Lufthansa Group has placed an order for 20 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, and 20 more Airbus A350-900.
The combined orders have a list price value of US $12 billion. Aircraft deliveries are set to start in late-2022 and will mostly be used to replace older, four-engined aircraft until ‘the middle of the next decade’.
This is the first time the German flag carrier is ordering Boeing 787. It has not yet been announced which airlines in the Lufthansa Group will receive the aircraft. Computer renderings published by the airline show the aircraft type in the liveries of Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian.
Another firm order for the Airbus A350-900 was also confirmed today. The 20 agreed aircraft bring Lufthansa’s total A350 order to 45. Right now, the airline operates twelve already delivered A350s from its hub in Munich.
Furthermore, Lufthansa has announced that it will sell six of its current 14 Airbus A380 in 2022 and 2023.
The carrier currently operates a long haul fleet, consisting of Airbus A330-300, A340-300, A340-600, A350-900, A380, as well as Boeing 747-400 and 747-8. Swiss operates Airbus A330-300, A340-300 and Boeing 777-300ER, while Austrian has a long haul fleet of Boeing 767-300 and 777-200. Lufthansa also has 20 firm orders for the Boeing 777-9, which will be delivered from 2020.
Jakob Wert is an aviation journalist from Germany. He built up the website IFN.news and is the Editor-In-Chief of International Flight Network.