Airlines Lufthansa to order A350 or B787?

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According to a media report, the German airline Lufthansa is currently obtaining offers from Boeing and Airbus for new long-haul aircraft.

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Lufthansa operates an aging fleet of four-engine Airbus A340: 15 Airbus A340-300 and 17 Airbus A340-600 are based in Frankfurt/Main and Munich. The Lufthansa subsidiaries Swiss International Air Lines and Brussels Airlines operate additional Airbus A340-300 aircraft.

As a first replacement, Lufthansa ordered 25 Airbus A350-900, of which 11 have been delivered to Lufthansa. The remaining 14 jets will be delivered until 2023. Additionally, Lufthansa has secured options for 30 further A350.

The media agency Bloomberg has now reported, Lufthansa is looking to order 20 additional long-haul jets to replace all A340. According to Bloomberg, Lufthansa is comparing the Airbus A350 and Boeing’s B787 Dreamliner.

An order for the A350 competitor, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner would be the first order for this aircraft for the entire Lufthansa Group. New twin-engine aircraft, like the A350 or the B787 could reduce the fuel consumption of Lufthansa’s fleet as the carrier operates over 100 four-engine aircraft.

As Bloomberg reports Lufthansa tries to give the old Airbus A340 in payment to the aircraft manufacturers.

Lufthansa operates a mixed long-haul fleet, which consists of Airbus and Boeing aircraft. As a replacement of older Boeing 747-400, Lufthansa already ordered 20 Boeing 777-9, which are scheduled for delivery from 2020 through 2025.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner could become the third Boeing aircraft type in Lufthansa’s fleet beside the new Boeing 777-9 and the B747-8. Lufthansa has configured its A350 with 293 or 319 seats in business, premium economy and economy class. Boeing’s larger B787-9 model could offer similar seating capacity.


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