Lufthansa A350 touches down for the first time on African soil

Lufthansa A350
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Lufthansa has officially added the Airbus A350-900 to its Munich – Cape Town route, with the first flight landing in Cape Town on Sunday, 2 December 2018. This is the first time the aircraft has been used for one of Lufthansa’s African routes.

Bringing the A350-900 to the South African market is an exciting development for Lufthansa. Based on the positive reactions from travellers around the world, we believe that our South African passengers will also enjoy the ergonomically designed interior of the aircraft, together with unique lighting and more space for storing personal items which create a special travel experience for our customers” says Dr Andre Schulz, General Manager for Lufthansa Group Southern Africa.

With a fuel consumption of just 2.9L per passenger per 100 kilometres, a dramatically reduced noise and CO2 emissions footprint, as well as enhanced cabin features, the A350-900 is setting new standards for technical features and is the world’s most eco-efficient long-haul aircraft.

Wesgro CEO, Tim Harris, commented: “We congratulate Lufthansa on this new offering and are honoured to be selected as the first African destination to receive this environmentally friendly and improved comfort aircraft. A 5% increase in two-way traffic between Germany and Cape Town International has already been recorded between January and September of this year, in comparison to that of 2017. We hope to see these numbers grow over the next year as we seek to boost travel, trade and tourism between Cape Town and Munich.”

“Since the Munich – Cape Town route continues to be a popular route for both leisure and business travellers, we are happy to welcome this world-class aircraft to the Western Cape. This is yet another step we have taken in ensuring that we meet our commitment to constantly improve our South African service offering,” concludes Dr Schulz.