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Lufthansa Group plans to reduce flight schedule by up to 50 percent, may ground all Airbus A380s

Lufthansa Group has made this announcement:

Due to the exceptional circumstances caused by the spread of Covid-19 and the resulting drastic decline in bookings as well as numerous flight cancellations Lufthansa Group decided to reduce the flight capacity on offer even more than previously planned. Depending on the further development of demand, capacity is to be reduced by up to 50 per cent in the coming weeks. These capacity adjustments apply to all passenger airlines in the Lufthansa Group.

Lufthansa Airbus A380-841 D-AIMB (msn 041) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 946668.

Copyright Photo: Lufthansa Airbus A380-841 D-AIMB (msn 041) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 946668.

In addition, the extent to which the entire Airbus A380 fleet (14 aircraft) can be temporarily taken out of service in Frankfurt and Munich is currently being examined.

This measure is designed to reduce the financial consequences of the slump in demand. It complements the planned savings actions in the area of personnel, in material costs and project budgets, and other liquidity measures. In addition to an immediate hiring freeze, Lufthansa Group has already offered its employees the use of voluntary individual personnel measures in recent weeks. These include the granting of unpaid leave and bringing forward annual leave. The company is in talks with its operating partners and trade unions in order to avoid dismissals – among other measures – by means various part-time models, including probationary periods.

It is not yet possible to estimate the burden on earnings to be expected from current developments. The Group will publish key financial figures at the annual press conference on March 19, 2020.

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Lufthansa launches the first Airbus A380 from the Munich hub

First flight from MUC, flight LH452 to LAX on March 25, 2018

Lufthansa Airbus A380 on Sunday, March 25 operated for the first time, a take off from Munich on a regular passenger flight (above). Its destination was the City of Angels, Los Angeles.

Flight LH 452 took off for California at 12.00 noon.

Lufthansa chief pilot Raimund Müller welcomed nearly 509 passengers on board the “Munich”, as the A380 has been named – that’s how many seats the largest passenger aircraft in the world has. Among other things, 890 main courses, 530 cushions and 41 liters of tomato juice will also be loaded onto the aircraft for the passengers.

Not long afterwards, in the early evening, the second A380 flight will follow on: LH 722 took off at 7.15 pm, heading for Peking, and at 10.25 pm, the third A380 took off for Hong Kong, bearing flight number LH 730. All A380 flight connections will be offered daily from Munich.

The Airbus A380 has been Lufthansa’s flagship aircraft since 2010. Currently the fleet comprises 14 aircraft, five of which are to be stationed in Munich as of March 25.

When it comes to being environmentally friendly, the A380 stands out from the crowd with a specific fuel consumption of around three liters per passenger per 100 kilometers and a quiet Trent 900 engine made by Rolls Royce which has a very low level of noise emission.

Copyright Photo: Lufthansa Airbus A380-841 D-AIMB (msn 041) MUC (Arnd Wolf). Image: 941341.

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