Lufthansa orders Boeing 787 Dreamliner, more Airbus A350

Computer rendering of a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner wearing the Lufthansa livery. Photo: © Lufthansa

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.

Photo: © Lufthansa

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.

Lufthansa continuously monitors the profitability of its world-wide route network. As a consequence, the group is reducing the size of its Airbus A380 fleet from 14 aircraft to eight for economic reasons.Lufthansa Group

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.

Read more: In October last year, Lufthansa Group placed an order for 27 more Airbus A320neo aircraft