Germany's largest airline, Lufthansa, announced on Thursday that it had ordered a total of 22 new long-haul aircraft. There are ten Airbus A350-1000, five A350-900 and seven Boeing 787-9.
In return, they want to phase out older models, including Boeing 747-400, Airbus A340-300 and A340-600, in the medium term. They want to part with four-radiators in particular, as these are considered to be particularly fuel-intensive and therefore expensive to operate.
The Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG has already given the go-ahead for ordering the 22 long-haul aircraft. The value of the order at list prices is around 7,5 billion US dollars and is expected to be in line with the Group's medium-term financial planning. In addition, the Lufthansa Group is in advanced negotiations for further long-haul aircraft that may be available at short notice.
“With the purchase of 22 additional A350s and Boeing 787s, we have secured a total of more than 50 latest-generation long-haul aircraft for the airlines in the Lufthansa Group since the beginning of the pandemic. The aircraft will be equipped with our new long-haul cabin – including the new generation of seats in all classes. The combination of our first-class employees on the ground and on board, state-of-the-art aircraft and our latest range of seats on board will once again position our airlines at the forefront of the premium segment. In addition, the new aircraft will make a decisive contribution to achieving our CO₂ reduction targets by 2030, because fuel-efficient aircraft of the latest design are by far the greatest lever for more climate protection in air traffic," explains CEO Carsten Spohr.
Including today's order, the Lufthansa Group will receive 108 long-haul aircraft such as the A350-1000, A350-900, Boeing 787-9 and Boeing 777-9 over the next few years. The new long-haul aircraft will replace older models, among other things. For this reason, six sub-fleets with older aircraft types will be decommissioned in the medium term: the four-engine Boeing 747-400, Airbus A340-600 and Airbus A340-300 as well as the twin-engine Boeing 777-200, Boeing 767-300 and Airbus A330-200. As a result, the proportion of four-engine long-haul aircraft in the Group will fall to less than 15 percent, compared to around 50 percent before the pandemic.