Lufthansa Presses On With Airbus A380 Reactivation

Lufthansa reactivates Airbus A380 aircraft.
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LONDON – Lufthansa continues to press on with its Airbus A380 reactivation as its second frame arrived back in Frankfurt from Teruel this week.

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This comes nearly a week after Mike-Kilo, the first A380 to return back to Frankfurt, headed off to Manila for maintenance before re-entry into service.

D-AIMK departed Frankfurt on January 29 at 0644 local time and arrived in the Filipino capital at 0241 local time the next day.

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D-AIMM, known as “Mike Mike”, departed Teurel on Friday, February 3, and arrived in Frankfurt at 1510 local time.

Lufthansa said the aircraft will undergo technical checks before heading off to Manila alongside Mike Kilo.

Lufthansa’s Airbus A380s Will Be Ready In Time for Summer 2023…

Lufthansa's Airbus A380s continue to be reactivated.
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Back in June 2022, Lufthansa announced that it will be reactivating its Airbus A380s for commercial service.

The first flights of the aircraft are expected to take place in Summer 2023 due to the steep rise in customer demand as well as citing delayed deliveries of ordered aircraft.

The delays of ordered aircraft are in reference to Boeing’s 777X and 787s.

In a letter, the Executive Board Members of the airline said the following:

“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.”

The German carrier has 14 A380s in its fleet, which are parked in Spain and France at present. Six of these A380s have been sold, meaning that eight will return to service in total.

5,200 Weekly Flights Expected in Summer 2023…

Lufthansa continues to reactivate its Airbus A380s.
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The Airbus A380 will be needed for Lufthansa, especially following its announcement regarding the Summer 2023 season.

Around 5,200 weekly flights will take place over the course of the Summer, with the German airline expected to serve 205 destinations worldwide.

The German carrier has also been reactivating some of its older Airbus A340s in order to ensure there is enough capacity possible to handle this.

It is understood that the airline will be bringing five units of its -600s back into service to boost the availability of first-class seats.


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It remains clear that Lufthansa continues to reactivate aircraft at a very fast rate, especially as the Summer 2023 season continues to loom.

The race is on to get the aircraft back into commercial service, as that extra capacity is exactly what Lufthansa needs to boost profitability and revenue streams.

For now, all eyes are now on the carrier to see how they get on and whether it can get the aircraft reactivated properly in time for one of the busiest periods of the year.

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