The demand for long haul flights is rising and aircraft deliveries of Boeing are delayed. Thus, Lufthansa German Airlines confirmed today, that some of the airline’s Airbus A380-800 will be prepared to enter service just in time for next year’s summer schedule.
This is big news, especially to me. Not only I’m a huge fanboy of the mighty A380, but I also made the hashtag #whalewatchingwednesday a thing in the spotter community. Each and every Wednesday spotters from around the globe post their pictures of A380s all over Instagram.
But now, back to business. Lufthansa still has 14 Airbus A380s, which are currently parked in Spain and France for long-term so called “deep storage”. Six of these aircraft have already been sold, eight A380s remain part of the Lufthansa fleet for the time being.
Earlier this year, Lufthansa’s CEO, Carsten Spohr, said there was no future for the giant aircraft in the market: Too few demand, too high operating costs make the A380 an in-efficient airframe. It was quite a statement back then.
Lufthansa ordered several Boeing 777-9 and 787 aircraft to modernize their fleet. The U.S. based manufacturer recently had to postpone the delivery dates and thus, the German flag carrier has to find alternatives to cover demand. So, the press release reads furthermore:
The Executive Board Members of Deutsche Lufthansa AG also announced the reactivation of the A380 in a joint letter to the company’s customers: “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.”
Summer 2023: Comeback
To me, it’s fantastic to see more A380s heading to the skies again. As a spotter, I’m looking forward to taking pictures of the beautiful Whalebus. And as a passenger, I can’t wait to book a ticket for another ride with the Bigbus. How about you?