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Lufthansa orders 22 long-haul aircraft

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22 brand-new long-haul airplanes from Boeing and Airbus are part of a $7.5 billion deal placed by Lufthansa Group.

According to the group, 10 Airbus A350-1000s, a first for the German airline, which will become the type’s 60th operator, five A350-900s, and seven Boeing 787-9s were included in the purchase.

With this purchase, Lufthansa advances its widebody fleet renewal program, which will gradually phase out the fleet’s oldest aircraft over the next few years, including four-engine Boeing 747-400s and Airbus A340s (both the -300 and -600 versions). These greener, more effective twin-engine aircraft will take the place of the current aircraft.

Lufthansa is also looking into options to expand the capacity of its long-haul fleet sooner.

The aircraft purchased under this agreement will all be outfitted with the new Allegris long-haul cabin, which was unveiled on February 28, 2023, in Berlin.

In order to establish itself as one of the world’s premium airlines, Lufthansa plans to introduce new long-haul cabins as well as modern aircraft to its fleet.

The new aircraft will be crucial in assisting the airline in achieving its carbon emission reduction goals by 2030, according to Carsten Spohr, CEO of the Group. Half of Lufthansa’s long-haul fleet was made up of four-engined planes before the COVID-19 outbreak. This number is anticipated to fall to under 15%.

The German flag carrier now has 108 widebody aircraft on order, including an additional 22 aircraft. If orders for aircraft from the Airbus A320neo narrowbody family are included, the total rises to 200.

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