Lufthansa’s fleet to see the return of A340-600

Airbus A340-600 Lufthansa; Photo by Lufthansa Airbus A340-600 Lufthansa; Photo by Lufthansa

On June 26, Lufthansa announced its plans to reactivate five Airbus A340-600 and to offer First Class in its Airbus A350-900s as of summer 2023.

Munich Airport (MUC) is Europe’s only 5-star hub for years and is popular among Lufthansa passengers. Globally, not only as the gateway to Bavaria but as a leading, premium airport. Before the pandemic, Lufthansa’s fleet complimented that premium service on its flights from the airport.

Now as the global travel industry is returning to prior levels, Lufthansa is strengthening its premium services from Munich Airport. Also, plans are to offer again First Class on selected routes. This means Lufthansa is temporarily reactivating five Airbus long haul A340-600 aircraft with four flight classes. Among those is the award-winning First Class with eight seats.

Lufthansa’s fleet additions

Commencing in summer 2022, the A340-600 will fly from Munich Airport (MUC) primarily to North American and Asian destinations. The decision to reactivate these aircraft is due to growing premium demand, for business as well as leisure travel.

In late summer 2023, the first Airbus A350-900, offering First Class, will join Lufthansa’s fleet. The first flight will take off from Munich, bolstering the premium offering at Lufthansa’s 5-star hub.

Before the pandemic began, the Lufthansa Airbus A340-600 fleet was counting 17 aircraft, 12 of which the company sold. A further five aircraft are currently not for sale and Lufthansa will temporarily reactivate and sell at a later date. The last time Lufthansa made such important reshuffling of its Munich fleet was during the transfer of A380s from Frankfurt.

Lufthansa continues to invest in the modernization of its fleet. This past May, the Group purchased 10 additional state-of-the-art long-haul aircraft: five Boeing 787-900s and five A350-900s. The first ones will be operating this winter. In this year alone, Lufthansa is taking delivery every month of a new, fuel-efficient Airbus aircraft from the A320neo family. Delivery of 107 additional aircraft Airbus A320neo aircraft should continue until 2027.