As per the time-table on its website, German carrier Deutsche Lufthansa has once again cancelled its planned equipment upgrade on its Frankfurt Mumbai Frankfurt service.
The airline first cancelled a planned upgrade from the existing Boeing 747-400 to the new Boeing 747-8i in July. At that time the airline said it would upgrade Mumbai to an A380.
Just two weeks earlier, we had reported the plans of the airline to upgrade Mumbai to the A380 from this winter schedule which starts on October 26, 2014. At that time there was speculation as to which airline, Lufthansa or its arch rival, Emirates airline, would score the sole A380 at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji airport.
Last last week it appeared that Emirates had won the round once again. We had analysed the options for Lufthansa, given that the equipment upgrade on this route is desperate required to arrest the diminishing market share for the Germans.
Since the airline continues to show a planned A380 service to New Delhi, it would behove the airline to consider moving the current Boeing 747-8i that is deployed on the New Delhi Frankfurt route to Mumbai.
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