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Lufthansa to Shed Biggest Planes in Deepening Fleet Shakeup

  • Cuts may exceed planned 100 jets, requiring further job losses
  • Slow pace of recovery said to propel more drastic measures
An Airbus A380-800 passenger plane operated by Lufthansa stands parked Frankfurt Airport in Germany. 

An Airbus A380-800 passenger plane operated by Lufthansa stands parked Frankfurt Airport in Germany. 

Photographer: Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images

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Deutsche Lufthansa AG plans to eliminate its biggest passenger jets as it deepens fleet cuts, creating a knock-on in additional job losses, people with knowledge of the proposals said.

Lufthansa is looking at retiring remaining Airbus SE A380 double-deckers, the bulk of smaller A340s, and all of its older Boeing Co. 747-400 jumbos, according to the people, who asked not to be named discussing a confidential matter. There would also be a cull of narrow-body planes that feed longer routes, they said.