GRU isn´t daily in the schedules yet. We´ll see soon, if that will happen. HKG and PVG are expected improvements, while JNB is indeed a surprise. I also expect SIN to go daily soon, perhaps in summer - and there´s still the rumour about SQ stepping in next summer with their own pax service. Twice weekly B744F frighter service SIN-MAA-MUC(-JFK?) will start end of Oct.
First plans for this winter season showed 8 A343 based in MUC for the longhaul operation. Now there should be at least 10 a/c based here. Nice move!
LH is obviously going to boost the planned expansion in MUC now. For me, not the expansion itself, but the time is really surprising. I´m looking forward to the speculations and rumours for the summer timetable. It´ll be interesting to see the development during the upcoming months. Instead of opening for example BOS as a new US destination, i see them adding new and addtitional flights to other markets now (e.g. NRT, PEK as new dest. and increased service to SIN, GRU), unless the transatlantic market makes a turnaround soon.
LH will get new slots in NRT when the new runway there is opened. They can increase weekly flights from 10 to 14 then.
LH made a very interesting schedule time and a/c change with its LH714 FRA-NRT service (that´s the trice weekly service now, which is going also daily after May02), when NRT´s new runway will open.
LH 714 / FRA-NRT
until May02 dep FRA 17:40, arr FRA 18:40
from Jun02 dep FRA 15:20, arr FRA 17:00
LH 710 / FRA-NRT (the daily "main" service)
dep FRA 13:55, arr FRA 14:45
times remain nearly unchanged
On the one hand, as you can see, from Jun02 the departure time in FRA between the two flights, 710 and 714, only differs about 1h25min - very little difference for two intercontinental flights to the same destination. It´s nearly the same with arrival times in FRA. This move makes no sense for their FRA schedule, this new arr/dep-times don´t fit to their peaks in FRA anymore.
On the other hand, the "new" dep and arr times would exactly fit in LH´s arrival and departure banks at their MUC hub. For your notice, the new PVG service has got the same arr und dep times (15:20 dep, 17:00 arr).
Finally the a/c used for LH714 will change from B744 to A343 in summer, while for LH710 still a B744 will be used. So LH714 could be operated independant from FRA with the MUC based A343, while a B744 on this route would mean a connected service with FRA, as no 744 are based in MUC.
So you know what i mean, in my opinion LH could have prepared LH714 for a move from FRA to MUC. With the four additional slots, they are able to offer a second daily service from Germany to NRT, this time perhaps with MUC as gateway. Don´t know, perhaps i´m dreaming, but LH made some interesting changes concerning the NRT route next summer.