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Lufthansa Strengthen Munich A380 Fleet Lineup

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Starting in the summer of 2020, Lufthansa will add two Airbus A380 aircraft to fly from Munich. In this way, the Munich A380 fleet will increase to seven, and the remaining seven will be stationed in Frankfurt. Soon, the world’s largest commercial aircraft, the Airbus A380, will fly five Munich-origin routes, including two new destinations for the A380. Lufthansa will fly to Boston for the first time on the A380, and the A380 will fly to San Francisco for the whole year. In addition to these routes, Los Angeles, Beijing and Shanghai also appeared on the A380 flight schedule for Munich in the summer of 2020.

Lufthansa A380-800 München
Lufthansa A380-800 München

Harry Hohmeister, member of the Lufthansa Executive Committee, said: “Since March last year, the A380 has been flying smoothly to Munich. A few weeks ago, we welcomed the first million passengers on the A380 in Munich. Our customers And the crew are very fond of the flight experience of the A380. The A380 is the flagship aircraft of the fleet and is very suitable for our five-star hub Munich Airport. We will continue to develop, quality and cost.”

Harry Hohmeister, member of the Lufthansa Executive Committee
Harry Hohmeister, member of the Lufthansa Executive Committee

Currently, Lufthansa’s Airbus A380 is flying from Munich to Los Angeles, Beijing and Hong Kong. According to the upcoming 2019/2020 winter flight schedule, the Airbus A380 will fly to San Francisco, Miami and Hong Kong (until December 2019) and Shanghai (as of January 2020) flights.

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Lufthansa Munich Airport

Lufthansa said that the Airbus A380 has been Lufthansa’s flagship aircraft since 2010, with a total of 14 aircraft. By the summer of 2020, seven will be stationed in Munich and seven will be stationed in Frankfurt. The Airbus A380 is the world’s largest commercial aircraft, 24 meters high and nearly 73 meters long. Due to the high proportion of composite materials, the A380 is 15 tons lighter than similar long-haul aircraft and has a 50% lower noise. In addition, the A380 enters and exits the airport at the same speed as the A320. All of these features help to reduce aircraft noise in the area around the airport.

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Lufthansa A380 Livery

Compared to the previous generation of aircraft, the A380’s fuel consumption is 33% lower, and CO2 emissions are correspondingly lower.

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Lufthansa A380-800 D-AIMB

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Lufthansa Group To Implement Permanent Capacity Reduction Of 150 Aircraft By 2025

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The Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG approved the third package within the Group-wide “ReNew” restructuring program earlier today.Due to significantly lower than expected air traffic recovery, Lufthansa’s Executive Board has today adopted several measures to cut costs and preserve cashflow, including reductions in fleet size and personnel.


The outlook for international air traffic has significantly worsened in recent weeks. With the summer travel season coming to an end, passenger and booking figures are declining again, after slight signs of recovery were still evident in July and August. In view of these developments, Lufthansa has finalised decisions on the third package within their restructuring program earlier today. 


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Lufthansa Fleet Parked

In detail, the Executive Board adopted the following resolutions:

  • The capacity outlook for the passenger airlines will be significantly revised; the previous assumption that an average production level of 50 percent of the previous year’s value would be reached in the fourth quarter of the year no longer seems realistic. If the current trend continues, the available seat kilometres will probably only be in a range between 20 and 30 percent, compared to the previous year.
  • The medium term fleet planning will be adjusted and currently foresees  a permanent, Group-wide capacity reduction of 150 aircraft by the middle of this decade (starting point is the Group fleet including wet-leased aircraft).
  • In addition to the fleet changes already communicated, the following decisions have been made: After six Airbus A380s were finally taken out of service in the spring, the 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. These aircraft will only be reactivated in the event of an unexpectedly rapid market recovery. In addition, the remaining seven Airbus A340-600s will be permanently decommissioned.
  • The fleet decisions mentioned above will result in a further impairment of up to EUR 1.1 billion. The amount is expected to be accounted for in the third quarter of the current year.
  • The previously announced personnel surplus amounting to 22,000 full-time positions will increase as a result of the decisions taken in regards to the third package within the restructuring program. The change in permanent staffing levels within flight operations will be further adjusted in regards to market development. The compensation and reduction of personnel surplus will be discussed with the responsible employee representatives.
  • Irrespective of the negotiations on reconciliations of interests and social plans for redundancies within the Lufthansa Group, the Executive Board’s objective remains agreeing on crisis packages with the collective bargaining partners that limit the number of necessary redundancies.
  • Despite the worsened outlook, the revised financial planning intends to further reduce cash outflows through strict cost management. The outflow of liquidity is to be reduced from currently around EUR 500 million per month to an average of EUR 400 million per month in winter 2020/21. The previously communicated Group target of returning to positive operating cash flows during 2021 is being reinforced.
  • A streamlined management structure with a 20 percent reduction of management positions is to be implemented in the first quarter of 2021. To simplify and clearly define responsibilities, the functional process organization (matrix) will be focused on core functions of Lufthansa Group Airlines. For all other areas, a new management model with clearly assigned responsibilities (decentralized or centralized, depending on the process) will be introduced.
  • The administrative office space will be reviewed worldwide and reduced by 30 percent in Germany.

Lufthansa Group Press Release


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