Funding withdrawn from Lufthansa Ju 52

News March 2019

The Lufthansa Ju 52/3m ‘D-AQUI’/D-CDLH Berlin-Tempelhof at the 2015 Jersey International Air Display, its most recent visit to the British Isles.

On 21 January Lufthansa announced that it is withdrawing funding for Junkers Ju 52/3m D-CDLH, which has been operated on passenger-carrying flights by the Deutsche Lufthansa Berlin-Stiftung (DLBS). The Hamburg-based, 1936-built Junkers has flown in Lufthansa colours since 1986, and typically carried more than 10,000 passengers on sightseeing flights every year.

Lufthansa says the withdrawal of support is a cost-cutting measure, the tragic accident that befell Ju-Air Ju 52/3m HB-HOT in August 2018 with the loss of 20 lives having no bearing on the decision. It is possible that D-CDLH may still see use for air display and other non-passenger-carrying work.

The German flag-carrier also withdrew support from the restoration of Lockheed L-1649 Starliner N7316C to flying condition in Auburn, Maine in June 2018. The machine is now to be moved by sea to Hamburg where a decision on its future will be made.