Due to the strong demand for tickets
Lufthansa thinks about the return of the A380
There were originally 14 examples of the world’s largest passenger jet, the A380, in the Lufthansa fleet. However, even before Corona, the airline was returning six cars to Airbus, the rest due to the pandemic. The airline is now looking into the reactivation of the giant jets.
Given the strong demand for tickets, Lufthansa is considering the return of its out-of-service giant Airbus A380 jets. A reactivation of the machines will be verified for next summer, said Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr at the General Assembly of the World Aviation Association IATA in Doha. A decision on this is expected to be made in July.
In April Spohr no longer confirmed the future of the A380 in the group. “He will not return to Lufthansa,” he told Der Spiegel. In May, he didn’t completely rule out the reactivation of some of the eight remaining machines in the series, but only if demand recovered unexpectedly.
Lufthansa originally had 14 of the largest passenger jets in the world in its fleet. Even before the corona pandemic, management had decided to return six of the cars to Airbus. The group shut down the remaining jets due to the collapse of business due to the pandemic.
change in the labor market
Despite the continuing uncertainty caused by the crown pandemic, international aviation is looking to the future with optimism: the number of passengers this year will reach 83 per cent of the level before the crisis, predicts the aviation association IATA, meeting in Doha in Qatar for the annual conference. Airline losses this year are expected to amount to $ 9.7 billion (€ 9.2 billion). However, this is a “huge improvement” over the previous two years, which were heavily impacted by the corona pandemic and associated restrictions, the association explained.
Losses in 2020 were $ 137.7 billion, up from $ 42.1 billion in 2021. According to Iata, following the renewed increase in passenger numbers this year, the goal of returning to profitability should come back “at hand” again next year.
The meeting in Doha lasts until Tuesday. The general assembly was originally supposed to take place in Shanghai, but due to the Chinese government’s strict anti-crown policy, the attendees had to change their plans.