Lufthansa is finally about to take delivery of its first 787-9 Dreamliner. The aircraft with registration D-ABPA named “Berlin” was officially delivered by Boeing this Monday and should take off from Paine Field Airport at 16:00 (local time) bound for Frankfurt Airport.
The widebody is scheduled to land at 11:00 am on Tuesday, August 30th. Lufthansa has an order for 32 Boeing 787-9s and is expected to receive five aircraft in 2022.
These first planes have been ready since 2019 and were supposed to be delivered to Hainan Airlines of China, and then they were even planned for Vistara, but none of these customers ended up receiving them.
A second 787-9, registration D-ABPD (“Frankfurt am Main”), will be next sent to Lufthansa, as the airline recently revealed.
After arriving in Germany, the first Dreamliner will undergo a process of reconfiguration of its main cabin to conform to Lufthansa’s standard. The 787 will then make domestic flights for crew training and after that it will take on its first long-haul route to Toronto, Canada.
Boeing has not delivered a Dreamliner since May 2021 after the FAA stopped the aircraft’s certification due to assembly line problems. Only at the beginning of August, planemaker returned to send the 787 to its customers. American Airlines was the first airline to receive a new model unit this year.