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COVID-19: Lufthansa Retires Airbus A380s and A340s

As the aviation industry faces unprecedented hard times due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, Lufthansa Group has decided to restructure to save the airlines.

At Lufthansa, 6 Airbus A380s and 7 A340-600s as well as 5 Boeing 747-400s will be retired. In addition, 11 A320s will be withdrawn from short-haul operations.

The 6 A380s were originally scheduled to be sold to Airbus in 2022. The early decomissining is as a result of the present predicament airlines are facing across the world.

The decision to phase out 7 A340-600s and 5 Boeing 747-400s was taken based on the environmental as well as economic disadvantages of these aircraft types.

With this decision, Lufthansa will be reducing capacity at its hubs in Frankfurt and Munich.

Lufthansa Cityline will also withdraw 3 Airbus A340-300 aircraft from service. Since 2015, the regional carrier has been operating flights to long-haul tourist destinations for Lufthansa.

The Germanwings brand will be collapsed into Eurowings which will also be reducing the number of its aircraft. In the short-haul segment, 10 A320s are planned to be phased out.

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