Giant jet before the return: Lufthansa promises the return of the A380

Lufthansa’s latest A380 jets are currently enjoying their retirement under the Spanish sun. But the calm may soon end. The airline is thinking hard about reactivating the giant aircraft.

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It would be the return of the year to aviation and a nice turnaround: Lufthansa is seriously considering reactivating its eight remaining A380 giant jets. The reason for this is the new, old desire of Germans to travel, as Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr explained to the General Assembly of the World Aviation Association IATA on Monday in Doha.

A decision is expected to be made in July on the return of the world’s largest passenger airline, which can carry more than 500 passengers. The first flights will likely not take place until summer 2023.

Eight A380s parked in the Spanish sun

The Lufthansa fleet originally consisted of 14 A380 machines, six of which were resold by the group to manufacturer Airbus. The remaining eight giant jets are currently located in the Spanish region of Aragon. Teruel airport is considered the ideal stopover place for planes: on the one hand, due to the relatively low parking rates, as a spokesman for Lufthansa said on Monday; on the other hand due to good weather conditions. Drought protects machines prone to corrosion.

The spokesperson said it is not yet possible to estimate how many of the eight giant birds parked there by Lufthansa could be reactivated. In the event of a return, the A380 would be used on intercontinental flights. The company spokesperson indicated Asia and the United States as possible destinations. Prior to the pandemic withdrawal in 2020, the Airbus flew around San Francisco and New York.

Lufthansa A380 on the ground

The return of the Airbus was recently ruled out

To make such a car fit for flight, it needs a delivery time of a few weeks: because when a plane first reaches Teruel airport, it is transferred there to the so-called “Deep Storage “-Modu Moved: Not only are all the openings on the fuselage taped, but sensitive devices inside the machines are also removed.

Once you have reached Teruel, you normally shouldn’t leave your camp that quickly again. Until recently, this also applied to Lufthansa’s A380 fleet. So it wasn’t until April that CEO Spohr ruled out a return to the A380: “He won’t be returning to Lufthansa,” he told Der Spiegel. In May, Spohr opened the doors to some of the eight remaining machines in the series, but only if demand unexpectedly picked up. Which now seems to have happened.

Hundreds of flights canceled in the summer

In early June, Lufthansa announced that it would cancel around 900 intra-European flights during the current summer schedule, including around 600 in Frankfurt alone. The airline cited a shortage of staff across the entire aviation industry as a reason. If everything were left as it is, the dizzying delays could lead to mass flight cancellations with thousands of passengers stranded.


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