Information was received from a regular contact in South Africa that the local Lufthansa (LH) office leaked the good news to the local travel and tourism trade, that they will commence flight operations with their soon-to-arrive fleet of A380s to Johannesburg on an initial three-times-a-week basis, when the four expected giant aircraft due for delivery have been received by Germany’s flag carrier.
Operations are due to commence, as per the information at hand, by October this year when the traditional switch to the fall and winter schedule takes place. Presently LH is using their proven B747-400 on the route, but a growing volume of cargo and passenger traffic to and from South Africa has probably prompted LH to choose JNB as their first – and for the time being surely ONLY – African A380 destination, after recently announcing the deployment of the new aircraft also to Tokyo and Beijing.
Johannesburg was also the first ever African scheduled destination for the A380 for flights by Air France, a signal of confidence in the destination and vote of confidence for JNB to handle the giant airlines satisfactorily.
Bookings for the new service are already available on the system, it was also pointed out.