Lufthansa places an order of seven Boeing 777-8 Freighters and two 777 Freighters, the latter of which will cater to the extra cargo load in the near term until delivery of the group’s first 777-8F.
Further, modernizing its long-haul passenger fleet, Lufthansa also purchases seven new 787-9s.
The order for more 787s brings the group’s total order book for the 787 Dreamliner to 32 firm orders.
Lufthansa also is a launch customer for the 777X passenger airplane, with 20 firm orders.
“The continuous modernization of Lufthansa Group’s long-haul fleet is one of our top priorities. Therefore, we are very pleased to further invest in the newest generation of Boeing aircraft. The purchase will complement our existing orders and further reduce our operating costs, enhance fuel efficiency and provide state-of-the-art customer experiences. Moreover, the purchase highlights our commitment towards enhancing sustainable aviation.”Dr. Detlef Kayser, Member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG
Launched in January, Boeing’s new 777-8 Freighter has already received 34 firm orders for the model.
The 777-8 Freighter offers nearly identical payload and range capabilities to the 777F but has 30% better fuel efficiency and emissions, 25% better-operating costs per tonne, and an airport-noise footprint that is 60% smaller than the previous generation of freighters.
Boeing Commercial Market Outlook 2021 predicted an increase of 70% in the global freighter fleet by 2040, including approximately 450 new large widebody freighters such as the new 777-8 Freighter and 777 Freighter.
The First delivery of the 777-8 freighter is anticipated in 2027.
“With the selection of our newest freighter, Lufthansa continues its long history of firsts with Boeing airplane programs, becoming the first European customer for the 777-8 Freighter. With the investment in the 777 and 787 fleets, the Lufthansa Group will operate the most advanced, fuel-efficient twin-engine airplanes in the industry. Each of these airplanes reduces emissions by 15 to 25% compared to previous models with a noise footprint up to 50% smaller than their predecessors, helping to advance the Lufthansa Group’s sustainability objectives.”Ihssane Mounir, Boeing senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing