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Lufthansa Group Orders Seven Additional Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners

Lufthansa has today ordered seven new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, expanding their total firm orderbook for the type to 32 aircraft. This announcment is in addition to Lufthansa Cargo’s order for two current 777Fs and seven next generation Boeing 777-8Fs.

Lufthansa Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner - Courtesy Lufthansa

On Monday (May 9, 2022) Boeing announced that the Lufthansa Group has ordered seven new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, bringing the Group’s total firm orderbook for 787 Family aircraft to 32. The seven new 787-9s will compensate for delayed 777-9 deliveries, and the schedules for previously ordered 787-9s have already been accelerated for the same reason. Lufthansa will also be the launch customer for the 777X passenger airplane, with 20 firm orders. The passenger aircraft order follows an earlier announcement today that Lufthansa Cargo has ordered two new current generation 777Fs (plus one from the secondary market) and seven next generation 777-8 Freighters. A separate article on the Lufthansa Cargo order is available here.

In Monday’s announcment, Deutsche Lufthansa AG’s Member of the Executive Board, Dr. Detlef Kayser, said,

“The continuous modernization of Lufthansa Group's long-haul fleet is one of our top priorities. Therefore, we are very pleased to further invest into the newest generation of Boeing aircraft. The purchase will complement our existing orders and further reduce our operating costs, enhance fuel efficiency and provide state-of-the-art customer experiences. Moreover, the purchase highlights our commitment towards enhancing sustainable aviation.”

Also commenting on the Lufthansa Group’s passenger aircraft and freighter orders, Boeing’s Senior Vice President – Commercial Sales and Marketing, Ihssane Mounir, said,

“With the selection of our newest freighter, Lufthansa continues its long history of firsts with Boeing airplane programs, becoming the first European customer for the 777-8 Freighter. With the investment in the 777 and 787 fleet, the Lufthansa Group will operate the most advanced, fuel-efficient twin-engine airplanes in the industry. Each of these airplanes reduces emissions by 15 to 25% compared to previous models with a noise footprint up to 50% smaller than their predecessors, helping to advance the Lufthansa Group's sustainability objectives.”

Lufthansa will receive the seven new Boeing 787-9s, which were originally intended for other airlines, in 2025 and 2026, while previously ordered 787-9s will be revised, and in some cases, brought forward to 2023 and 2024. The fuel-efficient Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner offers a 25 percent reduction in fuel burn compared to previous generation aircraft.

In a separate announcment on the Group’s multi-billion Boeing aircraft order, Deutsche Lufthansa AG’s CEO, Carsten Spohr, said,

“We continue investing in more fuel-efficient, quieter and more economical aircraft that emit significantly less CO2. This enables us to drive our fleet modernization. By purchasing these state-of-the-art aircraft, we again underline Lufthansa Group's ability to invest in and shape the future. Once again, we are again taking the initiative and expanding our leadership role as well as taking responsibility for the environment – with premium products for our customers and a sustainable fleet.”

Boeing (NYSE: BA) is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading supplier of commercial airplanes, defense, space and security systems, as well as global services. The aerospace giant tops the list of the largest U.S. exporters, providing a significant positive impact to America’s annual GDP. Boeing supports government and commercial customers in over 150 countries and employs more than 160,000 team members worldwide. As Boeing continues to deliver for customers, they are committed to their legacy of aerospace leadership in technology and innovation and living the company’s core values of safety, quality and integrity.

Source(s): Boeing/PRNewswire, Deutsche Lufthansa AG


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