Lufthansa, you’re such a tease.
The German carrier left us with this on Twitter yesterday:
— Lufthansa News (@lufthansaNews) October 26, 2018
While the most likely answer is that the first A380 will soon be repainted in Lufthansa’s latest livery, the tweet has fueled speculation about a potential new aircraft order. For what it’s worth, one member of Airliners.net claims he heard from an inside source that Lufthansa will soon order 15 new A380neo jets.
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Although Lufthansa’s order of 20 777-9 aircraft, slated to begin in 2020, is intended to replace its aging 747-400 fleet, the A340 issue still remains. Lufthansa has ordered 25 A350-900s intended to replace the fleet of A340-600s, but will the combo of 777-9s and A350-9s be enough? Lufthansa is also transferring some of its A340-300s to Brussels Airlines, for eventual Eurowings use.
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So is it possible that Lufthansa might place a new A380neo order? Well, sure. But it is highly unlikely. I think the combo of 777-9s and A350-900s will be sufficient to meet Lufthansa’s needs for the years to come. Even if Lufthansa wanted to grow its fleet further, it seems to me that more A350s or 787s would make more sense (unless it Airbus gave Lufthansa a deal it could not refuse).
A new A380 order from Lufthansa would be huge. But don’t get your hopes up. I suspect we’ll just see the first A380 in new livery in the days ahead.