Lufthansa Orders 59 Airbus and Boeing Widebody Jets
Lufthansa announced plans to order 59 Airbus and Boeing aircraft on Thursday. The order, valued at $19 billion at list price, is comprised of 34 Boeing 777-9X jets and 25 Airbus A350-900s.
The order makes Lufthansa the launch customer for the 777-9X mini-jumbo. It includes 20 firm orders and 14 options.
The Boeing 777 is the world’s biggest twin-engine aircraft and was originally conceived by Boeing as a replacement for the 747 Jumbo Jet. The 777X is slated to enter service at the end of the decade. It will have a new composite wing, all-new engines, and improved aerodynamics that will result in what Boeing terms “incredible fuel efficiency.” It will continue to be the largest twin-engine jetliner in the world.
Industry observers have speculated that the 777-9X may replace Lufthansa’s relatively new 747-8 Intercontinental fleet by the end of the decade as well as its older 747-400s. Lufthansa will also need to
The order represents the first time that the German flag carrier will add planes from the Boeing 777 family to its fleet.
replace its Airbus A340-300 and A340-600 fleet by that time. The German airline is the largest operator of the 747-8I.
In May, the carrier ordered 108 new aircraft in a deal valued at over $12 billion. The order included 100 Airbus A320 narrow-body jetliners.
The Airbus A350-900 flew for the first time in June 2013. It can seat 314 passengers in a three-class cabin and is a competitor of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
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