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Lufthansa To Temporarily Retires Entire Airbus A340-600 Fleet

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Lübeck, 16.3 Years Old, Registration number D-AIHF, Configuration F8C44W32Y213

In the process of the next 2-3 months, Lufthansa will temporarily decommission their entire fleet of 17 Airbus A340-600s. The oldest three A340-600s, with averaging age over 16.4 years, has already been flown to their graveyard at Teruel in northeastern Spain. These aircraft will be taking out of regular operating schedules for at least the next 12 to 18 months. A decision on the possible reactivation of a maximum of ten aircraft in the future will be taken at a later stage, which means, most of these aircrafts will be scrapped into parts.


A340-600 Belly View
A340-600 Belly View

The first three A340-600s already stored at Teruel are amongst the oldest of the 17 aircrafts. Lufthansa’s A340-600s used to have two types of seat configurations although now they have all been configured to the singular type, with 8 first class, 44 business class, 32 premium economy and 213 economy seats. What’s so special about this aircraft type in Lufthansa’s fleet is that passengers have to go downstairs to use the toilets. You may find the illustration on the seat map below with their older seat configuration of F8 C56 W32 Y189.

A340-600 Seat Map, CONFIG-F8C56W32Y189
A340-600 Seat Map, CONFIG-F8C56W32Y189.

Leverkusen, with registration number D-AIHE, was named after professional football club Bayer 04 based in Leverkusen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The aircraft was first delivered on Jan 2004, which currently is 16.4 years old and was withdrawn from service on 18th March 2020 and is now stored at TEV.

Lübeck, with registration number D-AIHF, was named after the northern German city distinguished by Brick Gothic architecture. The aircraft was first delivered on Feb 2004, which currently is 16.3 years old and was withdrawn from service on 17th February 2020.

D-AIHC, was named Essen after the city in western Germany with a rich historical heritage trail of coal mining and steel production until February 2018, during 2003 to October 2008, Essen was painted with the special Star Alliance livery.

D-AIHC, Lufthansa A340-600,Star Alliance Livery 2003-2008
Essen, D-AIHC, Star Alliance Livery 2003-2008. Image rights reserved to Rudolf Schider

The aircraft was first leased on Dec 2003, which currently is 16.5 years old and was withdrawn from service on 4th April 2020. 

All three aircrafts is now stored at TEV, Teruel, Spain since 14th April. Teruel Airport is located between Zaragoza and Valencia in the northeast of Spain. With around 240 days of sunshine a year and little rainfall, the region is particularly suitable for parked aircraft. 


REGDELIVEREDREMARKNAMEAGE
D-AIHBNov 2003StoredBremerhaven16.5 Years
D-AIHCDec 2003Stored TEV, lsd
16.5 Years
D-AIHDDec 2003Stored, lsd
16.4 Years
D-AIHEJan 2004Stored TEVLeverkusen16.4 Years
D-AIHFFeb 2004Stored TEVLübeck16.3 Years
D-AIHHMar 2004StoredWiesbaden16.2 Years
D-AIHIApr 2004StoredMönchengladbach16.2 Years
D-AIHKMay 2004StoredMainz16 Years
D-AIHLMay 2004Stored
16 Years
D-AIHPNov 2006Stored
13.4 Years
D-AIHTApr 2008Stored
12 Years
D-AIHUMay 2008Stored
11.9 Years
D-AIHVMar 2008Stored
12.1 Years
D-AIHWDec 2008Stored
11.4 Years
D-AIHXFeb 2009Stored
11.2 Years
D-AIHYMar 2009Stored
11.1 Years
D-AIHZMay 2009Stored, lsdLeipzig11 Years
Lufthansa Airbus A340-600 List

At the end of their useful lives, Lufthansa aircrafts will be dismantled for parts in the dry climate of Teruel, like engines or cockpit computers, are often still in good shape for re-use in other aircraft after careful inspection and certification.

With a length of over 75 meters, Airbus A340-600 makes the world’s longest aircraft when it was first launched in 2001.

Lufthansa A340-600 Livery
Lufthansa A340-600 Livery

“Ultimately, a plane belongs in the sky, but at some point, their time is up. That’s why we go to such lengths to keep an aircraft alive, albeit in a different form, like a keychain or a piece of designer furniture.”

Marius Krämer, From old to new | Lufthansa Magazin


At the end of its life, a decommissioned Lufthansa Airbus A340-600 is turned into exclusive lifestyle items.
At the end of its life, a decommissioned Lufthansa Airbus A340-600 is turned into exclusive lifestyle items.

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. LH-MUN-bear

    April 16, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    Noticed how he wrote this article in the Lufthansa blue color?

    • Indigo Hansen

      April 18, 2020 at 7:44 am

      cant see that, cuz I am colorblind

  2. 😢

    April 16, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    😢

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

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Lufthansa A380

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. 


Lufthansa Fleet Parked
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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