Behind the scenes of Lufthansa's Boeing 747-8i Palma flights

The easing of lockdown restrictions prompted thousands of Germans to reach for their beach towels and head to Palma de Mallorca. But with demand far exceeding narrowbody supply, there was only one tool for the job, as Vasco Garcia discovers

Fleets grounded, staff furloughed, routes axed. The COVID-19 pandemic has done much to bring the aviation industry to its knees and, as finance departments deployed their red pens, Boeing 747s from a raft of airlines were given their marching orders. British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, China Airlines, KLM, Qantas, Corsair – it seemed there wasn’t a passenger-configured 747 anywhere on earth that could consider itself safe.

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