Lufthansa Reveals Fate of A380 and A340 Fleet

As part of the third round of restructuring measures the German flag carrier has taken further drastic actions to lower costs and rightsize its fleet for the future 

Lufthansa is now set to ground all its Airbus A380s and ten of its A340-600s, as part of the third round of reorganisation amid lower than expected international air traffic estimates. 

In addition to fleet changes already announced earlier this year, the airline says its remaining eight A380s and ten A340-600s – which were previously intended for flight service – will be transferred to long-term storage and removed from planning. The carrier says the jets will only be reactivated in the event of an “unexpectedly rapid market recovery”.  

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The A380s and A340s will only be reactivated in the event of an “unexpectedly rapid market recovery”. Aviation Image Network/Bailey

Its remaining ten A340-600s will also be permanently decommissioned. The 17 single-deck Airbus examples are currently in short-term storage at Teruel Airport in Spain. The youngest airframe, D-AIHZ (c/n 1005) was delivered to the German flag carrier in May 2009. 

The carrier’s 14-strong A380 fleet is also believed to be currently located in storage at Teruel. Lufthansa hopes to be able to use the type once demand returns – a stark difference to competitors such as Air France, which ditched the double-decker completely early in the pandemic. 

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Lufthansa first took delivery of an A380 in May 2010. Aviation Image Network/Bailey

Despite the worsened outlook, Lufthansa’s revised planning intends to reduce cash burn through strict cost management from currently around 500m euros per month to an average of 400m euros per month in the winter 2020/21 season. 

Lufthansa presently holds a fleet comprising 283 aircraft, heavily weighted towards both narrowbody and widebody Airbus examples, but also the Boeing 747.