Lufthansa orders more A350s and B787-9s, sends another A380 to long-term storage


May 5, 2021 / Lufthansa (LH) announced an order for ten additional long-haul jets, split evenly between the Airbus A350-900 and the Boeing 787-9.

The German carrier is already flying the A350, with 17 of the type already in the fleet and 26 more expected with delivery dates from 2023 and 2029, plus options for 10 more. The additional five orders (which are not included in those numbers) would take the type fleet to 58 aircraft by 2029 , if all options will be confirmed. Each aircraft is equipped with 48 lie-flat seats in Business Class, plus 21 in Premium Economy and 224 in Economy, for a total of 293 seats; alternatively they feature 36 seats in Business, 21 in Premium nd 262 in Economy for 319 total seats.

The five additional orders for the Dreamliner boast LH order for the type to 25 787-9s, with the first aircraft expected to join the fleet next winter. It is probable, though not officially confirmed, that the 787s will be the first to feature Lufthansa’s new Business Class product.

While the German carrier sets plans to grow its twin-engined, long-haul fleet, the fate of its four-engined Airbus A380-800s appears even more in danger, as the last of five of the type (D.AINL) left Frankfurt (FRA) bound for long-term storage in Teruel, Spain, as of earlier this morning, leaving just two A380s in Germany in case they are needed at short notice. (Photo Lufthansa)

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