Lufthansa Group selects Boeing 777-8 freighters
The group also placed a new order for two 777 freighters to add to its cargo fleet, providing extra cargo capacity in the near-term until the delivery of its first 777-8 freighter.
In addition, the Lufthansa Group continues to accelerate the modernization of its long-haul passenger fleet with a new purchase of seven 787-9s. The order for more 787s brings Lufthansa Group’s total order book for the 787 Dreamliner to 32 firm orders. The group 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 into 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,” said Dr. Detlef Kayser, Member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.
Boeing launched the new 777-8 freighter in January and has already booked 34 firm orders for the model. With advanced technology from the new 777X family and performance of the 777 freighter, the 777-8 freighter offers high payload and low fuel use, emissions, and operating cost.
“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,” said Ihssane Mounir, Boeing senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing. “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.”
First delivery of the 777-8 freighter is anticipated in 2027.