Lufthansa Group pushes ahead with fleet modernisation

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Lufthansa Group is accelerating the modernisation of its fleet. New, highly cost and fuel-efficient aircraft are replacing older types on short, medium and long-haul routes.

As a result, the Executive Board decided to buy ten long-haul aircraft: five Airbus A350-900s and five Boeing B787-9. The Supervisory Board approved fleet modernisation purchase this May.

As part of the fleet renewal program, Lufthansa Group will receive a total of 175 new aircraft this decade.

Boeing deliveries

First Boeing 787-9s will start flying for Lufthansa next winter, with others to follow in the first half of 2022. Today’s decision brings the total number of firm orders for Boeing 787-9s and Boeing 777-9s to 45 aircraft. Due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on global aviation, Boeing’s delivery was slow in the past twelve months. But both companies found a way to buy already manufactured five 787-9. At the same time, the Group reached an agreement with Boeing on a restructured delivery plan.

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Airbus’ fleet modernisation

And Airbus will deliver five A350-900s will in 2027 and 2028. This brings the total number of firm orders for the A350-900 to 45 aircraft. The Lufthansa Group also agreed with Airbus on a restructuring of planned deliveries.

In addition to renewing its long-haul fleet, Lufthansa will also take delivery further 107 A320 family. Aircraft will be joining the fleet on average every month, until 2027.

Planning for the future

With the A350-900, the 777-9 and the 787-9, the Lufthansa Group will operate the most fuel-efficient long-haul aircraft. On average, the new aircraft will only consume approximately 2.5 liters of kerosene per passenger and 100 kilometers flown.

Current plans call for an initial fleet reduction, while at the same time extensively modernizing it in the future. The Boeing 787-9 and Airbus A350-900 will essentially replace the four-engine A340 long-haul aircraft as part of this process. The number of four-engine aircraft in the group’s fleet will reduce to less than 15% in a few years. Before the crisis, the share was around 50%! The aircraft purchases are accelerating the reduction of fleet complexity for more efficiency. The new, fuel-efficient aircraft will reduce operating costs by around 15% compared with the models they replace.

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