Lufthansa Group – the biggest Airbus operator – has signed an order for 20 additional A350-900 widebody aircraft – following a decision by the company’s supervisory board.
This latest agreement brings Lufthansa Group’s total orders for the A350 XWB to 45 with 12 aircraft already in operation around the world.
Lufthansa Group has also ordered 20 Boeing 787-9s – its first of the aircraft type. The German airline group has also announed it will sell six of its 14 A380s within the next four years back to Airbus.
The aircraft will be delivered between late 2022 and 2027.
“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.
“Our responsibility for the environment is becoming more and more important as a criterion for our decisions,” says Lufthansa Group chief executive officer and chairman, Carsten Spohr.
The decision regarding which airline will deploy the aircraft at which hub will be made at a later date.