The first A380 to feature Lufthansa’s brand new livery has rolled out of the paint shop and is ready to fly. Featuring a darker blue (although not as dark as they originally wanted it to be) and a cleaner, brighter look, the aircraft will be the largest in the fleet to take to the skies in the new colours.
Lufthansa teased followers back in October, showing an image of an A380 with the caption ‘big things are coming our way’. At the time, it brewed speculation that a new order was in the offing, but it turns out they were just excited to get this aircraft into the paint shop.
The A380, flying under registration D-AIMD, flew out to Guangzhou from Munich on October 29th. It was due scheduled maintenance by Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (GAMECO), as well as its repainting in the new colours.
The aircraft is due to return to service next week and will be the biggest and furthest travelling jet to spread the new Lufthansa look around the globe.
The new livery
Replacing the old yellow and blue, the new livery is designed to place Lufthansa squarely in the premium market. The yellow crane is gone, replaced by a smart looking white and dark blue colour scheme.
It’s been a momentous year for Lufthansa, having scored the title of five star airline by Skytrax, as well as celebrating its 100th year in service. Seeing as the crane had been part of their journey for the entire century, it seemed a pretty good opportunity to rebrand the airline.
The yellow isn’t entirely gone though. A small patch of yellow remains in the doorway as you board, and some of the signage will retain splashes of yellow too.
Already some of the new liveries are travelling the world, with a Boeing 747-8i and an Airbus A321 repainted in February. Lufthansa are repainting their fleet on a passive basis, undertaking the new liveries when aircraft come up for their routine repainting, roughly once every seven years.
Lufthansa estimate that the entire fleet will be repainted by 2023.