Lufthansa Group announces measures for its post-coronavirus restructuring

Lufthansa executive board does not expect the aviation industry to return to pre-crisis levels of the coronavirus quickly. According to his assessment, it will take months for global travel restrictions to be fully lifted and years for global demand for air travel to return to pre-crisis levels.

Based on this analysis, the executive board decided measures to reduce the capacity of flight operations and administration in the long term, which will affect almost all Lufthansa Group air operations.
At Lufthansa, six Airbus A380s and seven A340-600s, as well as five Boeing 747-400s will be permanently decommissioned. Likewise, eleven Airbus A320s will be withdrawn from short-distance operations.
All six A380s were already slated for sale to Airbus in 2022. The decision to phase out seven A340-600s and five Boeing 747-400s was made based on the environmental and economic disadvantages of these types of aircraft. With this decision, Lufthansa will reduce capacity at its Frankfurt and Munich hubs.

Lufthansa Cityline will also decommission three Airbus A340-300 aircraft. Since 2015, the regional airline has been operating flights to long-distance tourist destinations for Lufthansa.

Eurowings will also reduce the number of its aircraft. In the short-haul segment, another ten Airbus A320s are expected to be phased out. Eurowings' long-distance business, which is under Lufthansa's commercial responsibility, will also be reduced.

Martin (United Kingdom)