The German aeronautical group is expanding the Lufthansa Cargo fleet. The freight subsidiary will receive seven Boeing 777-8 Fs. And that’s not all.
“Let’s assume that we will be paid for our patience.” That’s what Lufthansa boss Carsten Spohr said just days ago in response to a question from aeroTELEGRAPH about the delayed Boeing 787 and 777-9. Delays would always be converted “into a kind of financial concession”, for example in discounts.
From this position, Lufthansa has now negotiated a new agreement with Boeing. On Monday evening (9 May), the German group announced that it had ordered a total of ten other Boeing freighters – three Boeing 777 Fs and seven 777-8 Fs. In addition, the current lease contracts for two Boeing 777 Fs have been extended until ‘in 2031. .
Seven other Boeing 787-9s
But it doesn’t stop at ordering the freighter. Lufthansa is also ordering seven other Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. These “are intended to fill capacity gaps caused by the late delivery of the Boeing 777-9”, according to Lufthansa. The passenger version of the 777X will now arrive no earlier than 2025 instead of 2023 as previously planned.
“Lufthansa will receive aircraft that were originally intended for other airlines from 2025,” the group said. “At the same time, the delivery dates of the Boeing 787-9s already on order will be adjusted and in some cases postponed to 2023 and 2024.”
777-8F will be between 2027 and 2030
The first of the 777Fs that Lufthansa has been able to acquire on the short-term second-hand market is expected as early as July 2022. Two other brand-new 777Fs will follow later. The 777-8F should be delivered between 2027 and 2030. It is the freighter version of the 777X.
Lufthansa Cargo’s fleet currently consists of a total of 15 Boeing 777 Fs, four of which are operated by Aerologic. Added to this is the capacity of two A321 freighters and the co-loading capacities of passenger aircraft from Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Eurowings Discover.
Defeat for the Airbus A350 F
Lufthansa Cargo estimates the range of the 777-8 F at 8,167 kilometers (4,410 nautical miles) and its maximum payload at 118 tons. “Compared to the 777F version, it has 17% more cargo volume,” the airline said.
This order is a defeat for Airbus. Because the new cargo version of the A350 will probably not be used by Lufthansa for the moment. Lufthansa boss Carsten Spohr said last November: “We also explicitly welcome the fact that Airbus is bringing an equally competitive aircraft to market.”