Lufthansa Scraps Frankfurt Airbus A380 Operations As 50% Of Fleet Retired

Lufthansa is set to end Airbus A380 operations out of its Frankfurt home. The move, as a result…

Lufthansa Scraps Frankfurt Airbus A380 Operations As 50% Of Fleet Retired

Lufthansa is set to end Airbus A380 operations out of its Frankfurt home. The move, as a result of the current aviation depression, also sees the German flag carrier retiring a seventh Airbus A380.

Lufthansa has revealed that it will end its Airbus A380 operations out of Frankfurt. Photo: Getty Images

Last week we reported that Lufthansa had sent a seventh Airbus A380 to the aircraft graveyard located in Teruel, Spain. It seems as though this aircraft also won’t return to the skies given new information reported by Aero.de. The German language Aviation site says that Lufthansa intends to trim half of its Airbus A380 operations, specifically those at its central hub, Frankfurt Airport.

Frankfurt operations scrapped

According to Aero.de, Lufthansa has decided that it will only operate the Airbus A380 from Munich. Late last year, we reported that the airline was planning to shuffle its fleet, so that half was in Frankfurt and the other half in Munich. However, this was long before the current crisis.

Since then, Lufthansa has been set back some 65 years in the space of just 65 days. This has led to the majority of the carrier’s fleet being grounded. After all, there is no point operating empty aircraft, and passengers just don’t want to travel right now.

Lufthansa, Long Haul, Grounded
Lufthansa had already decommissioned six Airbus A380s in April. Photo: Getty Images

A Lufthansa spokesperson told Aero.de:

“After considering various criteria and against the background of making Lufthansa competitive in the long term, the company decided that the A380 will only be used from Munich in the future”

What about the remaining aircraft?

Lufthansa has said that it will only operate the A380 from Munich. However, when will these aircraft fly again? The short answer is probably not for a long time. The German flag carrier is currently anticipating demand to take 2-3 years to return.

Aero.de reports that the airline sees operating the aircraft from both hubs as inefficient, both from a logistical and economic standpoint. It would be logical to assume that the Airbus A380 will likely be one of the last aircraft reactivated by the German flag carrier given its size and difficulty to fill.

Lufthansa, Airbus A380, Frankfurt
Seven Lufthansa A380s are currently in storage at Teruel. Photo: Getty Images

Indeed, adding to the previous comments, a spokesperson told Aero.de:

“The Munich A380 will remain parked, the option to reactivate it will still be available for Munich”

What’s next?

It is still very early days with regards to the industry’s long recovery process. A process that will likely take many years. However, the green shoots of recovery are beginning to poke up.

It is possible that more airlines could announce early Airbus A380 retirements before the current crisis is resolved. Indeed, just earlier today we saw Air France reveal that it would retire its entire Airbus A380 fleet effective immediately. The French flag carrier no longer saw a place for the queen of the skies in its operations.

Lufthansa, Airbus A380, Frankfurt
Earlier today, Air France revealed it had retired its remaining A380 aircraft. Photo: Getty Images

As the Airbus A380 is currently undesirable to most airlines, it is unlikely that these retired aircraft will fly again. Perhaps Hi Fly could take one or two. Although even Emirates, by far the largest A380 operator, is reportedly looking to cut five A380 orders still to be fulfilled.

Will you miss seeing the Lufthansa Airbus A380 in Frankfurt? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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Brazil’s Azul Prepares For A June Increase In Demand

Azul Linhas Aereas is increasing its schedule in June to 168 flights per day. In April, the Brazilian…

Brazil’s Azul Prepares For A June Increase In Demand

Azul Linhas Aereas is increasing its schedule in June to 168 flights per day. In April, the Brazilian carrier had 70 flights per day and in May is operating 115 daily departures. Is this a sign of a positive rebound in the Brazilian air market? Let’s investigate further.

Azul will operate more flights in June. Photo: Getty Images

We see a positive trend: Azul

In June, Azul will be flying to 57 domestic destinations, up from 38 cities served in May and 25 in April, the carrier stated. In April, organized by the government. 

Abhi Shah, Azul’s Chief Revenue Officer, stated,

“Although our June capacity is still 80% down year over year, we see a positive trend in demand since the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic.”

One of the big highlights next month will be that Azul will operate again from Congonhas Airport in Sao Paulo. The low-cost carrier will return to this airport from 15 June. This decision came after analyzing the current lift travel restrictions in the country. Azul expects the state of Sao Paulo to ease these restrictions in the first week of June. 

Azul Airlines and TAM
Azul’s capacity is still 80% down. Photo: Getty Images

Azul’s most significant asset: the fleet

“Our fleet flexibility and network connectivity allow us to deploy the capacity that can efficiently capture the most demand during this period,” Shah said. Currently, Azul has a fleet composed of 146 aircraft. Its primary type of aircraft is the Embraer E-190, of which it has 53 units. 

The airline has had this model for the past 11 years. It has been the foundation of Azul’s business model, said John Rodgerson, the airline CEO. 

Abhi Shah added that the carrier has aircraft ranging from nine to 214 seats. This flexibility allows the company to customize its network to the evolving demand scenario. 

Nevertheless, as we saw last week,  until 2024. 

Azul
The airlines in Brazil are joining forces to face the crisis. Photo: Alexf via Wikimedia Commons.

Brazilian airlines leave aside the competition with each other

In an interview with local newspaper , the CEO’s of the three domestic airlines in Brazil left aside their differences. Rodgerson said that he had more fun fighting with the other airlines for slots in Sao Paulo than facing a pandemic.

We are not against one another, he added. Now, when not a single aircraft in the world has value, is the time to be together and save the industry, Rodgerson said. 

Currently, the three carriers are looking for a financial aid package but haven’t yet got to an agreement with the government. Last Friday, the Brazilian authorities confirmed that

Jerome Cadier, LATAM Brazil’s CEO, said that the airlines are doing their part. They are giving flexibility to their passengers to rebook and put their flights until next year. “But we also need that flexibility with our providers, to make our costs smaller and optimize what we can,” he said. 

Finally, the three carriers also asked the Brazilian government to reduce the tax cost in the country. The objective of this initiative would be the domestic market growth. Rodgerson claimed that there hadn’t been any foreign investment in the region since  bankruptcy due to the high costs of flying in the country. 

“It is a shame that Colombia has more passengers per person than Brazil. Many Brazilians know France more than they now the Iguazu Falls”, he stated. 

What do you think is going to happen with Azul? Let us know in the comments.

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