On Monday October 31, 2016, Lufthansa sayed farewell to its fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft, after almost 50 years. On a special flight, LH9922, between Frankfurt and Hamburg, the B 737-300 D-ABEC will be officially bid farewell at a joint event with Lufthansa Tachnik, after which it will fly back to Frankfurt with Captain and Fleet Commander Ulrich Pade in the cockpit.
Harry Hohmeister, Member of the Executive Board and Head of Hub Management, said: “Lufthansa has always taken innovative approaches to cater the customers’ needs and to take advantage of market opportunities, which is why we played a key role in the B737’s creation and development. We will continue to pursue this innovative approach with the latest generation of aircraft.”
It was in the 1960s that the then CEO of Lufthansa, Professor Gerhard Höltje, pressed Boeing for and supported the joint development of a short- and medium-haul jet. Since then Lufthansa has had 148 B737s from the majority of generations.
October 29, 2016 saw the six remaining B737-300s take their last commercial flights as the winter schedule kicks in. Over the next few weeks the aircraft will be flown to Florida, in the United States, where they will be sold on.
In a bid to create a synergy between pilot licensing, cabin crew and planning, and provision of spare parts, Lufthansa will now be offering a single type of aircraft on continental routes, the Airbus A320 family, which currently includes 150 A319s, A320s and A321s, as well as four of the latest-generation A321neos.
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