The Lufthansa Group is investing in additional cutting-edge long-haul aircraft. The Group Executive Board has ordered ten Airbus A350-1000 passenger planes, five Airbus A350-900 planes, and seven Boeing 787-9 ‘Dreamliner’ planes. The Supervisory Board of the parent company Deutsche Lufthansa AG authorised the orders.
The aircraft will be delivered to the Lufthansa Group in mid-2025. The order is worth about 7.5 billion US dollars at list prices and is consistent with the Group’s mid-term financial planning.
The Lufthansa Group is also in advanced talks to buy additional long-haul planes that might be ready earlier.
“With our purchase of 22 more Airbus A350s and Boeing 787s, we have secured the delivery of more than 50 latest-generation long-haul aircraft for the Lufthansa Group’s member airlines since the pandemic began,” says Carsten Spohr, Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.
This aircraft will be equipped with our new long-haul cabins, which will include the most recent generation of seats in all classes of travel. And the combination of our excellent ground and flight crews, these cutting-edge aircraft, and our newest seating offering on board will propel our airlines back to the forefront of the premium category.
These new aircraft will also play an essential role in assisting us in meeting our carbon emission reduction targets by 2030, as fuel-efficient aircraft that incorporate cutting-edge manufacturing technology are by far the most powerful lever for providing more climate protection in the aviation sector.”
With these orders, the Lufthansa Group will receive 108 cutting-edge long-haul aircraft over the next four years, including the Airbus A350-1000, A350-900, Boeing 787-9, and Boeing 777-9. As a result, the Group will fly the quietest, most lucrative, and most cost-effective long-haul aircraft currently in service. The new aircraft use just 2.5 litres of gasoline for each passenger per 100 kilometres, 30% less than their prior aircraft types.
Older aircraft types will also be replaced by new long-haul aircraft. Six such sub-fleets will be phased out in the long term: four-engine Boeing 747-400s, Airbus A340-600s and A340-300s, and two-engine Boeing 777-200s, Boeing 767-300s, and Airbus A330-200s.
This will reduce the quad jet contingent within the Lufthansa Group fleet to less than 15%; quad jets accounted for almost 50% of the groupwide aircraft fleet before the pandemic.
In addition to the purchase deal for the new aircraft, Airbus and Lufthansa inked a ‘Memorandum of Understanding to deepen their collaboration in sustainability and future technologies.
This involves increasing the use of sustainable aviation fuels, further optimising operations through more effective flight management, and investigating the usage of hydrogen.
The Lufthansa Group presently has approximately 200 firm orders for new aircraft of the latest generation, including the advanced short- and medium-haul aircraft of the Airbus A320neo family, which will be delivered over the next several years.