Lufthansa to close A380 base in Frankfurt

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Lufthansa (LHAB) (LHA) has confirmed to that it intends to transfer all its Airbus A380-800s to Munich for the time being as it makes more logistical & commercial sense. The airline previously announced that it would temporarily retire approximately half of its Airbus A380 fleet.

Normally, Lufthansa (LHAB) (LHA) would operate the aircraft at both Frankfurt and Munich. “Operating the A380 at both locations would no longer be logistically and economically responsible,” the airline said. Each year, Lufthansa (LHAB) (LHA) positions 7 Airbus A380s in Frankfurt and 7 in Munich. From now on, regardless on whether the parked A380s return to service again, they will not return to Frankfurt.

As of yet, Lufthansa (LHAB) (LHA) has confirmed that it will permanently remove 6 Airbus A380s from service as it looks to reduce capacity amid the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, the 8 remaining A380s are currently in temporary storage.

“At Lufthansa (LHAB) (LHA) , six Airbus A380s and seven A340-600s as well as five Boeing 747-400s will be permanently decommissioned. In addition, eleven Airbus A320s will be withdrawn from short-haul operations,” the airline announced in early April.

As a whole the Lufthansa Group had announced that it would phase out a total of 42 aircraft across the group, mainly comprising Lufthansa (LHAB) (LHA) aircraft. It had also announced that it would retire its entire Airbus A340-600 fleet ‘temporarily’ for one to one and a half years as it continues to reduce capacity amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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