7 NOVEMBER 2016
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An era came to an end for Lufthansa last week as the airline said farewell to its Boeing 737 fleet, with the last aircraft in service, a Dash-300 registration D-ABEF, with 131 passengers and captain and fleet commander Ulrich Pade in charge, landing at Frankfurt.
The airline’s connection with the aircraft spanned almost five decades, with Lufthansa over the years operating a total of 148 B737s of almost all generations.
The airline was also responsible at the start of the 1960s for pushing the project for a short- and medium-haul jet forward with Boeing and supporting its development.
With their retirement with the start of the winter schedule, Lufthansa’s last six 737s are being transferred to Florida, where they will be resold.
The airline’s continental services will in future be operated with a single type of aircraft, the A320 family, which the company says will result in synergies in various areas, such as pilot licensing, cabin crew and planning and provision of spare parts.
The Lufthansa A320 family currently consists of around 150 A319, A320 and A321 aircraft and also includes four aircraft of the latest generation, the A320neo.
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