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Lufthansa was one of several airlines that put its behemoth Airbus A380s into storage when the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on the global travel industry.
We thought we’d never see these superjumbos fly for Lufthansa again, as the airline said in 2021 that they would be retired for good.
However, when travel came roaring back after the pandemic subsided, Lufthansa changed its mind again and signaled that the aircraft would return to service. This was great news for lovers of aviation such as ourselves, and now we’re learning where the airline plans to send these monstrous 509-seat aircraft through next summer.
Let’s take a look at when and where you can fly Lufthansa’s A380s.
Lufthansa’s A380 Plans
At the time of this writing, Lufthansa operates its superjumbo A380 on flights from its hub in Munich (MUC) to Boston (BOS) and New York (JFK). However, with the less-busy winter season approaching, the A380 will stop flying these routes (temporarily) as of October 27 and October 28, 2023, respectively.
This doesn’t mean U.S. flyers won’t get to experience Lufthansa’s A380, though. It will begin flying between Los Angeles (LAX) and Munich (MUC) at the start of this winter season, and the aircraft will stay on that route through the summer of 2024.
And at the beginning of next summer’s travel season, it will return to Boston and New York on March 31, 2024, and will begin operations to Washington, D.C. (IAD) as of June 1, 2024.
Here’s a look at all of the cities that will see Lufthansa’s A380 from the start of this winter travel season through next summer:
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|Bangkok (BKK)||October 28, 2023 to March 29, 2024||Daily||LH452/LH453|
|Boston (BOS)||from March 31, 2024||Daily||LH424/LH425|
|Delhi (DEL)||from March 31, 2024||Daily||LH762/LH763|
|Los Angeles (LAX)||from October 26, 2023||Daily||LH452/LH453|
|New York (JFK)||from March 31, 2024||Daily||LH410/LH411|
|Washington, D.C. (IAD)||from June 1, 2024||Daily||LH414/LH415|
Pre-pandemic, Lufthansa had 14 Airbus A380s in operation, and they served destinations including Bangkok (BKK), Delhi (DEL), New York, Seoul (ICN), and Tokyo (NRT).
Flying Lufthansa’s A380
Owing to its spacious cabins, smooth flying, and all-around massiveness, the A380 is a favorite of many frequent travelers and AvGeeks — and Lufthansa’s version is no exception.
At the front of this jumbo jet’s upper deck, there are 8 open suites in first class, followed by 78 lie-flat business class seats that stretch almost the entire length of the cabin. Tucked away at the rear are 35 economy class seats in a 2-4-2 configuration.
Downstairs at the front of the lower deck are 52 premium economy recliner seats in a 2-4-2 configuration and 336 economy seats arranged in a 3-4-3 configuration (for the most part — there is some variation in the seating configuration in this section of the cabin).
Lovers of Lufthansa, Airbus A380s, and aviation, in general, will be happy to hear that the superjumbo will soon be flying to even more cities in the U.S. We can’t wait to see more of these planes plying the skies over the nation next summer!
Featured Image Credit: Lufthansa
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