Lufthansa has made permanent structural changes following the coronavirus pandemic.
According to an assessment by the German standard bearer, it will take several months before global travel restrictions are lifted completely and years before global demand for air travel returns to pre-crisis levels.
Based on this assessment, the executive committee has decided to implement further comprehensive measures to reduce the capacity of air operations and administration in the long term.
The decisions will affect almost all of the group’s flight operations.
At Lufthansa, six Airbus A380s and seven A340-600s, as well as five Boeing 747-400s, will be decommissioned.
In addition, eleven Airbus A320s will be withdrawn from short-haul operations.
The six A380s (from a fleet of 14) were already scheduled to be sold to Airbus in 2022.
The decision to phase out seven A340-600s and five Boeing 747-400s was made due to the environmental and economic disadvantages of these types of aircraft.
With this decision, Lufthansa will reduce the capacity of its hubs in Frankfurt and Munich.
In addition, Lufthansa Cityline will also decommission three Airbus A340-300s.
Since 2015, the regional carrier has been operating flights to long-haul tourist destinations for Lufthansa.
Eurowings will also reduce the number of its aircraft in the short-haul segment, with ten additional Airbus A320s to be phased out.
Eurowings’ long-haul activity, managed under the commercial responsibility of Lufthansa, will also be reduced.
In addition, the implementation of Eurowings’ objective of grouping air operations into a unit, defined before the crisis, will now be accelerated.
Germanwings air operations will be discontinued.
All of the resulting options should be discussed with the respective unions.
The restructuring programs already started at Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines will be further intensified due to the coronavirus crisis.
Among other things, the two companies are working to reduce their fleets.
Swiss International Air Lines will also adjust the size of its fleet by delaying deliveries of new short-haul aircraft and will consider the early phase-out of older aircraft.
The airlines of the Lufthansa Group have already terminated almost all crewed leases with other airlines.
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