Which widebodies has Lufthansa Group bought?

The Lufthansa Group has recently purchased several widebodies, comprising a mix of passenger and freighter examples. Find out how many, specific current/next-generation types involved, intended delivery timeframes, and more, on Key.Aero – not to be missed, read now!

It was confirmed on May 9 of the Group’s decision made by the Executive Board to purchase seven Boeing 787-9s, which are to be operated by Lufthansa, along with three and seven examples each of the 777F and 777-8F, respectively for Lufthansa Cargo. Meanwhile, it noted a pair of 777Fs – with leases due to run until 2024 – are also to be extended.

This recent seven-strong 787-9 commitment – boosting Lufthansa Group’s total firm order tally for the Dreamliner to 32 – are poised to arrive in 2025 and 2026. According to the Group, they are “intended to fill the capacity gaps” following delivery delays of the incoming 777-9s – they state the type was originally scheduled for handover from next year but are now “currently advised in 2025”. As a launch customer for the next-generation 777X, it currently possesses a 20-strong firm order.

In a separate move, previous 787-9 orders already placed in the US airframer’s orderbook will have delivery timeframes “revised”, while some are to be accelerated “forward to 2023 and 2024”.

Seven Boeing 777-8Fs and three 777Fs (pictured top and bottom, respectively) have been purchased and will operate for Lufthansa Cargo
Seven Boeing 777-8Fs and three 777Fs (pictured top and bottom, respectively) have been purchased and will operate for Lufthansa Cargo
Lufthansa Group/Boeing

Meanwhile, the 777-8F – with Lufthansa Group now the type’s maiden European customer – is slated to start delivery from 2027 to Lufthansa Cargo. Boeing, which only launched the 777-8F back in January this year, has already garnered an impressive 34 firm commitments said the US manufacturer.

Finally, regarding the 777Fs, Lufthansa Group indicated one of the three jets will be a used example and, at the time of writing, was due to be “reassigned” to Lufthansa Cargo – who, as of today (May 13), field 11 existing examples –  in the “upcoming weeks”.

The remaining pair will be new airframes, although their exact arrival date was yet to be disclosed. The German-based company chose to bolster its inventory of the current-generation freighter thanks to “persistently high” air freight demand while the move is expected to further maximise “very profitable market opportunities” in that sector.

Following this recent seven-strong Boeing 787-9 commitment, it boosts the Lufthansa Group’s total firm order tally for the Dreamliner to 32
Following this recent seven-strong Boeing 787-9 commitment, it boosts the Lufthansa Group’s total firm order tally for the Dreamliner to 32
Lufthansa Group/Boeing

Carsten Spohr, CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, said: "We continue investing in more fuel-efficient, quieter and more economical aircraft that emit significantly less CO2 . This enables us to drive our fleet modernisation. By purchasing these state-of-the-art aircraft, we again underline Lufthansa Group's ability to invest in and shape the future. Once again, we are again taking the initiative and expanding our leadership role as well as taking responsibility for the environment – with premium products for our customers and a sustainable fleet."

Ihssane Mounir, Boeing senior vice president of commercial sales and marketing, added: "With the selection of our newest freighter, Lufthansa continues its long history of firsts with Boeing airplane programmes, becoming the first European customer for the 777-8 Freighter. With the investment in the 777 and 787 fleet, the Lufthansa Group will operate the most advanced, fuel-efficient twin-engine airplanes in the industry. Each of these airplanes reduces emissions by 15-25% compared to previous models with a noise footprint up to 50% smaller than their predecessors, helping to advance the Lufthansa Group's sustainability objectives."

Lufthansa Group stated on May 9 that the Supervisory Board had “approved the acquisition and lease extension”.