The Lufthansa Group’s Supervisory Board has approved the purchase of 40 new aircraft for the group’s airlines. The 20 Boeing 787-9 and 20 additional Airbus A350-900 aircraft are to be delivered between late 2022 and 2027 and will primarily be replacing four-engine types. Lufthansa will also sell six of its 14 Airbus A380s back to Airbus, and they will leave Lufthansa in 2022 and 2023.
The new aircraft order has a list-price investment volume of 12 billion USD but, as is usual with such orders, the Lufthansa Group has negotiated a significant price reduction. The parties have agreed not to disclose the actual purchase price.
Carsten Spohr, CEO and Chairman of Lufthansa Group commented: “By replacing four-engine planes with new models, we are laying a sustainable foundation for our future in the long run. 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.” No decision has yet been taken about which airline will deploy the aircraft at which hub.