Lufthansa is sending its entire fleet of Airbus A340-600 aircraft to long term storage at a Spanish aircraft graveyard. The airline’s 17 aircraft will each be decommissioned over the next two to three months.
It’s currently not a happy time for the aviation industry. However, Lufthansa has been pretty badly hit. In fact, only a small proportion of the group’s 750 odd aircraft remain in the skies. As such, Frankfurt Airport now looks like an aircraft graveyard, with many Airbus A340s parked on one of the airport’s runways. However, they are now due to hop down to Spain, where they will spend the foreseeable future.
Lufthansa is sending its fleet of 17 Airbus A340-600 aircraft to Teruel in Spain. Three of the airline’s aircraft have already left. The remaining 14 are due to be flown down to Spain over the coming two to three months.
Lufthansa has stated that these aircraft won’t work for the next year. However, they could remain grounded for up to a year and a half, assuming they return to the skies. If they do go back into service, the A340-600 fleet will be smaller.
Lufthansa had previously indicated that it would immediately decommission seven of its A340-600s. Teruel will be their final resting place, as the airline today reiterated,
“A decision on the future use of the aircraft or a possible reactivation of a maximum of ten aircraft will be taken at a later stage in time.”
Located in the Northeast of Spain, Teruel Airport is home to a small aircraft graveyard. Satellite photos of the facility show that at least three of KLM’s retired Boeing 747s have gone to the facility. Teruel has previously also welcomed Transaero’s tiger-faced 747s, in addition to a Hi Fly A340.
Given the current aviation climate, over the past month, several different aircraft have been sent to Teruel for storage. 28 days ago, Iberia sent an Airbus A340-600 to the Spanish graveyard. The airport then experienced a flurry of activity 13 days ago.
On the 3rd of April, seven aircraft went to Teruel, including two Boeing 777s from Ukraine International Airlines. Five British Airways Boeing 747s accompanied these. Finally, two days ago, the first three Airbus A340-600s from Lufthansa arrived. They originated from Frankfurt and Munich.
Simple Flying currently belives that Lufthansa and British Airways both have plans to fly their stored aircraft again, however, if the industry doesn’t recover as expected, they would be the obvious candidates to get scrapped.
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