I also think that the A310 would be better for this route, but if they don't have any more in international configurations, than what other option do they have? They could lease a 767-300 from Condor, but that may be too much for just one route at this moment.
Here is the official press release:
Lufthansa flies nonstop Washington-Berlin; LH 414/415 begins March 25 -
Six flights weekly
Updated 11:58 AM ET October 27, 2000
NEW YORK (BUSINESS WIRE) - Lufthansa today announced nonstop service between Berlin and
Washington beginning March 25, 2001 (the start of the "summer" flight schedule).
The new service was announced by Lufthansa Chairman and CEO Juergen Weber at a ceremony at
Berlin's Tegel airport, marking the tenth anniversary of the resumption of flights by the airline to the
German federal capital. Six flights weekly will be flown between Tegel and Washington's Dulles
International Airport by a long-haul Airbus A340. Bookings for the new nonstop transatlantic
connection are available immediately.
According to Lufthansa CEO Weber, the new Berlin-Washington route not only connects the two
capitals. The Washington gateway, one of the major hubs of Star Alliance partner United Airlines,
says Weber, is "an ideal springboard" for Lufthansa passengers from both Washington and Berlin.
Through United, passengers from Berlin are offered convenient flight connections to more than 60
destinations in North America; passengers from Washington can connect to numerous German and
European destinations non-stop through Berlin.
Launch date for the US flights is Sunday, March 25, when the summer timetable 2001 begins. The
Washington LH 414 flights leave Berlin daily, except Saturday, at 11:30 am, and arrive in the US
capital 2:45 pm local time. Flights from Washington (LH 415) take off daily (except Friday) at 5:30
pm and touch down in Berlin the following morning at 8:00 am. The Airbus A340 seats up to 247
passengers, including eight in First Class, 42 in Business Class and 197 in Economy Class.
According to Thomas Winkelmann, Lufthansa's Vice President/The Americas, Lufthansa is
embarking on the long-awaited nonstop US connection to Berlin partly because of the incresing
demand as a result of the move to Berlin by the German government and a great number of
Winkelmann says interest in the route from the North American side has been high. "We're glad that
economic circumstances have finally made it possible to offer this highly anticipated service", said
Prospective travellers to Berlin can expect attractive inaugural fares to be announced shortly, added
From its Frankfurt and Munich hubs, Lufthansa provides one of the most extensive global networks
of any major airline, flying to more than 300 cities in nearly 100 countries worldwide. Named
"Airline of the Year" by Air Transport World, Lufthansa carries more passengers worldwide than
any European airline. The carrier was also recently tapped by Forbes magazine as the world's most
admired European airline.