Lufthansa temporarily decommissions Airbus A340-600 fleet

  • Three Airbus A340-600 have already been transferred to Spain 

In the coming weeks, Lufthansa will temporarily decommission the entire Airbus A340-600 fleet.

Three aircraft of this type (D-AIHC, D-AIHE and D-AIHF) have already been flown to Teruel, in northeastern Spain. The long-haul aircraft will be parked at the airport there.

Lufthansa plans to transfer the entire Airbus A340-600 fleet, equaling 17 aircraft, to Teruel where they will be decommissioned over the next 2-3 months. These aircraft will not be operating within of the regular scheduled services for at least the next one to one and a half years. 

A decision on the future use of the aircraft or a possible reactivation of a maximum of ten aircraft will be taken at a later stage in time.

Photo: European Space Imaging.

Teruel Airport is located between Zaragoza and Valencia in the northeast of Spain. With around 240 days of sunshine a year and little rainfall, the region is particularly suitable for parked aircraft.

Type Retired: April 5, 2020 (flight LH773 Bangkok-Frankfurt with D-AIHC)

Above Copyright Photo: Lufthansa Airbus A340-642 D-AIHC (msn 523) FRA (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 930900.

Note; All 17 Lufthansa Airbus A340-600s are currently grounded, pending their 14 ferry flights to Tereul. Most of the fleet operated their last revenue flights in March 2020. The last revenue flight (for now) was flight LH773 between Bangkok and the Frankfurt hub, arriving at 6:13 am (0613) on April 5, 2020 with D-AIHC.

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