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Lufthansa postpones First Class on the Singapore – Germany VTL till November

Lufthansa starts its Frankfurt - Singapore VTL flights on 16th September, but will stick to using its smaller three-class Airbus A340-300s for the foreseeable future, removing a much-anticipated First Class option.

We’ve had good news this week from Singapore Airlines when it comes to premium cabin options on the upcoming Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) between Singapore and Germany, with confirmation not only that the airline will offer a First Class option, but also that it will reinstate the popular ‘Book the Cook’ menu for departures from Frankfurt.


SIA’s First Class was also set to complement Lufthansa’s top cabin offering on two VTL flights per week (and one non-VTL service), when the German carrier switched its operation on the Frankfurt – Singapore route to Boeing 747-8s from October 2021, but unfortunately there’s bad news on that front.

A340-300s will operate for longer

This week Lufthansa tweaked its flight schedules through to the end of the northern winter season on 30th October 2021, and it’s not good news for those hoping for a First Class experience on the Frankfurt – Singapore route.

Instead of the planned shift to four-class jumbos, the airline will retain its three-class Airbus A340-300s on the three times weekly service for at least the first two months of the VTL.

A Lufthansa Airbus A340-300. (Photo: Suparat Chairatprasert / Shutterstock)

Provisionally, the airline is loading daily Boeing 747-8 service on the route again from November 2021, and is selling First Class, though this is subject to change closer to the time (First Class was originally for sale in October 2021, before being removed).

That’s a shame because some of our readers were hoping to snag a Lufthansa First Class award using KrisFlyer miles, which can become available around 14 days in advance of the departure date.