Lufthansa orders A320, A380, 777

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Just announced, Lufthansa has ordered 108 new aircraft; 30 A320s 70 A320 NEOs 2 A380s 6 77Ws (for Swiss) I have to admit those 6 777s came as a big surprise, presumably they'll be replacing the Swiss A340s? http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/lufthansa-orders-100-a320s-plus-a380s-and-777-300ers-383434/ I wonder when BA will announce a new NB order? With the average age of their A320s already pushing 10 years, with no new aircraft on order. Is a BA NEO deal around the corner?
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The extra two A380 is a little progress for the A380, which incidentally has passed the 100 deliveries milestone today. The 777-300ER was a surprise, I thought it was going to be the 747-8i. That is a bit of a blow to the 747-8i, which is going to be surpassed by the 777-9X. It's still a nice order for the A320 order-books. It doesn't seem too long ago that a 100-aircraft order from one airline would be causing waves. That's progress. :)
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My guess is the 748i is too much metal for Swiss. The 77W will provide a modest increase in capacity over the A340-300, whilst providing the efficiency of a twin engined aircraft. And the scale of new orders these days is baffling. Just as far back as a couple of years ago, a truly "mega" order would be anything north of 200 aircraft. Now it's not unheard of for airlines to order 400+ in a single day.

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Anyone know why Lufthansa reduced the 747-830 order with a built machine (D-ABYE) being the one displaced?
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Anyone know why Lufthansa reduced the 747-830 order with a built machine (D-ABYE) being the one displaced?
They cancelled that one because Boeing needed it as a testbed (which was already) for further testing. Boeing Holds 747-8 Destined For Lufthansa For Test Work
The aircraft, Line Number 1435, first flew in April 2011 but has already been used for some upgrade testing and will now continue in this role rather than be refurbished for Lufthansa. The move, which was triggered by the need to flight test a revised tail fuel system for activation on later aircraft, means that Lufthansa’s firm order book backlog reduces from 20 to 19, though the airline hints that this may only be a temporary reduction.

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Ah right...so basically one was needed and Lufthansa could spare one and if needed get another one later.