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Lufthansa

GENERAL INFORMATION

Code: LH / DLH

Founded: 1953 (Orig. 1926)

Base: Frankfurt (FRA) / Munich (MUC)

Alliance: Star Alliance (since May 1997)

FLEET

long-haul A330-300, A340-300, A340-600, A350-900, B747-400, B747-8i, A380-800

medium-haul A319-100, A320-200, A320neo, A321-100/200

AIRBUS A350

A350s in fleet: 13 (D-AIXA, D-AIXB, D-AIXC, D-AIXD, D-AIXE, D-AIXF, D-AIXG, D-AIXH, D-AIXI, D-AIXJ, D-AIXK, D-AIXL, D-AIXM)

1st A350 delivery: 21/12/2016

Lufthansa ordered 25 A350s on the 19th of September 2013 and secured options for another 30 aircraft. The A350-900, along with the B777-9, will replace Lufthansa's aging widebody fleet. The A340s, which are mainly based in Munich, will be replaced by the Airbus twin-jet whilst the B747-400 in Frankfurt will be replaced by the 777X. On February 19th 2016, Lufthansa announced that the first ten A350s would be based in Munich. The first routes are Munich - Boston and Munich - Delhi, followed by routes to Mumbai, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Lufthansa has got the possibility to convert some of its ordered A350-900 into the larger -1000 version. We think that Lufthansa will convert at least some of the options into firm orders because the A350 is far more flexible compared to the 777X. From our point of view, LH should take advantage of this great aircraft: replace older aircraft and open new routes with the A350 should help the German flag-carrier to seduce more passengers and make more profit.

In March 2017 Lufthansa has announced that at least the first 15 aircraft will be based in Munich. However, there still is a high chance of seeing them fly out of Frankfurt in the distant future.

Pictures:

MSN 74, D-AIXA in Toulouse| © Lufthansa / Airbus / F. Lancelot

MSN 74, D-AIXA in Toulouse| © Lufthansa / Airbus / F. Lancelot

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MSN 74, D-AIXA in Toulouse| © A380_TLS_A350

MSN 74, D-AIXA in Toulouse| © Clément Alloing