Lufthansa Group plan massive long haul revamp

Long haul travel has resumed from Germany but in a very limited way. A daily flight to JFK is now regular. Other than a few other minor long haul routes, little is happening and demand is minimal. Qurantine’s however are the biggest problem, with long haul international flights simply unwanted by many countries.

The cut won’t just affect Lufthansa, with Swiss and Eurowings loosing aircraft too.

Lufthansa Group CEO Carsten Spohr said a couple of days ago, a permanent fleet reduction of 100 aircraft is happening, cutting the total to around 660 over all of its airlines. Even then Lufthansa claims it will be able to offer the same seat capacity by 2024 by better use of its aircraft schedules.

The long haul casualties are going to be severe

The entire A380 fleet totalling 14 aircraft, the youngest of which is just 5.8 years old, the oldest 10.9, are unlikely to re-enter service.

D-ABVM is the youngest 744 at 19.9 years

The remaining 747-400 fleet which is technically 7 aircraft although only 3 really remain operational. The 747-8i’s are likely to remain, at least for now, but their was always a ten year lifespan on the aircraft

The biggest casualties are going to be the entire A340-300/600 fleet operated by the group, including the 34 nominally left at Lufthansa, 5 at Swiss and 4 at Edelweiss, the Swiss subsidiary. Those at Eurowings had already been transferred back to Lufthansa and delisted.

Swiss and Edelweiss will loose their A340-300’s

Eight of the A380’s were already heading out of service, so the decision to rid itself of the entire fleet – the remainder are owned by the airline, is a huge capital expense write down it will have to take, but can mostly be offset against corporate tax.

It will leave only British Airways with 12 A380’s in Europe, and all of those are stored.

The last MD-11F’s are also on their way out. The remaining six will be phased out by December 2020.

What isn’t clear is what will happen to Austrian’s remaining six 777-200ER’s and six 767-300ER’s.

As the Lufthansa Group emerges from the crisis in the coming years, the wide body fleet will start off consisting of A330s (Lufthansa, Swiss, Brussels Airlines), A350’s (Lufthansa) and 747-8i’s (Lufthansa).

 There are also firm orders in place for 20 787-9’s, 20 777-9’s and two more 777F’s. On the Airbus side, Lufthansa has firm commitments for 27 more A350’s. While the 777-9’s are earmarked for Lufthansa, the A350’s and 787’s are likely to be distributed across the entire group.