FRANKFURT, GERMANY — Lufthansa is returning the Airbus A380 for scheduled service. Starting on June 1, the German flag carrier will resume regular flight operations with the A380 at its Munich hub after a three-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The first destinations will be on the US East Coast.

Boston will be the first destination for the airline's superjumbo. Lufthansa Flight 424 from Munich to Boston will operate daily from June 1. The second route will be launched on July 4. A daily A380 with flight number LH410 will operate Munich International - New York JFK route.

Lufthansa will reactivate four A380s this year. Lufthansa has sold six of 14 A380s in the fleet during the pandemic. Next year, the carrier plans to bring back two more A380s.

The A380 has around 80% more capacity than the Airbus A340-600, which currently operates on the Munich-New York (JFK) route, with 509 seats. Lufthansa's A380s are configured to offer eight seats in First Class, 78 seats in Business Class, 52 seats in Premium Economy, and 371 seats in Economy Class.

Flights with Lufthansa's largest aircraft can be booked from March 23. Los Angeles and Delhi are other potential A380 routes. Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr recently hinted at deploying the superjumbo on the Delhi route in the winter flight schedule.

Due to the strongly increased demand and delayed delivery of ordered 777-9s, Lufthansa decided to reactivate its A380s that were stored during the pandemic. The airline will gradually replace the A380s with ten Airbus A350-1000s on order.