Earlier today, Lufthansa Group confirmed it had secured a new contract with Airbus and Boeing for additional widebody jets. The deal included the Airbus A350-1000, Boeing 787-9 and the Airbus A350-900. These jets will be delivered to airlines within the Lufthansa Group from the mid-way point of this decade.
However, the decision to order new aircraft will mean that Lufthansa Group can plot the retirement plans formally for ageing widebody aircraft. These are aircraft that operate medium to long-haul flights across the network.
Notably, the airline has said it’ll be able to remove six sub-fleets thanks to this new order. The retirement plans will take place in the medium term. Across the group, it includes 747-400s with Lufthansa, Airbus A340-600s and Airbus A340-300s, while the Boeing 777-200s will also depart. Lastly, Lufthansa Group confirmed 767-300s and A330-200s would also leave.
It’s a significant fleet revamp at German flag carrier Lufthansa and all Lufthansa Group carriers. The ambition is to become streamlined and efficient and give customers a fantastic inflight experience.
Ultimately fewer quad jets will remain in the group as more aircraft are removed. However, while difficult for lovers of the jets, it is ultimately the right decision for the group. Lufthansa Group wants to become more efficient in the next decade. The new aircraft will also do that for the company, with far better fuel burn and more.