Lufthansa Cuts Airbus A380 From Delhi Service

Lufthansa is cutting their Airbus A380 from the Delhi route. The news comes after the airline announced it would relocate two of the giant aircraft from Frankfurt to Munich. The change will see a Boeing 747-8 operating the route from the 29th March 2020, however, a Boeing 747-400 will operate the route from January.

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Lufthansa is moving two Airbus A380s to Munich. Photo: Lufthansa

The Airbus A380 is a great aircraft. However, its uses can be fairly limited due to its gigantic size. In February, Airbus announced that they would stop building the aircraft due to a lack of demand. A tough decision to take as it has yet to turn a profit for the manufacturer.

Lufthansa’s Airbus A380 fleet

Lufthansa currently operates a fleet of 14 Airbus A380 aircraft. They have no outstanding orders in place, meaning that this number will go down rather than up in the future. Their newest A380 is around five years younger than their oldest aircraft, being delivered in April 2015 and May 2010 respectively.

Previously, Frankfurt had been home to nine Airbus A380s, meanwhile, the remaining five Lufthansa Airbus A380s had been located in Munich. However, as of next year, two more will move to Munich. This will allow the carrier to adjust the aircraft it uses on various routes. For example, the carrier will begin flying the A380 from Munich to Boston.

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The airline has 14 Airbus A380s in total. Photo: Lufthansa

Delhi change

Of course, while the move will mean that Lufthansa will be able to operate more Airbus A380 services out of Munich, it must come at a cost. As such, the Frankfurt to Delhi route will lose out on the Airbus A380 treatment.

Instead, it will be operated by a Boeing 747-8. The 747-8 still has four engines and two separate decks. However, the top deck on the Boeing 747 doesn’t stretch the whole length of the plane. The Boeing 747-8 is the latest iteration of the 50-year-old design and will start operating the route from March 29th, 2020 according to Routes Online. Prior to this, a Boeing 747-400 will take over the route from the 2nd of January 2020.

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A Boeing 747 will replace the Airbus A380 on the Frankfurt to Delhi route from January 2020. Photo: Lufthansa

Difference in class

According to Live From A Lounge, passengers will experience less choice in cabins for three months. In fact, the Boeing 747-400 does not feature a first class cabin. However, the 747-8 does feature eight first class seats in the nose of the aircraft.

Let’s take a look at how the different aircraft stack up:

Source: Seat Guru



Premium Economy


Airbus A380

8 open suites

78 lie flat seats

52 recliner seats

371 regular seats

Boeing 747-400


67 lie flat seats

32 recliner seats

272 regular seats

Boeing 747-8

8 open suites

80 lie flat seats

32 recliner seats

244 regular seats

(Note: The Boeing 747-400 has two layouts)

With the switch from the Airbus A380 to the Boeing 747-8, the economy cabin will be the biggest hit, followed by premium economy. The 747-8 actually has more business class seats than the Airbus A380.

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