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Lufthansa’s Airbus A340 Operations – Where They Fly

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The world’s largest operator of the Airbus A340 today is Lufthansa – the national airline of Germany. It still flies both the A340-300 and -600 models, so it’s a great way to grab a flight on this quad jet before it’s too late!

Coincidentally, Lufthansa is also the world’s largest operator of the Boeing 747!

With modern types like the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 now in Lufthansa’s fleet, it wont be long before the A340s are retired.


Where Does Lufthansa Fly its A340s?

Here’s a selection of routes that you can currently fly on Lufthansa’s Airbus A340 fleet, with details of whether it’s usually served by a -300 or -600 model.

The list comprises xx destinations, but be aware that there are usually some differences between the summer and winter timetables, and the airline may switch another aircraft type on to the route last minute.

  • Frankfurt – Abuja – Port Harcourt (-300)
  • Frankfurt – Beijing Capital (-300)
  • Frankfurt – Bogota (-600)
  • Frankfurt – Boston (-300)
  • Frankfurt – Cape Town (-300)
  • Frankfurt – Chennai (-300)
  • Frankfurt – Chicago O’Hare (-300)
  • Frankfurt – Hong Kong (-600)
  • Frankfurt – Lagos – Malabo (-300)
  • Frankfurt – Los Angeles (-300)
  • Frankfurt – Luanda (-300)
  • Frankfurt – Mumbai (-300)
  • Frankfurt – New York JFK (-300/-600)
  • Frankfurt – San Jose (-300)
  • Frankfurt – Seattle/Tacoma (-300)
  • Frankfurt – Tehran IKA (-300)
  • Munich – Boston (-600)
  • Munich – Chicago O’Hare (-600)
  • Munich – Newark (-600)
  • Munich – New York JFK (-600)
  • Munich – Washington Dulles (-600)


Most Common Places to See Lufthansa A340s

Photo (c) Erik Ritterbach

Lufthansa’s Airbus A340s operate out of both Frankfurt and Munich bases during the current season. They have historically switched around over the years.

Aside from these Germany destinations, the most common airports to see Lufthansa’s A340s are Boston, Chicago O’Hare and New York JFK, and you’ll have a good chance of flying the type if you book these routes from Frankfurt or Munich.


Lufthansa’s A340 Fleet

At the time of writing, Lufthansa’s Airbus A340 fleet included the following airframes:

Airbus A340-300

  • D-AIFC (379)
  • D-AIFD (390)
  • D-AIFE (434)
  • D-AIFF (447)
  • D-AIGL (135)
  • D-AIGM (158)
  • D-AIGN (213)
  • D-AIGO (233)
  • D-AIGP (252)
  • D-AIGS (297)
  • D-AIGT (304)
  • D-AIGU (321) – Stored
  • D-AIGV (325)
  • D-AIGW (327)
  • D-AIGX (354)
  • D-AIGY (335)
  • D-AIGZ (347) – Stored


Airbus A340-600

  • D-AIHI (569)
  • D-AIHP (771)
  • D-AIHT (846)
  • D-AIHU (848)
  • D-AIHV (897)
  • D-AIHW (972)
  • D-AIHX (981)
  • D-AIHY (987)
  • D-AIHZ (1005)

7 further examples are currently stored and may be reactivated.


Lufthansa’s A340-300s operate in a three-class layout (Business, Premium Economy and Economy), while the A340-600s operate four-class cabins that include First Class seats.


Have you flown on the A340? Was it a Lufthansa flight? Leave a comment about your experience below!




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Andrew Shaw July 5, 2023 - 2:51 pm

Just read the article re Lufthansa’s 340’s and ironically just returned from a trip to Hong Kong flying out on D-AIHX from Frankfurt and returning on HY, whilst booking the flights with Lufthansa, flying from NCL I was pleasantly surprised to see the 346 operating the service, fully expected a 74H on which I had flown into HK previously or possibly the 744! Knew it wouldn’t be the 380 as what airframes they have restored to service are currently based in Munich.
Over the years have flown on a number of 340’s with different carriers, firstly a 343 of Air Canada LHR-Calgary C-FTNP in September 1997, followed by Air Lanka’s 4R-ADB and DA from LHR to Colombo and return May 1999. Next was 9Y-TJN with BWIA which was with Air Canada as, you’ve guessed it as C-FTNP! out from LHR to St Lucia and return via Port of Spain to LHR March 2003.
Next up was a Emirates 345 A6-ERC Dubai Brisbane Auckland August 2010 followed later in the year, October, Qatar airways to/from Doha on 346’s A7-AGB/D then it was back to a 343 with Cathy Pacific from Kuala Lumpur to HK May 2012 and another 346 this time belonging to Iberia EC-IZX from LHR to Madrid January 2019.
Always thought that the 343 looked underpowered but invariably it got me to wherever I needed to be. The BWIA aircraft cabin interior was still the same as it was in Air Canada days, the signs being bilingual English/French.

Matt Falcus July 5, 2023 - 3:07 pm

A decent selection of A340 trips Andrew! Thanks for sharing.

John Knight July 5, 2023 - 3:53 pm

Hello, was just in Atlanta last week spotting for Knight Air on YouTube. Really good hotel there to film from, shot on our deck. Didn’t get to visit the Delta Museum, but admired the 747 in the Parking Lot. As far as the A340, saw it spotting in Chicago , looks real old school and extremely wide. Thanks for the work you do. We’re kinda new at the spotting thing.

Matt Falcus July 5, 2023 - 4:03 pm

Thanks John! I loved my visit to Atlanta.

MERVYN CROWE July 6, 2023 - 10:18 am

I love the A340 and have flown on it with Cathay Pacific twice, and Virgin Atlantic twice. Younger son and I had the two jump seats HKG/MEL with CATHAY, an amazingly roomy flight deck….plus the business class meals we were given….the only way to travel.!
On our first VIRGIN flight, HKG/LHR, we had the A340 fleet manager as our pilot, very welcoming and full of good information. It still turns heads when we have one in Perth.


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