Lufthansa has assigned incoming Boeing 747-8s to two more routes in the US, replacing smaller 747-400s now serving all three cities.
Lufthansa will fly the latest version of the 747 series from Frankfurt to Los Angeles and Chicago-O'Hare airports starting later this year, the Star Alliance carrier confirms.
The Frankfurt and Chicago-O'Hare routes will be added to the inaugural 747-8 service between Frankfurt and Washington-Dulles.
Lufthansa will operate the 747-8 with 362 seats, including 262 in economy class, 92 in business and eight in first class. The 747-400s being replaced on the route carry 17 fewer seats, according to the Innovata database.
Lufthansa is the only airline that operates nonstop service and between LAX and Frankfurt. United Airlines operates two daily frequencies between Chicago-O'Hare and Frankfurt, Innovata records show.
Lufthansa is the launch customer for the 747-8 with an order for 20 aircraft. Last month, Lufthansa chief executive officer announced that its first 747-8 will begin service to Washington-Dulles.
Boeing is expected to deliver the first 747-8 very soon, but neither the manufacturer or the airline has confirmed the date.