Lufthansa to Base Two Further Airbus A380 at Munich

On July 9, Lufthansa (LH/DLH) announced that it will relocate two additional Airbus A380 superjumbo jets from Frankfurt, the airline’s main hub, to Munich. As of summer 2020, the number of Airbus A380s based in Munich will increase to seven, with seven remaining in Frankfurt. With the additional aircraft, the airline will serve Boston with a daily A380 flight and will increase its Munich – San Francisco A380 service to year-round. Lufthansa currently flies the aircraft from Munich to Los Angeles, Beijing, and Hong Kong. From November the aircraft will serve Miami, San Francisco, Hong Kong (until December 2019) and Shanghai (from January 2020). For the busy summer season, Germany’s largest airline will operate the A380 to Los Angeles, Beijing and Shanghai in addition to the two new destinations, Boston and San Francisco. Until March 2018, all 14 of the airline’s A380s were based in Frankfurt. However, due to disputes with the airport and capacity restrictions on select routes, the airline relocated five of the aircraft to Munich. After the first year of superjumbo operations at the airport, Lufthansa’s CEO Carsten Spohr stated that the Munich A380 operation was smooth enough and profitable enough to add more aircraft to the base. “Since last March, the A380 has been operating very successfully from Munich. A few weeks ago, we welcomed the millionth A380 passenger on board in Munich. Our customers and our crews love the A380 experience. The flagship of our fleet is perfect for our 5-Star hub Munich. We will continue growing where quality and costs go hand in hand,” stated Lufthansa CCO Harry Hohmeister. It is expected that Munich will be the final base of operations for the airline’s A380 fleet, which it will retire six aircraft from in 2022 and 2023, as part of its deal with Airbus for the order of 20 Airbus A350 aircraft, which was placed earlier this year. The two aircraft shift continues to prove that the airline will likely keep the remainder of its superjumbo fleet in Munich as it moves to retire the plane in favor of smaller and more efficient aircraft. 


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