As uncertainty reigns over the 5G rollout in the USA, Lufthansa has pulled its flagship Boeing 747-8 from U.S. routes today, substituting three routes for 747-400s without a first class cabin.
Lufthansa Pulls 747-8 From USA Routes, Adds 747-400
First Class passengers on Lufthansa are in for a rude awakening today when they show up at the airport and discover their first class suites have been swapped for what many consider one of the least competitive business class products in the sky.
Currently, Lufthansa offers 747-8 service on the following routes from Frankfurt:
- Los Angeles
- San Francisco
But “as a precaution” (a Lufthansa spokesperson declined to provide any further detail), today’s Miami flight has been cancelled and service to Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco has been swapped to a 747-400. The Newark flight does not operate on Wednesdays.
While 747-8s are in the schedule for tomorrow, be prepared for the same last-minute swap as occurred today.
It’s such a strange world in which Boeing has refused to address the matter with the press, leaving all of us guessing as to what is actually going on.
First it was the 777, then the 787 too, and now the 748-8 as well, but not the 747-400. What makes the 747-8 unsafe on the altimeter?
And it merits mentioning that all of this is based upon speculation: from every document I have reviewed, there has not been a single conclusive case of 5G actually causing interference with aircraft altimeters.
> Read More: Boeing, FAA Leave Airlines Hanging On 777, 787 (and now apparently the 747-8)
How ironic that the 747-8 is not okay, but the older 747-400 is fine. Maybe it’s time for airlines to return to the desert and start dusting off L-1011s and DC-10s…
For first class passengers on Lufthansa today, I’m truly sorry for your loss…hopefully you can reschedule your trip.
Lufthansa has only removed the 747-8 from its schedule today, but unless the 5G issue is suddenly resolved in the coming hours, I would expect such swaps to continue.
image: A Lufthansa 747-8 lands at LAX