New heights for Lufthansa with order for 59 Boeing 777s and Airbuses
Airline Lufthansa has announced the purchase of 59 new planes: 34 Boeing 777-9Xs and 25 Airbus A350-900s. (Release)
The new planes will join the 107-strong fleet, serving to replace older 747-400s and Airbus A340-300, which be phased out by 2025.
Lufthansa's order totals €14bn (£11.7bn) to date with an overall list value of €36bn (£30.2bn) for 295 new aircraft for delivery by 2025.
Speaking at a press conference in Frankfurt, chairman of the executive board and CEO Christoph Franz said:
This investment will safeguard about 13,000 jobs at Lufthansa alone as well as thousands of jobs at our partners in aviation and other suppliers.
The Boeing 777-9X is considered the most economic plane in terms of kerosene consumption.