Today was a big day for both Airbus and Boeing in terms of orders, as the Lufthansa Group announced orders for 40 new aircraft. The airline currently has a number of four engined aircraft which it is looking to replace with the new order. The order is worth $12 billion at list prices.
According to AirFleets.net, Lufthansa currently has 74 four-engined aircraft, including the 747 and the A380. The carrier is looking to replace these with more efficient two-engined aircraft. The news comes just weeks after British Airways confirmed it would be replacing some Boeing 747s with the new 777X aircraft.
Efficiency is king
One of the most important factors for carriers to consider is fuel efficiency. Not only are airlines worried about their environmental impact, they’re also concerned about profit. Although currently low compared to six months ago, the cost of jet fuel is predicted to rise ongoing. As such, many carriers have been looking for ways to cut fuel consumption.
One way to achieve this is through the use of modern two-engined aircraft. Indeed, the CEO and Chairman of Lufthansa Group, Carsten Spohr, said:
“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.”
Brand new cabins
Lufthansa has already placed an order for the Boeing 777X aircraft, which are set to be delivered with a brand new interior. This will see the aircraft sporting state-of-the-art business class seats, although they will lack first class.
It is unclear whether the aircraft ordered today will have a first class cabin. However, it’s likely that Lufthansa’s new aircraft will receive the same new business class that the 777X is getting. Lufthansa stated:
“The investment in new technology, efficiency and passenger comfort is a continuation of the ongoing fleet modernization of the group’s airlines.”
The new business class cabin in Lufthansa’s Boeing 777X will be laid out in staggered 1-1-1, 1-2-1 configuration. This will make it perfect for business travellers and couples alike.
Not just for Lufthansa
It is important to note that the new aircraft have been ordered by the Lufthansa Group, and not the airline Lufthansa. The Lufthansa Group is similar to IAG in that it owns a number of airlines. In all they own Lufthansa (the airline), SWISS, Austrian Airlines, Eurowings, Brussels Airlines, and SunExpress.
It appears as though some of the new aircraft will be destined for both SWISS and Austrian given a press photos released, although Lufthansa is unable to confirm which aircraft will be based where at this point in time.
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