Lufthansa has announced plans to deploy four parked A350-900 aircraft at Frankfurt airport this winter.

The aircraft will be based at Frankfurt until the end of March 2021, temporarily replacing other planes being operated at the airport.

The carrier’s B747-8 flights from Frankfurt to Chicago and Los Angeles will be replaced by the A350-900 during the winter schedules, and from December services to Tokyo Haneda will also see the A350 (replacing the current A340-300).

The aircraft will be operated by Munich-based cabin crew and pilots. The carrier currently has 16 Munich-based A350s in its fleet, but said that:

“Due to the sharp reduction in the number of flights offered as a result of the corona pandemic, only seven A350-900s will initially be operated at Munich in the winter timetable of 20/21 on routes to North America and Asia”.

The new follows the announcement earlier this month of six new Lufthansa Group long-haul routes from Frankfurt for summer 2021.

Lufthansa too delivery of its first A350-900 in 2017, and Business Traveller took a tour of the aircraft when it touched down at Hong Kong International airport for the first time.

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Germany’s flag carrier has been adjusting its fleet over the last few months as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The airline’s A380s are currently in long-term storage, and earlier this year Lufthansa announced plans to permanently retire selected A380, A340 and B747 aircraft.