Storing aircraft could become quite a headache for airlines and Lufthansa (LHAB) (LHA) (LHAB) (LHA) might be a great case to examine. The German airline flew six Boeing 747s to storage at a small Dutch airport in order to park them where doing so is much cheaper. However, when it later wanted to send the aircraft to scrap them – Lufthansa (LHAB) (LHA) (LHAB) (LHA) was unable to do so, as the airport’s runway was not certified to allow such heavy aircraft to depart. Yet they were allowed to land. Now, the first of the six 747s stored at the airport finally departed toward its final destination, Mojave Air & Space Port (MJV).
Lufthansa (LHAB) (LHA) (LHAB) (LHA) shipped six Boeing 747-400 aircraft to storage at Enschede Twente Airport (ENS) in the Netherlands throughout June and July 2020, according to planespotters.net data. As the current crisis continued and with no end in sight, Lufthansa (LHAB) (LHA) (LHAB) (LHA) was forced to adjust its fleet size accordingly. In early-July 2020 the German company announced its intentions to reduce the number of aircraft by 100, including the already completed retirements of six Airbus A380s, 11 Airbus A320s and five Boeing 747-400s at the time.
In September 2020, rumors broke out that Lufthansa (LHAB) (LHA) (LHAB) (LHA) was planning to retire the entire fleets of the Airbus A380, the Airbus A340 and the Boeing 747-400 aircraft. The airline confirmed the news later in the month, adding that the total amount of aircraft to be retired ahead of schedule would increase from 100 to 150.