30.10.2017

Lufthansa and Orlando International Airport commemorate ten-year partnership

  • Nonstop, round-trip flights to and from Orlando, FL to Frankfurt, Germany transport nearly two million passengers
  • Lufthansa marks ten-year anniversary with commitment to a future of advanced technologies and personalized passenger experiences

Today, Lufthansa celebrates a decade of nonstop air service between Orlando, Florida and Frankfurt, Germany. Exactly ten years ago to the day, Lufthansa flight LH 464, an Airbus 330-300, arrived at Orlando International Airport (MCO) for the first time, marking the opening of Lufthansa’s 20th North American gateway. This route was the first of any airline to offer First Class service from Orlando to Europe, and has been nonstop ever since. Skip ten years forward, Lufthansa is ramping up new innovations to lead Orlando passengers into the future of air travel.

Over the last decade, Lufthansa has safely and successfully transported 1.9 million passengers on the MCO-FRA route. Within the same timeframe, the 940,000 passengers who arrived at MCO positively impacted the economy of Central Florida by generating more than $600 million. In 2016, last year Lufthansa carried almost 233,000 passengers on its MCO-FRA route, more than doubling the number of passengers carried on the route during its first year.

“Florida has proved to be an important market for Lufthansa and the Lufthansa Group, especially Orlando— the popular vacation mecca and a leading U.S. host city for large business conventions and conferences,” said Tamur Goudarzi Pour, Vice President Airline Sales, The Americas. “We are thrilled to have reached this ten-year milestone in Orlando, as well as bring our airline’s premium products and high quality service to the area’s residents. Furthermore, we’re looking forward to introducing another decade of innovations for enhanced passenger experiences.”

“As we celebrate ten successful years of partnership with Lufthansa, Orlando International Airport salutes the visionary leadership that has brought world-class international service, nearly one million passengers and over $600 million into Central Florida’s economy,” said Phil Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “Congratulations Lufthansa and we look forward to many more years of cooperation and success.”

For the 2017/18 winter schedule, flight LH 464 is scheduled to depart from Frankfurt at 1:50pm and arrive in Orlando at 5:50pm. The return flight, flight LH 465, is scheduled to depart from Orlando at 8:05pm and arrive in Frankfurt at 10:55am the following day.

Over the decade of service, and due to more demand for the route, Lufthansa increased flight frequency from Orlando to Frankfurt to seven days a week and replaced the Airbus 330-300 with a Boeing 747-400. The B747-400 has 371 seats, which allows for 150 more passengers per route\per day compared to the first flight. The aircraft also offers 43 more premium seats compared to the A330, including 32 Premium Economy seats, and 67 Business Class seats, for a total of 99 premium seats.

On the ground and onboard, Lufthansa is committed to providing its customers the highest quality experience. For the past two years, the airline has contracted with the Airport Lounge Development (ALD) in Orlando to make use of its new lounge, The Club at MCO. This lounge offers quiet areas for relaxation, a full-service bar, a business center, hot and cold snack and beverage service, luggage lockers and shower facilities. While inflight, passengers will appreciate the most up-to-date onboard products in all travel classes, including lie-flat Business Class seats, FlyNet and the newer Premium Economy seats that were introduced in 2014 . 

What’s more, the Lufthansa Group is heavily investing in aviation technology, promising to enhance Orlando passengers’ experiences throughout the entire travel chain, beginning with booking a flight, and continuing throughout, until passengers retrieve their luggage at their destinations.

Hashtag: #10YearsInMCO

About Lufthansa
One of the world's largest and most prestigious airlines, Lufthansa, serving 22 North American gateways, currently flies to 211 destinations in 74 countries. The air carrier offers hubs in Frankfurt and Munich. With the Lufthansa Group acquisition of Austrian Airlines, SWISS and Brussels Airlines, additional hubs include Vienna, Brussels, and Zurich. The entire Group flew a total of 95.8 million passengers in 2016. In 2017’s winter schedule, the Group airlines offer almost 5,158 weekly frequencies to 193 destinations in 75 countries worldwide. As an industry innovator, Lufthansa has long been committed to environmental care and sustainability, operating one of the most technologically-advanced and fuel-efficient fleets in the world. Its long-haul fleet to and from North America includes the Boeing 747-8,the Airbus A380 and the Airbus A350-900, which are some of the most environmentally-friendly passenger aircraft in the aviation industry. Lufthansa is the largest European operator of the A380 and was also the launch customer for the Boeing 747-8. The Lufthansa Group currently has 180 new aircraft on order to be delivered by 2025. This year, the Lufthansa Group will take delivery of 22 new aircraft, which includes the A350, for Lufthansa alone. Known for its premium services, Lufthansa continues to build new or upgrade existing lounge facilities across its worldwide network. Lufthansa’s entire long-haul fleet now features all new onboard products in each class– bringing Lufthansa one step closer to becoming the first five-star airline in the Western Hemisphere. Additionally, the entire Lufthansa long-haul fleet is equipped with its onboard broadband wireless Internet service, FlyNet. For more information or reservations, visit LH.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat (‘lufthansa’).