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Lufthansa’s A380s And A340-600s May Never Fly Again

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Lufthansa has announced a third round of restructuring plans after the carrier saw a significant decline in bookings. (www.gatechecked.com) Altro...

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aurodoc
aurodoc 4
Too bad as I flew SFO FRA and MUC many times on both the 380 and 340. I preferred the 340-600 with a seat layout that was pretty comfortable. Nice premium economy cabin but even in regular economy only 2 seats on the sides. I will be sorry to see them go but I am guessing that business flying with not return for at least a year and never return to pre Covid levels since many meetings can be done remotely. I would hope that airlines see this as a problem and opportunity to reconfigure their cabins to reduce the needed business class seats and enlarge a premium economy cabin that many leisure travelers will pay up for.
Propwash122
I’ve read that the 747-8 will be the only four-engine type that Lufthansa will continue to fly.
williambaker08
So did Boeing win the long race of quad jets. I mean Airbus came with the A380 to kill the 747 but seems the Boeing 747 is still living on. Maybe not as strong but no one is putting there 747-8’s in long term storage like everyone but Emirates is for the A380.
jbsimms
If anything, 747’s will continue to live on as freighters, low hours passenger 747’s can be repurposed as Freighters. Some specialty airlines like Atlas Air still have 747’s as passenger aircraft w/the military & sports charters in mind needing to move large #’s of people @ one time.
TorstenHoff
I believe Emirates is planning on returning most of their A380s to service. If that happens, they’ll have more A380s in the air than there are 747-8s.
williambaker08
Hence why I said everyone is putting them in long term storage BUT Emirates lol.
serbilgin
Yes but if that happens Airbus would have won the quad race according to your logic.
williambaker08
No because the Boeing 747-8 and a lot of cargo 747-400 are still flying.
KicksOnRoute66
What happened to their A340-300s? I think those are flying still?
canuck44
canuck44 1
Not a big market out there for either of these aircraft for resale. Their long term storage is their only choice initially in hopes of a market opening up and/or fuel prices to drop dramatically. If multiple vaccines come on line the winter migration to the sun might well bring some of them back as using them will be cheaper than buying new.

yr2012
Jet A has already dropped. Refiners are selling it to marine bunkers to mix.
Quirkyfrog
Wow, sad...
flightsim91
Hugo Qu 1
No mention of 747-400 retirement.
No mention yet...
No mention yet...
Fingers-crossed.
KicksOnRoute66
747-400s follow the same retirement schedule pre-conora (2025) and 748s remain until further notice.
chalet
chalet 0
Airbus should not have built the 380 and 340s (-300 and -600), Boeing took them to the cleaners with the 777 family as twin engines are far more fuel efficient.

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