Lufthansa has today announced, that they are going to operate four A350s on flights to/from Frankfurt for the Winter season.
Originally all 16 A350s currently in the fleets are based in Munich, but do to the current situation and reduced flight numbers, just seven will be used during the winter season. As these aircraft are the most efficient in LH’s fleet, it makes sense to use four from Frankfurt instead of having them sitting around somewhere.
The A350s are set to operate from Frankfurt to Chicago and Los Angeles with the beginning of the winter schedule, replacing the B747-8, and from Frankfurt to Tokyo/Haneda beginning in December, replacing the A340-300 on that route.
To demonstrate the amount of fuel savings, Lufthansa calculated, that the A350-900 burns 12% less fuel in comparison to the B747-8, which does not only save costs, but is also a important step in reducing CO2 emissions.
Sadly, this decision will further impact Lufthansa crews in Frankfurt as the A350 is solely staffed out of the Munich base, leaving even less routes for Frankfurt based crews, which is fortunately currently covered in a way by German government support, but fears of layoffs amid this lack of demand for flights are more then understandable.
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