Lufthansa Group has announced that it has decided to order 20 Boeing 787-9 aircraft for its fleet and re-purchase 20 additional Airbus A350-900 aircraft to replace the current four-engine wide-body aircraft with these new generation twin-engine wide-body aircraft. To this end, Lufthansa also plans to sell 6 A380 aircraft to Airbus, reducing its total number of A380s from 14 to 8.
Lufthansa said that in the long run, replacing the four-engine aircraft with dual-engine new models will lay the foundation for the company’s future sustainable development. As a new generation of dual-engine wide-body aircraft, the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 have more cost-effectiveness that can reduce fuel consumption by 25% compared to the old model, so it can also significantly reduce the carbon emissions of flights and contribute to environmental protection
Since the end of 2018, Lufthansa already had 12 Airbus A350-900 aircraft, and the new aircraft is expected to be delivered between the end of 2022 and 2027. In addition, the Boeing 777-9 aircraft ordered by Lufthansa is expected to join the fleet and be put into operation from 2020. Lufthansa’s six A380 four-engine aircraft sold back to Airbus will depart from the Lufthansa fleet between 2022 and 2023.
Statistics from Lufthansa show that after the implementation of this series of optimization measures, the group is expected to save 500,000 tons of aviation fuel per year, equivalent to a reduction of 1.5 million tons of carbon emissions.