Lufthansa Orders 40 Boeing 787s, Airbus A350s, While Downsizing A380 Fleet

By Anna Breuer on 13 March 2019
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A Lufthansa A380 in Frankfurt

A Lufthansa A380 in Frankfurt

Lufthansa said Wednesday it has ordered 20 Boeing 787-9 and 20 Airbus A350-900 wide-body aircraft with an eye towards replacing the older four-engine aircraft in its current fleet.

As part of the deal with Airbus, Lufthansa will sell six of its 14 A380 super jumbos back to Airbus in the period 2022-23.

The German flag carrier said the new aircraft would be delivered between late 2022 and 2027. It did not disclose the purchase price for the aircraft that, combined, have a list price of $12 billion, although it said it had negotiated “a significant price reduction.”

“By replacing four-engine planes with new models, we are laying a sustainable foundation for our future in the long run,” said airline CEO Carsten Spohr in a statement. “In addition to the cost-effectiveness of the A350 and B787, the significantly lower CO2 emissions of this new generation of long-haul aircraft was also a decisive factor in our investment decision,” he added.

Lufthansa currently has 199 aircraft in its long-haul fleet including the 14 A380s, 15 A340-300s, 17 A340-600s, 13 Boeing 747-400s, and 19 Boeing 747-8s. It is the largest operator of the 747-8. It also already has 12 Airbus A350-900s in its fleet

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