The airline recently announced for the first time that there was still a chance that the Airbus A380 would return. At the same time, Lufthansa is talking to Boeing about the 777-300 ER.
In the coming autumn there Lufthansa returned six superjumbos to Airbus. This is what the German airline agreed with the aircraft manufacturer before the pandemic. She keeps eight copies – and actually never wanted to use them again. But last month, CEO Carsten Spohr suddenly declared that there was still a small chance for the Airbus A380 to return.
This opportunity was given to the XL plane by Airbus competitor Boeing. Because of the delay in delivery of the 777X, Lufthansa will be missing particularly large aircraft in summer 2024 and summer 2025. If the demand is then very high, one pulls in addition to the use of Airbus A340-300 and A340-600 Use of the remaining Airbus A380 into consideration, says Spohr.
Triple Seven already known in the group
Apparently, the possibilities are already being calculated in Frankfurt. Look at a 3+1 and a 6+2 variant. Three or six Airbus A380s would fly again with Lufthansa and one or two would serve as reserve pilots, the portal reports Aero.
Spohr already explained in May that they were also talking to Boeing “about additional aircraft of a different design”. According to the report, Lufthansa apparently has four to six Boeing 777-300 ER in its sights. These are so-called white tails, i.e. aircraft that have already been built that the customer no longer wants, they are available quickly. With Swiss, there is already an operator of the model in the Group, Lufthansa Cargo uses the freight version of the Triple Seven and Austrian Airlines uses the Boeing 777-200.
Lufthansa uses opportunities
Lufthansa has recently been making increasing use of such opportunities. The airline leased four Airbus A350s from Phillippine Airlines. At the same time she fetched herself Dreamliner White Tails, once made for Vistara were intended. The first of the Boeing 787-9 will do so License plate D-ABPA and should be delivered soon will.