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Decision soon: Lufthansa could fly with Boeing 777 and again with Airbus A380 as early as 2023

Decision soon: Lufthansa could fly with Boeing 777 and again with Airbus A380 as early as 2023

The return of the Airbus A380 is becoming more and more tangible. The decision will be made soon. At the same time, Lufthansa is carefully considering the use of Boeing 777 aircraft – already next summer.

becomes more realistic. After Lufthansa President, Carsten Spohr, cautiously said and then made it clear The Airbus A380 still has a chance, now confirmed that one is considering whether the bunkers will be included in the active fleet again. Delivering problems with the new Boeing 777X “require us to put some of the 380 back in or find alternative solutions,” Spohr said at a media briefing on the sidelines of the annual meeting of the airline association Iata.

An alternative solution, according to the Lufthansa president, could be a Boeing 777-300 ER, “like the one we already operate in Switzerland.” In addition to the Swiss subsidiary, Lufthansa Cargo and Austrian Lufthansa also fly with Triple Seven. A combination of Boeing 777-300ER and Airbus A380 is also a conceivable solution.

This summer’s decision

Because: acquiring planes is not so easy. If you were to buy a new plane, it would be available in the summer of 2025, says Spohr. This is too late. So one company is currently in talks with Boeing and rental companies.

And the discussions should end soon, because a lead time of about nine months is required for both solutions – the A380 and the 777. They want to be able to use the planes for the summer 2023 flight schedule, which begins at the end of March. “So we have to make a decision before I go on vacation in July,” Spohr says.

More and more late

Lufthansa will also need a lead time to reintroduce the Airbus A380, for the following reasons: Currently only 14 pilots are licensed or currently, as it is called in the jargon, on the giant. This means that their licenses will allow them to fly the big plane now. But the group has a solution that allows the A350 crews to be used on the A380s.

Recently the Boeing 777X has been delayed more and more. After initially saying the aircraft could not be delivered in 2022 but in 2023, that now would not happen before 2025. Boeing recently said it had adjusted its first delivery schedule “based on an updated assessment of the time required to meet certification requirements.”