Lufthansa Group has ordered new ten freighter aircrafts – three current-technology Boeing 777F freighters and seven 777-8F freighters, Boeing’s next-generation all-cargo aircraft. It will be the largest investment in Lufthansa Cargo’s history.
The first of the 777F aircraft, which could be acquired on the used market at short notice, is expected as early as July 2022. Two more brand-new B777Fs will follow later, in order to boost freight capacities in the short to medium term.
In addition, leases for two existing Boeing 777F freighters will be extended for seven years each to 2031.
The new Boeing 777-8F will have a range of 4,410 nautical miles (8,167km) and a maximum payload of 118 tonnes – 17 % more than the 777F. Fuel consumption and emissions are also reduced. Delivery of the B777-8Fs is expected between 2027 and 2030.
The new planes will add significantly to Lufthansa Cargo’s current freighter fleet of 15 Boeing 777Fs, four of which are operated by AeroLogic, and two A321 freighters.
Lufthansa Cargo chief executive and board chairperson, Dorothea von Boxberg, said: “We are very pleased that we have been able to set an important course for our future and the growth of Lufthansa Cargo with the decision to order ten additional widebody freighters. We can offer our customers significantly more capacity in the short and long term, and also ensure that we operate the most modern and efficient freighters in their class.
“These major investments in Lufthansa Cargo are a sign of confidence in the future development of the airfreight market and in the role that Lufthansa Cargo will continue to play in it.”