Lufthansa Removes All Seats From 4 Airbus A330 Aircraft - Simple Flying


Lufthansa is in the process of removing all of the seats from four of its Airbus A330s. These aircraft are being used as freighters. The action is in addition to using Airbus A350s to transport freight on the seats.

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Six of Lufthansa’s A330-300s are being used as makeshift freighters. Photo: Oliver Roesler via Lufthansa

As its passenger operations have all but ground to a halt, Lufthansa has shifted its primary focus to moving freight. After all, cargo still needs to get from A to B. With significant numbers of passenger aircraft not flying, the capacity to carry cargo in aircraft holds has also decreased. This is why Lufthansa has turned some widebody aircraft into freighters.

A cargo focus

According to data from Planespotters, Lufthansa currently has 13 cargo aircraft. This includes seven Boeing 777s and six MD-11s. Lufthansa had been due to retire the MD-11s. However, this has now be postponed to keep them transporting cargo.


For Lufthansa, however, the 13 freight aircraft aren’t enough. The airline has been augmenting capacity with passenger aircraft. Lufthansa was one of the first airlines to begin flying with freight loaded on passenger seats. Now the airline is converting some passenger aircraft into makeshift freighters.

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Many passenger aircraft usually carry some cargo while operating typical flights. Photo: Lufthansa

Four converted A330s

According to the Lufthansa Cargo website, one of the airline’s A330-300s