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Lufthansa Making Beirut Changes

Mon Aug 22, 2005 3:18 am

This was just posted on Lufthansa's website:

http://portal.lufthansa.com/online/p...xonomy?l=en&nodeid=1164475&ctest=1

The flight currently operates a daily red-eye. Starting this winter, the Tuesdays and Friday services will be operated in the mornings instead.

The Tuesday and Friday morning flights will operate on A320-200s while the other days (the red-eye days) will operate on A321-200s

Honestly, what exactly is the benefit of doing this? Aren't connections better timed if the flights are all red-eyes?

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RE: Lufthansa Making Beirut Changes

Mon Aug 22, 2005 3:21 am

Maybe there's higher demand for the morning flights on the BEY side?
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RE: Lufthansa Making Beirut Changes

Mon Aug 22, 2005 3:27 am

Quoting San747 (Reply 1):
Maybe there's higher demand for the morning flights on the BEY side?

Morning flights would be more attractive for passengers who's final destination is Frankfurt.

However, Lufthansa mainly caters connections through their hub.

The Beirut flight departs Frankfurt very late so it can wait for all the passengers who are coming from North America and South America. When the flight leaves Beirut around 3AM, it arrives in Frankfurt early at around 6:30AM so passengers can catch connections to North America and South America.

Pretty much all flights from major European hubs to the Middle East operated by European airlines are like this.

Maybe Lufthansa is seeing there is a lot of demand for passengers who are destined to Frankfurt which is why they are making 2 days of the week morning flights. I think also connections within Europe are probably better in the morning.

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RE: Lufthansa Making Beirut Changes

Mon Aug 22, 2005 5:31 am

The red-eye routes to the Near East and North Africa can't offer many long haul routes from the Americas.

Flights from North and South America arrive in the early morning FRA, so the morning departure to BEY is perfect.
In the opposite direction the afternoon arrival from BEY is better timed for onward traffic to South America (GRU comes to mind). But to North America the red-eye flight is better timed.

A perfect solution for destinations like BEY would be one red-eye and one daylight flight, like it is the case for TLV.

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