Lufthansa puts the Airbus A380 back into service

Aircraft that had been out of the active fleet for more than three years took over the flight between Munich and Boston

After months of preparation and training flights, Lufthansa’s first Airbus A380 returned to active service on 1 June.

The aircraft registered D-AIMK, one of the newest in the fleet, took off from Munich to Boston, in the USA, on flight LH 424, marking the resumption of operations with the largest passenger aircraft in the world.

Also on Thursday, another A380, registration D-AIML, left the Bavarian capital for Manila, in the Philippines, but probably on a training flight.

Lufthansa suspended flights with the A380 right at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, just over three years ago. The executives of the German carrier then came to the conclusion that the aircraft would not be used again due to the high operating costs.

Of the 14 A380s received, six were sold back to Airbus while the remaining eight were stored, awaiting a destination.

The strong return of demand for long-haul flights combined with the delay in certification of the Boeing 777-9 motivated Lufthansa to review its decision.

Munich Airport (Lufthansa)

Last year, Carsten Spohr, the airline’s CEO, announced that four A380s would return to service. In addition to Boston, New York will also have the double-deck aircraft starting in July.

In October, two other destinations will join the list, Los Angeles and Bangkok, in this case the first time that the Lufthansa A380 is used on the route to the capital of Thailand.

So far, Lufthansa has not disclosed what will become of the four A380s still in storage.


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