Skip to content

Lufthansa to resume flying 5 A340s to meet increased first-class demand

June 25, 2021
3 min read
Lufthansa to resume flying 5 A340s to meet increased first-class demand
This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

Lufthansa is bringing some of its fleet of Airbus A340 aircraft back into operation in order to accommodate for increased demand.

The German carrier announced on Friday that it's taking five of its A340-600 aircraft out of their long grounding in order to meet the demand of passengers looking to fly in first class. The A340s have a four-class configuration, including eight first-class seats.

Sign up to receive the daily TPG newsletter for more airline and aviation news!

Lufthansa will reintroduce the five previously grounded A340 aircraft beginning in summer 2022 on routes from its Munich (MUC) hub. As of the relaunch, the aircraft will primarily operate on routes to North America and Asia, though it's not clear which specific routes.

Related: Treated like a king for a day: flying first class for the first time on Lufthansa's A340

"The decision to reactivate these aircraft is due to growing premium demand, for business as well as leisure travel," Lufthansa said in a press release.

Currently, the airline is operating its A350 fleet out of Munich on these routes. The problem with that is that the A350s don't offer a first-class product, which Lufthansa says is in high demand.

(Photo by Liam Spencer/The Points Guy)

Prior to the pandemic, Lufthansa had a fleet of 17 A340 aircraft, however, it grounded them during the COVID-19-spurred downturn in travel demand. Of the 17 A340s, 12 of them are in the process of being sold. The five remaining aircraft are those that will reenter the fleet and then be sold at a later date.

Lufthansa's A340s feature a total of eight seats in the first-class cabin spread across a 1-2-1 configuration.

Sign up for our daily newsletter

Related: Review: Lufthansa First Class on the A330, A340, A380 and 747-8

In early May 2021, Lufthansa ordered 10 new long-haul aircraft — five A350s and five Boeing 787s — to replace the older generation and less fuel-efficient A340 aircraft.

Lufthansa said on Friday that by summer 2023, it expects to take delivery of the first of those A350-900 aircraft it ordered earlier this year. The new aircraft will come equipped with first-class seats and will operate these resumed A340 routes out of Munich.

In recent months, Lufthansa's had to react to increased demand in a number of new ways. Earlier in June, the carrier announced that it will begin flying its Boeing 747-8 and Airbus A350 wide-body aircraft on two short-haul, intra-European routes this summer.

Between mid-July and early August, Lufthansa will fly a 747 between Frankfurt (FRA) and Mallorca (PMI) — a peak summer travel destination for Germans. Additionally, Lufthansa is flying its A350 from Munich (MUC) to Mallorca (PMI) as a one-off on July 31 in order to meet demand.

Elsewhere in Lufthansa's fleet, the carrier announced in March 2021 that it's going to begin phasing out a number of its aircraft. More specifically, the carrier is planning to phase out its Boeing 747-400s, 777-200s, Airbus A380s and more.

Related: Lufthansa confirms A380 and 747 ‘phase-out,’ new business class launch

Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Top offers from our partners

How we chose these cards

Our points-obsessed staff uses a plethora of credit cards on a daily basis. If anyone on our team wouldn’t recommend it to a friend or a family member, we wouldn’t recommend it on The Points Guy either. Our opinions are our own, and have not been reviewed, approved, or endorsed by our advertising partners.
See all best card offers

TPG featured card

Best premium travel card for value
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
Go to review

Rewards

1 - 10X points
10xEarn 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
5xEarn 5x total points on flights through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
3xEarn 3x points on other travel and dining.
1xEarn 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases

Intro offer

80,000 bonus points
Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®

Annual Fee

$550

Recommended Credit

740-850
Excellent
Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

Why We Chose It

If you are looking to take your premium rewards to the highest level, this card is really a no brainer in our eyes. Chase's Ultimate Rewards make points easy to redeem, with a wide range of 10 airline and three hotel transfer partners and a friendly user interface. Despite the high annual fee, Chase is consistently adding new benefits to keep the card competitive in a fierce premium rewards field.

Pros

  • $300 annual travel credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year
  • Access to Chase Ultimate Rewards hotel and airline travel partners
  • Unlimited 3x points on the broad category of travel and dining
  • 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Broad definitions for travel and dining bonus categories

Cons

  • Steep $550 annual fee
  • May not make sense for people that don't travel frequently
  • You must spend the $300 travel credit before earning 3x points for travel and dining
  • No automatic hotel elite status
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
  • Earn 5x total points on flights and 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards® immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually. Earn 3x points on other travel and dining & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,200 toward travel
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Access to 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select and up to $100 application fee credit every four years for Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck®
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more
Best premium travel card for value
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
Go to review

Rewards Rate

10xEarn 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
5xEarn 5x total points on flights through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
3xEarn 3x points on other travel and dining.
1xEarn 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Intro Offer
    Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®

    80,000 bonus points
  • Annual Fee

    $550
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    740-850
    Excellent

Why We Chose It

If you are looking to take your premium rewards to the highest level, this card is really a no brainer in our eyes. Chase's Ultimate Rewards make points easy to redeem, with a wide range of 10 airline and three hotel transfer partners and a friendly user interface. Despite the high annual fee, Chase is consistently adding new benefits to keep the card competitive in a fierce premium rewards field.

Pros

  • $300 annual travel credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year
  • Access to Chase Ultimate Rewards hotel and airline travel partners
  • Unlimited 3x points on the broad category of travel and dining
  • 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Broad definitions for travel and dining bonus categories

Cons

  • Steep $550 annual fee
  • May not make sense for people that don't travel frequently
  • You must spend the $300 travel credit before earning 3x points for travel and dining
  • No automatic hotel elite status
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
  • Earn 5x total points on flights and 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards® immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually. Earn 3x points on other travel and dining & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,200 toward travel
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Access to 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select and up to $100 application fee credit every four years for Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck®
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more