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Lufthansa Increases Charlotte Capacity Nearly 40% this Summer

 A340-600 aircraft will be largest plane serving Charlotte-Douglas International

February 14, 2008 - Lufthansa today announced that due to increased customer demand, it will upgrade capacity by nearly 40 percent on its Charlotte-Munich route this summer, deploying the world's longest aircraft, the Airbus A340-600. The 306-seat plane will be the largest to serve Charlotte-Douglas International on a scheduled basis when it makes its inaugural flight on June 8, and will offer passengers some new and familiar comforts, including: new ergonomically-designed Economy Class seats; a staircase at the rear of the plane leading to five lower level washrooms and a galley; Lufthansa's lie-flat Business Class seats as well as the only First Class cabin between Charlotte and Europe.

"In the four years since Lufthansa inaugurated service to Charlotte, this market has seen a steady increase in passengers, thanks to continued economic growth throughout the Carolinas," said Johannes Fuchs, District Sales Manager for Lufthansa in Charlotte. "This demand is especially significant during the summer months, when many families use our service for vacations in Europe, or to visit friends and family," Fuchs added.

The A340-600 will offer three-classes of service, including eight First Class seats, 60 lie-flat Business Class seats and 238 Economy Class seats compared with 8 First Class, 48 Business Class and 165 Economy Class seats with the current A340-300 used on the route.

Nicknamed "the whispering giant," Lufthansa's A340-600 is equipped with Rolls Royce Trent 500 engines which are not only extremely powerful, but also immensely quiet and fuel-efficient. Passengers inside the cabin will immediately notice lower noise levels - as will those outside the airport. For example, the A340-600 reduces the noise footprint - or surface area that experiences a maximum noise level during take-off -- to 85-decibels over 1.35 square miles, compared with 5.6 miles from a Boeing 747-200. 85 decibels is the equivalent of a truck in city traffic passing through a distance of 15 feet.

A growing number of customers are selecting Lufthansa's Charlotte - Munich service to benefit from convenient 30-minute connections to more than 90 destinations throughout Germany, Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East that are available via Lufthansa's extensive network at Munich Airport. The Airport, which a survey of international travelers has named "Best Airport in Europe" three years running and the fourth best airport worldwide, boasts the state-of-the-art, awarding-winning Terminal 2. Co-owned by Lufthansa and the Munich Airport Authority, T2 features Lufthansa's exclusive First Class lounge, which opened in summer 2007 and offers personal assistants, a gourmet restaurant, dedicated check-in facilities, luxury bathrooms, a cigar lounge, chauffeured transfers to flights, among other premium amenities.

From Munich, passengers can also access Lufthansa Private Jet, an exclusive service providing premium travelers with seamless transfers by private jet to more than 1,000 airports around Europe, Israel and the Russian Federation.

One of the world's largest airlines, Lufthansa flies to 192 destinations in 78 countries, including 22 North American gateways, as of April 2008. Lufthansa has hubs in Munich, Frankfurt, and, with its 2005 acquisition of SWISS into its portfolio, Zurich. Together with its partners, Lufthansa serves 416 destinations in approximately 100 countries. An industry innovator, Lufthansa has long been committed to environment protection and sustainability, operating the most technically-advanced and fuel-efficient fleet in the world. Lufthansa will be the largest European operator of the Airbus A380 and the launch customer for the new Boeing 747-8, the industries' two most fuel-efficient passenger aircraft. For more information or reservations, visit www.lufthansa.com

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Published Monday, February 18, 2008 6:02 PM by Angie Adams NC/SC REALTOR® Broker


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