Lufthansa orders 787-9 and more A350-900s, plans to sell six A380s

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A file image of a Lufthansa Airbus A350-900. (Airbus)

Lufthansa has boosted its order book with the addition of 20 Boeing 787-9s and 20 Airbus A350-900s to be delivered between 2022 and 2027.

The German flag carrier announced the order on Wednesday (European time). The aircraft have been earmarked to replace ageing four-engined widebodies such as its A340-300, A340-500, A340-600 fleet.

The 787-9 will be a new type for Lufthansa. In 2013, the airline ordered 25 A350-900s, with 12 already delivered.

An artist’ s impression {of the|from the|in the} Boeing 787-9 in Lufthansa Group airlines Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and Swiss Airlines livery. (Lufthansa)

Lufthansa also announced on Wednesday it six of its 14 A380s {would be|will be|can be} sold back to Airbus, {with the|using the|with all the} aircraft to be withdrawn in 2022 and 2023.

The airline said the decision to reduce its A380 fleet was made for economic reasons.

“ The structure of the network and the long-haul fleet, fundamentally optimized according to strategic aspects, will give the company more flexibility and at the same time increase its efficiency and competitiveness, ” Lufthansa said in a statement.

“ This will {of course|obviously|needless to say} also benefit Lufthansa’ s customers. ”

Airbus announced in February it was closing the A380 production line amid {a lack of|deficiencies in|an absence of} orders and after Emirates {chose to|made a decision to|decided to} cut back its commitment {to the|towards the|for the} aircraft. Deliveries will {end in|result in} 2021.

Currently, Lufthansa is the third-largest operator of the A380 behind Emirates (101) and Singapore Airlines (19).

A Lufthansa Airbus A380. (Rob Finlayson)

A Lufthansa Airbus A380. (Rob Finlayson)

Lufthansa said in a factsheet the 787-9 would be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines {and have|and also have|and possess} between 250-300 seats {in various|in a variety of|in several} classes, depending on which {part of the|section of the|area of the} Lufthansa group of airlines {it will|it is going to|it will eventually} fly with.

Meanwhile, the A350-900s currently flying with Lufthansa were configured with 293 seats comprising 48 in business, 21 in premium economy and 224 in economy.

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VIDEO: A look at the building of Lufthansa’ s first Airbus A350-900 from the airline’ s YouTube channel .

Lufthansa said the A350-900 and 787-9, along with the 20 777-9X it had on order, represented “ most fuel-efficient long-haul aircraft of their class in terms of kerosene consumption per passenger and 100 kilometers flown”.

“ By replacing four-engine planes with new models, {we are|we have been|our company is} laying a sustainable foundation for our future in the long run, ” Lufthansa Group chief executive Carsten Spohr said in a statement.

“ {In addition to the|Besides the|As well as 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|element in|aspect in} our investment decision.

“ Our responsibility {for the|for that|for your} environment is becoming more and more {important as|crucial as|significant as} a criterion for our decisions. ”

A look at Lufthansa's first Boeing 777-9X undergoing final assembly in February 2019. (Lufthansa)

A look at Lufthansa’ s first Boeing 777-9X undergoing final assembly in February 2019. (Lufthansa)

Lufthansa was {one of the first|main|major} airlines to order the 777-9X. In February, it said the first aircraft was due to be delivered in July 2020.

(The April 2019 edition of Australian Aviation magazine will include a feature story on the Airbus A380. {It will be|It can be|It will probably be} on sale at newsstands March 28 and available online here . )