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When Lufthansa’s flight LH494 touches down at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport on March 31, 2019, it will mark the first time an Airbus A350-900, a state-of-the-art, long-haul aircraft, arrives to Toronto from Europe.
Toronto will join an exclusive roster of North American cities Lufthansa connects to Munich with its new flagship long-haul aircraft that includes Boston, Denver, Chicago O’Hare, Newark and Vancouver.
Flight LH494 will depart from Munich at 3:40 p.m. local time and is scheduled to arrive in Toronto on March 31, 2019, at 6:35 p.m. local time.
The return flight, LH495, will depart from Toronto at 8:25 p.m. and will arrive in Munich at 10 a.m. local time on the following day. The flight between Toronto and Munich will occur daily.
“Anyone who has flown on the A350-900, whether it be in Business Class, Premium Economy or Economy, discovers that the flying experience on this new aircraft is unlike any other,” said Hans DeHaan, senior director Canada, Lufthansa Group. “They experience a product that is very well in line with our company’s commitment to innovation, technology and efficiency. With our A350 aircraft, we can offer qualities and features that maximize the in-flight experience of our passengers to and from Canada.”
The Airbus A350-900 is an advanced, environmentally-friendly long-haul aircraft. It uses 25 per cent less kerosene, produces 25 per cent fewer emissions and is significantly quieter on take-off. The aircraft has space for 293 passengers with 48 seats in Business Class, 21 in Premium Economy and 224 in Economy Class. At just under 5.6 metres wide (18.4 feet), the cabin of the new Airbus is more spacious than comparable models of aircraft.
Lufthansa’s A350-900 also offers a cabin environment that makes the journey on board the aircraft even more satisfying. In Business Class, passengers can enjoy a self-service area where they can easily help themselves to snacks and drinks throughout the flight.
The Premium Economy Class offers more than merely a comfortable seat. Passengers can check in two pieces of luggage at no charge, each with an allowable weight of up to 22.7 kilograms (50 pounds). Travellers can conveniently select their favourite food from the menu card, and the food is served on porcelain dishes.
The award-winning Economy Class, furnished in various shades of blue, features special ergonomically-formed seat upholstery and provides travelers with more personal and storage space. The A350 Economy Class was conceived by the design bureau, PearsonLloyd, and was awarded the German Design Award 2018 by the German Design Council.
Throughout the cabin, passengers can use their own mobile device as a second screen, as well as pre-selected programs from the on-board entertainment system, up to six weeks prior to flight time.
Due to the aircraft’s particular construction, passengers reach their destination feeling more well-rested. This is achieved through improved cabin pressure during the flight, as well as a novel LED lighting system that adjusts with the day and night-time rhythm of the passengers.
Munich International Airport is Europe’s first five-star airport and the airport’s Terminal 2 was once again honoured as the world’s number one terminal by the London-based Skytrax Institute at the 2017 World Airports Awards. Together with Munich Airport, Lufthansa offers its customers a 10-star product that represents excellent quality on the ground and on board.
Terminal 2, and a corresponding satellite building that opened in April 2016, are a joint venture between Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Flughafen Muenchen GmbH. A central hub for Lufthansa and its partner airlines, Terminal 2 includes five new Lufthansa lounges, as well as 27 additional gate positions that allow passengers to board the aircraft directly, without bus transportation.