In the latest revival of fortunes for the super jumbo, Lufthansa has confirmed it will return the A380 to service.
The German flag carrier confirmed the news in a media statement this afternoon, describing the move as “in response to the steep rise in customer demand and the delayed delivery of ordered aircraft”.
A380 fans will have to wait until next summer to fly on the Lufthansa super jumbo. While the airline says it is still assessing exactly how many examples will be reactivated, there are officially 14 of the double-decker jet still held within the company.
Six of these have already been sold, with eight still part of the Lufthansa fleet. All are currently located in Spain or France and have been in deep storage since the start of the pandemic.
Destinations have not yet been confirmed, although trunk routes plied by the A380 prior to its premature retirement will be the most likely bet. Lufthansa’s configuration for the super jumbo can seat up to 509 passengers across three classes.
In a joint letter to the company's customers, the executive board members of Deutsche Lufthansa AG said: "In the summer of 2023, we not only expect to have a much more reliable air transport system worldwide. We will be welcoming you back on board our Airbus A380s, too. We decided today to put the A380, which continues to enjoy great popularity, back into service at Lufthansa in summer 2023.
“In addition to this, we are further strengthening and modernising our fleets with some 50 new Airbus A350, Boeing 787 and Boeing 777-9 long-haul aircraft and more than 60 new Airbus A320/321s in the next three years alone.”
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