Friday, October 16, 2015

Lufthansa To Launch New San Jose/Frankfurt Service

First European airline to offer non-stop flights from Silicon Valley to Germany, Europe and beyond

Lufthansa just introduced non-stop service between San Jose, California and Frankfurt, Germany. The new service, which will commence on April 29, 2016, will be the first non-stop flight from Silicon Valley to the European gateway hub of Frankfurt. The five-times-weekly service will be operated using Airbus A340-300 equipment.

The new eastbound LH 489 service will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays as a night flight, leaving San Jose in the afternoon and arriving in Frankfurt the following morning. The corresponding westbound LH 488 service will also operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, departing from Lufthansa’s Frankfurt hub in the morning and arriving in San Jose in the early afternoon after a 12-hour flight. The schedules have been designed to provide the best possible connections with other Lufthansa services in Germany, and to and from Europe, Asia (including India), and Africa at the Frankfurt hub.

“It’s an exciting time at Lufthansa as San Jose is one of several new, important destinations that we plan to add to our network in the coming months. Furthermore, we will be the first European airline to offer direct flights from San Jose to Germany, Europe and beyond, which emphasizes the importance of this region to our airline,” said Juergen Siebenrock, Vice President The Americas at Lufthansa German Airlines. “Passengers from the Silicon Valley area will now be able to experience the quality service and premium products that Lufthansa has always been known to offer, including our brand new Premium Economy Class that offers extra space for comfort and relaxation, as well as an elevated experience.”

“The addition of Frankfurt service to Mineta San Jose International Airport’s growing list of international destinations is welcome news for Silicon Valley travelers,” said Kim Becker, Director of Aviation. “Lufthansa’s premium non-stop service from San Jose to Germany, Europe, Asia, India and Africa brings the world to our doorstep through Silicon Valley’s airport which offers easy access, on-time flights and technologically advanced facilities and customer services.”

Lufthansa is the first European airline to offer non-stop service from San Jose, whose airport is increasingly developing into an international hub. Since its terminal modernization was completed in 2010, the airport has welcomed new non-stop services to various destinations, including Tokyo and Beijing.

Frankfurt – Germany’s most international city – offers a rich culture and history. With a population of about 5.6 million, the Frankfurt Rhine-Main metropolitan region is one of Europe’s leading economic centers and a popular travel destination. Although only fifth in size among German cities, Frankfurt is Germany's financial powerhouse. The German Central Bank is there, as is the European Central Bank, which manages the Euro.

Through its home base at Frankfurt Airport and together with its Lufthansa Group carriers and Star Alliance partners, Lufthansa provides passengers connecting through Frankfurt with convenient access to the world’s largest airline network and more than 1,300 destinations worldwide.

Lufthansa travelers from and to San Jose will have three seating classes to choose from: Business Class, Premium Economy and Economy. A round-trip ticket from San Jose, CA to Europe will be available starting at approximately $977. For further information and/or bookings

The new service at a glance

San Jose (California, USA)-Frankfurt

three-letter codes/
time zones (summer)
– Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC); UTC - 7 hours
– Frankfurt Airport, Terminal 1 (FRA); UTC + 2 hours
(all times local; summer time)
NEW from 29 April 2016

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
LH 489          dep San Jose 15:20 – arr Frankfurt 11:35 (the next day)
LH 488          dep Frankfurt 10:40 – arr San Jose 13:40 (same day)

Average flight length
12 hours
9,132 kilometers (4,931 nautical miles)

Aircraft type

Airbus A340-300

About Lufthansa
One of the world's largest and most prestigious airlines, Lufthansa, serving 20 North American gateways, currently flies to 258 destinations in 80 countries. The air carrier offers hubs in Frankfurt and Munich. With the Lufthansa Group acquisition of Austrian Airlines, SWISS and a stake in Brussels Airlines, additional hubs include Vienna, Brussels, and Zurich. The entire Group flew a total of 106 million passengers in 2014. Lufthansa, along with its Group members and Star Alliance partners, serves over 1,300 destinations worldwide. An industry innovator, Lufthansa has long been committed to environmental care and sustainability, operating one of the most technologically-advanced and fuel-efficient fleet in the world. Its long-haul fleet to and from North America includes the Boeing 747-8 and the Airbus A380 - the industries’ two most environmentally-friendly passenger aircraft. Lufthansa is the largest European operator of the A380 and was also the launch customer for the new Boeing 747-8. By 2025, Lufthansa will receive 272 new aircraft worth about €38 billion in list prices on order. Known for its premium services, Lufthansa continues to build new or upgrade existing lounge facilities across its worldwide network and will spend over €3 billion in new products and services by 2016. In 2014, Lufthansa introduced its new Premium Economy Class which offers further comfort and more personal space. By the end of 2015, Lufthansa’s entire long-haul fleet will feature all new onboard products in each class – bringing Lufthansa one step closer to becoming the first five-star airline in the Western Hemisphere. Additionally, nearly the entire Lufthansa long-haul fleet is equipped with its onboard broadband wireless Internet service, FlyNet. For more information or reservations, visit

About Mineta San José International AirportMineta San José International Airport (SJC) is Silicon Valley’s airport, a self-supporting enterprise owned and operated by the City of San José. SJC served 9.6 million passengers in Fiscal Year 2015, a 5.4 percent increase year-over-year. SJC offers approximately 142 peak daily flights on 12 domestic and international carriers to 33 nonstop destinations.

SJC’s five-star customer service experience sets it apart from other Bay Area and US airports. Airlines and passengers respond positively to SJC’s customer amenities, including modern terminal buildings, free and fast WiFi, comfortable seating with built-in power outlets, a luxurious, award-winning lounge open to all travelers, a duty free store offering the ultimate experience in luxury shopping, a rental car center conveniently located across from the terminals, and Global Entry kiosks to expedite arriving international passengers. Silicon Valley’s airport is located in San José, California’s third largest city and the nation’s tenth largest city. SJC facts can be found 
here. For more airport information, visit

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