Berlin - Lufthansa ceases financial support to keep a Junkers Ju-52 up and running with the airline's colors. The historic aircraft from 1936 was used for promotional flights since 1985.
The aircraft has so far been kept up and running by Deutsche Lufthansa Berlin Stiftung (DLBS), a foundation based in Berlin whose task is to maintain the public presentation of the historic aircraft.
German media recently confirmed that Lufthansa would stop its financial support for the survival of the last Ju-52 in the German skies. As a result of this decision, the foundation will no longer be able to fly the legendary aircraft if no new sponsor found.
Since 1985 the famous "Tante Ju", which is also known as "Iron Annie", has transported around 10,000 passengers per year on panoramic flights over Germany.
On August 4, 2018, a Ju-52 from the Swiss JU-Air crashed during a panoramic flight over the Alps. Twenty people died. The Swiss aviation authority has imposed a provisional flight ban on the aircraft type. It is not clear whether the Lufthansa's decision to stop financial support is related to that crash.
The decision to discontinue the funding of the Ju-52 followed the deletion of a Lufthansa plan to revive a Lockheed L-1649 Starliner from the 1950s. The restoration project, which had been continuing for ten years, was terminated because of the high cost and the complexity of the project.