On 3 August, a Lufthansa Airbus A321 (D-AIRW) operated flight LH2515 between Dublin, Ireland and Munich, Germany. The aircraft – cleared to operate with the left pack inoperative as per minimum equipment list (MEL) – was climbing through 34,000 feet when the right pack also failed to operate. The crew then decided to divert to London Heathrow, United Kingdom.
“Due to insufficient cabin pressure during cruise, the pilots diverted to London Heathrow,” a Lufthansa spokesperson wrote, “the technical defect could be repaired in London and the flight resumed operations afterwards. However, as result of the crew having reached their maximum duty time, LH2515 could not fly to Munich, but had to land in Brussels, Belgium. In Brussels, our passengers were rebooked on other flights to their final destinations.”
Lufthansa operated the regular evening flight between Brussels and Munich with a bigger aircraft – an Airbus A320 (D-AIZF) instead of the smaller Bombardier CRJ-900LR or Embraer 195 – to offer more capacity. Some passengers, however, complained about the long waiting times at Lufthansa’s help desk at Brussels Airport.
“We would like to genuinely apologize for any inconvenience this has caused our customers,” the German airline said, adding that ”the safety of our passengers and crew are Lufthansa’s number one priority at all times.” On Saturday evening, Lufthansa’s Airbus A321 returned to Munich and resumed operations on Sunday.
@lufthansa can you please help? LH2515 was diverted to Brussels and we are all waiting in a queue with no information and only one staff member
— Jim (@Jimpetuous) August 3, 2019
Heads up to:
- Paddle your own kanoo: Lufthansa A321 Diverts TWICE When Both Air Conditioning Systems Failed
- Avherald.com: Lufthansa A321 near Manchester on Aug 3rd 2019, loss of cabin pressure