trying to workout the shortcomings in the infrastructure available at the Mumbai airport to land the double-decker aircraft.
“We plan to start flying between Mumbai and Frankfurt with the A 380 from July-August next year,” said Wolfgang Will, the South Asia director for Lufthansa. The airline had earlier this week launched Airbus 380 flights between Frankfurt and Delhi.
A Lufthansa A380 seats 520 passengers — the launch of the flight to Delhi will see the airline offering 140 more seats a day from what was offered earlier. Similarly, the launch of the A-380 to Mumbai will see the airline offer 170 more seats a day from what it offers at present. Will said India is a strategic market for Lufthansa, and one third of the passenger load from India travels to North America, “beyond our home market”.