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Frankfurt, Germany - German flag carrier Lufthansa will temporarily suspend its entire Airbus A340 fleet in the coming weeks.

Three aircraft have already been ferried to Teruel, in northeastern Spain. The long-haul aircraft will be parked at the airport there. Lufthansa plans to transfer the entire A340-600 fleet, equaling 17 aircraft, to Teruel where they will be decommissioned over the next 2-3 months.

These aircraft will not be operating within the scheduled services for at least the next one to one and a half years.  A decision on the future use of the aircraft or a possible reactivation of a maximum of ten aircraft will be taken at a later stage in time.

Lufthansa has begun to phase out its Airbus A340-600s in 2016. With the phase out of the D-AIHR was withdrawn from service in December 2016 and was stored at Marana — Pinal Airpark on the 24th of January. A second aircraft, registered D-AIHM, was removed from service in November 2016 and was flown to storage. The aircraft are being replaced by the Airbus A350–900 of which Lufthansa ordered a total of 25 aircraft.

Teruel Airport is located between Zaragoza and Valencia in the northeast of Spain. With around 240 days of sunshine a year and little rainfall, the region is particularly suitable for parked aircraft.

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