Lufthansa Reportedly Splitting Large Jet Order Between Airbus and Boeing

By Paul Riegler on 13 September 2013
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A Lufthansa Boeing 747-8in Frankfurt

A Lufthansa Boeing 747-8in Frankfurt

Lufthansa will place orders for new aircraft as early as next week, according to reports in the media. The orders, estimated to total $14 billion at current list prices, are likely to be for Boeing’s 777-9X and Airbus’ A350-900 aircraft.

Lufthansa is likely to be the launch customer for the Boeing 777-9X. 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 German flag carrier’s plans were first reported by Bloomberg. A Lufthansa executive told Bloomberg that it has not yet made a decision, but sources say that an announcement may come as soon as next week.

Industry observers are speculating 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, and that the bulk of the forthcoming order will go to Boeing. Lufthansa will also need to 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.

Neither a Boeing spokesman nor an Airbus spokesman returned a call for comment at deadline.

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