I’m happy–but not surprised–to report that Lufthansa will bring back the Airbus A380 into service next summer.
Lufthansa A380 Will Return In Summer 2023
Human beings are creatures of habit and love to travel. Even in the early days of the pandemic when many predicted that travel would never rebound to 2019, I confidently predicted it would come roaring back…and roaring it is. Buoyed by unparalleled demand along with delivery delays of its Boeing 777 aircraft, Lufthansa has announced (almost a year in advance) that the A380 will return in the summer of 2023.
When the pandemic began, Lufthansa had a fleet of 14 Airbus A380 jets, which made up a sizable chunk of its first class footprint. Seen as inefficient and far too large to operate, Lufthansa mothballed these aircraft, even selling six of them. While never officially retiring them, it was very clear that it held out little hope for them ever returning to service.
Lufthansa has not yet indicated how many aircraft will return nor is it clear if it can re-purchase any of the six aircraft stored in France or Spain that it has sold.
Look for these aircraft to return on Munich routes, with Lufthansa announcing in May 2020 that if the A380 returned, it would be from its hub at Franz Josef Strauss International Airport (MUC). But specific routes have yet to be announced.
As a reminder, the Lufthansa A380 features:
- First Class – 8 seats
- Business Class – 78 seats
- Premium Economy Class – 52 seats
- Economy Class – 371 seats
“In the summer of 2023, we not only expect to have a much more reliable air transport system worldwide. We will be welcoming you back on board our Airbus A380s, too. We decided today to put the A380, which continues to enjoy great popularity, back into service at Lufthansa in summer 2023. In addition to this, we are further strengthening and modernizing our fleets with some 50 new Airbus A350, Boeing 787 and Boeing 777-9 long-haul aircraft and more than 60 new Airbus A320/321s in the next three years alone.”
Lufthansa has also re-activated its Airbus A340 fleet, which is now operating from MUC.
Lufthansa plans to re-activate its A380. According to the current plane, these beautiful whales will take to the skies again in the summer 2023. I cannot wait to travel on the Lufthansa A380 again (but only in the cabin that has eight seats…).