German flag carrier Lufthansa announced on Thursday that it would start flying its new-generation Airbus A350-900 airliners on its direct cape Town/Munich route in December. The airline ordered 25 of these aircraft last year, of which the first ten will be based in Munich, flying on routes between that city and Beijing, Boston, Delhi, Hong Kong, and Mumbai as well as Cape Town. Seven of the new airliners are already operating from Munich. “Cape Town has risen significantly in global rankings as a preferred destination for both leisure and business travellers,” explained Lufthansa Group Southern Africa GM Dr Andre Schulz. “European passengers travel increasingly to South Africa, both for leisure and business; and at the same time we see an increasing demand from locals to travel to Europe.” Lufthansa’s A350-900s can accommodate 293 passengers, comprising 48 in business class, 21 in premium economy class and 224 in economy class. The company described the new airliner’s economy class as “particularly roomy and comfortable” as well as featuring the latest technology. “We are excited about introducing this world-class aircraft on our Cape Town-Munich route, in order to ensure we continue to meet our customers’ expectations and build on of African service offering,” he stated.