Lufthansa Bringing Back The A380 Superjumbo
The A380 superjumbo is a favorite among aviation enthusiasts due to its large interior, massive size, and calm in-flight experience, but its fate was sealed when Airbus declared in 2019 that it would cease production of the airliner, Francesca Street reported for CNN.
Photo Insert: While the A380 appeared to be on its way out in recent years, Lufthansa's choice implies that it is not yet history.
The world's largest passenger aircraft's demise was apparently accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic travel slump, but now Lufthansa, which had been selling off its grounded A380s and was understood to be retiring the aircraft from its fleet, has announced plans to redeploy the massive plane beginning in summer 2023.
Lufthansa said in a statement on Monday that the aircraft was returning "in response to the steep rise in customer demand and the delayed delivery of ordered aircraft," stressing that the A380 remained popular with both crew and customers.
Lufthansa has sold six of its A380s in recent years, leaving the carrier with eight superjumbos in its fleet. These planes are now in "deep storage" in Spain and France.
The German flag carrier says it is still determining how many A380s will be reactivated and what routes they would fly. Superjumbos are typically used on long-distance, popular routes. The size of the aircraft makes them expensive to operate, thus there must be a demand to justify it.
While the A380 appeared to be on its way out in recent years, Lufthansa's choice implies that it is not yet history. Superjumbos are still in the fleets of Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Korean Air, All Nippon Airways, and British Airways.
Upon delivery of the final A380 in December 2021, Emirates president Tim Clark stated it will "remain Emirates' flagship product for the coming years." "Some people just book the A380 specifically to fly on it," Siva Govindasamy, Singapore Airlines' global public affairs head, told CNN Travel.