Lufthansa Group is consistently forging ahead with the modernization of its long-haul fleet.
Lufthansa Group ordered yesterday a total of 40 state-of-the-art aircraft for the group’s airlines. The 20 Boeing 787-9 and 20 additional Airbus A350-900 planes will primarily be replacing four-engine aircraft. The new planes will be delivered between late 2022 and 2027. The order has a list-price investment volume of 12 billion USD.
The decision regarding which airline will deploy the aircraft at which hub will be made at a later date.
The investment in new technology, efficiency and passenger comfort is a continuation of the ongoing fleet modernization of the group’s airlines. The airlines of the Lufthansa Group currently operate a long-haul fleet of 199 aircraft (as of December 2018), including twelve state-of-the-art Airbus A350-900 aircraft. Beginning in 2020, Lufthansa will be introducing the new Boeing 777-9.
The Boeing 787-9 and Airbus A350-900 aircraft that have been ordered will primarily be replacing four-engine aircraft. By the middle of the next decade, the entire long-haul fleet will have been modernized. The possible fuel savings alone add up to 500,000 metric tons per year. This is equivalent to a CO<sub>2</sub> reduction of 1.5 million metric tons.
The group also announced the sale of six of its 14 Airbus A380 planes to Airbus. The aircraft will be leaving Lufthansa in 2022 and 2023. The move is a result of the group’s effort to reduce the size of its A380 fleet for economic reasons.
— Lufthansa Group