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  • Matt-100
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    • Jul 2012
    • 568

    Lufthansa 747-8i Retirement by 2020s

    After just 8 years of commercial service Lufthansa could start axing the 747-8i by 2020. Another disappointing blow for Boeing's flagship as airlines turn to more fuel efficient twin engines. My guess is the 748 was sold to Lufthansa as part of a buy-back scheme on the 744 and Lufthansa got them as cheap as chips. They certainly couldn't have paid top dollar if the break even mark on them is less than a decade.

    Coincidentally this time frame puts the retirement in line with the launch of the 777X

    http://www.businesstraveller.com/new...arlier-than-pl
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  • EGTC
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    • Jan 2009
    • 2835

    #2
    I thought LH said they were happy with their performance?
    Y.N.W.A

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    • Bmused55
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      • Oct 2003
      • 11136

      #3
      They are and the article above is a misquote. It was discussed on A.net and someone had a link to the original German version. He was talking about the older 747s, the 400s.
      Bmused55

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      • merlin2
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Nov 2009
        • 305

        #4
        Originally posted by Matt-100 View Post
        After just 8 years of commercial service Lufthansa could start axing the 747-8i by 2020. Another disappointing blow for Boeing's flagship as airlines turn to more fuel efficient twin engines. My guess is the 748 was sold to Lufthansa as part of a buy-back scheme on the 744 and Lufthansa got them as cheap as chips. They certainly couldn't have paid top dollar if the break even mark on them is less than a decade.

        Coincidentally this time frame puts the retirement in line with the launch of the 777X

        http://www.businesstraveller.com/new...arlier-than-pl
        Well, if this is the case,its equally bad news for the loss making A380 which is hopelessly trying to break even .....

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