Lufthansa has recently announced a new route from Frankfurt to pune, India. This route will be served by Lufthansa’s A319 it’ll be 11 hours and 25 mins long! A319 has a range of 3,750 NM while the route is 4159 NM long, thus the plane has to stop in Baku, Azerbaijan but the passengers won’t be allowed to disembark the plane. Originally Lufthansa offered this route with their partner privatAir, It was served by an 737-700, which is small but still had the ability to create a monopoly on that route! Ever since they partnership ended they have been looking for a new airline to partner with and under pressure from large German firms that want direct flights they have resumed the services by themselves.
Pune is actually a very popular destination for German business travelers. Pune has several German automobile manufacturing plants along with IT firms. The city is home to several colleges as well and Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes are buried in the grand Aga khan palace gardens.
In conclusion this is a very smart move… this route won’t take much time to generate profits and be a monopoly. Let me know your thoughts down below!
Considering Qatar used to use their long haul fleets on the 30 minute flights to Dubai, I really think Lufthansa could do better than using such a small aircraft on such a long route. Not great for a five star airline given the inability to provide a hard product for passengers to enjoy. Their business, economy product won’t be good for anything more than short haul operations FACT.
The article says that Lufthansa were looking for a airline to partner with on this route… they obviously didn’t find one… and them using the A319 is probably a sign that they didn’t want to open this route but they had no other option hence they just went with the A319… this is just my view on this.
based on the article, The only problem is that the airport in Pune (PNQ) does not have a long enough runway to support widebody aircraft, so any planes inbound must be only lighter single aisle narrow body.