Come 2020, Lufthansa will base two A380s out of Munich, taking the total A380s at their Munich base to 7 from the current 5. That will make 7 A380s each at Lufthansa’s Frankfurt and Munich base. This shift is a part of an ongoing dispute with Fraport, the operator of Frankfurt airport. This will change in 2022/23 when Lufthansa sells 6 A380s back to Airbus. The decision about where to base the remaining 8 A380s post 2022/23 will be taken in 2021.
Lufthansa started A380 operations to Delhi from 2014. A few months ago, in March 2019, we already knew Delhi will lose the A380 service due to this ongoing dispute. Lufthansa will roster a 747-400 from January 2, 2020, instead of the A380. Lufthansa’s 747-400 do not feature a first class cabin so this represents a downgrade.
From March 29, 2020, Lufthansa will operate a 747-8 on Delhi – Frankfurt instead of the 747-400. The overall capacity will further reduce but it would represent an upgrade in premium capacity.
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Lufthansa will operate twice daily 747-8 service to India, one each to Bengaluru and Delhi. Mumbai will continue to be operated by a 747-400 without a first class cabin. With this move, Singapore Airlines will be the only carrier to operate an A380 to Delhi.