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Lufthansa A350-900 (photo: Lufthansa)

Lufthansa to resume Munich-São Paulo flights

This time, flights between the Bavarian and Brazilian capitals will be with an A350-900. A second daily Frankfurt-Chicago frequency will happen too.

Lufthansa is resuming its direct service between Munich and São Paulo starting December 2, with three weekly connections – this time with an economical Airbus A350-900.

Flight LH504 will depart Munich for Brazil’s largest city every Monday, Thursday and Saturday at 22:30, arriving at 07:55 local time the following day.

The return flight leaves the Brazilian metropolis at 19:00 and arrives at what the airline calls its “premium hub” at 09:35.

“The route offering is further proof of the positive development of Munich as a premium hub,” says Wilken Bormann, chief executive of Lufthansa Hub Munich.

“For the first time, Lufthansa is operating the Airbus A350-900 to South America, the most modern and environmentally friendly long-haul aircraft in the world.”

Intercontinental hub
Lufthansa is continuing to expand its range of long-haul routes from the Bavarian capital, which the German giant is increasingly focusing on as an intercontinental hub alongside its traditional hub of Frankfurt.

Lufthansa already flies daily between Frankfurt and São Paulo with a Boeing 747-8.

Lufthansa shut down its route between Munich and São Paulo – the world’s fourth biggest capital city with a population of 21 million – in autumn 2016 because of what the company claimed was overcapacity in the market. Back then, it was using an A340-600.

The news comes shortly after the start of Norwegian’s flights between London Gatwick and Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro, deploying a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, while the UK’s Virgin Atlantic also launches its first route to South America in 2020, from London Heathrow to São Paulo on a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

Chicago flights
Due to “high demand”, Lufthansa says it will also be making a second daily frequency from Frankfurt to Chicago O’Hare for the first time, this coming winter season.

The route is in cooperation with joint venture partner and fellow Star Alliance member United Airlines, whose major hub is Chicago.

An Airbus A340 will take off from Frankfurt at 16:45 and arrive in the Windy City almost ten hours later at 19:25 local time. From there, passengers can link up with any of United’s destinations throughout North America.

The return flight is set for 22:55 in the evening, landing in Frankfurt at 13:35 the following day.

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