Europe’s largest airline group is increasing its order of 787-9 Dreamliners to 25, Boeing said in a news release. The original order for 20 jets was placed in 2019.
Detlef Kayser, chief operations officer for Deutsche Lufthansa AG, said the additional Dreamliners will accelerate the modernization of Lufthansa’s fleet.
“With these ultra-modern, fuel-efficient aircraft, we send a strong signal for environmental responsibility within the Lufthansa Group,” Kayser said. “Furthermore, we will reduce our operating costs and provide our guests a state-of-the-art travel experience.”
Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner entered service in 2011, and the 787-9 is the second member of the widebody family. Given the jet’s capacity, fuel efficiency and range, airlines that purchased the Dreamliner have added more than 300 nonstop routes and reduced carbon emissions by 80 billion pounds, the release said.
Ihssane Mounir, Boeing senior vice president of commercial sales, said the 787’s fuel efficiency and range give Lufthansa enough flexibility to operate the aircraft profitably across the company’s network of routes.
“The Lufthansa Group has been navigating an extremely challenging market and positioning itself for the recovery ahead and the eventual return to growth,” Mounir said. “We are honored that they have once again selected Boeing’s widebody airplane family to power their future fleet.”