Now it’s certain. The Lufthansa Group is purchasing up to 100 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, and there are also indications about which airline will fly the new aircraft.
It’s a multi-billion dollar investment. The Lufthansa Group announced on Tuesday (December 19) that it will order 80 new aircraft. In addition, it has acquired the rights to purchase an additional 120 aircraft, including an additional 40 aircraft from the Airbus A320neo family. “With today’s aircraft order, we are accelerating the largest fleet modernization in the history of our company,” commented Board Member Detlev Kaiser.
Among the new orders, one stands out in particular: the Lufthansa Group has ordered 40 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. It has also obtained the rights to purchase an additional 60 copies. This is the first time the group has relied on the American manufacturer for short and medium-haul flights since bidding farewell to the Boeing 737 in 2016. Currently, only Airbus, Embraer and Bombardier have aircraft, although the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer has a specialized role and the Canadians They no longer produce CRJ.
More flexibility on short and medium-haul routes
The decision in favor of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 will give us “more flexibility in the future when purchasing short- and medium-haul aircraft,” Lufthansa Group explains. This means that it no longer wants to depend on the dominant manufacturer. So it’s about keeping Airbus under control.
The Lufthansa Group expects the first Boeing 737 MAX to arrive in the fall of 2027. The group said in its statement that the location of its use will be determined “at a later time.” But it does clarify one thing. At Lufthansa Airlines, including Lufthansa City Airlines and Swissair, the growth plan is already supported by aircraft orders. That’s why the 737 MAX will be used elsewhere.
189 seats in two classes
Boeing aircraft are suitable for Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines or Eurowings. The aircraft will be equipped with 189 seats in business and economy classes, explains the Lufthansa Group. The last time Lufthansa took delivery of a 737 from Boeing was in 1995, and at that time it was a 737-300, the manufacturer explains.
In addition to the Boeing 737 MAX, the group also orders 40 Airbus A220-300 aircraft for Lufthansa City Airlines as well as the purchase rights for an additional 20 aircraft and the rights to purchase an additional 40 aircraft from the A320neo family.
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