Prior to British Airways bringing the 747 to Philadelphia, Philly never really had 747s…at least from what I can remember. A few months back, American announced they would be dropping their Frankfurt flight and it now appears Lufthansa is upping capacity to take advantage of that lost market share.

Always reliable Twitter user @xJonNYC reports Lufthansa will be replacing the Philly-Frankfurt flight’s usual A340/A330 with the 747-400:

This is great news. The Airbus A340-300, in particular, is probably my least favorite long-haul airplane aside from the 767. The new airplane will be effective March 31, 2019 and is already loaded in the system, according to Google Flights:

I haven’t personally flown in a premium cabin on the Lufthansa 747-400, but from what I’ve read, it’s one of the best experiences in the sky.

Have you ever flown on this airplane? What did you think?

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The problem with Lufthansa’s 747-400 is they eliminated first class. Even worse (I just realized this when I looked at the seat map) it’s a 2-3-2 business class layout on much of the lower level (rows 10 to 14). The upper level business class cabin is the same 2-2 layout as on the 747-800.

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who says he’s the first one ? RoutesOnline has reported the same change (plus others) with an even earlier time stamp :

10 October 2018 20:20


I def wasn’t expecting them to upgauge to the 747-400 but makes sense. It’ll be great if they’d add Munich service even seasonal. Maybe withing 2 years. Overall glad to see Lufthansa expanding there presence in Philadelphia