Lufthansa has finally announced firm dates for the reintroduction of its Airbus A380 aircraft.
Lufthansa has picked two US cities to re-launch its A380 service, with Boston getting the first pick. The first route from Munich (MUC) to Boston (BOS) will start on June 1, 2023 as LH424. New York will also see service a month later with LH410 operating Munich to New York (JFK) from July 4.
In a statement, the airline said:
“Due to the significant increase in demand for airline tickets and the delayed delivery of ordered aircraft, Lufthansa had decided in 2022 to reactivate the Airbus A380, which is particularly popular with passengers and crews.”
With this planned reintroduction, Munich passengers will soon have access to a lot of premium seating capacity over what is currently offered with the A340-600s. Lufthansa’s A380s have a seating capacity of 509 passengers split across 8 in first class, 78 in business, 52 in premium economy, and 371 seats in regular economy class.
Passengers looking forward to flying on the A380 can start booking their super jumbo flights from March 23.
Lufthansa ordered a total of 14 A380s, but parked them all across Spain and France due to the drop in travel demand as a result of the pandemic. The airline eventually sold six, keeping the remaining eight in “deep storage” or long term storage.
In 2020, the airline even considered potentially retiring its entire A380 fleet in anticipation of receiving its first batch of Boeing 777-9s. This decision never came to pass as the sharp rise in seating demand, as well as multiple delays of the 777-9’s introduction resulted in the company deciding to pull some of their A380s out of storage for reintroduction this year.
So far, four A380s are carded for reintroduction in 2023, all of which will operate out of its Munich hub.
Lufthansa is not the only carrier bringing back A380s as a result of increased travel demand. Check out our list of all the airlines that are operating the A380 here.
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