Lufthansa retires Boeing 737 Fleet after 48 years of service

Germany’s National carrier Lufthansa has now ended formal, scheduled B737 operations on Saturday, October 29th, after 48 years flying the type. The affectionately named “Bobby,” made its last scheduled passenger flight, under the flight number LH153 and callsign BOBBY1, from Nuremberg to Frankfurt.

A final commemorative flight was carried out by B737 D-ABEC under the flight number LH9924 on a round trip from Frankfurt to Hamburg and back.

Copyright: Marco Blume

The airline was the launch customer for the type and an influential force in the development of other variants. Lufthansa has operated all variants of the 737 Original and Classic (-100/200/200C/300/300QC/400/500) during its near fifty years of service – a long relationship with the type. In total, the airline operated 155 B737s.

With the retirement of the B737s, Lufthansa now relies on aircraft of the A320/A320neo family for European flights. However, Lufthansa is not completely letting go of the type as Lufthansa Technik is keeping two behind as trainers for their technical team.


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