It is coming to the end of an era for the MD-11 freighter aircraft used by Lufthansa. Having served the German flag carrier’s fleet since 1998, the last of 19 aircraft is set to say its goodbyes by the end of the year as it is replaced by new Boeing 777 aircraft.
The Lufthansa Group’s last three-engine jet, which coincidentally is the last MD-11 registered in Europe, now displays messages saying «Goodbye» and «Thank you, MD-11» stamped on its fuselage. With this, Lufthansa Cargo salutes the model for its more than 23 years of service.
This aircraft is D-ALCC. According to data from ch-aviation.com, the jet is 23.13 years old, having been delivered in August 1998. Since delivery, it has undoubtedly clocked some miles. As of July 31st, the plane had flown for 95,517 hours (10.9 years), completing 17,865 flight cycles.
While it is the end of this particular aircraft’s Lufthansa journey, it is not the end of the line altogether. The plane is due to start a new life with Florida-based cargo carrier Western Global Airlines. It won’t be lonely either. The airline already has a fleet of 15 MD-11Fs, with some even coming from Lufthansa.
The last flights of the aircraft in question, D-ALCC, will be to Cairo, Tel Aviv, Chicago, and New York. Its last landing, at Frankfurt airport, is scheduled for noon on October 15, 2021.
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