Airline News: Lufthansa, KLM, and Air China

Lufthansa unveils the first B747-400 in new livery, KLM’s move to Jakarta airport’s new Terminal 3, and more.

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Lufthansa rolls out first B747-400 in new livery

The German airline has rolled out the first B747-400 in its new livery, which flew between Frankfurt and Toronto today. The refreshed livery was first unveiled in February, along with the announcement that a total of 40 aircraft would get the new livery by the end of the year. CEO Carsten Spohr noted that it would take eight years for Lufthansa’s fleet of 330 aircraft to be repainted.

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KLM shifts to Jakarta airport’s Terminal 3

Come May 15, Dutch carrier KLM is scheduled to move to Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta Airport’s new Terminal 3. In light of this move, business-class travelers and Flying Blue members will gain access to the new Garuda Executive Lounge at the terminal. The carrier says that this will improve connections for passengers on its daily Amsterdam-Jakarta service, which includes a 1.5-hour stopover in Kuala Lumpur.

More information here.

Photo: Air China

Air China to launch Chengdu-London Gatwick flights

The Chinese national carrier will be starting a new nonstop service between Chengdu and London Gatwick come July 3. This comes after the cancellation of British Airways’ London Heathrow-Chengdu service back in January last year. This new route will be operated on its two-class Airbus A330-300 aircraft, will thrice-weekly flights on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.

More information here.

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