Lufthansa has stated that part of its grounded Airbus A340-600 aircraft will be reactive next year.
The airline said on Friday that five A340-600 jets that had been in long-term storage will be temporarily reintroduced in mid-2022. Munich Airport will be the home base for all five planes. The news comes as a shock, as the corporation had expected to phase out the already grounded type.
Prior to the Coronavirus outbreak, Lufthansa had 17 Airbus A340-600s in its fleet. Following an announcement in April 2020, the first seven aircraft were removed from the fleet.
The airline group revealed in September that it plans to decommission all remaining A340-600s, of which just twelve are currently being sold. It also grounded its remaining eight Airbus A380 aircraft.
The longest version of the A340 is being reintroduced at Lufthansa’s Munich hub, according to the airline, since it has a first-class cabin, unlike the A350-900, which is principally based in Munich rather than Frankfurt.
However, the airline has announced that a first class will be available on the Airbus A350 beginning in late summer 2023. Lufthansa now has 17 A350-900 aircraft in its fleet, with another 28 on the way. The group will also obtain 20 Boeing 777-9s and 25 Boeing 787-9s, the first of which will arrive this year.