The aircraft that broke down the door to intercontinental flying for the masses has a new mission: lugging as
many German tourists as possible on the short-haul hop to Mallorca.
Deutsche Lufthansa AG will deploy 364-seat Boeing Co 747-8s on two-hour trips from Frankfurt after looser coronavirus curbs spurred bookings 25-fold since April, it said. The jet will ply the route for four straight Saturdays starting from July 17, with an Airbus SE A350 wide-body flying from Munich.
Lufthansa’s 747s carry travellers to far-flung destinations like Tokyo and Los Angeles, leaving smaller aircraft like the Airbus A321, fitted out to carry 215 people, to ferry Germans to Mediterranean holiday destinations. It’s not the first time giant planes have been drafted onto shorter routes, with Air France using Airbus A380s to shuttle 500 people between Paris and London in 2010.
British Airways has looked at serving Greece with its biggest planes should UK restrictions be eased.