Friday, May 07, 2021

Lufthansa's Germany-India-Germany flights to now stop over in Dubai for crew change

New Delhi: Lufthansa’s flights between India and Germany will now take a stopover in Dubai both ways for a crew change. The German major has taken this step to ensure its pilots and cabin crew operating the 10 weekly return flights to India do not require a layover in the Covid-ravaged metros here. One set of crew will operate from Frankfurt to Dubai; another set from Dubai to Delhi/Mumbai/Bengaluru and back to Dubai and then a third set will operate the aircraft — a Boeing 747-8 these days — back to Germany, say sources.

As a result, the about 7-hour journey between Frankfurt and Delhi/Mumbai will now take over 9 hours. And the 11-hour flight between Frankfurt and Bengaluru will take about 13 hours now. Passengers will remain seated inside the aircraft during crew change. For this duration flight, a B-747 has 2-3 pilots and over 15 cabin crew.

07/06/21 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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