An expansion of its business jet flights to US destinations is planned by German airline Lufthansa.
From May 19, the carrier is introducing non-stop services for travelers between Munich and New York using 48-seat business jets. The following month, on June 9, there will be a service from Dusseldorf to Chicago.
Lufthansa, which operates the flights with PrivatAir planes, says it is also extending its successful partnership with the Swiss charter company on the popular Dusseldorf-Newark route.
The airline introduced the business-only flights after scheduled services, operated with code-share partner United Airlines, were canceled following the terrorist attacks of September 11.
“The expansion of our unique business jet service is targeted mainly at business travelers. Besides providing a non-stop service, we offer ideal connections to the business centers on the East Coast of the United States and the Mid-West,” said Lufthansa chief executive officer Wolfgang Mayrhuber. “Departure times for the service from Munich and Dusseldorf have been coordinated with feeder flights to these airports.”
Six non-stop flights a week will be operated from the Bavarian capital to New York`s Newark Airport with a flight time of nine hours. The return service to Munich takes seven hours and 45 minutes.