While waiting for the certification of the Boeing 777-9, Lufthansa has decided to add a new aircraft to its long-haul fleet, the A350-1000.
The German group announced on Thursday a new order for widebody jets totaling 22 aircraft. There will be seven new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, five Airbus A350-900 and ten A350-1000, the largest aircraft of the European planemaker after the end of A380 production.
Lufthansa also stated that it is in advanced negotiations for a new order of long-haul aircraft, “which could be made available at shorter notice.”
“With our purchase of 22 further Airbus A350s and Boeing 787s, we have secured the delivery of more than 50 latest-generation long-haul aircraft for the member airlines of the Lufthansa Group since the pandemic began”, said Carsten Spohr, CEO of Lufthansa Group shipping company.
With the agreement announced today, Lufthansa has a total of 108 new widebodies on order, including A350-1000, A350-900, Boeing 787-9 and Boeing 777-9 jets, the latter scheduled to enter service in 2025.
According to the airline, the entry into service of the new aircraft will allow the retirement of six models, the Boeing 747-400, Airbus A340-600 and Airbus A340-300, Boeing 777-200, Boeing 767-300 and Airbus A330-200, these the latter that make up the fleet of associates such as Swiss, Austrian Airlines and Edelweiss.
No forecasts were provided for the start of deliveries for the new order.