Lufthansa 747-8i Retirement by 2020s

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After just 8 years of commercial service Lufthansa could start axing the 747-8i by 2020. Another disappointing blow for Boeing's flagship as airlines turn to more fuel efficient twin engines. My guess is the 748 was sold to Lufthansa as part of a buy-back scheme on the 744 and Lufthansa got them as cheap as chips. They certainly couldn't have paid top dollar if the break even mark on them is less than a decade.

Coincidentally this time frame puts the retirement in line with the launch of the 777X

http://www.businesstraveller.com/news/lufthansa-to-retire-new-b747-8s-earlier-than-pl

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I thought LH said they were happy with their performance?

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They are and the article above is a misquote. It was discussed on A.net and someone had a link to the original German version. He was talking about the older 747s, the 400s.

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After just 8 years of commercial service Lufthansa could start axing the 747-8i by 2020. Another disappointing blow for Boeing's flagship as airlines turn to more fuel efficient twin engines. My guess is the 748 was sold to Lufthansa as part of a buy-back scheme on the 744 and Lufthansa got them as cheap as chips. They certainly couldn't have paid top dollar if the break even mark on them is less than a decade.

Coincidentally this time frame puts the retirement in line with the launch of the 777X

http://www.businesstraveller.com/news/lufthansa-to-retire-new-b747-8s-earlier-than-pl

Well, if this is the case,its equally bad news for the loss making A380 which is hopelessly trying to break even .....