Details: Lufthansa Airbus A380 Returning In 2023

Details: Lufthansa Airbus A380 Returning In 2023

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A couple of days ago we learned that Lufthansa plans on bringing back the Airbus A380. We now have a sense of how many planes will be brought back into service, and where they’ll be based (which will come as a surprise to some).

Lufthansa bringing back Airbus A380 in 2023

It has been announced that Lufthansa will reactivate its Airbus A380 fleet as of the summer of 2023. Pre-pandemic Lufthansa had an Airbus A380 fleet of 14 jets, and the airline is (at least officially) currently assessing how many of these planes will be reactivated, and which destinations they’ll serve. Six of these planes have been sold, so at most eight jets can be reactivated.

Lufthansa is reactivating some Airbus A380s

Lufthansa’s A380 fleet was grounded at the beginning of the pandemic, and the planes have been in long term storage in France and Spain ever since. Lufthansa had revealed that it would only bring back these planes “in the event of an unexpectedly rapid market recovery.”

Lufthansa is attributing the return of the Airbus A380 to two factors:

Here’s how Lufthansa’s board describes this decision:

“In the summer of 2023, we not only expect to have a much more reliable air transport system worldwide. We will be welcoming you back on board our Airbus A380s, too. We decided today to put the A380, which continues to enjoy great popularity, back into service at Lufthansa in summer 2023. In addition to this, we are further strengthening and modernizing our fleets with some 50 new Airbus A350, Boeing 787 and Boeing 777-9 long-haul aircraft and more than 60 new Airbus A320/321s in the next three years alone.”

Lufthansa Airbus A380 first class cabin

The basics of Lufthansa’s Airbus A380 fleet

The Airbus A380 is of course the world’s largest passenger jet, and Lufthansa’s Airbus A380s feature a total of 509 seats. This includes:

  • Eight first class seats, in a 1-2-1 configuration
  • 78 business class seats, in a 2-2-2 configuration
  • 52 premium economy seats, in a 2-4-2 configuration
  • 371 economy class seats, in a 3-4-3 configuration

Lufthansa’s Airbus A380s aren’t all that remarkable as such, especially compared to the jets flown by some other airlines, like Emirates and Singapore Airlines. However, I’d say there are a few noteworthy things:

  • Lufthansa’s first class footprint has been decreasing significantly over the years, so the return of the A380 will bring back some capacity
  • Lufthansa’s A380 first class lavatories have urinals, making them the only urinals on commercial aircraft (I know, this is a real key reason to fly the jet) 😉
  • Many appreciate economy on the A380, since the 3-4-3 layout offers passengers more space than you’d find on other jets
  • Regardless of which cabin you’re traveling in, the A380 is a quiet and smooth ride
Lufthansa’s Airbus A380 first class urinals

Lufthansa Airbus A380s to be based in Munich

According to aeroTELEGRAPH, Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr has unveiled some further details about the return of the A380 at a staff event:

  • Airbus A380s will exclusively be based in Munich, rather than Frankfurt
  • Lufthansa will reactivate up to five Airbus A380s, so not all eight remaining planes will be reactivated

For context, historically Lufthansa has based its Airbus A380s in Frankfurt. There was a brief period where the airline based the planes in Munich due to a dispute with Frankfurt Airport, but that didn’t last long.

The decision to bring back these jets in Munich is an interesting one. Lufthansa recently reactivated its Airbus A340-600s, specifically because the airline wanted to be able to offer first class out of Munich, and no other jets otherwise offered that.

Lufthansa plans to install first class suites on some future delivery Airbus A350s, which will be based in Munich, and will be delivered starting in 2023. So it’s going to be interesting to see how this all works out. Will Lufthansa fly both A340-600s and A380s out of Munich in the summer of 2023, or what’s the plan?

Lufthansa will install first class on some A350s

Bottom line

Some of Lufthansa’s Airbus A380s will be reactivated as of the summer of 2023. This decision was made due to a significant increase in passenger demand, plus delivery delays of other wide body planes, particularly the Boeing 777X.

It’s being reported that these planes will be based in Munich, and that realistically we should only expect up to five A380s to be reactivated. It’ll be great to see more beautiful A380s in the sky, though I wish we’d see more!

What do you make of Lufthansa bringing back the A380?

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  1. Brianair Guest

    I flew the Lufthansa A380 in economy from SFO to FRA and back in summer 2019. From my experience, I would have been like “good riddance” to them if they fully followed through with the retirement like Air France. The screens in those seats were very small, old, laggy, and low resolution to the point that it got in the way of me enjoying their great IFE selection. They reminded me of the old VCR...

    I flew the Lufthansa A380 in economy from SFO to FRA and back in summer 2019. From my experience, I would have been like “good riddance” to them if they fully followed through with the retirement like Air France. The screens in those seats were very small, old, laggy, and low resolution to the point that it got in the way of me enjoying their great IFE selection. They reminded me of the old VCR and VHS TV screens from the 80s and 90s. The tail camera, one of my favorite features, was highly grainy. The IFE system even reset randomly at some point in the middle of the SFO-FRA flight. The user interface just wasn’t that good either (I think it was an older version of their IFE than what’s found on, say, their A350s). The A380 has the worst IFE screens in economy of any Lufthansa plane. Even the A340 and 747-8 screens are probably better. And bathrooms were pretty cramped and dirty. I did like how the crew let me walk up and down the spiral staircase at the back to stretch my legs though. Interestingly enough, I flew D-AIMN there and D-AIMM back, which are the two newest A380s at Lufthansa by a pretty big margin (delivered in 2015 and 2014 respectively). If I didn’t know that, I would’ve guessed that the cabin was from the 2000s and, of course, never updated since. I think outside of the big first class bathroom with the urinal, the product on the Lufthansa A380 is pretty forgettable in general. I don’t get why the airlines from the same continent the A380 was built don’t try to make it into the special experience it should be, like we’re seeing from Singapore, Korean, Qantas, and the Middle East airlines.

  2. Fred Guest

    The only parts of Lufty that still function efficiently are the PR department (putting a positive spin on how the airline is cutting operational and safety corners by rehabilitating an old and poorly maintained fleet because of the delays in the replacement cycle) and the links to government that obtained another 10 billion that has been flushed down those antiquated 380 urinals. The biggest question is how much more government funding will be needed to...

    The only parts of Lufty that still function efficiently are the PR department (putting a positive spin on how the airline is cutting operational and safety corners by rehabilitating an old and poorly maintained fleet because of the delays in the replacement cycle) and the links to government that obtained another 10 billion that has been flushed down those antiquated 380 urinals. The biggest question is how much more government funding will be needed to keep LH in the skies until next year when the old 380s and 350s are dusted down again? That and whether the unskyworthy fleet will managed to keep going without a major disaster.

  3. DHL Guest

    A380 is the nicest airplane around. Unfortunately the business class seating is pretty out of date at this point unless they refurbish the cabin for 2023.

  4. Mark Guest

    haven't been on the site in a while and trying to catch up a little bit. Does anyone find the "load more" function super freaking annoying? Every time I click on an article and then click back, it brings me back to the home page (not where I'd left off) and then it's super inconvenient and time consuming to scroll down to the later blog posts where I'd previously left off previously. It should be on a pages functionality instead of load more. I gave up!

  5. Randy Gold

    LH built a big Hanger at FRA specially for A380. Not sure if Munich as same type of Hanger. Maybe they will fly it to FRA for maintenance??

  6. TM Gold

    Just a guess here so I could be wrong, but I think Munich has more leisure demand than Frankfurt, and leisure is driving the market post-covid. So they're like just basing their largest aircraft where the forecast the most demand.

  7. Steven E Guest

    More capacity is always a good move and they have challenges so it’s a win

  8. Watson Gold

    This just in - SkyTrax reinstates 5th star for LH!

    1. Max Guest

      No, Skytrax is gonna introduce a six-star tier solely for Lufthansa after this groundbreaking announcement.

    2. Watson Gold

      Lol, 6th star for having a urinal in the lavatory!

    3. AA70 Gold

      No other onboard amenity trumps this

  9. Germanrecession Guest

    I live in Germany as an expat. Lovely country, bad airline. Don’t get me started on lh longhaul and short haul business class. Don’t get me started on the German housing rental scam system. Don’t get me started on the Green Party major mistakes and relying on Russia and stupidly shutting down oil\gas imports. I look forward to the winter . I may move to Moscow and enjoy heating at a reasonable price.

    1. Hank Tarn Guest

      So it’s a lovely country that you hate everything about. Ok. Sounds like you should move on to another country with an airline better suited to your requirements. Germany has enough incomers living their moaning but enjoying all the state benefits. My family are from both Germany and Britain although I am fully American for generations, and I am sick of people always throwing hate at Germany.

  10. Triggo Guest

    None of it matters if the flight attendants are rude and dismissive. My wife probably would divorce me if I booked us on Lufthansa again!

  11. Reno Joe Guest

    Given everything that has been written and commented about Lufthansa, we're excited about this because . . . ?

  12. The Joe Guest

    If this is a prelude to Etihad bringing back apartments, then huzzah. I'm preparing to book SYD-USA in 2023, and would like to rebook my flight SYD-AUH-JFK (a ticket I had for 2020 before it all went to hell). Otherwise it'll most likely be SQ Suites once more for me.

    1. The Joe Guest

      Looks like my years of hoping might not have been for naught:
      https://flighthacks.com.au/etihad-to-bring-back-the-a380/

  13. Julie Band Guest

    Omg pls no.. don't fall for it.
    They have fancy equipment.
    Yet they have no customer service the 24hr is a lie. After4 weeks I'm still waiting for a reply from the ceo manager etc. We were left stranded alone scared vulnerable abandoned. Hungry thirsty And financially effected.
    The flight staff don't care.
    Their planes might look great but the food and service disgraceful. Don't fall for the 5 star trap...

    Omg pls no.. don't fall for it.
    They have fancy equipment.
    Yet they have no customer service the 24hr is a lie. After4 weeks I'm still waiting for a reply from the ceo manager etc. We were left stranded alone scared vulnerable abandoned. Hungry thirsty And financially effected.
    The flight staff don't care.
    Their planes might look great but the food and service disgraceful. Don't fall for the 5 star trap read the reviews.
    I'm not the only one. How we were treated is appalling

    1. Duck Ling Guest

      If you are honestly expecting the CEO of the airline to reply to you, you will likely be waiting a much much longer time.

  14. Eric Pease Guest

    if you're a couple flying economy, the upper deck has a couple rows of 2-4-2 seating so you can get 2 seats together. always loved those seats.

  15. stvr Guest

    blog post idea: speculate on which routes would merit the A380... which routes used to have it?

    1. ConcordeBoy Diamond

      My guess would be LAX and SFO... the combination of range and raw capacity, and LH flew A380s to both for years.

      Gonna be tricky, with so much of Asia still either closed or stifled.

  16. TravelinWilly Guest

    Please please PLEASE deploy the to DC.

    LH has like ZERO first class to the USA in 2023…

    1. ConcordeBoy Diamond

      That's not true at all.

      Plenty of F on the scheds from LH at the likes of LAX, SFO, ORD, IAH, MIA, BOS, JFK, etc.

      Right where one would expect it to be.

  17. JB Guest

    I put my money on MIA, JFK, and LAX for the LH A380 (and maybe Delhi).

  18. F-u Luftonsa Guest

    Due to the abnromally high call volume in the last 22 days I've spent 15 hours tring contacting luftonsha to ship my DELAYED BAG. Incompantance isn't going to be solved by and more seats.

  19. Mike C Gold

    This won't add to it, but it seems as if Sydney is A380 heaven. Emirates, Singapore, Qantas and I think Qatar fly them there. I hope I can get my butt onto one of them while they do! The more 380s flying the better!

    1. Mike Guest

      Sadly many/most of these land simultaneously. Sydney airport is an absolute mess right now, no a bunch of a380s landing at the same time pretty much guarantees you’ll be waiting 60-90 minutes for you luggage.

    2. Jeffrey Guest

      Yep, part of the great reset that people are brainwashed by 24/7.

    3. JB Guest

      LAX used to have a variety of A380 airlines. British Airways, Air France, Lufthansa, Emirates, Qantas, and China Southern all used to fly it to LAX pre-covid.

      LHR also had A380 service from Emirates, Etihad, Qatar, British Airways, Qantas, and Singapore Airlines (of which only Etihad doesn't currently fly anymore).

    4. Jeffrey Guest

      Now down to Emirates and Qantas.

    5. Tom Guest

      LHR used to have A380s from 9 different airlines pre-COVID - https://simpleflying.com/heathrow-worlds-most-diverse-airbus-a380-airport/

  20. ConcordeBoy Diamond

    "Lufthansa’s A380 first class lavatories have urinals, making them the only urinals on commercial aircraft (I know, this is a real key reason to fly the jet)"

    Actually, I'm surprised that we don't see more of that.

    Not only would the ladies love it helping keep the seats tidier, particularly on airlines that don't have a women's-only lav; but it'd presumably be continually less cleanup-work for the crew, provided by a 1-time-sunk-cost item.

    1. AA70 Gold

      Lav surface area is probably the reason why. The 380 has lots of real estate so this is clever.

      On a sarcastic note, try getting a urinal into the existing AA Oasis lav (;

    2. hp12c Member

      Your sarcastic note was a trick - the thing that everyone thinks is a sink in the AA Oasis lav is ACTUALLY a urinal!

    3. AA70 Gold

      Everything is a urinal if you are imaginative enough

    4. ConcordeBoy Diamond

      Yeah, good point. Still haven't had the displeasure of entering one of those, as I refuse to set foot aboard a 737MAX until they've proven themselves at least a few more years.... but I hear AA is cramming those into its new A321NEOs now too?

    5. AA70 Gold

      I haven't flown on an American MAX, but those lavs are on all the reconfigured 738 and 321S. Believe the 321neo is also like this. I genuinely feel bad for anyone with a wide frame that has to step foot in one.

  21. AA70 Gold

    Just got back from a trip planned around their 744s, looks like next summer will consist of a plan around their 380. Can't wait until route details are announces.

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ConcordeBoy Diamond

"Lufthansa’s A380 first class lavatories have urinals, making them the only urinals on commercial aircraft (I know, this is a real key reason to fly the jet)" Actually, I'm surprised that we don't see more of that. Not only would the ladies love it helping keep the seats tidier, particularly on airlines that don't have a women's-only lav; but it'd presumably be continually less cleanup-work for the crew, provided by a 1-time-sunk-cost item.

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Max Guest

No, Skytrax is gonna introduce a six-star tier solely for Lufthansa after this groundbreaking announcement.

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Klaus Guest

Dubai is an A380 Heaven ;)

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