Lufthansa Reportedly Splitting Large Jet Order Between Airbus and Boeing
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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