Lufthansa Group sets sights on Boe­ing 787-9s and Air­bus A350-900s

The group has moved to pur­chase 20 air­craft of each type for a to­tal of 40 new aero­planes

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Lufthansa Group has com­mit­ted a $12bn in­vest­ment to­wards the pur­chase of 20 Boe­ing 787-9 and 20 ad­di­tional Air­bus A350-900 air­craft. Set to re­place its fleets of four-en­gine air­craft, the new aero­planes are set to be de­liv­ered be­tween 2022 and 2027.

Cur­rently, the air­lines un­der the um­brella of Lufthansa Group op­er­ate a long-haul fleet of 199 air­craft com­bine, which al­ready in­cludes 12 Air­bus A350900 air­craft.

The new ad­di­tions are ex­pected to en­hance the group’s long-haul ca­pa­bil­i­ties, while also im­prov­ing over­all fuel-ef­fi­cient. The group shared that on aver­age, the new air­craft will con­sume be­tween 2.9 litres of kerosene per pas­sen­ger and 100 kilo­me­tres flown. This equates to a 25% re­duc­tion in con­sump­tion from pre­de­ces­sor air­craft.

In terms of po­ten­tial fuel sav­ings, Lufthansa Group projects that it will save up to 500,000 met­ric tons per year, which will also lead to a re­duc­tion in CO2 by 1.5 mil­lion met­ric tons.

“By re­plac­ing four-en­gine planes

with new mod­els, we are lay­ing a sus­tain­able foun­da­tion for our fu­ture in the long run,” said Carsten Spohr, CEO and Chair­man of Lufthansa Group.

“In ad­di­tion to the cost-ef­fec­tive­ness of the A350 and B787, the sig­nif­i­cantly lower CO2 emis­sions of this new gen­er­a­tion of long-haul air­craft was also a de­ci­sive fac­tor in our in­vest­ment de­ci­sion. Our re­spon­si­bil­ity for the en­vi­ron­ment is be­com­ing more and more im­por­tant as a cri­te­rion for our de­ci­sions.”

On a sep­a­rate note, the Lufthansa Group Ex­ec­u­tive Board also re­cently in­formed the Su­per­vi­sory Board that it would be sell­ing six of its 14 Air­bus A380 air­craft back to the famed aerospace man­u­factuer. The de­par­ture of the A380s will oc­cur be­tween 2022 and 2023.

The group shared that the re­duc­tion of its Air­bus A380 fleet from 14 to eight air­craft was de­cided for eco­nomic rea­sons.

The car­rier aims to sell back six of its 14 A380s to Air­bus.

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